2023 Koch Lecture
Racial Justice & LGBTQ Inclusion:
The Threat of White Christian Nationalism
Presented by Dr. Bryan Massingale
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, College of Saint Benedict
In Catholic discourse, concern for racial justice and LGBTQ inclusion are often treated in isolation. This presentation offers an intersectional approach to racial and sexual justice by exploring the challenge that white Christian nationalism poses to both our democracy and to vulnerable populations. It argues that “seeing and loving the world as God does” requires an uncompromising rejection of the idolatry of Christian nationalism and creating a society where the dignity of all is respected.
Dr. Massingale is a leading African American scholar on racism and social justice. His lecture will focus on the current manifestation of Christian nationalism and envisioning and building a spirituality of resistance against racism. In his teaching, Dr. Massingale specializes in social ethics and focuses upon the impact of religious faith as both an instrument of social injustice and a catalyst for social transformation.
Dr. Bryan Massingale:
- James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, Senior Fellow, Center for Ethics Education – Fordham University
- President, Society of Christian Ethics
- Catholic Priest, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
This event is sponsored by the Koch Chair in Catholic Thought and Culture in collaboration with Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, the Multicultural Center, Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy, Department of Political Science, Department of Theology, Department of Gender Studies, and Intercultural LEAD & QPLUS Student Organizations.