Lisa speaks to diverse audiences around the world on issues of faith, power and politics. Followers are as likely to find Lisa speaking at a justice conference in Australia, New Zealand or Brazil, a Sunday service for a mega-church in Baltimore or a church plant in South Bend, Indiana, a theological consortium in Chicago, a women’s conference in Kansas or a justice protest in Washington, DC. With a profound mix of intellectual rigor, powerful story-telling and searing wit Lisa leads listeners through a transformational experience that deepens their love for God and their commitment to a just world.
HOW RACE BROKE THE WORLD–AND HOW TO REPAIR IT ALL
Core Scripture: 2 Samuel 21:1-14
What if now is the time to dream–in the middle of the mess, in the middle of the deepest division that our nation (and the church) has experienced since the Civil War. What if now is exactly the time to prepare for peace and justice to kiss? God’s vision is still possible, but only if we trust God and go deeper. Wade into deep waters with Lisa Sharon Harper as she guides us through the story of race in America through the framework of her family story and considers three practices that could repair all that race broke in the world.
THE SUBVERSIVE POWER OF YOUR FAMILY STORY
The most consequential divide in our nation is the narrative gap. Stories shape worldview. Worldview shapes both politics and policy. Therefore stories shape the world.
Competing narratives are vying for the soul of America. To heal our nation—and the church—we must shrink the gap between our narratives. What if your family story has the power to help heal the world?
Lisa Sharon Harper, author of the celebrated epic memoir, Fortune: How Race Broke My Family And The World—And How To Repair It All, researched and wrote the stories of 10 generations of her family. In the process, she traced the origins and impacts of racial hierarchy in the US. Join us as Lisa demonstrates the subversive power of family narrative. And consider how your own family history might help reveal and heal the world.
FOUR WORDS THAT CHANGE EVERYTHING
Core Scripture: Genesis 1:26-31
Drawing from her celebrated book, The Very Good Gospel, Lisa Sharon Harper talks the Gospel, race and how God intended us to live together. Mining Genesis 1 Harper sheds light on four simple words that change everything.
THE CALL TO BELOVED COMMUNITY
Core Scripture: Psalm 85
How do we respond to a history of racism and become the Beloved Community described in Psalm 85?
RACE AND POLITICS IN THE U.S.
Core Scripture: Genesis 1:26-27
Come and consider how race and bias impact public policy and how faith can flip the script.
THE INTERSECTIONAL ORIGINS OF RACE AND GENDER IN THE U.S.
The first race laws crafted in the English colonies were also the first gender laws written on North American colonial soil. This lecture will uncover the legal roots of white patriarchy in the U.S.. Harper will illuminate the real-life consequences of the laws for people of African descent, particularly Black and mixed race women, and Harper will explore the theological implications of the American constructs of race and gender.
HOW TO REPAIR WHAT RACE BROKE IN THE WORLD
What will propel us towards Shalom and a generation of abundance? This lecture is based on Lisa Sharon Harper’s upcoming book Fortune.
THE VERY GOOD GOSPEL FOR WOMEN
In an era of me-too, church-too and separation of black and brown mothers from their children by mass detention and mass incarceration, what is the very good news for women? What transformative work might God have yet to do for and through our silenced voices and traded bodies? Come along as Lisa Sharon Harper takes us back to the beginning with deep exploration of Genesis 1-3 and considers its profound implications on the lives and calling of women right now.
FAITH ROOTED ORGANIZING TRAINING
Faith-Rooted Organizing draws from the roots of our traditions to help faith communities engage the larger movement for justice in our world. In this workshop Lisa Sharon Harper will equip participants to engage the issues at play in their towns and cities by examining the response of Nehemiah to his colonized context.