Plainfield Ministers tackle race relations in Black and White
2/26/2020, 3:59 p.m.
Two Plainfield ministers and their churches, one black and one white, will tackle the sensitive topic of race relations this Saturday evening in a live conversation, "Black and White in America Live – a fruitful conversation about Black and White Relations in America" from 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 29, 2020.
Bishop Nolan McCants, founder of Harvest Church Plainfield and Pastor Fran Leeman, founder of LifeSpring Community Church, also in Plainfield, will lead this powerful event. The conversation will include questions and comments from the audience.
Leeman, whose church is predominantly white, invited McCants, whose church is primarily black to chat about the topic of race relations, especially in the church.
"This subject is important for this time in our country, but not limited to this time," Leeman said. "Nolan and I have been friends for years and we've done some work together, so I asked him to join me.
"Faith and religion are influenced by many factors including race," Leeman said. The evening will focus on a candid discussion about the history of race in organized religion and society in general.
"I didn't know what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how in tune everyone seemed to be to the subject," McCants said. "That gave us the idea that maybe this topic needs and deserves time with big audience.
"We have to be vigilant about connecting openly and honestly with people of every kind if we ever hope to realize the world that God intended for us," McCants said. "Conversations like this are a good step in that direction," he said.
Admission is free. "Black and White In America Live" will take place in the auditorium at Plainfield High School – Central Campus, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive, Plainfield. All who attend are asked to enter through Door G.