Seminaries throughout the U.S. have begun to embrace the Black Lives Matter movement in their theology courses.
The New York Theological Seminary had a master’s class on the subject for its Fall 2016 semester, reports Religion News. The class, taught by Professors Dale Irvin and C. Vernon Mason, covered Black Lives Matter, as well as mass incarceration, policing and white privilege.
“What is #Black Lives Matter about, what are some of its precedents, especially in theology? What have been some of the theological responses to date, and what more do we still need to say? What are the implications for ministry in our diverse communities today?” The course description reads.
Other seminaries are also starting to cover the Black Lives Matter movement. Fuller Theological Seminary discussed the movement in some of their classes, while Yale Divinity School brought prominent Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson to teach a weekend long, one credit course.
Black Lives Matter argues that black people are systematically targeted by police officers. The organization also strives to be “transgender affirming” by creating spaces for black transgenders. The group also tries to rid itself of the “tight grip of hetero-normative thinking.”
Some churches have begun to adopt the slogan “Black Lives Matter.” The United Church of Christ wrote a post on why they were publicly declaring that black lives matter.
“When a church claims boldly “Black Lives Matter” at this moment, it chooses to show up intentionally against all given societal values of supremacy and superiority or common-sense complacency,” the church wrote.
The Hillsong NYC pastor declared over Facebook that his congregation would not be saying “all lives matter.”
“All lives are not at risk right now. We are saying black lives matter. Because, right now, black lives apparently are worth LESS on our streets. It’s ‘our fight’ not ‘their fight,’” Pastor Carl Lentz said.