Racism in the White Church

February 16-18, 2023

This conference is the second of a three-year sequence of programs on confronting racism in the white church and seeking God’s justice. Woodland will take a group to Truett Seminary in Waco and host a group at Woodland to watch online.


“Time to Wake Up”

“One of the great liabilities of history is that all too many people fail to remain awake through great periods of social change. Every society has its protectors of the status quo and its fraternities of the indifferent who are notorious for sleeping through revolutions. But today our very survival depends on our ability to stay awake, to adjust to new ideas, to remain vigilant and to face the challenge of change.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here?

Two Ways to Attend

  1. Viewing Party at Woodland. See info below. (no cost)
  2. Viewing on your own. Click here for details and free registration. (no cost)

Please let us know of your planned participation by filling out this form. Thanks!

If you attend the Viewing Party at Woodland, you may consider registering to attend online for free directly through Baylor. By registering with Baylor, you will receive the link to view and will be able to see all of the videos a few weeks after the conference is over.

Viewing Party at Woodland

Because of one of the keynote speaker changes, the schedule has changed.

Watch Party Schedule

Thursday, February 16
2:45 pm – 4:15 pm: The Violent Injustice of Arbitrary Loves with Sean Palmer

Friday, February 17
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm: The Bible on Race with Beth Moore

Saturday, February 18
9:30 am – 11:00 am: Racism, Repair, and the Chuch with Jemar Tisby

You might want to watch Policing and the New Testament with Esau McCaulley on your own on Friday, February 17 at 9:30 am. You will need to register (free) here.

Program Schedule

Find the full schedule here.

Keynote Speakers

*Vann Newkirk II, who was originally scheduled as a featured speaker is unable to attend this year’s conference. The Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley has generously agreed to offer the third keynote for our live and virtual audiences. We hope to welcome Mr. Newkirk to Baylor in the future, and are grateful for Dr. McCaulley’s presence and witness.

Esau McCaulley

Author of the award-winning Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope and frequent contributor to the New York Times; Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College

Beth Moore

Evangelist, best-selling author, and nationally-known Bible teacher; President of Living Proof Ministries

Jemar Tisby

New York Times bestselling author of The Colour of Compromise and How to Fight Racism

Additional Speakers

Stephanie Boddie (Baylor University) will screen and discuss her film project “Unfinished Business.”

Greg Garrett (Baylor) and Sean Palmer (Ecclesia, Houston) will again explore how film screenings and public conversation can lead your congregations—and your communities—deeper into work on race and reconciliation. Greg will also lead a workshop on racial mythologies drawn from his groundbreaking work funded by the Baugh Foundation.

Truett Seminary’s Jared Alcantra and Mariah Humphries will join Sean and Greg in modeling worship and preaching dealing with race and justice.

Beth Allison Barr, Truett Dean Todd Still, and Torie Johnson (all from Baylor University) will participate in public conversations with our keynote speakers.

Jared Alcantara

Professor of Preaching and Holder of the Paul W. Powell Endowed Chair in Preaching, Baylor University

Beth Allison Barr

Author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women became Gospel Truth; Professor of History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Baylor University

Stephanie Boddie

Assistant Professor of Church and Community Ministries, Baylor University

Greg Garrett

Author of A Long, Long Way: Hollywood’s Unfinished Journey from Racism to Reconciliation and In Conversation: Rowan Williams and Greg Garrett; Carole McDaniel Hanks Professor of Literature and Culture, Baylor University

Mariah Humphries

Director of Parachurch Partnerships and Alumni Relations for Truett Seminary, Baylor University

Torie Johnson

Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications and Initiatives, Baylor University

Sean Palmer

Author of Unarmed Empire: In Search of Beloved Community and Forty Days on Being a Three; Teaching Pastor, Ecclesia

Todd Still

Dean of Truett Seminary, Baylor University