Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism

The Baptist Center for Ethics will release their new video “Beneath the Skin: Baptists and Racism” on October 1. The Baptist General Convention of Missouri will be sponsoring a couple of screenings of the DVD in October or November in our state. We will also be making copies available to our churches. I am very grateful for the work of the Baptist Center for Ethics.

I am serving this year as chairperson of an ecumenical organization called Missouri Christians Against Racism and Poverty. We are committed to helping people of faith become more effective advocates for justice. I hope your church will want to share this important video with your congregation. We will provide information regarding how to order a copy from our convention office as soon as they are available.

The DVD will come with a 35-minute short-version for community screening which might be followed by a panel discussion and a 47-minute long-term version for use in church educational experiences (Bible study or discipleship training). The longer version is designed to use over a four-week period. The DVD will have an accompanying online discussion guide for the long version and a secondary Web page with a large volume of articles. The DVD will also have extras for those who want a longer discussion experience. The link below is a video clip excerpt from the soon to be released video which highlights the Repentance and Reconciliation Service held at the Ghana slave castle in 2007.

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