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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 1, Episode 5: Black Theology with Rev. Dr. William Johnson III

Host Connor Kenaston interviews Rev. Dr. William Johnson III speaks to the theology of racial justice and reconciliation. Rev. Dr. Johnson is a native of St. Louis and served as minister in several churches before becoming chaplain at Christian Hospital in St. Louis and as Minister of Young Adults and Cross-Cultural Ministry Outreach at University Methodist Church.

Season 1, Episode 4: Racial Justice in Rural Settings with Lealure Tindall

Host Connor Kenaston shares an oral history interview he recorded with Lealure Tindall about her experience of growing up Black in small-town Missouri in the 1950’s.

Season 1, Episode 3: Ferguson and Faith with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Host Connor Kenaston talks to Dr. Leah Gunning Francis about her book Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community. On August 9, 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer became a catalyst for new conversations about race across the United States.

Season 1, Episode 2: Past’s Presence with Drs. Arnold Parks and John Wright

Join host Connor Kenaston as he talks with Dr. John Wright and Dr. Arnold Parks, co-authors of African American United Methodist Churches in Missouri. Dr. Arnold Parks is a former sociologist professor at Lincoln University in Jefferson City and is currently a pastor. Dr. John Wright was a school principal for over 40 years. They speak to how the United Methodist church in Missouri interacted with and even, at times, contributed to the history of slavery and segregation in Missouri.

Season 1, Episode 1: Why We Need to Talk about Race with Cody Collier

In our first episode, host Connor Kenaston talks to Rev. Cody Collier about why it is important for people of faith to talk about race within the Church, finding our identity in Christ and tools in building inclusiveness.

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