Transform Live – Skepticism & Racial Justice
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
lunch will be provided
Transform Minnesota is proud to partner with Dr. Ed Uszynski and Nina Barnes for an exclusive Transform: Live, in-person event, Skepticism & Racial Justice: Navigating through uncertainty in the conversation of race.
Transform: Live is an opportunity for local pastors and ministry leaders to connect with well-renowned biblical thought leaders through participant-led discussion and Q+A.
At this event, we will learn how we can practically engage in Biblical discussion on race and racism in a way that counters the secular discourse.
You will also have the opportunity to discuss questions such as:
- Is it Biblical to apologize for the sins of the past?
- Why do many believe that any conversation about race and racism is Critical Race Theory?
- Is racial reconciliation simply a means to make white people feel guilty?
- What does Biblical repentance look like in the context of racial reconciliation?
- Why does the topic of race and systemic racism seem to create such strong, negative reactions at times? It appears that white majority culture Christians especially have strong reactions, why is this?
- How does a Biblical approach to race and systemic racism differ from the secular?
Dr. Uszynski has hosted several events with Transform Minnesota previously to discuss social justice, systemic racism, Critical Race Theory and Black Lives Matter. He has an MA and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. As the Oneness and Diversity Consultant for Athletes in Action and CRU, he regularly works with pastors and ministry leaders, helping them guide the conversation of race in their context.
Nina Barnes is a board member of Transform Minnesota and the Vice President for Student Life and Human Resources at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul. She has a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation & Leadership; along with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries. Nina holds certifications in Unconscious/Implicit Bias and Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as a Qualified Administrator.
This event offers an invaluable experience and environment. As an attendee, you will have the unique opportunity to engage directly with Dr. Uszynski and Nina to ask questions that are personally impacting your church, ministry, and community.
Dr. Ed Uszynski | Cru’s Family Life Ministry & Athletes in Action
Dr. Ed Uszynski currently serves as Senior Content Strategist for Family Life Ministry and as a Oneness and Diversity Consultant for Athletes in Action, with whom he has been training staff and ministering to college and professional athletes since 1992. Besides conference and retreat speaking, his writing has been featured in numerous online publications. He has an MA and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. He and his wife Amy have four children and live in Xenia, OH.
Nina Barnes | Vice President for Student Life and Human Resources Adjunct Instructor
Nina currently serves as the Vice President for Student Life and Human Resources at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul. She has extensive human resources experience, stemming from 25+ years of service within a variety of organizational settings. Nina has a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation & Leadership; along with a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries.
Outside of work, Nina desires to make a meaningful impact as she serves on the Board of a Twin Cities ministry. Her most cherished roles are a mother to an adult son and “daughter-in-love”, along with her newest title of “Gramma Nina” to a sweet, infant granddaughter.
Please note, this is an invite-only event. If you would like to learn more about how you can join us for this conversation, please email our Program Manager, Hailey Aeikens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is a $30 registration fee for this Transform: Live event. Please note that this is an in-person event and will not be recorded. To have access to the content, you will need to be present on Wednesday, July 28 at 11:30am CST.
There will be a limited number of individuals at the table to allow for in-depth conversation and Q+A. This formatting is geared towards group conversation and active participation with other Twin Cities pastors and ministry leaders. We encourage you to reserve your spot early.