Episode 36: Dr. John Perkins on the need for multi-ethnic churches as a key solution to race relations
Noah Filipiak interviews his faith hero Dr. John Perkins, focusing in on Dr. Perkins' emphasis on the need for multi-ethnic churches in America as one of the top solutions to our race problems.
Dr. Perkins is 87 years old and has been a leader in the racial reconciliation movement as a Christian for many years. His autobiography Let Justice Roll Down is a must-read. Among many other incredible stories, Perkins describes how he was tortured and beaten within an inch of his life in the Brandon, Mississippi jail by white police officers. He was put in jail for a peaceful demonstration he was leading along with some youth. He describes how if he hated the white officers back that were beating him, he would become just like them: full of hate. Instead his life became based on the redemption and reconciliation that Jesus shows us as his lead example in bringing justice and love to the racial injustices of our country.
Dr. Perkins co-founded the Christian Community Development Association and is the President of the John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation.
There are several opportunities to spend time with Dr. Perkins in Michigan coming up:
August 29-30, Pastor and Ministry Leader Retreat in East Lansing, MI www.coglretreat.org
October 2nd, 7pm, book signing for Dr. Perkins' newest book Dream with Me: Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, MI.
October 4th-7th, National Christian Community Development Association Conference in Detroit, MI www.ccda.org