Like so many white Americans, Susan Burner has been challenged and enlightened by people of color who helped her understand more fully the divisions that exist along racial lines. This learning has inspired her to focus her doctoral studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio on the intersection of spiritual disciplines, cultural awareness, and antiracism work.
“I hope to inspire people to commit themselves to racial advocacy work as a direct result of desiring to mirror Jesus’ attributes of love and justice in the world today,” she says.
“People of color have been very clear about how they have been devalued and discriminated against. My faith journey has led me to grow in humility and listen to what they are saying, which leads to me action. I recognize the essential role of spiritual disciplines in my life to shape me to be a woman of courage when it comes to fighting for justice.”
Susan’s ministry focus will seek “to help white Christian college students better understand their culture, history, and the impact of racism in the United States and the church in conjunction with spiritual disciplines.”
She says, “I am deeply grateful for this gift, affirmation, and encouragement. Your desire to see women educate, advocate, and activate change in their communities backed by financial resources is a true act of commitment.”
The Chris Andersen WomenLead Scholarship recognizes the need for diverse leadership in ministry, nonprofits and civic organizations and seeks to accelerate the extraordinary leadership of diverse women of faith to lead change by using their talents to educate, advocate and activate.
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