How to Have a Courageous Conversation: Racism

Understanding the Connection of Anti-Racism to Discipleship

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This insightful new course builds on the Courageous Conversations Teaching Course.

We recommend you become familiar with the components of a Courageous Conversations-styled event before or following this course. Download the free pdf here.

In this 3-session teaching series you’ll dive deeper into themes around:

  • Discipleship: Understanding how our salvation and baptismal vows connect with rejecting racism
  • How the Biblical language of “family” can help frame the conversation
  • Understanding the Biblical hope of the beloved community
  • How to encourage churches to take specific actions in their community
  • And so much more!

For various reasons, congregations and church members are hesitant about having this needed conversation.

Our hope is that these three sessions will encourage and equip church leaders to feel more confident about understanding the need for such a conversation and to glimpse potential outcomes for the local church.

This should not be viewed as one conversation that will solve the multifaceted issues of racism in America.

Rather, these conversations should be viewed as launching points for deeper relationships and new ways of ministry in the community.


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Zoom Meeting - August 19 - 1PM CDT

Join Scott Hughes, Rev. Dr. Mike Bowie and other church leaders for a Zoom meeting to explore Courageous Conversations. This is open to all participants of the Courageous Conversations Teachable courses as well as others wanting to learn more about Courageous Conversations. We’ll learn what other churches are planning and discuss best practices for implementing Courageous Conversations whether about racism, General Conference, or the color of the church carpet.

Join us on August 19 at 1pm CDT.

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Your Instructors


Rev. Scott Hughes

Rev. Scott Hughes is the Director of Adult Discipleship; Executive Director of Congregational Vitality & Intentional Discipleship at Discipleship Ministries. He is also an Elder in the North Georgia Conference, with an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and D. Min. from Southern Methodist University. Rev. Hughes hosts the Small Groups in the Wesleyan Way podcast, and is creator of the Courageous Conversations project.

Dr. Mike Bowie

Dr. Mike Bowie is the National Director of Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century (SBC21). He is an Ordained Elder in the North Texas Conference. Dr Bowie received his Master of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology and his Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. Dr. Bowie is a courageous leader, sound risk taker and a possibility thinker. Dr. Bowie is married to Jeannette, proud father to Lauren & Trey, and grandfather to Karter and Cade.

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