The ability of religion leaders to become catalysts for positive social change requires an ability to articulate the complexity of racial issues at the national and international level. Auburn is committed to facilitating the kinds of conversations and supporting the kinds of initiatives that enable leaders to engage race in thoughtful and meaningful ways.

Recent programs and resources that Auburn can offer you:

  • Ain't I A Leader? This on-going series brings together women from a variety of experiences, perspectives and from across generational and professional lines for frank, spirit-filled programs and events designed to address the particular issues and challenges confronting black women religious leaders today.
  • Righteous Politics: Race, Religion and the 2008 Election: Princeton professor and popular public intellectual, Melissa Harris-Lacewell offered a timely and important analysis of the ways in which race and religion operated in the 2008 presidential election. Her specific insights into how these issues surfaced during the Obama campaign provided a deeper look into the long and complex history of how race is constructed and understood in the U.S.
  • Homosexuality and the Black Church There have been many discussions about homosexuality in both mainline and conservative seminaries and churches. However, the perspectives of people of color have often either been ignored or narrowly characterized as reactionary or intolerant. In this day-long seminar, African-American religious leaders reflected on the complex conversations about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues that actually exist within communities.

Three links that will change the way you live and lead in regard to race: