George Floyd, Black Lives Matter & the Church (Michael Nixon J.D.)
Welcome back to Advent Next a theological podcast curated for curious faith discussions. This week we are discussing George Floyd and the many facets of conversation that are taking place both within society and the church regarding race, social justice, and equality. I am honored to have as my guest, Michael Nixon, a lawyer who is also the VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Andrews University. Not only are we a country dealing with the stress and anxiety of prolonged quarantines, record-high unemployment, economic uncertainties, but George Floyd was another reminder of racism, social inequity, and injustice that continues to exist in this country. So we’re going to try and answer some questions regarding the George Floyd case, as well as the social phenomenon that has arisen in its wake along with some practical steps a person can take towards becoming anti-racist. We also discuss secondary trauma and the effects of witnessing these types of events in communities, what are some policy changes that could make a difference, and how the church can contribute to the conversation and the work of social justice. Before we get started, we want to thank the Adventist Learning Community for making this program possible. If you’re not already following us on Facebook, Instagram or Youtube, be sure to find us at the handle @adventnext. You can follow our guest today, Michael Nixon at the Instagram handle @Michaeltnixon. I’m your host Kendra Arsenault and this is Advent Next.