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(RNS) – The president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary “complained” that he “unintentionally” harmed African-American members of his denomination and recently issued a joint statement on racism by all six presidents of Southern Baptist Seminary.
But Adam Greenway defended the Council of Seminar Presidents’ resolve on critical racial theory and intersectionality, which addresses systemic racism and exploitation when gender and race intersect. The November 30 presidential statement stated that such theories are inconsistent with the Baptist faith and message that sets forth the doctrine of the Southern Baptists.
“The criticism of CRT / I is not about maintaining ‘whiteness’, but about justice and justice,” Greenway wrote in an open letter on Tuesday (December 22nd) on the website of his seminar.
Speaking only for himself and not for the other members of the Council of Seminar Presidents, Greenway said that what she said “did not deny systemic racism”.
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“I would like to emphasize this point as non-profitly but honestly as possible: The rejection of CRT / I by the CSP statement as a synonym for or code for the presidents of the SBC seminar who deny systemic racism is a false testimony,” said Greenway.
Since the presidents made their statement, several black church leaders have announced that they will leave the mostly white denomination. SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd and SBC President JD Greear plan to meet with SBC Seminar Presidents and National African American Fellowship officials in January after the Fellowship Chairperson requests a meeting with the Seminar Presidents had.
Greenway, whose school is in Fort Worth, Texas, said he decided to write his letter after learning that Rev. Ralph D. West said he would make his Houston mega-church part of the largest Protestant denomination withdraw of the country. Greenway said he also heard from an African American student in his seminar who wrote to ask if he should stay at the facility.
Greenway raised an issue raised by Rev. Marshal L. Ausberry Sr., President of the National African American Fellowship, about the “look” of “six Anglo brothers” making a statement on racism. Such criticism of the presidents’ decision to speak out could, Greenway said, accurately reflect the theory that is being discussed.
“With the utmost respect and love for those who have expressed this point of view, such a term could itself be construed as being consistent with the worldview framework of CRT / I, even if that is not the stated intention or ideology of those who do so represent specific criticism, ”he said.
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The presidents as a group made a statement to the Washington Post on Tuesday that reflected some views similar to Greenway’s.
“We regret that our testimony has inadvertently caused significant injuries to some black brothers and sisters,” they told the newspaper. “It was never our intention or in our hearts, even when we expressed our sincere concern about what we consider to be dangerous ideologies.”
The only black person serving as denomination president, New Orleans pastor Fred Luter, signed a declaration of justice and repentance last week (December 18). This document, originally edited by 20 black and white SBC leaders, noted the SBC’s progress on inclusivity, but it was added that in some recent events, many brothers and sisters of color felt cheated and wondered whether the SBC is committed to racial reconciliation.
While confirming the statement of the presidents of the seminary, Greear recently urged other Baptists to examine the statement “Justice, Repentance and SBC” “carefully and soberly.”
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