Racial Justice Podcast

There are times when voices outside of congregations, associations, and the Conference can have a different perspective and shed new light on the call to racial justice.  Thus far, we have two podcasts available with two experts in the realm of racial justice.  We hope that you tune in for these conversations to hear about the stories of these two leaders in academia and the faith context.  Please, listen to these podcasts individually or within your congregations; spread the word; and share any helpful insights. - TJ Harper, Racial Justice Associate

What is the Church’s Call to Racial Justice in the 21st Century? Rev. Dr. Velda Love


Rev. Dr. Velda Love and Racial Justice Associate TJ Harper discuss steps congregations can take to be more involved in racial justice and create sustained, positive change such as addressing institutional racism, while also teaching its members about the Intersection of Race & Spirituality. Rev. Dr. Love also shares her personal story and life journey within the UCC, and the importance of using our experiences to affect our mission.

Difficult Conversations on Race in Church: Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum


Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum explains the importance of using congregations to address racism, and why this work must be spearheaded by faith leaders. Dr. Tatum and Racial Justice Associate TJ Harper discuss the psychological impacts racism has on individuals and on congregations; the need for racial reconciliation in our society; and what actions can be taken to make churches more racially inclusive.