, 29 tweets, 22 min read Read on Twitter
Glad to be part of this convo! Need to define terms to begin:
Here are a few helpful ways I think of #racism:
Racism = Prejudice + Power to impact the lives and futures of the “other”. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 1/
Racism = the implementation of structural, systemic, legal and/or political hierarchy of human belonging based on arbitrary physical features. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 2/
Racism = the #racialization of society’s systems and structures by #intent OR by #impact. 3/#LiberatingEvangelicalism
Sexism = implementation of hierarchy of belonging according to gender identity. (Illustration by Chelsea Beck) 4/ #LiberatingEvangelicalism
Sexism = Structures, systems, laws, politics, practices, norms, values that protect the supremacy of men. 5/ #LiberatingEvangelicalism
Patriarchy places ultimate power in the males of a household. In US and in the Evangelical Church that power has been historically, structurally, systemically, theologically, ecclesiologically, and politically vested in WHITE men. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 6/
What do we mean when we talk about #Intersectionality? The term was coined by #kimberlecrenshaw. I like this Webster’s Dictionary Definition: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/int… 7/ #LiberatingEvangelicalism
I think of #intersectionality like this: The intersections of our overlapping identities and the cumulative oppressions heaped on our bodies, families, communities and futures because of those identities. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 8/
#Intersectionality demands that we understand the PARTICULAR patterns of oppression that occur when certain identities overlap. I’ve come to understand points of intersection as the places where modus operandi of #WhitePatriarchy are clearest. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 9/
To understand how White Patriarchy protects the supremacy of white men in #evangelicalism, let’s take a look at the power brokers and space shapers at the top of Evangelicalisms pillar institutions: #LiberatingEvangelicalism 10/
@CTmagazine (flagship institution of modern US Evangelicalism). Around since 1956–shaping the sensibilities and worldview of evangelicals for 63 years. This is its leadership team: 2/3rds male. White Men control content. White Women keep it going. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 11/
@BillyGraham Evangelistic Association: Look them up. One woman. Nearly all white. Plus, there’s this: billygraham.org/about/biograph… #LiberatingEvangelicalism 12/
Campus Crusade for Christ (Now, @Cru): Beautiful people with great hearts. This is not about the people. This is about the structure and how White Patriarchy works in evangelicalism: cru.org/us/en/about/ou… #LiberatingEvangelicalism 13/
@intervarsityusa. Its history of intentional struggle with race/gender have led them down a much different path. Next step for IVCF is to examine how wedded the POC at top are to European-male-centric theological authorities: intervarsity.org/leadership #LiberatingEvangelicalism 14/
And finally, ((drumroll)) @TGC (The Gospel Coalition): Leadership all white. All male. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 15/
So, @TGC shows a lot. They consider themselves the modern day protectors of the purity of Jesus’ good news. Here’s rest of staff: Operations: All directors White men. White women get to be managers. Alen, only POC (God love him) gets to assist. #LiberatingEvangelicalism #16/
The @TGC Editorial staff: 4 of 16 are women. Only 2 women are editors (both white). Another woman is director of women’s content (well at least they thought of us). The final woman (WOC?) is the only “Assistant” in department. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 17/
Then, of course there’s the @TGC Women’s Training Network: All White Women. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 18/
Almost done. @TGC International Outreach: Director is a White man. Two other women in department are White women. They get to manage and assist the #patriarchy as it spreads far and wide. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 19/
And bringing up the rear are the folks in charge of @TGC courses and expository preaching—the ones tasked with training the next generation of acolytes of White Patriarchy: All men. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 20/
So, there you see it. #THIS has been my experience of the intersection of racism and sexism in evangelicalism.
#LiberatingEvangelicalism 21/
Leadership demographics of Evangelicalism’s major institutions reveal beliefs about POC and women (especially WOC): We are NOT created w/ the call of God, nor the capacity, to exercise Genesis 1:26 dominion (stewardship) of the church or the gospel. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 22/
Of course, this is heresy. And my healing from this heresy has come from the scripture itself. Genesis 1:26-27 is clear. To be human is to be made with the call of God and the capacity to steward the world! #LiberatingEvangelicalism 23/
Also, check it out: When I study my Bible looking for Europeans, I come up empty. Every👏🏾single👏🏾person👏🏾in👏🏾the 👏🏾entire👏🏾Bible👏🏾is👏🏾a colonized POC—except one: Pilate. And he could have been a brother, too. We don’t know. I’m just being generous. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 24/
And Jesus breaks white patriarchy by being born of a woman of color! #LiberatingEvangelicalism 25/
And Jesus breaks #whitepatriarchy by commissioning a WOC to be the first evangelist in the Gospels! #SamaritanWoman 26/
(Illustration by Jesus Mafa)
And there’s the Syrophoenician woman with whom Jesus has coded theological discussion! #LiberatingEvangelicalism 27/
And... ok you get the point. But in case you don’t. You can read this #twittersermon I did last fall. twitter.com/i/moments/1106… #LiberatingEvangelicalism 28/
So, how to break #patriarchy in #evangelicalism, as WOC? Don’t wait for patriarchy’s affirmation. Stand on both feet, rooted in truth. Agree w/ God: I too am made in God’s image—called, w/ capacity to steward the world, the church and the #Gospel. #LiberatingEvangelicalism 29/29
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to Lisa Sharon Harper
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Follow Us on Twitter!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!