ALABAMA AGITATION: NOTES FROM THE 4TH ANNUAL ADVENTISTS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE CONFERENCE

spectrummagazine.org | 11/14/2019 | Staff
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Dr. Tiffany Llewellyn introduced the fourth annual Adventists for Social Justice Conference, #AGITATE2019, with this question: “How do we think of ourselves?”

Llewellyn, president/founder of ASJ and host of the “Girl Meets Church” series on the Adventist Voices by Spectrum podcast, took note of the trauma in Huntsville, Alabama caused by police shooting a person of color and then asked, “What is our responsibility to those around us?”

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Emphasizing voting as foundational to the way ASJ will enact change, Dr. William Ellis, ASJ board member, professor at Washington Adventist University, and researcher of Adventist voting patterns, was first in the #AGITATE2019 line up when he described the initiative, “Adventists Vote,” as a way to overturn crony capitalism and return rights to all people as envisioned in the founding documents of our country.

Pastor Danielle Pilgrim used the story of Ruth to support the title of her Friday night plenary talk, “Don’t Count Me Out.” Ruth’s story was framed as a story of equality, particularly of the marginalized and outcast, showing that God actually rewards the outcast. Giving a brief history of Ruth’s people, the Moabites, as the despised descendants of Lot and his daughters, Pilgrim noted the parallels between Ruth as part of the scorned by the Israelites and the historically marginalized in this country. There was an obvious, hypocritical problem in the formation of the United States where words declaring equality for all (Declaration of Independence) were counteracted by counting a black man as three-fifths of a person and not counting women at all. She said that sins of racism and inequality are problems for Adventists and for the country. Asking how we treat people whose ethnicity is stacked against them, Pilgrim pointed to the Bible as showing that God rewards and redeems the outcast because of who He is. Boaz, a...
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