UNITY: What It Is and Is Not! [FREE Webinar]

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A Conversation About Race, Unity, and the Church

Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.

Candid Conversations
An Online, Interactive, Weekly Show on Racial Tensions
Episode 1 — Unity: What It Is and Is Not!

We live in one of the most divisive and divided times in our nation’s history. We are increasingly polarized over a growing number of topics including race. People of color are increasingly frustrated while white leaders are increasingly confused and paralyzed with how to engage the conversation. Many remain silent for fear of saying the wrong things.

Join special guest civil rights leader Dr. John Perkins with co-hosts pastor Efrem Smith and Exponential CEO Todd Wilson in a conversation on what unity is and is not. Our words matter, so before we can have constructive conversations on how to unify the Church, we must first talk about what exactly it means to be unified.

Don’t miss this important conversation as we unpack the following topics:

  • The definition of “unity,” including what it is and what it is not
  • The Biblical dimensions of unity
  • Why unity is so important in conversations about race
  • To equip people to embrace their own definition of unity

Following the conversation with Dr. Perkins, you will have the opportunity to submit your questions during our live, interactive conversation.

Featured Guest

Dr. John Perkins

Minister, civil rights activist, Bible teacher, best-selling author, founder and President Emeritus of the John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation

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Featured Guest

DR. john perkins

Dr. John Perkins has been married to his wife, Dr. Vera Mae, for over 68 years (1951). In 1983, while in California, John and Vera Mae, along with his family and a few friends and other major supporters, established the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development (now called John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation) for the sole purpose of supporting their mission of advancing the principles of Christian community development (CCD) and Reconciliation throughout the world.

John M. Perkins was born in 1930, a sharecropper’s son who grew up in New Hebron, Mississippi amidst dire poverty. His mother died of a malnutrition disease called Pellagra when John was only 7 months old. Fleeing to California at age 17 after his older brother’s murder at the hands of a town marshal, he vowed never to return. However, after his conversion to Christianity in 1957 and three-year discipleship, he and his young family returned to his home State of Mississippi in 1960 to share the Good News of God’s love. While in Mississippi, his outspoken nature, as well as his support and leadership in Civil Rights demonstrations and voter registrations resulted in repeated harassments, beatings and imprisonments. Dr. Perkins was again arrested in 2005 in Washington, DC while protesting U.S. Government defunding of programs aiding the poor.

Despite being a third-grade drop-out, Perkins has been recognized for his work with fifteen honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the country. John is also a best-selling author who has authored 18 books including his classic autobiography Let Justice Roll Down.



Pastor Efrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership and community development. Efrem is the former president and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting and leadership-development organization. He is the current co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church, Midtown. He’s the author of several books, including his latest, Killing Us Softly.

Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. He received an honorary doctor of ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. He’s currently a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Fuller Seminary.

Todd Wilson

Todd Wilson is a Kingdom entrepreneur. He spends the majority of his time starting and working with organizations committed to Kingdom impact and multiplication. Todd is a co-founder of Exponential and currently serves as President and CEO, providing vision and strategic direction to the organization. Todd lives in Manassas, Virginia, with his wife, Anna. They have two sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law: Ben (married to Therese) and Chris (married to Mariah).

We are better together!

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23

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