Trivia Night Fundraiser — Sept. 20th at 6pm

The Greater Springfield Center for Diversity and Reconciliation is holding a trivia night fundraiser to raise money for its many important community initiatives, including its support of Springfield Black Tie. Childcare will be provided.


When: Sunday, Sept. 20th, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Brentwood Christian Church (1900 E. Barataria, 65804)
Cost: $10 per person; $50 for team of six

The Greater Springfield Center for Diversity and Reconciliation (CDR) was formed in 2012 as a social justice initiative in partnership with Brentwood Christian Church in Springfield, MO. CDR strives to collaborate with a variety of local organizations in order to “transform, educate, and connect communities of faith in Springfield, Missouri to inspire deep understanding and profound appreciation of our differences which calls each of us to our fullest relationship with one another in God’s love.”

“Don’t Stop Believin’: Reflections on the Gospel and Pop-Culture” — Series begins Sept. 13

Phil’s new sermon series (inspired by the book with the same name) begins this Sunday at Brentwood. 

Sept. 13
Johnny Cash – “The Virtues of Wearing Black”

Sept. 20
The Beatles – “The Difficulties of Becoming What You Imagine”

Sept. 27
Banksy – “I Don’t Want Your Coins; I Want Change”

Oct. 11
Facebook & the Digital Revolution – “My Theology is Just as Good As Your Theology! (Wikipedia told me so!)”


“Better Know a Theologian: An Introduction to the thought of James Cone”

James Cone

James Cone

The Academy for Faith & Life at Brentwood Christian Church is pleased to present a new six-session series, “Better Know a Theologian: An Introduction to the Thought of James Cone,” set for Wednesday evenings from August 19 to September 23. Sessions will run from 6:45-8:00pm and will be taught by Rev. Snider. It is free and open to the public.

The purpose of this new series is to help participants become familiar with key theologians in the Christian tradition, particularly those whose work is of particular significance for the church and society. Participants in this course are expected to read two books over the course of our six weeks together: The Cross & the Lynching Tree (by James Cone) and Liberation Theology for Armchair Theologians (by Miguel De La Torre).

To sign up, please contact the church office.

About James Cone
Professor James H. Cone, known as the founder of black liberation theology, is the Charles A. Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He attended Shorter College (1954-56) and holds a B.A. degree from Philander Smith College (1958). In 1961, he received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Theological Seminary and later earned an M.A. (1963) and Ph.D. (1965) from Northwestern University. Dr. Cone has been conferred thirteen (13) honorary degrees, including an honoris causa from the Institut Protestant de Théologie in Paris, France.

Among his numerous awards are the American Black Achievement Award in religion given by Ebony Magazine (November 1992), the Fund for Theological Education Award for contributions to theological education and scholarship (November 1999), the Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion (2009), the Eliza Garrett Distinguished Service Award in recognition of seminal theological scholarship from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (2010).

Dr. Cone is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He is listed in the Directory of American Scholars, in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Religion, Who’s Who among African Americans, and Who’s Who in the World. He is the author of twelve (12) books and over 150 articles and has lectured at many universities and community organizations throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He is an active member of numerous professional societies, including the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT) in the Philippines.

Dr. Cone is best known for his ground-breaking works, Black Theology & Black Power (1969) and A Black Theology of Liberation (1970); he is also the author of the highly acclaimed God of the Oppressed (1975), and of Martin & Malcolm & America: A Dream or a Nightmare? (1991); all of which works have been translated into nine languages. The 30th Anniversary of the publication of Black Theology & Black Power was celebrated at the University of Chicago Divinity School (April 1998), and a similar event was held for A Black Theology of Liberation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (April 2000) and at the Catholic Theological Society of America (June 2001). His research and teaching are in Christian theology, with special attention to black liberation theology and the liberation theologies of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He also teaches 19th & 20th century European-American theologies. His latest book is entitled The Cross and the Lynching Tree and received the 2012 Nautilus Silver Award in Religion/Spirituality-Western Traditions. It was an #1 best seller in religion in February 2012. Naming it one of the top religion books of 2011, Huffington Post editors said: “One of the great theologians of the late 20th century, Cone forces us to look hard at suffering, oppression and, ultimately, redemption.”

About the Academy for Faith & Life
The Academy for Faith and Life at Brentwood Christian Church provides an opportunity for participants from both the congregation and the wider community to engage theological and ethical topics in an in-depth manner not usually found in conventional church study groups. The Academy for Faith and Life explores topics related to religion and culture that is similar to what might be found at the university (and at times even the seminary) level and at the same time provides tools for cultivating individual and societal transformation, all based on an approach to Christianity that values both the mind and the heart.

“Troubling Texts in the Bible” — a new sermon series beginning Aug. 2

Abraham and Isaac

Genesis 22:1-18 — “A Call for Child Sacrifice?”
Aug. 2

Deuteronomy 20:10-18 — “A Call for Genocide?”
Aug. 9

Colossians 3:22 — “A Call for Slavery?”
Aug. 16

1 Timothy 2:12 — “A Call for Patriarchy?”
Aug. 30

And coming soon…
The Difficult Sayings of Jesus

“A Call to Arms?” — Matthew 10:34

“A Call to Turn Against One’s Family?” — Matthew 10:35-37

“A Call for Perpetual Poverty?” — Mark 14:7

“A Call for Eternal Torture?” — Luke 16:19-31

New sermon series: “Help! My family & friends think I’m going to hell!”


“Help! My family and friends think I’m going to hell!”
(or, “How to Survive Get Togethers with Family and Friends — even if you don’t share the same religious beliefs”)

Rev. Dr. Phil Snider

Part 1 – July 5
Part 2 – July 12

Although the title of Phil’s new sermon series is a bit tongue-in-cheek, its content is not. One of the challenges we increasingly face — especially in the midst of so much religious and political polarization, which feels all the more prominent after the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on marriage equality — is the difficulty of navigating the close relationships we have with those who hold different religious beliefs than our own. After all, our religious beliefs often represent what we believe to be most ultimate, and we hold them very close to our hearts (this is true for both “conservatives” and “liberals”). At the same time, our relationships are incredibly important to us as well, and vital to our well-being. Yet when the beliefs we hold closest to our hearts feel under attack by those we hold dear (or, perhaps, we don’t affirm the beliefs that we’re told we’re supposed to affirm) — and we’re led to believe we’re lost or even eternally damned — it’s as if two worlds collide, and the end result can make us feel not only defensive and frustrated, but also angry and bitter. Which isn’t good for anybody.

Given these differences, this two-part sermon series explores some of the following questions:

  • How do we overcome these complexities in a healthy, constructive way for all parties involved? Is it possible?
  • How do people who hold very different beliefs share in meaningful, life-giving relationships with one another?
  • How can religion bring us together, as opposed to drive us apart?
  • Why are religion and politics, the two things we aren’t supposed to talk about in public, so divisive?
  • And perhaps most importantly, what resources might we find in the Christian tradition that can help us move forward in helpful ways?

We hope you can join us!

eRacism: understanding and dismantling racism

Fri, Jul 10, 2015 4:00pm – Sat, Jul 11, 2015 4:00pm
Columbia College Dulany Hall
1001 Rogers St Columbia, MO, 65201

We’re excited to invite you to an excellent educational experience close to home! This workshop will help you understand of many of the issues of racism that affect all of us and give you tools to begin making a difference in your congregation and community. The event will be led by our Christian Church of Mid-America Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism Team.

Cost: $65 (includes lodging and meals)
$40 (meals only)

As one of its top four priorities, Pro-Reconciliation/Anti Racism is intimately tied to the Church’s mission to become a church that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. This initiative seeks to nurture the wholeness of the church by dismantling systemic racism and other oppressive structures.


Friday, July 10 Registration 4-6pm; Dinner at 6pm; Session #1 at 7pm
Saturday, July 11 Breakfast at 7:30am; Session #2 at 9am; Lunch at noon; Session #3 at 1pm, Workshop ends at 4pm.

Who Should Attend?

Clergy, youth and children’s ministry staff/volunteers, young adults, church boards, elders, deacons, pastoral search committees.

Online Registration
Printable Registration

Juneteenth + PrideFest Equality March

On Saturday, June 20th, participants from Brentwood and the community are invited to participate in two simultaneous events in downtown Springfield: Juneteenth Celebration and Springfield Equality March/PrideFest. 

Here’s information about each:


The NAACP, Midtown Carnegie Library, the City of Springfield, and the Springfield Greene County Park Board invite the public to celebrate and share in what freedom means to them.  Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
Cheryl Clay, President of the Springfield Missouri NAACP, will be issuing a statement about the Charleston murders.  At 1:30, there will also be a moment of silence and a prayer for the victims, their families, and the Emanuel AME Church community.  The Emanuel AME Church is one of oldest and most historically significant churches in the South.
 12:00 WELCOME NAACP PRESIDENT—Cheryl Clay        
12:05 GREETINGS MIDTOWN LIBRARY –Ingrid Bohnenkamp & Eva Pelkey
12:15 GREETINGS ZONE 1—Phyllis Ferguson, Councilwoman
12:20 MUSICAL SELECTION—Kyleigh Jackson 
12:25 RECOGNITION OF BOOTHS—Representatives of community organizations
12:30 MUSICAL SELECTION—Solomon Brown
12:35 SPOKEN WORD—Pastor TJ Appleby 
12:45 DANCE GROUP—SOS (Saving Our Sisters) 
12:55 GREETINGS ZONE 3—Mike Schilling Councilperson 
1:40 SPRINGFIELD ART MUSEUM—Children’s Activity 
2:00 GREETINGS—Mayor Bob Stephens