"God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities.”
—Val Buchanan, director, Office of Community Engagement
This week (January 28 through February 1), Gordon College’s Office of Community Engagement hosts Beyond Colorblind, a focus week to engage new conversations about race and culture on campus. Through lectures and discussions students will consider how racial and cultural identities and experiences shape our views of ourselves, others and God.
Three featured speakers each bring a different racial/cultural perspective to the week’s events. Dr. Richard Twiss is a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate from the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. Vince Bantu is a graduate student in Semitic and Egyptian languages at The Catholic University of America. Soong-Chan Rah is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Each will explore how we can build authentic relationships amidst cultural differences in a nation seeking to distance itself from a sinful racial history.
Val Buchanan, Director of the Office of Community Engagement, explains: “Our speakers are national leaders in the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored. CCDA philosophy/theology centers on the belief that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities.”
Buchanan has been an active member in the CCDA movement for over 20 years.
The Office of Community Engagement creates, coordinates, and supports programs of service-learning and community outreach, furthering the mission of Gordon College "to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to a lifestyle of service, and prepared for leadership roles worldwide."