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Faith and Race Podcast

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all colors host constructive dialogue about faith, race, and the Church. Every episode has a specific focus so as to intentionally think about the intersection of history, institutions, scripture, prayer, race, and justice. The audio recordings will help bring the diverse insights and experiences of interviewees into churches, homes, and hearts across Missouri and beyond. For the first season, all of the interviewees are African-American Methodists from Missouri, each with a powerful story to tell. In addition to the podcast, a small group curriculum is also available to help guide groups to discuss the issues raised in each episode and what these issues might look like in their church or community.
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Feb 25, 2016

We unfortunately weren't able to fit the following clips into the original episode due to time constraints, but we still wanted to give you a chance to listen! The four clips cover the challenges faced by justice-minded pastors, "god moments," the Mother's March, and hope. Dr. Gunning Francis is the current Associate Dean for Contextual Education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and will be starting as the Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in the fall of 2016.

Feb 24, 2016

About Today's Episode: Today’s episode approaches the subject of Ferguson through Dr. Leah Gunning Francis’s new book, Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community. A United Methodist layperson, Dr. Gunning Francis is the current Associate Dean for Contextual Education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and will be starting as the Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis in the fall of 2016.

For the accompanying Faith and Race Small Group Curriculum, see: https://goo.gl/ZRwNRZ

Feb 18, 2016

We unfortunately weren't able to fit the following clips into the original episode due to time constraints, but we still wanted to give you a chance to listen! The three clips cover money's role in race relations, women in the church, and Dr. Parks and Dr. Wright's personal observations on race in the educational system. Dr. Parks served as a sociology professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and now serves as the pastor of Paris Fork United Methodist in Fulton, MO, and St Paul in New Bloomfield, MO. Dr. Wright worked for many years as an administrator and teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools, and is a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in St. Louis.

Feb 17, 2016

About Today's Episode: This episode’s interview with Dr. Arnold Parks and Dr. John Wright focuses on history and how it has shaped our world and our church.  Dr. Parks served as a sociology professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and now serves as the pastor of Paris Fork United Methodist in Fulton, MO, and St Paul in New Bloomfield, MO. Dr. Wright worked for many years as an administrator and teacher in the St. Louis Public Schools, and is a longtime member of Grace United Methodist Church in St. Louis. They are both published authors, and worked together to write African American United Methodist Churches in Missouri: A Pictorial History, published in 2012.

 For the accompanying Faith and Race Small Group Curriculum, see: https://goo.gl/ZRwNRZ

Feb 10, 2016

About Today's Episode: Today’s interview with Rev. Dr. Cody Collier centers on why people of faith need to talk about race and what are some good practices for these important conversations. A United Methodist minister, Rev. Dr. Collier has pastored churches in Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri. He has also served in various administrative roles, including as District Superintendent and in his current role as Special Assistant to the Bishop for Leadership Development. In addition, Rev. Dr. Collier has served on numerous state, national, and international boards and agencies for The United Methodist Church.

 For the accompanying Faith and Race Small Group Curriculum, see: https://goo.gl/ZRwNRZ

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