Race + Faith Monthly Conversation Groups

We are partnering with some predominately black churches in our conference to form small monthly dinner groups to meet and have discussions about racial issues. This is a great opportunity to build relationships and learn more about racism and its effects on all of us. Leadership, materials, and training will be provided for these groups so that together we can learn how to navigate racial tensions and build bridges toward a better future together. Contact Rev. Allison Gossett at agossett@bumc.net to learn more about joining a conversation group.

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Books
  • “The Children” by David Halberstam
  • “Why We Can’t Wait” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” by Tom Wise (native Nashvillian)
  • “Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race” by Debby Irving
  • “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult
  • “Divided by Faith” by Michael O. Emerson
  • “White Awake” by Daniel Hill
  • “Woke Church” by Eric Mason
  • “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
  • “The Color of Compromise” by Jemar Tisby
  • “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson
  • “Many Colors” by Soong Chan Rah
  • “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
  • “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendi
  • “Oneness Embraced” by Tony Evans
  • “Building a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Church” by Mark DeYmaz
  • “Letters to a Birmingham Jail” by Bryan Loritts

Documentaries and Videos

  • “Eyes on the Prize” Civil Rights Movement
  • “I Am Not Your Negro” about James Baldwin
  • “13th” directed by Ava DuVernay about mass incarceration and voter suppression
  • “Jazz” Ken Burns
  • “Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” Henry Louis Gates
  • “Deconstructing White Privilege” with Dr. Robin DiAngelo; YouTube, presented by the UMC General Commission on Religion and Race
  • “Systemic Racism Explained” YouTube