• Reading “The African American Bible” on Paper and in Class - The Journal of Biblical Literature recently published a series on ways that biblical scholars have engaged with #BlackLivesMatter in their work. Adele Reinhartz, the journal’s general editor, introduces the essays in this way: In this Forum, six scholars reflect on how racial violence and the movements that attempt to eradicate such violence intersect with the field of biblical studies, both…
  • Christian Support for the Black Lives Matter Campaign - Hannah Ciocco examines Black Lives Matter’s recent overtures among Christian communities, drawing parallels to the role of religion in the Civil Rights Movement. Ciocco draws upon the work of Broadcast Seeding guest, Drew G.I. Hart for insight on the role of religion in social activism and engagement.   “Every 28 hours, a black person is murdered…
  • Words We Mean By - A year ago I led an undergraduate viewing of the 2015 film, The Central Park Five. The movie chronicles how the New York City law and order establishment wrongfully imprisoned a quintet of black youth for the sexual assault of a white woman in 1989. In a way, it’s a misnomer to call the movie…
  • Christianity Before and After Charleston - My friend and colleague, Amey Victoria Adkins, served up the commentary on Charleston that I needed to read. “Before I Wake” is live over at Syndicate Theology. It features one of the most vivid accounts of baptism in the Black Church tradition while contextualizing the role of race and Christianity in American life. Here are some…
  • Watching The Central Park Five @Etowncollege - In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a “wolfpack.”  The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story…
  • #EtownEngage: #FergusonSyllabus Teach-In - LancasterOnline’s Tim Stuhldreher spoke to my colleagues and I about what the #FergusonSyllabus looks like at Elizabethtown College. Check out his article, “College events look at Post-Ferguson, Race, Justice Questions.” Click here to get a recap of my teach-in courses, and visit the college’s Storify for more on the campus-wide conversation. Richard Newton, PhD is curator of Sowing the Seed and Assistant…
  • “Are We Really Just One Human Race?”– #EtownEngage - On January 12-13, Elizabethtown College hosted a teach-in called #EtownEngage. Over 20 faculty from across the disciplines opened their classrooms to the community and hosted discussions on issues related to recent events in Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY and elsewhere–a conversation pointed to by the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. In REL 370: Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion, I gave a talk…
  • “The Gospel According to America: Black Demons and the Original Sin of Slavery”– #EtownEngage - On January 12-13, Elizabethtown College hosted a teach-in called #EtownEngage. Over 20 faculty from across the disciplines opened their classrooms to the community and hosted discussions on issues related to recent events in Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY and elsewhere–a conversation pointed to by the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. In (WCH) REL 226: The New Testament, I gave a talk…
  • Beatdowns and Downbeats: America as a Hip Hop Nation–#EtownEngage - On January 12-13, Elizabethtown College hosted a teach-in called #EtownEngage. Over 20 faculty from across the disciplines opened their classrooms to the community and hosted discussions on issues related to recent events in Ferguson, MO, Staten Island, NY and elsewhere–a conversation pointed to by the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. In REL 170: Signifying Religion: An African American…