Archives For Plantation Jesus

 

Toward a More Equitable
and Racially Just Society.
 
A Review of

Plantation Jesus:
Race, Faith and New Way Forward
.
Skot Welch, Rick Wilson
with Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Paperback: Herald Press, 2018.
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Reviewed by Drick Boyd

 

Skot Welch and Rick Wilson met in the late 1990s when they were both members of a large Christian church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They later joined another large church desiring to be “multi-ethnic” but was over 99% white. Under the leadership of a visionary pastor the church started on a path to become more authentically multi-ethnic. Skot and Rick were part of a group called “Mosaic” whose job it was to facilitate the church’s transition to this new multi-ethnic status. However, their efforts were quickly undermined by the overwhelming congregational resistance to the pastor’s multi-ethnic vision.  Despite this frustrating experience, Skot, who is black, and Rick, who was white (Rick died in 2014), created a radio show called Radio in Black and White, which addressed issues of racism, diversity and inclusion in society at large and the church in particular. This book is a result of that program and all that the authors learned in their dialogues and conversations with their guests, listeners and each other.

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