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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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Dec 19, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all backgrounds 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.

Dec 12, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all backgrounds 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.

Nov 28, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all backgrounds 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.

Nov 21, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all backgrounds 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.

Nov 15, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all backgrounds 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.

Nov 8, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all backgrounds 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.

Nov 1, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help churches of all backgrounds 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.

Oct 25, 2016

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help all churches 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.

Mar 30, 2016

About Today's Episode: In today’s interview, we will listen to the experiences of Rev. Tina Harris, pastor of Grand Avenue Temple (UMC) in Kansas City. Rev. Harris discusses diversity and her experience navigating different worlds and contexts. Today’s episode will be shorter than usual to allow for time to discuss the first season of the podcast as a whole. For the accompanying Small Group Curriculum, see: https://goo.gl/ZRwNRZ

Mar 24, 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 social media, respectability, hope, and schools. Rev. Dr. Gould has served as the pastor of Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Jefferson City since 2010. In addition, she also serves as the Vice President of the African American Clergy Coalition of Mid-Missouri and the Executive Director of an interfaith organization known as Missouri Faith Voices.

Mar 23, 2016

About Today's Episode:

Today’s interview with Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould will discuss institutional sin, prophetic ministry, and freedom movements across time. Rev. Dr. Gould has served as the pastor of Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Jefferson City since 2010. In addition, she also serves as the Vice President of the African American Clergy Coalition of Mid-Missouri and the Executive Director of an interfaith organization known as Missouri Faith Voices. For the accompanying Faith and Race Small Group Curriculum, see: https://goo.gl/ZRwNRZ

Mar 16, 2016

About Today's Episode: In today’s episode, a retired police officer and longtime member of Asbury United Methodist church, Patricia Flernoy, shares her experience living and working in North City in St. Louis Missouri. In the first segment of this interview, Pat shares with us her reflections on being an African American woman in the St. Louis police force and the role her faith has played in her professional life. The second part of the interview details the changes that her neighborhood, the Greater Ville, has experienced throughout her lifetime.

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

Mar 10, 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 two clips cover the origins of the AME Zion Church and the commonalities across different Methodist denominations. Rev. Dr. William L. Johnson, III, is a St. Louis native who has served as a presiding elder and as a pastor of several African Methodist Episcopal Zion churches across the country. Rev. Dr. Johnson currently serves as a Chaplain at Christian Hospital in St. Louis and as the Minister of Young Adult and Cross-Cultural Outreach at University United Methodist Church.

Mar 9, 2016

About Today's Episode: Today’s episode with Rev. Dr. William L. Johnson, III examines a theology of racial justice and reconciliation.  Rev. Dr. Johnson is a St. Louis native who has served as a presiding elder and as a pastor of several African Methodist Episcopal Zion churches across the country. Rev. Dr. Johnson currently serves as a Chaplain at Christian Hospital in St. Louis and as the Minister of Young Adult and Cross-Cultural Outreach at University United Methodist Church.

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

Mar 2, 2016

About Today's Episode:  While most episodes in this podcast have featured leaders from Kansas City and St. Louis, today’s episode featuring lifetime Fayette resident Lealure Tindall will examine what racial justice looks like in a rural setting. Ms. Tindall’s experience shows us that racial justice for Missourians is not just an urban issue.

 

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

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

Jan 28, 2016

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.

Why should you form a Faith and Race Small Group in your church?

  • The Small Group Curriculum was designed specifically with your church in mind as the interviewees and contributors for the first season are all pan-Methodists from Missouri.
  • The Podcast and Curriculum is firmly grounded in prayer and scripture, and provides a safe, meaningful way into what can be a challenging conversation.
  • In the words of the first interviewee, Rev. Cody Collier, “the discussion of race is essential if we’re truly to be the hands, heart, and face of Jesus Christ in a very sometimes violent and divisive time.”
  • Though the curriculum provides everything you’ll need, the Small Group is self-led and leaders are encouraged to tweak the discussions to what would be most relevant in their context.
  • Many discussion groups rely heavily on reading materials to provide the base for the conversation; in contrast, the Faith and Race Podcast provides a unique and accessible way into the topic while allowing the interviewees to set the tone in a deep and meaningful way
  • It’s free!

What if my church or community isn’t diverse?

  • If that’s the case, then it’s all the more important for you to participate in the Faith and Race Podcast. Through the interviews, your congregation will be able to hear stories and perspectives which you may not be getting on a day-to-day basis, and do so in an in-depth and faith-centered way that will broaden perspectives about race and diversity in our church and in our world.

How’s It Work?

  • The podcast is meant to be heard and discussed in community. The materials for each session include pause points and discussion questions to aid in meaningful engagement with each interview.
  • The Podcast will consist of 20-25 minute interviews released every Wednesday starting Feb.10th
  • If you are unable to attend a Faith and Race Small Group (or can only attend sporadically), you may follow along at home by listening to the podcast.
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