The Carl Spain Center hosted a workshop called “Let’s Get Ready To Talk About Race” on Sept. 27-28 where Ron Holland spoke on how to discuss race from a biblical standpoint.
Ron Holland was invited to speak at an event hosted by ACU in Bible 114 for two days. He discussed how we as a generation should be confronting race and how people who are not colored should look at certain situations.
Ron Holland is from The Hills Church Church of Christ in Fort Worth and this talk was attended by about thirty people on average. Most people were from local churches in Abilene, but the Carl Spain Center would like to influence students to come and take a look if they have this event again.
“All the leaders of our church go through the ‘Lets Get Ready to Talk about Race’ material,” Holland said. “It has helped us ask better questions, seek better answers, and most of all, listen with better understanding and empathy.”
The meeting’s goal was to shoot for the biblical standpoint of race and scripture, such as the books of Philippians, Romans, and John, was used. This is crucial for ACU students to look at it this way being from a Christian university.
The Pledging Director of Nu Kappa Si, Caleb Jackson attended the meeting along with a few students and he said he was inspired by the talk and thinks that as students in this generation, more students should be influenced to attend this. He said that they were taught how to meet people in the middle and how to approach conversations about race.
“I encourage you to go if you are curious on how to approach conversations like this, no it’s not political, but it’s coming from a biblical standpoint,” Jackson said. “We are facing this problem in America and everyone knows that, so this is the way to show Christ to somebody and it is better to know it and not need it rather than need it and not know it.”
The Carl Spain Center is looking to schedule another workshop that will be open for students to come with an open mind about race and learn how to show Christ to others, no matter the race.