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Colorblind to Vision Series
October 11, 2020 @ 8:45 am - 9:45 am
An event every week that begins at 8:45 am on Sunday, repeating until October 18, 2020
LeAnn Pedersen Pope, a longtime member of WCC, will be discussing her Master of Theology thesis, From Colorblind to Clearer Vision: A White Christian’s Unexpected Journey Toward Redemption on Sunday mornings, October 11 and 18, 8:45-9:45. Contact us for login information.
After a 32-year career as a litigation lawyer, LeAnn decided to pursue a change in her vocation strategy from success to significance. Pursuing a call to attend seminary, LeAnn retired from the legal profession in 2015 and began her studies in the Master of Theology program at Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. She graduated this May.
LeAnn felt called to seminary after witnessing the events over five years ago in Ferguson, Baltimore, and other cities, triggered by the killing of black men by white police officers. Like many of us during that time, LeAnn felt a deep sadness about the pronounced racial divide in our country and wanted to do something about it.
LeAnn’s thesis is the culmination of four years of research and self-reflection, examining racism and the power of whiteness. She admits her mistakes, her misguided perception of race and racism, and examines why white people are so afraid to talk about racism. She also writes about her spiritual transformation: from believing that the pulpit is no place for the politics of social justice to believing that the church cannot be church without speaking truth to the powers of injustice. It is a story of profound ontological change, at a point in life when most people assume it is too late to change the way they see their world.
Senior Pastor Jeff Braun will conduct an interview with LeAnn that will be released to the congregation, along with LeAnn’s thesis, on Wednesday, October 7. The interview and thesis will serve as helpful background for the two live sessions with LeAnn on October 11 and 18.