Burns Brings Social Justice Discussions to E&H

by Billy Chandler
Rev. Leah Burns of Knoxville Tenn. visited classrooms and hosted a Lyceum to invoke discussions on social justice in the Methodist Church and college campuses.

Rev. Leah Burns of Knoxville, Tenn. held a lecture for the Emory & Henry College community on Monday, Sept. 16, titled “Conversations on Race for College Campuses.” 

Burns serves as associate pastor at the historic Second United Methodist Church in Knoxville. She seeks to cultivate racial literacy in churches and in the community by creating tools and leading workshops, seminars, book studies, discussions and Bible studies. Burns also spoke to students in two Religion classes and lead a sermon at Emory United Methodist Church.

Rev. Leah Burns speaks to E&H students. Rev. Leah Burns speaks to E&H students.In her classroom discussion, Burns spoke of two different stories from the Bible: the story of Jonah and the whale from the Book of Jonah, and the story of Jesus Christ from the Book of John. She focused on a theme of empathy and connectivity between people. “I really appreciated Revered Burns being available to come visit with us. I have admired her passion for racial reconciliation for a number of years. She reminded all of us that injustice, especially racial injustice, has been a part of this country’s story for a long time, and that part of seeking justice in the present is to make amends for the sins of the past – to balance the scales of past wrongs, so to speak,” said Rev. David Jackson, who’s classrooms Burns visited. “I think this is an important message for all of us to take to heart as we seek to make our communities more fair, equal, inclusive, and respectful.” Burns also discussed the future of the United Methodist Church after the 2019 General Conference, with an emphasis on social justice. The General Conference this last February voted to strengthen its ban on gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex marriages in what is called, the “Traditional Plan.” This decision has led to a concern that there may be a split within the UMC. Burns is a part of UMC-Next, a group within the Methodist Church that seeks the reformation of any discriminatory policies. 

The Lyceum she led in the evening covered a wide array of topics related to racial justice on college campuses. She has developed resources in each of the four dimensions of racism: internalized, interpersonal, institutional, and systemic (based on Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation). 

I think this is an important message for all of us to take to heart as we seek to make our communities more fair, equal, inclusive, and respectful.
-Rev. David Jackson

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg" alt="Ribbon Cutting for the newly renovated School of Business: E&H Board of Trustees Member George A. Whitley '77, Dr. Emmett P. Tra..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2134/14785_SchoolofBusiness-CarrigerHall0-RibbonCutting_Dedication_10-13-23_296_2.rev.1697818877.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2134" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry">Historic Carriger Hall Transformed: Emory & Henry College Celebrates the Grand Reopening of the School of Business</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College proudly inaugurated its transformed historic landmark, Carriger Hall, as the new vibrant home of the School of Business in a special ribbon-cutting ceremony held on Friday, October 13, 2023. </span></p><a href="/live/news/3184-historic-carriger-hall-transformed-emory-henry" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg" alt="People on assembly stage with a presentation projected on a screen" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/155/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/788,0,2612,1825/15406_HEALS-HealthcareExcellenceAcademyLabSchoolMeeting_11-27-23_0118.rev.1708369114.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1824" data-max-h="1825" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional">Gov. Youngkin Approves Emory & Henry and Regional Partners to Move Forward with Southwest Virginia Lab School Plans</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry College Approved as One of Six New Lab Schools in Virginia by Governor Glenn Youngkin To Help Address the Healthcare Workforce Shortage</p><a href="/live/news/3505-gov-youngkin-approves-emory-henry-and-regional" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry Biology Department awards winners at the Awards Day on Sunday, April 21 at Emory & Henry College." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/15807_Awards-Day_4-21-24_336.rev.1714077366.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-">Emory & Henry Lauds Students with Academic and Community Awards</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Emory & Henry Students Celebrate Academic Accomplishments at the 2024 Awards Day Convocation</p><a href="/live/news/3504-emory-henry-lauds-students-with-academic-and-community-" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png" alt=" Latest print edition of the Fall 2022 E&H Magazine, now online at www.emoryhenry.edu/magazine " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-max-w="9000" data-max-h="5700" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online">Emory & Henry College Launches New Online Magazine</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College is proud to announce the launch of the College’s</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">E&H Magazine </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">website, a complement to the bi-annual publication created by the Office of Marketing and Communications in partnership with the Office of Advancement and the Alumni Office.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences awarded more than 100 advanced healthcare degrees to students in the Clinical Mental Health C..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences">Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences Graduates Record-Breaking Class and Two Inaugural Cohorts</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Saturday, August 12, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., 103 students graduated from Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences, marking a milestone of the largest graduating class to date. Additionally, the College celebrated the inaugural cohorts of the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Many other students graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry student Destinee Nikole on stage" width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/339,0,1703,1363/15773_destinee-nikole-theatre_2.rev.1713986200.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1364" data-max-h="1363" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at">Emory & Henry Senior First Acting Fellow at Barter Theatre</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p> Senior at Emory & Henry First to Receive Barter Theatre’s Black Fellowship</p><a href="/live/news/3493-emory-henry-senior-first-acting-fellow-at" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>