The Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Intercultural Studies Lecture Series explores a topic relevant to intercultural issues and examines it from a biblical, theological and psychological perspective. ISLS events are free and open to the public.
Spring Lecture: March 2019
There are countless effects of living in a society that have historically devalued and repressed people of color, one of which is the development of a racialized identity. Double-consciousness refers to the sensation of having one's cultural identity divided into parts, rendering it difficult to have a unified self. Considering the Black experience in the United States, one may rightly ask—can Jesus do anything about double-consciousness?
Our spring lecture will discuss the contours of Black double-consciousness and will consider how an orthodox theology of Jesus provides a possible answer to that question, an answer that positively impacts the theology and practice of Christian engagement in race relations by (1) addressing the angst of Black double-consciousness and (2) presenting double-consciousness as a means of grace toward Christlikeness for white majority populations.
About Keynote Speaker Kenneth Russell
Kenneth Russell was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich. He became a kingdom citizen while in high school and began serving in ministry shortly after. He pursued his undergraduate education in theology at Indiana Wesleyan University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries. Additionally, Kenneth pursued graduate studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity with a specialization in theological studies.
Kenneth works at Cornerstone University, serving as both the director of diversity and multicultural affairs and chair of the Diversity Committee. He is passionate about addressing social and racial injustices and is determined to utilize his knowledge, wisdom and abilities to aid in the promotion of positive societal change.
Audio Recordings of Past Lectures
- "Can Jesus Do Anything About Double-Consciousness?" with Kenneth Russell* (2019)
- "Promoting Allyship for Diversity and Inclusion" with Dr. Vicki Harris (2018)
- "Universal Design for Worship: Tools for Inclusion" with Tory White (2018)
- "Creating Community Spaces to Include Not Exclude" with Marcy Peake (2017)
- "Compassion: Our Path to Flourishing Communities" with Dr. Kizombo Kalumbula (2016)
- "The Blessed Alliance" with Carolyn Curtis James (2016)
- "The Foreign Bible in Foreign Contexts: The Cross-Cultural Nature of Bible Study and Practical Theology" with Dr. Jonathan and Jennifer Greer (2015)
- "Radical Collaboration: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Crisis Intervention" with Matthew Carlson* (2015)
- "Counseling Refugees: A Christian Worldview" with Dr. Mugi (Patrick) Kamau* (2014)
- "Champion of Grace: Trauma Healing" with Rebecca Deng* (2014)
- "Abolitionists in Action" with Julie Slagter* (2013)
- "Little Things Mean A Lot: From Racial Micro-Inequities to Racial Micro-Aggressions" with Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige* (2013)
*The audio recording of this lecture is unavailable.