Webinar: "Biblical Narratives for Dismantling Racism" with Juan Escarfuller

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 7:00pm to 7:45pm

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The LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality invites you to this webinar on Facebook Live with Instructor Juan Escarfuller.

The Bible is not free of racism. It reflects the prevalence of slavery in the ancient world and a long history of selective uses of passages to popularize the belief that skin color determines human capacity and the inherent right of whiter peoples to enslave darker peoples. Authorities have edited, reinterpreted, and knowingly ignored passages where the God of the Bible fights the blatant human cruelty and injustice of slavery and racism. Juan Escarfuller will discuss such Biblical texts and the history of their interpretations on slavery and race to explore ways people today might turn away from collusion and choose to bridge these divides and work for a common good in an increasingly polarized society.

To Participate
This webinar will air on Facebook Live; time listed is set to Pacific Time. Click here to visit our Facebook page. Participants are invited to ask questions via the comments section of the livestream. For further information, please email the Center at crs@lmu.edu

Upcoming Course
Juan Escarfuller will teach an online course on this subject in June. Click here for more information.

About the Speaker
Juan Escarfuller, M.A., M.Div. is Director of Leadership Training and Biblical Pastoral Ministry at Instituto Fe y Vida. His academic focus includes ministry in Latinx communities, leadership formation, dismantling racism, and biblical hermeneutics. He has served as Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, Missouri, and project manager for the largest and longest NIH-funded obesity prevention study with Latinx children at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, raised in New Orleans, he holds degrees from Yale and Aquinas Institute of Theology, and did graduate studies in the New Testament at Vanderbilt.

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