POJ's Dismantling Racism Ministries hosts author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove to discuss his latest book, Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom from Slaveholder Religion.

About the book

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove grew up in the Bible Belt in the American South as a faithful church-going Christian. But he gradually came to realize that the gospel his Christianity proclaimed was not good news for everybody.

The same Christianity that sang "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound" also perpetuated racial injustice and white supremacy in the name of Jesus. His Christianity, he discovered, was the religion of the slaveholder.

Just as Reconstruction after the Civil War worked to repair a desperately broken society, our compromised Christianity requires a spiritual reconstruction that undoes the injustices of the past. Wilson-Hartgrove traces his journey from the religion of the slaveholder to the Christianity of Christ.

Reconstructing the gospel requires facing the pain of the past and present, from racial blindness to systemic abuses of power. Grappling seriously with troubling history and theology, Wilson-Hartgrove recovers the subversiveness of the gospel that sustained the church through centuries of slavery and oppression, from the civil rights era to the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond.

When the gospel is reconstructed, freedom rings for both individuals and society as a whole. Discover how Jesus continues to save us from ourselves and each other, to repair the breach and heal our land.

About the author

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School.

In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into community with the formerly housed to eat, pray, and share life together.

Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood and in community-based education around the country.

Jonathan is also an associate minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.


Friday, January 11

4:00 p.m - Registration

6:00 p.m. - Evening Prayer

6:30 p.m. - Dinner

7:30 p.m. - Opening Session

Saturday, January 12

7:00 a.m - Morning Prayer

7:30 a.m. - Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - Session 2

11:00 a.m. - Session 3

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

2:00 p.m. - Session 4

Event details


Friday, Jan. 11, 4 p.m. through
Saturday, Jan. 12, 4 p.m.


Richmond Hill Retreat Center
2209 E Grace St
Richmond, VA 23223
Directions and parking information


$30 for commuter
$80 for overnight

Some partial scholarships are available. Contact pojdrbbc@gmail.com for more information.

Registration deadline: January 1


Contact Dismantling Racism Ministries for more information.