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The Color of Compromise
A 10-week book study

January 24 through March 28, 2023
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Join Neighborhood Seminary in a ten-week study of Jemar Tisby’s book, The Color of Compromise,

facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jim Melson.

The course meets Tuesdays evenings,

January 24 - March 28, 2023, 

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EST (USA/Canada) 


   This ten-week course is for you:

  • if you seek deeper understanding of America’s racialized culture…

  • if you want to strengthen your practices in the work of racial justice as discipleship…

  • if your heart longs to pursue ways of becoming “Beloved Community”…

"There Can Be No Justice Without Truth. In The Color of Compromise, Jemar Tisby takes readers back to the roots of sustained racism and injustice in the American church. Filled with powerful stories and examples of American Christianity's racial past, Tisby's historical narrative highlights the obvious ways people of faith have actively worked against racial justice, as well as the complicit silence of racial moderates. Identifying the cultural and institutional tables that must be flipped to bring about progress, Tisby provides in-depth diagnosis for a racially divided American church and suggests ways to foster a more equitable and inclusive environment among God's people." (from the book jacket)


  • ​10 Tuesdays beginning January 24 through March 28, 2023

    • The class will meet on January 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28.

  • Virtual Class via ZOOM, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST (USA/Canada)

  • Class outline and reading assignments provided after class registration.

  • Zoom link provided one week prior to start of class.

  • Each weekly session is two hours and includes:

    • Opening Scripture and Prayer

    • Presentation correlated to focus chapter of the week from Tisby’s book

    • Small group conversations on focus questions in ZOOM breakout rooms

    • Large group gathering for closing reflection and prayer


Registration Fee: $200 per person

2.0 CEUs: $10

Registration closes January 17, 2023 at 5pm.

Participants purchase a personal copy of The Color of Compromise in their favorite format

(Paperback, audio, Kindle, etc.).

We encourage purchases from a local bookstore and/or one owned by a Person of Color.

*If you have any questions, please contact Pansy Crumpler.

The Rev. Dr. James (Jim) Melson is the Executive Director of the Cornelius Corps, a ministry based in Richmond, VA, which focuses on spiritual formation and racial justice and reconciliation.


Jim is an ordained pastor in The United Methodist Church. He served for 19 years as the pastor of local churches in the Virginia Annual Conference before founding the Cornelius Corps in 2001.


Jim graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, in 1978 with a BA in Greek and Religion and was a Phi Beta Kappa inductee. He attended Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA, and received his D.Min. in 1982.

Jim and Vickie married in 1977. They have two grown daughters, Katie Leslie of Pittsburgh, PA., and Kristie Melson of Richmond, VA. They have four grandchildren: Campbell and Sophie Leslie of Pittsburgh, PA., and Asher and Quinn Wells of Richmond, VA.


For more information about Cornelius Corps go to

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