01/17/21 - The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Location: Zoom

In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby takes us back to the roots of sustained racism and injustice in the American church, highlighting the cultural and institutional tables that must be flipped in order to bring about progress. He provides a unique survey of American Christianity’s racial past, revealing the ways people of faith have worked against racial justice, as well as the complicit silence of racial moderates. This study offers a diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God’s people. Participants are encouraged to get a copy of the book, The Color of Compromise, to read along with the 7 week DVD series. However, even without having a copy of the book, all are welcomed to join in all or any sessions as able. Click here to register.

Jamar Tisby (BA, University of Notre Dame; MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is a Christian, historian, writer, and speaker. He is the president of the The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, where he writes about race, religion, politics and culture. 


  • January 3: The Color of Compromise facilitated by Jennie Clark
  • January 10: Making Race in the Colonial Era/Understanding Liberty in the Age of Revolution and Revival facilitated by Jon Frost
  • January 17: Institutionalizing Race in the Antebellum Era/Defending Slavery at the Onset of the Civil War facilitated by Don Lincoln
  • January 24: Reconstructing White Supremacy in the Jim Crow Era/Remembering the Complicity in the North facilitated by Ann Hatfield
  • January 31: Compromising with Racism during the Civil Rights Movement/Organizing the Religious Right at the End of the Twentieth Century facilitated by Patti Stewart
  • February 7: Reconsidering Racial Reconciliation in the Age of Black Lives Matter facilitated by Chris Clark
  • February 14: The Fierce Urgency of Now/Be Strong and Courageous facilitated by Jennie Clark