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The Color of Compromise
A 10-week book study

"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)

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Join Neighborhood Seminary in a ten-week study of Jamar Tisby’s book, The Color of Compromise, facilitated by Rev. Dr. Jim Melson, Tuesdays October 5-December 14, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 


  • 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”…

this ten-week course is for you!

Rev. Dr. Jim Melson, facilitator, is an ordained United Methodist pastor and is Founder and Executive Director of Cornelius Corps, a ministry which focuses on the intersection of racial justice/reconciliation and spiritual formation.  Jim partners with Neighborhood Seminary as instructor, spiritual formation director and consultant. For more information about Cornelius Corps go to


  • ​10 Tuesdays beginning October 5 through December 14 (Class does not meet November 23)

  • Virtual Class via ZOOM, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ET

  • Zoom link, class outline and reading assignments will be provided closer to class start.

  • 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


Regular Registration: Sept. 10 to Oct. 4



Western North Carolina (WNC) United Methodist clergy and laity are eligible for a $115 scholarship.  You must pay the full registration fee and will then be reimbursed. To access this scholarship, please send an email to Kim Ingram.


WNC clergy in extension ministry or an appointment beyond the local church (only) may utilize this training to meet the quadrennial ethics training requirement. Full participation is expected.

Participants purchase a personal copy of The Color of Compromise in their favorite format. We encourage purchases from a local bookstore and/or one owned by a Person of Color.

*If you need financial assistance or have any questions, please contact Dina Helderman.