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Could slave owners own slaves and be Truly Christian? – Aasha Marie and Justin Francis

Aasha Marie and Justin Francis host special guests Dr. Carl & Karen Ellis about African American faith in the times of chattel slavery.

They trace through what has often been presented, the difference between the narrative and historical facts and reclaiming black roots in Christianity pre-slavery and in the bible.

For more info on Aasha Marie follow her on IG @aasha_marie or visit her website

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Recommended Reading:
a. Harriet Jacob’s Biography
b. Frederick Douglas
c. Equiano’s Biography
d. Ottobah Cugoano -Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species 1787
e. John Marrant Biography (available online in pdf)
f. Rebecca’s Revival – John Sensbach
g. Octavia V.R. Albert – House of Bondage
h. Plain Theology for Plain People – Boothe
i. Francie Grimké
j. Genius in Bondage; Phillis Wheatley’s Story – Vince Caretta
k. Phillis Wheatley Collected Works
l. A Higher Mission – Dr Kimberly Hill
m. Slave Stories – Gunvor Simonson
n. Congo’s African American Livingstone
Jasmine Holmes’ forthcoming book on AA women in mission

About Dr. Carl Ellis
In 1969, Carl Ellis began his ministry as a Senior Campus Minister with the Tom Skinner Associates in New York. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant Pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Carl was recently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship. Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at LÁbri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his MAR (Theology) at Westminster Theological Seminary and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School.

As the leader of the institution-wide AALI, Dr. Ellis will teach, and collaborate with our presidents, deans, and faculty to cultivate our mentoring and modeling of students who aspire to serve in predominantly black church and multi-ethnic contexts, as well as to promote fellowship for our African American students. He will work directly with the Chancellor as RTS seeks to grow the minority leadership of this generation and the next in the Reformed community, and to increase in our institutional diversity.

About Karen Ellis
K.A. Ellis is Director of the Center for the Study of the Bible & Ethnicity (CSBE) in Atlanta. She also serves as the Robert Cannada Fellow for World Christianity at RTS. Mrs. Ellis holds a Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from Yale University. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Virtue Ethics at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies in Oxford, England. She is passionate about theology, human rights, and global religious freedom. Since 2006, she has worked together with the Swiss-based charity, International Christian Response, and has traveled internationally advocating for global religious freedom.

Because of her background in the arts, Mrs. Ellis has been seen in classrooms and at conferences, on television, on film and onstage. She has headlined at the Kennedy Center and the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St Louis. For eight years, she hosted a morning radio program in the Pacific Northwest on PRAISE 1065FM.

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