The Intercultural Studies Lecture Series inspires listeners to explore topics relevant to intercultural issues from a biblical, theological and psychological perspective. Each fall and spring, the seminary hosts a public lecture given by a guest speaker.
All lectures are free and open to the public and include a complimentary dessert reception! No registration is necessary.
Spring 2020 Lecture | "Building a Beloved Community"
During this presentation, the presenter will explore perspectives on the "Beloved Community." Twentieth-century philosopher Josiah Royce, theologian Howard Thurman and Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. describe the Beloved Community as a society in which all are embraced and none discriminated against. Considering the tragedy of the rise of racial violence, hate crimes and extreme political division, these ideals could be considered a distant or non-existent reality. Keeping this perspective in view, the presenter supports the idea that Beloved Communities can be initiated and nurtured by people on the macro-, micro- and meso-levels as they engage communally, respectfully and authentically. Throughout the presentation, the presenter will give attendees the opportunity to cooperatively engage in intercultural conversations about making "Beloved Community" a pragmatic reality.
The lecture will take place on March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Pirsig/DeBruyn Chapel of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
Speaker Richelle White
Rev. Dr. Richelle B. White earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Her master's degrees in criminal justice, divinity and Christian education were earned at Coppin State University, Wesley Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary—Presbyterian School of Christian Education respectively. Additionally, Richelle earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Christian education from Union Presbyterian Seminary.
Since 2007, Richelle has served as professor of youth ministry and director of ministry leadership internships at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Mich. She has also served as a part-time instructor in Christian education at Ecumenical Theological Seminary and Calvin Theological Seminary, as well as a guest lecturer for the Urban Cohort program at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
Richelle has more than 25 years of experience working with children, youth and young adults as a public school teacher, after school program coordinator, youth pastor, mentor, teen counselor, program director, workshop leader, curriculum writer, ministry consultant and life coach. Teaching, preaching, learning, writing, mentoring and coaching are Richelle's passions and are deeply rooted in her life's calling, work and ministry as a servant of Jesus Christ.
Audio Recordings of Past Lectures
- "The Racial Imagination, Cultural Trauma and the Challenge of Multiplicity and Pentecost" with Dr. Danjuma Gibson (2019)
- "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.