Webinar: WHITE WORK, Friday, April 23, 2021 from 12:00-1:30pm EST.
Join the CRC Office of Race Relations, The Antioch Podcast, and Calvin University for a virtual roundtable discussion observing YWCA’s national campaign to Stand Against Racism. This FREE event will take place on Friday, April 23 at 12 pm Eastern.
White Work: A Conversation About the Antiracism Journeys of White People
Join us for an engaging conversation and Q&A session with a panel of white anti-racism allies. Rev. Reggie Smith and Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige will moderate this discussion and ask the panelists questions that will highlight their thoughts on how faith has shaped their journey to Stand Against Racism, and some of the hard lessons they’ve learned along the way.
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About the Panelists:
- Eric Nykamp, LMSW: Producer of the Antioch Podcast for Madison Church and Director of Life as Worship for Madison Church’s North Campus in Grand Rapids (Mich).
- Libby Huizenga, MDiv: Public Theologian and undercover social justice warrior disguised as a mild-mannered professor and research librarian at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids (Mich.).
- Joseph Kuilema, PhD: Assistant Professor of Global Development Studies and Social Work at Calvin University. One of his many research interests concerns how faith and theology intersect with professional value statements like the Natl. Assoc. of Social Workers code of ethics.
- Stacia Hoeksema, LMSW: Assistant Professor of Social Work at Calvin University. One of her research interests is Christian community development in urban settings.
About the Moderators:
- Rev. Reggie Smith: serves as the Director for the CRC Office of Diversity. He served as Director of the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice from 2016 to 2020, and was pastor of Roosevelt Park CRC in Grand Rapids (Mich.) from 1994 to 2015.
- Dr. Michele Loyd-Paige: is the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion (EAPDI) and holds an appointment of Professor of Sociology at Calvin University.
Join us online Friday, April 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm EST
* This is a registered event (a unique Zoom link will be sent to you before the event)
Topic: Black History / White Memory
Our discussion panel for this webinar will feature Rev. Reggie Smith, Dr. Eric Washington, and Eric Nykamp, with a focus around the question:
Why do white people and Black people remember the history of racial injustice so differently?
Through the hour-long conversation we trust you will learn the importance of seeing History from perspectives other than your own and arouse a curiosity in the collective story.
About the panelists:
- Rev. Reggie Smith currently serves as the Director for Diversity at the CRCNA. He served as Director of the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice from 2016 to 2020. Before coming to denominational work, he served as co-pastor of Northside Community CRC in Paterson, NJ for almost two years. He was pastor of Roosevelt Park CRC in Grand Rapids, MI from 1994 to 2015. Reggie enjoys meeting new people and traveling to new locations to notice the hand of God at work in the world. He is also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.
- Dr. Eric M. Washington is an Associate Professor of History and the Director of African & African Diaspora Studies Program at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Africa Network, a nonprofit consortium of liberal arts colleges committed to literacy about and concern for Africa in American higher education. In terms of his research interests, he is completing a book manuscript on African American Baptist missionaries in Africa from 1820-1920. In addition, he has a growing interest in the intersection of African literature and African history. He has presented papers on the works of Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Adichie and their engagement of history.
- Eric Nykamp is an antiracism educator with CORR (Congregations Organizing for Racial Reconciliation) and producer for the Antioch Podcast: Conversations About Biblical Anti-Racism. He is a staff person at Madison Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. and a member of their church’s antiracism team. He also is an accomplished musician and artist, and enjoys cooking and traveling with his wife and kids whenever there isn’t a global pandemic.
LINKS TO THE VIDEO OF BLACK HISTORY/WHITE MEMORY: