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The pastor as broad-based community organizer

  • Written by Danny Tennial
 

Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. is putting the wrap on an accredited course on the civil rights movement at The Memphis Theological Seminary. Gray is an adjunct professor at the seminary. Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. is putting the wrap on an accredited course on the civil rights movement at The Memphis Theological Seminary. Gray is an adjunct professor at the seminary.

 
 The Rev. Dr. L. LaSimba M. Gray Jr. used a 10-day course to help students develop a Bible-based vision of what it means to live in a society with justice and equality as a way of life.  (Courtesy photo)

The course, which began Jan. 3 and concludes on Friday, Jan. 14, is titled “The Pastor as Broad-Based Community Organizer”. Students were introduced to the techniques of relational organizing and leadership development.

The class was designed to develop a Bible-based vision of what it means to live in a society with justice and equality as a way of life. Students were given the opportunity to learn how to organize to bring about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visiion of the “Beloved Community.”

As part of the class, students were required to become active in their community and church organizations. They were expected to develop the wherewithal to identify and interpret issues that led to the civil rights movement from 1950-1968. In addition, they were instructed on how to critique the organizational philosophy and strategy of major civil rights activists from that time period.

Learning to apply classroom knowledge to real-life social problem situations was an essential element of the 10-day course. The primary goal, said Dr. Gray, was to help the students develop a sensitivity for the “lost and least” in society.

Shelby County Interfaith’s work organizers, pastors, leaders, and selected congregations served as facilitators and models of relational organizing.

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