Black Lives Matter: Is the church complicit? A transatlantic conversation

Black Lives Matter: Is the church complicit? A transatlantic conversation

Thursday 18th June, 2020 – 8pm on Facebook and Youtube

We’re really thrilled and privileged to be able to stream a transatlantic conversation between black faith leaders, writers, thinkers and activists on both sides of the pond on our Facebook and YouTube channels on Thursday 18th June – curated and hosted by Greenbelt trustee, Chine McDonald. Here’s what Chine says about the conversation …


Martin Luther King famously once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Stirred by the injustice of George Floyd’s killing in the US, churches and faith leaders in this country have been moved to action along with thousands of protestors here and abroad. 

But what role have churches on both sides of the Atlantic played in fuelling the notion of white supremacy throughout the centuries?

And how can we learn from those churches who instead were at the forefront of black liberation and the civil rights movement?

Join leaders, thinkers and theologians from the US and the UK for a fascinating, enlightening transatlantic conversation on race.

Meet the conversationalists:

Professor Anthony Reddie

Anthony Reddie’s work lies at the intersection of Black liberation theology and Practical theology. He is a Professor Extraordinarious with the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Theological ethics and has been the editor of Black Theology: An International Journal since 2002. Brought up in Bradford in a family of Caribbean migrants, who were part of the Windrush Generation, Anthony has been a regular and always hugely inspirational speaker at Greenbelt.

Selina Stone

Selina Stone is Tutor and Lecturer in Political Theology at St Mellitus College. She is also a part-time PhD student at the University of Birmingham researching the impact of Pentecostal theology and ministry on issues of social justice. She has a Masters Degree in Theology, Politics and Faith-based Organisations from King’s College London. Before joining the SMC team Selina worked at the Centre for Theology and Community for four years.

Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby is a Christian, historian, writer, and speaker. His first book, The Colour of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism, was published in January 2019. He writes about issues of history, race, justice, and Christianity.

Dante Stewart

Dante Stewart is a writer and speaker whose works have been featured on Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, Comment Magazine, and more. He writes and speaks into the areas of race, religion, and politics. He is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. You can reach him at 

Chine McDonald

Besides being a Greenbelt trustee, Chine McDonald is the Head of community fundraising and public engagement at Christian Aid and a writer and broadcaster on race and faith.