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Trayvon Martin Look Alikes by Dr. Rik Stevenson

posted Jul 17, 2013, 7:19 PM by Robin Michelle   [ updated Jul 17, 2013, 8:25 PM by Jessie Brooks ]

Women's Fellowship - July

posted Jun 8, 2013, 4:22 PM by Robin Michelle

Please join us at 6:30pm on Friday, July 12, 2013, for Women's Fellowship!  We will meet at the home of Marsha McSwain 2226 Fawnwood Drive, Kentwood, MI. 49508.  Please bring a dish to share.  We are reading one Psalm per day, for 30 days.  Read Psalms 1 - 30.

New Article by Pastor Robert (Rik) Stevenson, Jr.

posted May 22, 2013, 7:18 PM by Robin Michelle

Afrocentricity and Africology: Molefi Asante at the 8th Annual Race Conference

by Rik Stevenson (1st year doctoral student)

Rik Stevenson

This semester of the 10th Anniversary of the African American and African Studies program at Michigan State University Conference ended with a bang. Dr. Molefi Asante, the world-renowned scholar and founder of the Africology Program at Temple University, spoke on the purpose of Afrocentricity and Africology.

Article Image 1Dr. Asante's initial discourse was about the disconnect between scholars in our field of study. He suggested that as scholars we should be engaged in more conversations with each other as opposed to simply critiquing each other's work. Dr. Asante stated that "One of his concerns with African American Studies as a discipline is that we don't read each others works. We tend to critique each other without reading each other." The collective of the intellectual capital in Black or Africana studies will find its foundation not only in critique and interrogation but also in our personal development and discourse with one another.

The second area of discourse was in response to the question "What is wrong with Black folk?" Dr. Asante's response was, "We think and operate like white folk and therefore we are off centered." Our reality is much different than that of our white counterparts and therefore we need our own framework through which to interrogate and analyze the world and our collective circumstances.

Dr. Asante suggests that we tend to arrive at the wrong or unhelpful conclusions because we are asking the wrong questions. We tend to ask questions from a Eurocentric perspective. Thus, the need for Africology. We need to read each other's work and converse with each other before we offer an uninformed critique. There is brilliance in the Africana community and he suggested that we tap into it.

Article Image 2His next area of discourse was about Africology. He stated that Africology is a discipline of Afrocentricity. Africology is concerned with what Black people are thinking. It is concerned with the view of the world that is produced through black eyes. One of the examples he gave regarding this idea was a question: what was in the minds of the Africans in Philadelphia during the framing of the Declaration of Independence? The planter, the coach driver, and the cook? Did they see freedom in the same way as their white masters? If not, what was on their minds? These are the questions that an Africologist should ask. These questions are laden with the needs and concerns of those who were in the room but not a part of the idea, nor the process. Part of the task of the Africologist is to give voice to those whose voices have been silenced and marginalized by racism and colonialism.

There are at least three take-aways from Asante's discourse that I thought were pertinent. (1) Afrocentricity is a community idea. Its purpose is to clarify, verify and unify and inform the Africana community. This is unlike Eurocentrism, which tends to isolate and individualize. The motto of Afrocentricity would be "I am because you are and you are because I am." We are the community. Our success is dependent upon our unified collective. (2) As an African community we should encourage and inspire creativity. We as a black people are at our best when we are free to create and develop without restriction. (3) As an African people we are a mixed group, a multi-ethnic group. We are Igbo, Yoruba, Akan and Ashanti. We are many groups, with many languages, with many histories, that still need and require diligent rigorous investigation, interrogation, analysis and critique.

City Hope at Hillside

posted May 9, 2013, 2:25 PM by Robin Michelle   [ updated May 10, 2013, 8:32 AM ]

City Hope Ministries will be at Hillside Christian Reformed Church for both services (9:30am and 11:00am) on Sunday, June 16, 2013: 
1440 68th Street Southeast 
Grand Rapids, MI. 49508

Women's Bible Study

posted May 9, 2013, 2:21 PM by Robin Michelle   [ updated Jun 8, 2013, 4:09 PM ]

Please join us at 6:30pm on Friday, July 12, 2013, for Women's Fellowship!  We will meet at the home of Marsha McSwain 2226 Fawnwood Drive, Kentwood, MI. 49508.  Please bring a dish to share.  We are reading one Psalm per day, for 30 days.  Read Psalms 1 - 30.

Pastor Stevenson (Dr. Rik) named Top Faculty at GVSU!

posted May 8, 2013, 1:18 PM by Robin Michelle

Two faculty members were named Outstanding Professors of the Year by GVSU Freshman Academy students.

Students honored Gordon Alderink, Meijer Honors College professor, and Rik Stevenson, professor of African/African American studies, at the annual Freshman Academy celebration.

Housed in the Student Academic Success Center, the Oliver Wilson Freshman Academy is a support program that offers comprehensive and collaborative services to students who have demonstrated a strong potential for collegiate success and who are from an underrepresented high school and/or the first in their families to attend college.

City Hope Ministries is a 2013 grant recipient from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship!

posted Apr 21, 2013, 6:38 PM by Robin Michelle

Calvin Institute of Christian Worship announces $300,000 in grants to support worship renewal across North America

"A year-long guided exploration of the book of Psalms through workshops in dance, public reading of scripture, theatre, painting, sculpture and memorization that will bridge racial, generational and socio-economic obstacles in a diverse multiethnic Grand Rapids community"

Women's Bible Study

posted Apr 13, 2013, 9:45 AM by Robin Michelle

Please join us at 6:30pm on Friday, May 3, 2013, for Women's Bible Study!  We will meet at the Olive Garden Italian Restaurant (3883 28th St SE Grand Rapids MI 49512).  Everyone will be responsible for paying for their own meals.  We will be looking at Genesis chapters 1 and 2, so bring your Bibles!  We will need a count of how many people are attending, so please let us know in advance.

Spring Indoor Sale at City Hope Ministries!

posted Apr 3, 2013, 7:28 AM by Robin Michelle

Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  Table Rental Fee: $15.00 for an 8' rectangular table.  For more information, please contact Nadya Juarez de Lopez at 616-328-0588.  Registration Form and Flyer are attached.

Check out City Hope Ministries Facebook page!

posted Mar 10, 2013, 3:49 PM by Robin Michelle   [ updated Mar 10, 2013, 4:45 PM ]

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