Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege

Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege

Taught by Dominique DuBois Gilliard

In the Subversive Witness course, Dominique DuBois Gilliard highlights how the stories of key biblical figures show that Christians have an opportunity and responsibility to steward, leverage, and at times forsake privilege for the furtherance of the kingdom and good of neighbor.

Course Details

  • 10 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 2.5 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege

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Course Description

In the Subversive Witness online course, Dominique DuBois Gilliard inspires groups and individuals to reimagine how they think about privilege and exercise power. Instead of denying the existence of privilege or feeling incapacitated by it, Christians can learn to wield privilege as an instrument to advance the kingdom and sacrificially love our neighbors.

Each lesson illustrates how the faithful witness of biblical figures, from Esther to Zacchaeus, provides a blueprint for modern believers. By embodying Scripture's subversive call to leverage—and at times forsake—privilege, you will learn to love your neighbors sacrificially, enact systemic change, and grow more Christlike as a citizen of God’s kingdom.

By completing this course, you’ll gain:

  • Foundational knowledge about key Bible characters who worked to change systemic injustice
  • Insight into how Christians are called to repentance, solidarity, and action to sacrificially love their neighbors
  • Practical ways to leverage your privilege to take a stand for justice in your world
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Dominique DuBois Gilliard

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. Gilliard also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores and Subversive Witness: Scripture's Call to Leverage Privilege.

Course Outline

  • Introduction

  • Understanding Privilege and Its Power

  • Pharaoh’s Daughter and the Church in Acts 6: Leveraging Privilege to Resist Systemic Sin

  • Vashti and Esther: Leveraging Privilege to Stand in Solidarity

  • Moses: Leveraging Privilege to Birth Liberation

  • Paul and Silas: Leveraging Privilege to Create Systemic Change

  • Jesus: Abandoning and Leveraging Privilege to Proclaim the Good News

  • Zacchaeus: Leveraging Privilege to Generate Social Transformation

  • Scripture’s Call to Repentance

  • Producing Fruit in Keeping with Repentance



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