Dismantling Racism

Christian Education and Dismantling Racism

EL3539, Luther Seminary, January 2019

This course analyzes institutionalized racism and proposes a series of frameworks from within Christian Education for engaging and dismantling racism, and for supporting intercultural congregational learning. Here is a print version of the syllabus but you should make sure to sign into MyLutherNet for the rest of the course materials. There are also additional resources for the course available online.

This class meets in an atypical format, including an intensive weekend of experiential learning.

Course Objectives

  • To understand the impact of racism in particular institutions and begin to explore dismantling racism strategies
  • To introduce students to the literature of dismantling racism, connecting it to challenges within religious communities
  • To provide a context in which students develop and nurture respect for the diverse ways in which adults (especially themselves!) learn
  • To provide a context in which students critically reflect upon educational leadership, and their own role in facilitating such
  • To nurture a learning community in which students can engage and reflect upon their own teaching and learning practices
  • To nurture leadership in education for communities of faith more broadly

Please note that this class is a hybrid course, requiring both online participation and a three day workshop that will take place January 4th, 5th, and 6th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.