Take Responsibility

After Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, my friend Dr. Willis Johnson invited me to speak at his church during their Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. It was a great, humbling honor. I encouraged Willis to share his thoughts on antiracism, particularly addressed to white congregations like the ones I’ve served, and the result was his fine book Holding Up Your CornerI also appeared with Willis at the Leadership Institute at the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas.  Willis and his book are changing the way that many of us think about white supremacy and racism in the church.  I therefore commend Willis’ workshop that takes place tomorrow.  You can register here. The full invitation is below.

Take Responsibility Now for Justice Join Rev. Dr. F. Willis Johnson, author of Holding Up Your Corner,  on Zoom for a special Civic Saturday on June 13 at 11am PDT/2pm EDT. He will share his ideas with Citizen University CEO Eric Liu about how we all can take responsibility now for justice. Then join in the dialogue in Civic Circles — small groups that begin in structured discussion and lead to commitments to action. RSVP NOW 


F. Willis Johnson currently leads Living Tree Church in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to starting Living Tree, he was senior minister of Wellspring Church in Ferguson, Missouri, where thousands have been influenced by his prophetic, faith-filled reflections and strategies on social justice and racial understanding. He counsels bishops, general board agencies, conferences, and local churches across the country. He has also served in professional ministry in Indiana and North Carolina for the last 15 years. Johnson’s writing and lecturing credits range from TIME Magazine, National Public Radio, universities, and seminaries to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History Culture. He has been adjunct faculty at Drew Theological School, Methodist Theological School of Ohio, and Eden Theological Seminary.

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