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The 2022 Don Williams & Royce Money Distinguished Lecture Series

The Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action is excited to announce the 2022 Don Williams & Royce Money Distinguished Lecture Series featuring keynote speaker Dr. Robert P. Jones on April 25th-26th, 2022! Dr. Robert P. Jones is the CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and the author of White [...]

Strategic Spiritual Action Team Outdoor Prayer Event

The Carl Spain Center is inviting everyone in Abilene to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the admittance of the first African American students allowed to enroll at Abilene Christian College in 1962. We will march single file in a Prayer vigil around the Lunsford Trail as a moment to remember ACU’s painful past and to [...]

Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series

The Understanding of African, Caribbean, and African American History: Bridging the cultural divide between Africans, Caribbeans, and African American throughout the African diaspora Date: February 28, 2022 Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm The Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series will focus upon the history of the African Diaspora. Dr. Kwame Essien and Dr. Theodore Francis [...]

Spiritual Think Tank

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death the Spiritual Think Tanks developed as a part of the Carl Spain Center’s overall national strategy in equipping Christians to address the sin of racism in the church and in the broader society. Spiritual Think Tanks are designed to study together recommended  books, articles, and videos. They are [...]

ACU Entering the Universities Studying Slavery/ Racism in the Post-Civil War Era

Even as the ongoing pandemic has confined Universities Studying Slavery (USS) work to individual campuses and entirely remote meetings and conferences, the movement continues. We start the fall 2021 semester with wonderful news—Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, joins Rice University, Texas Christian University, and Trinity University as the fourth school in Texas to become [...]

2021 Racial Unity Leadership Summit

Our Racial Unity Leadership Summit is returning this fall. During this three day event we will be hearing presentations from pastors and scholars from all around the United States. They will be speaking on this years topic The Anatomy of a Toxic Faith "For Such A Time As This". Dates: 09/15/2021 - 09/18/2021 Location: Birmingham, [...]


TIED September 9-10, 2021 Fulks Theatre @ 7:30 p.m. By ACU Theatre alumna Crysta Rae Directed by Ren Jackson, New York City guest artist In 1963 the world lost 4 Little Girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Daniel, devoted husband and father loses his youngest daughter to this tragedy. This one-man play is [...]

The Mississippi Delta Experience

The goal is to spend time together as an emerging beloved multiracial prophetic community in the contemporary historical setting of the Mississippi Delta. The Community of the Prophets seeks to re-engage the Spirit that once enlivened an oppressed people to spark a freedom movement in America and around the world. While we immerse ourselves in [...]

African American Leadership Virtual Summit

This year’s African American Leadership Summit emphasizes love because very little love is visible in our nation today.   About this Event African Americans have long displayed love for their oppressors while simultaneously disregarding their own loving self-regard. Divine Love enables African Americans to overcome the negative effects of American enslavement that sought to reduce black [...]

Black Love Matters

The Carl Spain Center Team will be using this book to discuss how students of color, particularly black students on campus struggle with loving themselves, loving others who look like them and receiving love from those who look nothing like them. “The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all [...]

2021 Don Williams and Royce Money Distinguished Lecture Series

The Carl Spain Center on Race Studies and Spiritual Action is excited to announce the 2021 Don Williams and Royce Money Distinguished Lecture Series featuring keynote speaker Jemar Tisby, Feb. 10-11! Tisby is an author, speaker and president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where he writes about race, religion and culture. He is [...]

The Role of Images in Race Education

All kinds of images, from stained glass artwork and iconography to Sunday School materials, have been the constant companion of our religious texts. We’ve rightfully devoted much attention to the written text; studying its origins, transmission, translation, and application. But have we fully considered our images: their origins, transmission, and application? Implicit Bias Studies have [...]

The Conference on Christian White Supremacy

Christians must never bow in worship to the idol god of white nationalism that sets enthroned in the heart of Christian white supremacy. A one-day conference that will consist of the following sessions: Morning session (10am-12pm): All Asian-American Panel discussing their encounters with white supremacy, both in the church and out of the church. Afternoon [...]

Minneapolis Virtual Racial Unity Leadership Summit

This year's Minneapolis RULS event will be held in Honor of George Floyd. It is a virtual event featuring education, worship, and prayer to equip church leaders to be active in racial healing within their local community. The event, open to interested persons from across the nation, will bring together leaders and members of Churches [...]

Statement of Solidarity with Sharpe Road Church of Christ

Statement of Solidarity with Sharpe Road Church of Christ John 13:34-35 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. On Sunday, September 27, [...]

ACU Summit Pathways: A Christian Response to White Supremacy: Where Do We Go From Here; Chaos or Community?

In recent years, the United States has experienced the resurgence of radical and racist ideologies known as neo-Nazism and white nationalism. In this pathway, we will examine white supremacy, its threat to a peaceful society, and how Churches of Christ and related institutions should respond to it. Now in its 114th year, ACU Summit brings [...]

Community Rally & Press Conference

The ACU Carl Spain Center on Race Studies & Spiritual Action is hosting a Community Rally & Press Conference Calling for National Unity with leaders of the Abilene community this Sunday, June 7th at 6pm at the ACU Amphitheater. This Community Rally & Press Conference is for all citizens and leaders of Abilene and surrounding [...]