A Conversation About Race, Unity, and the Church
Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.
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.
Dr. John Perkins
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DR. john perkins
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.
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.