Faith and Race Podcast
About This Show
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.
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 8 - Rev. Tina Harris: Who Are We And Who Can We Be?
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.
The following is the preliminary version of the Faith and Race Small Group Curriculum. If you have not read the "Before You Begin" document, you should start with that. Please contact email@example.com for the finalized version of the curriculum.
Tina Harris: Who Are We and Who Can We Be?
Begin your discussion by praying aloud in unison:
Prayer: Give us grace, O God, to dare to do the deed which we well know cries to be done. Let us not hesitate because of ease, or the words of men's mouths, or our own lives. Mighty causes are calling us--the freeing of women, the training of children, the putting down of hate and murder and poverty--all those and more. But they call with voices that mean work and sacrifices and death. Mercifully grant us, O God, the Spirit of Esther that we say: I will go unto the King and if I perish, I perish.
“Give Us Grace” by W.E.B. DuBois
Submitted by Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge
Associate Pastor, Salem UMC (St. Louis)
Go around in a circle and share your name and a brief answer to this question:
Introductory Question: What has been the most rewarding part of engaging in these discussions? What has been the most challenging?