Join us in April for a series of transformative events exploring the essence of decolonizing Christianity. In a world influenced by colonial legacies and ongoing fights against white supremacy, these discussions are paramount. Come be part of this vital series as we collectively strive to decolonize Christianity and pave the way for liberation and healing.


Book Launch: "The False White Gospel," with author Jim Wallis

Tuesday, April 2 | 7:00 PM | Nave & Online

Join us for the book launch of “The False White Gospel: Rejecting Christian Nationalism, Reclaiming True Faith, and Re-founding Democracy.” Authored by the esteemed New York Times bestselling writer, this groundbreaking work unveils a powerful argument that asserts the antidote to misguided religion lies in embracing authentic faith, which is crucial for the restoration of democracy.

This compelling narrative confronts the prevalent issue of Christian Nationalism head-on, urging all who are receptive to reject and dismantle the distorted gospel that perpetuates white supremacy and autocracy. With a resolute call to elevate the genuine essence of faith, particularly in challenging the intertwined ideologies of Christianity and White Nationalism, this book endeavors to awaken those ensnared by its dangerous grip.

Drawing attention to six pivotal texts central to biblical faith and the teachings of Jesus in the gospels, the author prompts readers to reassess their beliefs and commitments. This is not solely a message for Christians but resonates across all faith traditions and even extends to those without religious affiliations. In a time when fear, hatred, and violence are promoted within our civic discourse, cultivating a civic faith rooted in love, healing, and hope becomes imperative for all.

This transformative discourse advocates for a politics of neighborly love, asserting its pivotal role in shaping the future of democracy in America. As we navigate the complexities of our political landscape, the timeless wisdom of Jesus reverberates: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Join us as we embark on a journey toward collective liberation and the reclamation of a truly inclusive and just society.

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The Bible's Role in Settler Colonialism: A Focus on Palestine and Beyond, with Rev. Mitri Raheb and Dr. Kwok Pui Lan

Thursday, April 11 | 7:00 PM | Nave & Online

Come be part of an enlightening panel discussion with esteemed figures in theological discourse. Rev. Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian Christian theologian and author of “Decolonizing Palestine: The Land, The People, The Bible,” will join Dr. Kwok Pui-lan, a distinguished Asian American Feminist Theologian. Together, we’ll delve into a critical examination of how Western interpretations of the Bible have perpetuated settler colonialism and oppressed the Palestinian people.

This discussion aims to shed light on the imperative of decolonizing our perspectives. By elevating our consciousness, we can recognize the weaponization of biblical narratives against Palestinians and communities across the Global South. Join us as we explore pathways toward dismantling these oppressive structures and fostering a more inclusive and just theological landscape.

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Justice in a Multifaith Society: with Dr. Shirin Shifaie and Rev. Dr. Peter Choi

Sunday, April 14 | 1:30 PM | South Hall & Online

Join us on April 14th at 1:30 PM in South Hall and online with Dr. Shirin Shafaie and Rev. Dr. Peter Choi for a thought-provoking discussion on “Generous Dialogue in an Age of Religious Violence.” Explore with us at the Riverside Church in the City of New York as we delve into how to collectively pursue justice amidst religious differences. Engage in meaningful conversations, enjoy refreshments, and forge connections. Bring your questions and curiosity; ample time for dialogue and deeper engagement awaits. Let’s work together to build bridges and foster understanding for a more just and inclusive society.


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55th Anniversary of Black Manifesto: A call to Reparations with Jennifer Jones Austin

Saturday, April 27 | 10:00 AM | TBD

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On May 4, 1969, James Forman, a prominent black activist known for his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement, made a dramatic statement at The Riverside Church. Forman, a former Executive Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a key figure in pivotal events like the 1964 Freedom Summer and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches, demanded reparations from white churches and synagogues.

As ministers solemnly proceeded through the church to the tune of “When Morning Gilds the Skies,” Forman ascended the pulpit and began to read from The Black Manifesto, a set of demands endorsed by the National Black Economic Development Conference. This manifesto called for financial compensation from white religious institutions for their historical complicity in the oppression of black people. It highlighted their reliance on support from wealthy individuals who had benefited from slavery and the exploitation of communities of color.

However, Forman’s attempt to articulate the reasons behind his interruption was met with resistance. The organist drowned out his voice with the hymn “May Jesus Christ be Praised,” while the preaching minister, Rev. Dr. Ernest Campbell, led a silent walkout by much of the congregation.

This incident thrust The Riverside Church and the issue of reparations into the national spotlight, sparking intense debate and reflection within faith communities. The concept of reparations continues to be a subject of intellectual and moral contention, with ongoing discussions about its ethical implications and practical implementation.

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