The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World
by Brian Bantum

Awakening Shalom Podcasts

Shalom is the Hebrew word for the peace, harmony, wholeness, well- being, community, equity, justice, goodness, and beauty that exist when we are living in right relationship with God, ourselves, other human beings, and all created things. The Awakening Shalom podcast is an opportunity for digital faith formation at Myers Park Baptist Church that accompanies the Awakening Series, a year long journey of exploration and discernment that invites all people to learn about current social justice issues and how they impact our faith. Each podcast series is a deep reading of a book that accompanies the theme for the year.

In this current series, Rev. Ben Boswell is joined by Bethany Johnson, Instructor in History and Associate Member of Graduate Faculty of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte to explore the book The Death of Race by scholar Dr. Brian Bantum. You can subscribe to the Awakening Shalom podcast on iTunes. 

In episode one and two, Ben and special guest Bethany Johnson discuss the book, share their own personal stories of race, and examine the impact it has on theology and spirituality.

In episode three and four, we hear directly from Dr. Bantum himself, first in a lecture entitled “This is My Body: Why the Body Matters for Christian Discipleship” and second in a sermon on Mark 5:1-5 entitled “Life Among the Bones.” 

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Rev. W. Benjamin Boswell 
Senior Minister

Bethany Johnson
Church Member and UNC-Charlotte Professor

Dr. Brian Bantum
Author and Scholar

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