BLUEFIELD, VA – Bluefield University is inviting the community to actively listen, learn, and begin the path toward meaningful changes on racial injustice.
In response to the death of George Floyd and protests happening across the country, Bluefield University will host a campus community forum titled, “A Time to Keep Silent and a Time to Speak: The Importance of Listening and Responding to Voices of Protest” on Sunday, June 14, at 3:00 p.m. The forum will be live-streamed through the online streaming service Vimeo.
“We need to be reminded that the ultimate measure of persons and institutions is where they stand during times of controversy,” said Bluefield University Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research and Associate Professor of Christian Studies Dr. Lewis Brogdon. “We are in a moment of challenge and controversy and so the challenge for us is to gauge our willingness of risk for the welfare of others. Are you going to remain silent or ignore what’s happening or are you willing to take a risk to build a more just world? This is why I am thankful to be a part of the Bluefield University family. We value diversity, compassion, and understanding. That’s why we are holding this first of a series of conversations. Sunday’s forum represents our commitment to take a stand and to be advocates of important Christian virtues like de-centering ourselves, listening to people who have been silenced, showing compassion for our neighbors, acting justly, and working toward reconciliation. I hope you will join us.”
Panelists will include Bluefield University Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Research and Associate Professor of Christian Studies Dr. Lewis Brogdon, Bluefield University Athletics Director Tonia Walker, Faith Center Church Pastor Bishop Frederick Brown, Crossroads Church Pastor Travis Lowe, Life Church Richlands Pastor Brandon Hay, Highlands Fellowship Bluefield Pastor Robbie Gaines, and other members of Bluefield University.
The forum will feature segments on racial injustice, protests, how the community has responded and can learn, and a question and answer with the panelists.
“It is important for our community to engage in dialogue,” said Highlands Fellowship Bluefield Pastor Robbie Gaines. “I look forward to this forum as we learn to listen and to speak from a place of empathy, lament, and hope. I am thankful for Bluefield University in organizing and hosting this and I am excited to engage in much-needed discussion with some incredible leaders in our community.”
To participate in the forum, please visit https://vimeo.com/428136387