February 7, 2024 7:00 pm
February 7, 2024
Contact: Jonathan Holley
Join us on February 7th and February 21st for a 2-part conversation about race, the gospel, and our call to reconnect with our baptism.
Starlette Thomas' Take Me to the Water: The Raceless Gospel as Baptismal Pedagogy for a Desegregated Church offers a critical look at baptism, the rite of passage meant to signify new birth, and the segregation of the North American church that began “down by the riverside.” Proclaiming the raceless gospel for an undivided “kin-dom” that is coming, this living epistle calls on its readers to submerge all hierarchical ways of being and belonging.
“‘Take Me to The Water’ invites readers to reimagine how our new birth in God’s family requires us to see through the lenses of Christ and embrace each other as members of the one family,” Emmett L. Dunn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer/CEO of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, said.
Dr. Starlette Thomas will be our guest preacher on February 25th. We will host her after worship service for a book and sermon talk back in the multipurpose room.
Register for this virtual opportunity: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pfuiuqTsvHtHgWH71tOf5nWogOi8KB1_n
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
About the Author
Reverend Dr. Starlette Thomas is an author, activist, visual artist, race abolitionist and archivist. She is a womanist in ministry and a wilderness wanderer proclaiming a raceless “kin-dom” that is coming. Starlette regularly writes on the sociopolitical construct of race and its longstanding membership in the North American church as an associate editor and the director of The Raceless Gospel Initiative at Good Faith Media. Her podcast, The Raceless Gospel, takes her listeners to church and to a virtual church service where she and her guests tackle that taboo trinity— race, religion and politics. An unrepentant academician and bibliophile, Starlette graduated in May with a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her thesis is titled "Take me to the water": A raceless gospel as baptismal pedagogy for a desegregated church and is now a book.