The Color of Compromise Book Study and Reflection
The Yadkin Valley District invites laity and clergy to join in taking another step together in the work of “racial justice as discipleship” through a ten-week study of Jemar Tisby’s book, The Color of Compromise, to be facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jim Melson. This transformational learning experience is offered by the YVD for all who desire to cultivate further learning about racialized culture, to deepen relationships with God and neighbors, and to discern with others how we may more fully embody God’s love and grace in our communities.
"There Can Be No Justice Without Truth. In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby takes readers back to the roots of sustained racism and injustice in the American church. Filled with powerful stories and examples of American Christianity's racial past, Tisby's historical narrative highlights the obvious ways people of faith have actively worked against racial justice, as well as the complicit silence of racial moderates. Identifying the cultural and institutional tables that must be flipped to bring about progress, Tisby provides in-depth diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people." (from the book jacket)
Class Format and Structure:Ten Tuesdays beginning April 13 through June 15, 2021
Virtual Class via ZOOM, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
ZOOM Link and Class schedule provided with registration confirmation
Cost: Personally secured copy of book via favorite book source in your favorite format. The book is available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christianbook.com.
Check out the class outline and reading assignments here.
10 weekly sessions of 90-minutes include:
Opening Scripture and Prayer
A Presentation About the Focus Chapter for Each Session
Small Group Conversations on Focus Questions in Breakout Rooms
Large Group Gathering for Closing Reflection and Prayer
NOTE: Large Group Sections (1, 2, and 4) may be recorded so small groups meeting at other times have access to the presentation and small group questions.
Rev. Dr. Jim Melson facilitator, is an ordained United Methodist pastor and is Founder and Executive Director of Cornelius Corps, a ministry which focuses on the intersection of racial justice/reconciliation and spiritual formation. For more information about Cornelius Corps go to www.corneliuscorps.org.
Resources for Vital Congregations
GBHEM Leadership Resources
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.