Watch on YouTube at 6:45 p.m. Central

The conversation on "America Loves Indians… Especially at Thanksgiving: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Vine Deloria, Jr.'s 'God Is Red'" begins at 6:45 p.m. Central. Please put your questions and comments in the YouTube chat.

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Phillips Theological Seminary invites the community to join in a conversation on the theme of "America Loves Indians… Especially at Thanksgiving: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Vine Deloria, Jr.'s God Is Red."

The Nov. 7 program will be offered via YouTube and in-person at 6:45 p.m. In-person attendees are invited to a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Phillips, 901 N. Mingo Rd. in Tulsa. There is no charge for the event, but registration is requested and appreciated. CLICK TO REGISTER

“One might typically think of this as a book panel, but I am preferring to describe the evening as a community conversation,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Lee H. Butler, Jr. “Just as Columbus Day has been reshaped into Indigenous Peoples Day, I am hoping to have a conversation about Deloria's book to also bring attention to the importance of reshaping Thanksgiving in the American consciousness.”

Speakers scheduled for the program include Dr. “Tink” Tinker, Dr. Lisa Dellinger, the Rev. Chebon Kernell and Vanessa Adams-Harris.

The in-person reception features music, food, good conversation and art.

For additional information, contact the Academic Affairs office by email or by calling 918-270-6466.

Inaugural Tulsa Race Massacre Annual Lectureship

Phillips Theological Seminary announces the inaugural lecturer for the Tulsa Race Massacre Annual Lectureship will be the Rev. Dr. Angela Sims, president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She is the author of the book, Lynched: The Power of Memory in a Culture of Terror.

The book “chronicles the history and aftermath of lynching in America. By rooting her work in oral histories, (she) gives voice to the memories of African American elders who remember lynching not only as individual acts but as a culture of violence, domination, and fear,” says the book’s back cover.

This lectureship commemorates the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. The Greenwood District of Tulsa, also known as

Black Wall Street, developed within an America that held the belief that prosperity was a sign of God’s blessings.

Whereas the all-Black residents of Greenwood, who inherited an African spirituality, held the belief there is no separation between the sacred and the secular, they no doubt believed their success was God ordained. Just as religion is a synthetic feature of African cultures, religion and spirituality were the glue that helped the people of the decimated Greenwood to survive.

Engaging Greenwood’s prosperity as evidence of faith, and conceiving the devastation as the destruction of the household of faith, this annual lecture shifts the gaze from the aesthetics of inanimate buildings to the stories of human lives.

The traumatic end of Greenwood is the story of how easily the Image of God can be distorted and destroyed as well as the power of resilience and resistance. Each year, we will invite a noted scholar to suggest the lessons the history offers and interpret the inherited legacies that must be confronted.