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Faith and Race Podcast

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help faithful people host constructive dialogue about faith, race and the church. Every episode has a specific focus to help us intentionally think about the intersection of history, institutions, scripture, prayer, race and justice. The audio recordings bring diverse insights and experiences into churches, homes and hearts across Missouri and beyond. Contact Rev. Sharon Williams with additional questions.

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Season 2, Episode 5: Racial Justice in Largely White Contexts with Rev. Winter Hamilton

Host Kenneth Pruitt interviews Rev. Winter Hamilton of Manchester United Methodist Church in St. Louis. Hamilton is an Ordained Deacon. Together they talk about the possibilities of engaging with racial justice and equity even when living in a predominantly white area.

Season 2, Episode 4: The Intersection of Faith and Race with Rev. Jeff Jaekley and Alie Flores

Host Connor Kenaston interviews Rev. Jeff Jaekley who serves as the Native American Representative on the MSJ Team for the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. Towards the end of the episode you will hear Allie Flores in conversation with Kenneth Pruitt about the intersectionality of race and faith.

Season 2, Episode 3: Two White Guys Talking about Race and the Church with Kenneth Pruitt and Connor Kenaston

Host Connor Kenaston chats with Kenneth Pruitt. Pruitt has worked for the Diversity Awareness Partnership and in this podcast is transitioning in as the new host of the podcast.

Season 2, Episode 2: Being Honest with Ourselves with Rev. David Gilmore

Join host Connor Kenaston as he talks with Rev. David Gilmore, who served for 20 years in the U.S. navy, and later as a pastor in Missouri, before becoming the Heartland District Superintendent in 2020.

Season 2, Episode 1: Identity as a Light-Skinned, Black Person with David Hartsfield

In this first episode of season 2, host Connor Kenaston talks to David Hartsfield. Hartsfield is a political scientist who has done research work in West Africa. He speaks to growing up as a light-skinned Black person in the United States and how that compares with other countries he has experienced.

Season 1, Episode 8: Who Are We and Who Can We Be with Rev. Tina Harris

Host Connor Kenaston interviews Rev. Tina Harris who served as a human resource professional, later as an attorney and diversity expert for several law firms in Kansas City. Later, Harris followed God’s call into ministry and became Grand Avenue Temple’s first African American pastor in its 150 year history.

Season 1, Episode 7: Institutional Racism and Justice Movements, Then and Now with Dr. Cassandra Gould

Host Connor Kenaston interviews Rev. Dr. Cassandra Gould, who is the pastor of Queen Chapel UME Church in Jefferson City. She is also the Vice President of the African American Clergy Coalition of Mid-Missouri and the Executive Director of the Missouri Faith Voices.

Season 1, Episode 6: White Flight and the Story of a Black Female Police Officer with Patricia Flernoy

Host Connor Kenaston interviews Patricia Flernoy, who served with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for 30 years before retiring.

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