Tuesday Conversations S2E4 [VIDEO]: Kelly Brown Douglas with Danté Stewart
A conversation about being Black and Christian, and learning to love in a loveless, anti-Black world.
Dear #WhiteTooLong readers,
This week I’m bringing you an illuminating conversation between two people I’m honored to call friends and colleagues: Kelly Brown Douglas and Danté Stewart (more on each of them below).
I have learned a lot from their beautiful writing and courageous witness—about Jesus, about how white Christian spaces have been and continue to be damaging for Black people and other people of color, and about hope. I’m also proud to be institutionally connected with both of them. Kelly serves on the board of directors for PRRI, and Danté is studying at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, my alma mater.
It’s such a rich conversation. Particularly if you are white, I hope you’ll listen to the end, where Danté talks about what hope looks like.
ICYMI, I wrote a very personal post last Friday, responding to the news that Republican lawmakers in Florida want to make it illegal for schools and businesses to make white people uncomfortable (Yes, you read that correctly). Writing this one took me to a new place. It’s below.
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Just Conversations, with Kelly Brown Douglas and Danté Stewart
Click the graphic below to tune in to this enlightening conversation between The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union, as she speaks with Danté Stewart, writer and speaker on the topics of race, religion, and politics. Danté was recently named by Religion News Service as one of 2021’s top 10 up-and-coming faith influencers. His 2021 book Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle is a meditation on being Black and learning to love in a loveless, anti-Black world.
In this 34-minute video conversation, Dean Douglas and Danté Stewart discuss his book and his New York Times op-ed How I Learned That Jesus Is Black.
About Danté Stewart
Danté Stewart is a speaker and a writer whose work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, in The Washington Post, ESPN’s The Undefeated, Sojourners, Religion News Service, and elsewhere. He received his BA in sociology from Clemson University and is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the author of Shoutin’ In The Fire: An American Epistle.
About Kelly Brown Douglas
The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas was named Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Theology at Union in September 2017. She was named the Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology in November 2019. She also serves as the Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and Theologian in Residence at Trinity Church Wall Street. Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Dean Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. She is the author of six books, including Resurrection Hope: A Future Where Black Lives Matter.
About the EDS at Union’s Facebook Live Series
EDS at Union’s Facebook Live series Just Conversations with Kelly Brown Douglas explores the racialized inequities intrinsic to our nation and our collective responsibility to create a more just future.
Buy the Books
Kelly’s and Danté’s books are both available in the #WhiteTooLong bookshelf at Bookshop. You can purchase them by clicking below.