Michelle Higgins

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Michelle Higgins


Michelle Higgins is Director of Worship and Outreach, South City Church, St. Louis, Missouri. She serves as co-chair of St. Louis Action Council, a black-led, multiracial activist collective established for the social and political advancement of the most marginalized in the St. Louis region.

She is a founding member of Faith for Justice. She is an organizer, administrator and worship leader. She serves with Action Saint Louis and the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives. Michelle can also be heard on the podcast Truth's Table. She earned an M.Div at Covenant Theological Seminary and currently works for campaigns centering Black radicalism in prison abolition and building political power. She lives with her family in Saint Louis city, their hometown.[1]

Activist

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Michelle Higgins is actively engaged in the #BlackLivesMatter movement through participation in civil disobedience, leadership development, logistics, and administrative support in both sacred and secular spaces.

Michelle holds an MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary. She is a proud supporter of local activism groups MCU (Metropolitan Congregations United), MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) and OBS (the Organization for Black Struggle), through which she has learned a great deal about collaboration and solidarity. She is also the director of Faith for Justice, a Christian advocacy group. She serves as an organizer for the Leadership Development Resource Weekend (LDR Weekend), an annual gathering founded to address the core concerns of dignity, identity, and significance for people of color.[2]

"Racial and class based injustice"

When it comes to racial inequality, “The church has been silent for too long,” Michelle Higgins said. “We have all of the techniques, all of the people that we need to eliminate both racial and class based injustice on this continent. We have all we need, except the will to do it.”[3]

"Should Christians Be Involved"

03.17.17 "Should Christians Be Involved in Secular Social Justice Movements" at Just Gospel conference.

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A panel discussion with Jemar Tisby, Michelle Higgins, Bobby Scott (UCLA), a moderate , Tyler Burns, and Steven Harris Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission - Russell Moore fan). Isaac Adams moderated as Jemar Tisby was late.

Team

Faith for Justice Team November 2019.[4]

3.17.17 Should Christians Be Involved in Secular Social Justice Movements.

A panel discussion with Jemar Tisby, Michelle Higgins, Bobby Scott, Tyler Burns, and Steven Harris.

Ferguson

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KPFA September 2017:

We speak with organizers Jamala Rogers, Michelle Higgins, and Matt Nelson about the protests that erupted in St. Louis after local police officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty of first-degree murder for the 2011 shooting of black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith.[5]

Intervarsity conference

Intervarsity conference Urbana Illinois December 2015.

Lessons from #Blacklivesmatter - St Louis: A Panel Discussion.

Michelle Higgins, Howie Meloch, Karen Anderson, Mike Higgins.

Join our panel discussion in which St Louis faith leaders reflect on some lessons they have learned from their engagement with the #Blacklivesmatter movement. The discussion will include an opportunity to ask questions and engage around issues of #Blacklivesmatter and the Gospel, solidarity with the oppressed, and engaging the broader Christian community.[6]

Co-laborers

Michael Wear

November 10, 2017 "To those I consider co-laborers"

Christianity belongs to no man. The church belongs to no man. It all belongs to Jesus. Some may have forgotten this, but let us never forget. Let us never forget that the way this world counts power and influence means nothing to our God. He will settle all accounts, we can be sure of that. This year, the story we have allowed to be told about us is what we are in reaction to the hucksters and the charlatans, but all the while we have been seeking to live a different story: who are we in relation to Christ? What are we building?

We have built so much this year as we live out our callings, as we pursue Jesus who is the standard-bearer of our faith.

I see what Jemar Tisby and Tyler Burns are building: a bold, Christ-centered Witness that is neither ashamed of the gospel, nor timid in the face of injustice.

I see what Michelle Higgins, Christina Edmondson and Ekemini Uwan are building as they generate new power through their work that is redirecting stagnant waters, and carving out new territory for Christ to work His will.

I see what Ann Voskamp is building as she stewards her influence to raise money for a radical, Preemptive Love. I saw her on a cold February morning protesting outside of a hotel where political leaders would gather to publicly pray while denying welcome to the stranger.

I see Sharon Hodde Miller and Tish Harrison Warren and Alan Noble and Duke Kwon and Scott Sauls and Sarah TheBarge and Ray Chang and Sho Baraka and Laura Turner and Trillia Newbell and Beth Moore and Charlie Dates and Wesley Hill and Matthew Loftus and Sarah Bessey and Russell Moore and Justin Giboney and on and on and on.

I see young Christians in politics who want to build their careers by faithfulness, not utilitarian power-grabbing.

I see seminary students who are pursuing sound doctrine and sound practice, who believe the gospel is for all of life and will preach a gospel that changes everything.

I see young Christians in “secular” fields who are neither arrogant because of their faith nor ashamed of it, but believe in living a life of integrated integrity in light of the security they find in Christ.[7]

Team

Freedom Road.us team, July 2018.

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