Rev. Traci West to be guest speaker at First United church

Rev. Traci West. (photo submitted)

SCHENECTADY — The Rev. Dr. Traci West, the James W. Pearsall professor of Christian ethics and African American studies at Drew University Theological School, will be the guest speaker from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church, 603 State St. West will present a program, “Grace and Race: Intersectionality.” Everyone is welcome. The lecture is free of charge.

Can Christians formulate a Christian moral understanding of how racism impacts their community that also allows them to consider intersecting issues of sexuality, gender identity, economics and religion? What kinds of everyday attitudes and practices undermine antiracist solidarity in their struggle for intersectional justice in church and society. What kinds of Christian faith resources enable an intersectional approach to solidarity and justice? The format will be interactive with a focus on enabling participants to ask questions, practice skills and develop resources relevant to their own contexts.

West has been an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church for over 30 years. She is the author of Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter, Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence and Resistance Ethics, editor of Our Family Values: Same-sex Marriage and Religion, and author of many essays on violence against women, racism, clergy ethics, sexuality and other justice issues in church and society. West’s current project focuses on the role of religion and racism in activist strategies to address gender-based violence in Ghana, Brazil and South Africa and how U.S. Christians might learn from them. She also has been involved in supporting full equality of LGBTQ persons in the UMC, teaching in New Jersey state prisons, and co-editing the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.