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Race & Education in St. Louis

Date: Sunday, July 11, 2021
Time: 7 to 8:30p
Location: Fellowship Hall | Manchester UMC (Near the intersection of Hwy 141 & Manchester Road) and Live Stream
Guest Panel: Dr. Howard Fields III, Dr. Sarah Riss, Nick Reinhardt
Moderator: State Representative Trish Gunby

Manchester UMC is sponsoring a community conversation on “Race and Education in St. Louis.” This learning opportunity is offered in response to recent controversy in local schools around this subject. A panel of local experts will discuss timely topics, including:

  • What actually is “Critical Race Theory”?
  • What does diversity education look like?
  • Why are we still talking about race?

Panelists will engage in a live Q&A session with the audience toward the end of the event.

This free in-person event will also be live-streamed and everyone is welcome! No registration is necessary.

Download the promotional flyer or view media news release.

Discussion Panelists

Dr. Howard Fields III 43

Dr. Howard Fields III

  • Assistant Superintendent of a West County School District
  • Co-founder of Black Males in Education, STL
  • Author: “How To Teach Educational Equity”

Dr. Sarah Riss 43

Dr. Sarah Riss

  • Senior Associate, Educational Equity Consultants
  • Retired Superintendent of a West County School District

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Nick Reinhardt, MTS

  • Director of Social Justice and Young Adult Ministries at Manchester UMC
  • Local Community Organizer and Diversity & Inclusion Specialist
  • Author: “Holding Up Your Corner: Guided Conversations on Race: Youth Resource”

Trish Gunby

  • Panel Moderator
  • Manchester UMC Member
  • Missouri State Representative for the 99th District

Covid-19 Safety Practices

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated persons as well as children 11 and younger. All participants are asked to self pre-screen before coming to this event.

If questions, please email the Social Justice Administrative Assistant, Linda Simino.

About Manchester UMC

Manchester United Methodist Church is a 2,700-member congregation located at 129 Woods Mill Rd. in Manchester, Mo. The church is an inclusive community of believers who have a caring commitment to the community. The people of Manchester UMC are dedicated to making a difference in the world. For more information, visit

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Pastor's Note

Have you ever felt like this?

by Rev. Andy Blacksher, Executive Pastor Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons, and two other disciples were together.  Simon Peter told them, “I’m going fishing.” They said, “We’ll go with you.” They set out in a boat, but throughout the night they caught nothing.   

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