Julia Robinson Moore (Ph.D., Michigan State University) joined the Department of Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte in 2005. She teaches courses in African American Religion, Religions of the African Diaspora, and racial violence in America. Her first book titled, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit: Reverend Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit explores how Bradby’s church became the catalyst for economic empowerment, community-building, and the formation of an urban African American working class in Detroit. Her second book project, Overcoming Race in the Faith: Black Presbyterians in the New South speaks to the complexities of black and white race relations in the New South through the sacred context of the Presbyterian Church. Her third book project is titled, Corruptions in Christianity: Dismantling Racial and Religious Violence in Global Contexts. This work addresses the complicated and destructive nature of racial and religious violence in Africa, Europe, and the United States. It reveals how various mainstream Protestant organizations have sanctioned state and local violence in name of Christ.
Community & Media Talks in 2017
Lecture, Racial Justice and Advocacy Program, “An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and “Othering” in American Religious Traditions,” October 19, 2017
Lecture, Religion & Power Conference, UNC Charlotte, “Religious Constructions of Racism and Power in America,” March 23-24, 2017
Lecture, Senior Scholars at Queens,”The Violent Intersection of Race and Religion in America,”January 13, 2017
NPR Discussion with Mike Collins and Rev. Dr. Rodney Sadler on my book, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit, January 18, 2017 at 9:00 am
Lecture, Novant Presbyterian Medical Center, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Service, Charlotte, NC, January 19, 2017 at 10:00 am
Lecture, “Personally Speaking” Published Author Series, on my book, Race, Religion, and the Pulpit – Rev. Robert L. Bradby and the Making of Urban Detroit, January 24, 2017
Community & Media Talks in 2016
NPR Discussion with Tim Funk, religion writer for The Observer and Kris Norris, Baptist pastor and author of Kingdom Politics: In Search of a New Political Imagination for Today’s Church, August 25, 2016.
Trained as a historian and religious studies scholar, I am interested in the intersections of religion and racial violence in national and international contexts. Specifically, I am fascinated with the ways in which religion has often been used to justify acts of racism, racial violence, and terrorism in local and global contexts.