“From the Upper Room to Pentecost: Toward an Ethic of Racial Mercy”
Thursday, February 28, @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFREE
In this lecture, Dr. O’Connell will address how the experiences of White Christians in the United States right now, when it comes to crises and conflicts around racialized inequality, are akin to that of Jesus’ disciples who locked themselves away in the upper room in the dark days between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. Many of us desire to be followers of Christ, but are trapped by emotions of fear, shame, guilt, frustration, and anger. Like them, if we desire to cross the threshold of that confining space and move toward the empowering – and multicultural – event of Pentecost, we need to be transformed by God’s mercy. In this presentation, she suggests that before White Christians engage in racial justice movements we must first seek racial mercy.
The Flannery Chair of Roman Catholic Theology is an endowed Chair gift of the late Maud and Milo Flannery of Spokane, to further excellence of theological study and teaching at Gonzaga University. An outstanding theologian is invited to GU twice per year to deliver The Flannery Lecture.