Number of weeks: 5
Required books?: Yes
Live video session?: Yes, required
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
How to Fight Racism : Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice by Jemar Tisby is a handbook for pursuing racial justice with hands-on suggestions supported by real-world examples of change. Tisby roots the ultimate solution to racism in the Christian faith as we embrace Jesus’ teachings to His disciples and His followers.
Beginning in the church, Tisby provides an opportunity for the church to be part of the solution and suggests that adapting these principles can offer us hope that will transform the nation and world. Tisby encourages us to reject passivity and to become active participants in the struggle for human dignity across racial and ethnic lines.
This study will offer the opportunity to come away with a clear model for how to think about race in productive ways and a compelling call to dismantle the social system based on skin color.
Classes are held one hour each Thursday evening (6:00 PM – 7:00 pm CST).
This course is eligible for 2.0 CEU.
About the Instructor
Reverend Shirley J. Connally is a retired teacher/counselor/minister with a B.A. (English/French), M.Ed. (Counseling & Guidance), M.Div. (Theology) and additional studies on the Doctor of Ministry Degree. She retired from public education with 36 years’ experience as an English teacher and/or secondary counselor. She also taught freshman English at the Houston Community College for several years. Additionally, she served as an adjunct professor at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College and owned a private practice counseling office for several years.
She has served in ministry in the local church and community for most of her life. She was ordained after completing seminary while serving as an associate with three Baptist pastors and went on to serve as associate and senior pastor in The United Methodist Church. Even though most of her training and service as an adult has been in The United Methodist Church, her childhood years were spent equally divided between three denominations (Methodist, Baptist and Catholic).
She has always been drawn to teaching and helping people, so, naturally using her gifts of teaching and counseling have been dominant in her life. She has offered courses in Christian care and counseling and Bible studies for children, teens, young adults, middle adults and senior adults, reaching all developmental stages of life. She has also offered courses on God’s purpose for the family and prayer retreats, providing time and guidance for those times when we need to go to a quiet place and spend time alone with God. Her prayer is that we can study and continue to develop additional skills and a basic knowledge of how we can use the Bible to help people live better lives.
She is the mother of one daughter in business and one granddaughter. She loves teaching Disciple Bible Studies, serving on the Scholarship Committee, Nursing Home Ministry, St. Stephens Food Pantry and helping wherever she is needed in her church and community. When relaxing she loves reading, crocheting and watching Houston’s #1 sports teams (Texans, Rockets and Astros) and helping people.