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Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony with Paul Kivel
Thursday, October 24, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join Paul Kive–social justice activist, educator, and award-winning author of “Uprooting Racism”–for a presentation and discussion of his new book, “Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony”
Thursday, October 24th: 7PM
Modern Times Bookstore
2919 24th St (at Alabama)
Over the centuries, Christianity has accomplished much which is deserving of praise. Its institutions have fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, and advocated for the poor. Christian faith has sustained people through crisis and inspired many to work for social justice.
Yet, although the word “Christian” connotes the epitome of goodness, the actual story is much more complex. Over the last two millennia, ruling elites have used Christian institutions and values to control those less privileged throughout the world. The doctrine of Christianity has been interpreted to justify the killing of millions, and its leaders have used their faith to sanction participation in colonialism, slavery, and genocide. In the Western world, Christian influence has inspired legislators to continue to limit women’s reproductive rights, and kept lesbians and gays on the margins of society.
As our triple crises of war, financial meltdown, and environmental destruction intensify, it is imperative that we dig beneath the surface of Christianity’s benign reputation to examine its contribution to our social problems. Living in the Shadow of the Cross reveals the ongoing, everyday impact of Christian
power and privilege on our beliefs, behaviors, and public policy, and emphasizes the potential for people to come together to resist domination and build and sustain communities of justice and peace.
Paul Kivel is the award-winning author of Uprooting Racism and the director of the Christian Hegemony Project. He is a social justice activist and educator who has focused on the issues of violence prevention, oppression, and social justice for over 45 years.
Praise for Paul Kivel
Paul Kivel writes with clarity and depth in a style that is adequately complex for understandings of racism in our time. He uses his writing power to illuminate all the systems, inner and outer, which lead to inequitable distribution of power, respect, money, safety, security, and opportunity in the world. Kivel’s work inspires workers for social justice in many sectors of the U.S. today.
— Peggy McIntosh, founder and co-director, National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum, author White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack