Justin McClain is a black Catholic author, who strives to live the message of Jesus Christ, whether teaching in his classroom, at home with his family, or through encounters of daily life in our American society. Justin McClain joins me on The Dignity of Women to give a Christocentric perspective of the current race issues in America, Black Lives Matter, and the necessary Christian response.

Justin McClain

Justin McClain has taught theology and Spanish at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland, since 2006. He has also served as an adjunct lecturer in Spanish for the pre-college programs at the University of Maryland, College Park, and taught English as a second language at Prince George’s Community College. He received a Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching and commitment to Catholic education from the Archdiocese of Washington in 2017.

McClain is the author of several books, including Called to Teach and the award-winning Called to Pray. He is a regular contributor to the National Catholic RegisterCatholic Exchange, and the National Catholic Educational Association. He was a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church’s Subcommittee on African-American Affairs in 2015, as well as to the USCCB’s Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, and the Secretariat of Catholic Education, in 2018. McClain is a lay Dominican.

He lives with his wife, Bernadette, and their children in Bowie, Maryland.

Reconciliation over Restitution

As our country faces turbulent social unrest over outcries of racism, many ask what they can do. People feel motivated to be part of the change, but many Christians are conflicted with affiliating themselves with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ organization, because of its non-Christian stances on political issues and its affiliation with radical non-Christian groups. 

Justin recommends focusing on reconciliation as opposed to restitution. One way we have decided to do this, is to facilitate a book reading and discussion of the book, Forgiveness Makes You Free by Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga, who is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Here’s how to join us:

1.) Go to: Forgiveness Makes You Free by Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga at Ave Maria Press

2.) Use code: DIGNITY at checkout for 20% off AND free shipping!

3.) Join The Dignity of Women FB page, where the discussion will be held

4.) Join us every Monday on The Dignity of Women FB page to discuss a chapter of the book, and to ask Justin questions about the book, his podcast, and the proper Christian response to race issues. 

 

 

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS  

 

 

 

  • Current race issues in the United States
  • The rioting and looting response
  • The social constructs of racism
  • Examining the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement
  • The proper Christian response to injustice
  • Reconciliation over restitution

 

 

 

 

 

 LINKS AND RESOURCES 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s how to join our social media discussion group:

 

1.) Go to: Forgiveness Makes You Free by Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga at Ave Maria Press

 

2.) Use code: DIGNITY at checkout for 20% off AND free shipping!

 

3.) Join The Dignity of Women FB page, where the discussion will be held

 

4.) Join us every Monday on The Dignity of Women FB page to discuss a chapter of the book, and to ask Justin questions about the book, his podcast, and the proper Christian response to race issues. 

 

 

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