Knowing the Biblical Story – Being in the Story

September 13, 2022 at 7:00 PM EDT

If you are a lay leader or clergyperson wondering how to make the work of antiracism an essential part of your church’s identity and outreach, this series is for you! 

Starting in September the THRIVE project will present a series of learning opportunities focused on developing a congregational ministry for racial justice rooted in a holistic faith.

The first in the series titled, Knowing the Biblical Story—Being in the Story, features educator, author and Baptist clergywoman, Susan Shaw, and will provide resources and illustrations of teaching the history of BIPOC in America as it intersects with the biblical story.

Dr. Shaw, a consummate storyteller, will illustrate how, “stories that are communicated well invite learners into a transformative realm in which old ways of living may be opened up to new possibilities, as she writes in her book, Storytelling in Religious Education.

The first Prophetic Imagination Gathering will be followed four weeks later, October 11, 2022, by a session with opportunities to engage hands on and in small groups to implement and integrate the learning from the previous session.
Register now for the initial session, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. EST to stir your imagination and draw from your church’s tradition of biblical study to address whiteness and enact antiracism.

Meet the Speaker

Susan M. Shaw is professor of women, gender, & sexuality studies at Oregon State University. She holds a PhD in religious education from Southern Seminary, and she is an ordained Baptist minister who now makes her church home in the United Church of Christ. She is author of Reflective Faith: A Theological Toolbox for Women; God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society; and Storytelling in Religious Education. She is also co-author of Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide with Grace Ji-Sun Kim and editor of Women and Religion: Global Lives in Focus and Women’s Lives around the World: A Global Encyclopedia. She is also co-author/co-editor of two introductory women and gender studies textbooks and co-author of Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music. She is a senior columnist for Baptist News Global and regular contributor to Ms. magazine online. She regularly leads study abroad in London, and her favorite course to teach on campus, in London and online, is “Gender, Race, & Class in British Murder Mysteries & TV Crime Dramas.” She also teaches “Feminism & the Bible; Gender, Race, & Sport” and “Gender, Race, & Class in Religions in the UK.” Her favorite pastimes are hiking in the Oregon forests and cheering on the Oregon State Beavers women’s basketball team.