The Didier Seminar 2021


The Didier Seminar

In every age the Spirit speaks.

The Calvin W. Didier Annual Seminar on Religion and Contemporary Thought was endowed in 1993 as a retirement tribute to Reverend Didier in honor of a ministry mindful of the many voices of the spirit and the profound changes we continue to experience in contemporary thought and culture.  This yearly seminar is dedicated to spiritual growth through the best comprehensive thinking in religion, the arts, letters and science.  We seek to present inspiring and acknowledged leaders in their various fields.

2021 Didier Seminar with Jeannine Hill Fletcher
Christian Entanglement in Racism: Facing the Past, Transforming the Future

Jeannine Hill Fletcher is a professor at Fordham University whose research focuses on gender, race, and religious diversity. Her book The Sin of White Supremacy—Christianity, Racism and Religious Diversity in America has been described as “a heartfelt lament and passionate advocacy for racial justice—both sobering and liberating.”

Lecture | Wednesday, April 21 | 7 p.m.
Facing Racism: An Historical, Structural and Theological View
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Lectures and Discussion | Saturday, April 24
9:30-10:45 a.m.: How the Past Touches Down in Our Present
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Embracing our Story to Shape our Future: Christian Tradition and Transformation

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Sermon and Adult Enrichment | Sunday, April 25 | 10 a.m. worship and 11:15 a.m. Adult Enrichment
Sunday Worship | 10 a.m. | Guest Preacher Jeannine Hill Fletcher

Adult Enrichment | 11:15 a.m. | Partners in Transformation: Shaping the Future
Jeannine Hill Fletcher, Rev. Dr. Mark Barger Elliott, Rev. Lynn Barger Elliott

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200 Years of Immigration to the United States

Land Acknowledgement Self-Assessment

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition

Virginia Theological Seminary, Reparations

Redlining:  Mapping Inequality

HR40: A Bill to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act


Camara Phyllis Jones, “Levels of Racism:  A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale”, American Journal of Public Health (2000) 1212-1215 at 1212.
Short article on institutionalized racism found online:

Stephen Patterson, The Forgotten Creed:  Christianity’s Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery & Sexism (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Joseph Barndt, Becoming an Anti-Racist Church:  Journeying Toward Wholeness (Fortress Press, 2011)