West Ohio Pastor, Rev. Ryan Grace, was raised in a small White town, where he was taught that racism is dead. But, after hundreds of years of slavery, segregation, and separation, many Black people say the American Spirit has not fully moved beyond racial division, and their lives are still shaded by the color of their skin. So, as a White Christian pastor, Rev. Grace took his family on a road trip into history to see if our culture really has risen above the racism of our past. After touring a house from the Underground Railroad in southern Ohio and walking in the footsteps of the March to Freedom in Alabama, Rev. Grace and his family visited a Black community, shared a meal with a Black family, celebrated the anniversary of an historic Black church, and talked to people who are Black about their experiences. Along the way, they celebrated the progress our nation has made, and saw firsthand that we still have a long way to go. Join Rev. Grace and his family on their journey to see how racism and resistance continue to rise up from underground. A screening of the Underground documentary will be held at Lakeside's Orchestra Hall (movie theater) during Annual Conference on Wednesday, June 5, at Noon. The showing is free and open to the public; if you wish to order a box lunch, register here by May 19.
* Following Annual Conference, the documentary will be available on the Conference website. Email mgrace [at] wocumc.org for more information or to request a showing for your church or group.