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Season Three of the Faith and Race Podcast Releases


The Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church is excited to announce the release of season three of the Faith and Race Podcast, which will highlight the legacies of five of Missouri’s Historically Black United Methodist Churches.

The Faith and Race Podcast is designed to help faithful people host conversations about race, faith and the Church. Every episode has a specific focus to help listeners 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.

“The Saints Before Us” is the theme and focus of season three of the Faith and Race Podcast. It draws on both Hebrews 11, and its description of the cloud of witnesses, and Ephesians 4 with its directive to equip saints for the work of ministry. The phrase “saints before us” invites listeners to consider the duality of its meaning: In that, the new season of the podcast focuses on Missouri’s Black United Methodist Churches and highlights both the work of the saints that came before us and offers an invitation to the saints currently before us to carry that legacy.

In season three, six episodes highlight the legacies of five of Missouri’s Historically Black United Methodist Churches:
  • Episode 1: Pitt’s Chapel UMC in Springfield (Released May 5, 2022)
  • Episode 2: Samaritan UMC in St. Louis (Released May 12, 2022)
  • Episode 3: Centennial UMC in Kansas City (Releases May 19, 2022)
  • Episode 4: Union Memorial UMC in St. Louis (Releases May 26, 2022)
  • Episode 5: St. James UMC in Kansas City (Releases June 2, 2022)
  • Episode 6: Faith and Race Podcast Host Discussion and Debrief
Local church laity and clergy leaders detail the rich history of the Historically Black Church through stories of faithfulness and witness to injustice and invite podcast listeners to consider the gifts the Black Church brings to the Church at large.

Season three of the podcast is hosted by Rev. Russell Ewell (Terrace Lake in Kansas City), Rev. Fabian Gonzales (Good Shepherd in Kansas City) and Rev. Sharon Williams (Missouri Conference Office of Mission, Service and Justice).

Previously, the Faith and Race podcast released two seasons, season one in 2015-2016 and season two in 2016-2017. Both seasons, and related small group curriculum for season one, are available at

Two of season three’s six episodes are currently available, with new episodes releasing weekly on Thursdays through June 9, 2022. The Faith and Race Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify and via the Missouri Conference website at
The United Methodist Church in Missouri is made up of almost 700 local churches, approximately 1,000 retired and active clergy and more than 65,000 weekly worshippers. Learn more about the United Methodist Church in Missouri at