On February 16, approximately 500 people attended the Tyndale-sponsored Under Our Skin Forum on Race and Faith at The Crossing Church in Tampa and more than 30 groups from 15 different states participated via live streaming. In addition, CBN’s “700 Club” sent a crew to cover the event, the local Salem radio station did a live remote, and the Tampa Times, among media outlets, reported on the forum.
A follow-up to Benjamin Watson’s Tyndale book examining the role of faith in healing the racial divide, the forum continued the conversation with thought leaders from various walks of life, but especially from the world of sports. In addition to Watson, panelists included Tyndale author and Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy, former NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner Warrick Dunn, Heisman Trophy winner and executive director of Desire Street Ministries Danny Wuerffel, author and speaker Mo Isom, Detroit pastor and author J. Kevin Butcher, University of South Florida head coach Charlie Strong, CBS broadcaster James Brown and executive director of Restoration Academy Ben Sciacca. ESPN’s Sage Steele served as moderator.
Sales were brisk at the book table—the number of books sold represented nearly 30% of the total attendance—and participants stood in line late into the evening to get their books signed.
Feedback after the event was overwhelmingly positive. A sampling of comments:
Best decision of the day was taking in the Under Our Skin Forum via video. – Michael (Iowa)
I enjoyed meeting all of these special Christian leaders. Great event. Let’s bring this to Atlanta! – Nicole (Atlanta)
I woke up this morning feeling hope and inspiration. Thank you again, Under Our Skin Forum. I think everyone in the US needs to hear what I did last night. – Kim (Tampa)
Our family is watching the Under Our Skin Forum together. Thankful for the conversation and eager to discover our family’s next action steps. – Phil (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
You could not have done this any better. What a world-class event. World class. Truly something inspiring that will spread far and wide. We loved every minute. – Missy (San Diego)
The planning team for the forum included Todd Starowitz, Debbie Johnson, and Cassidy Gage. Tyndale employees who attended and helped out during the event included: Katie Dodillet, Sharon Heggeland, Alan Huizenga, CJ Van Wagner, Jeff Rustemeyer, Adam Sabados and Don Pape (NavPress). Former Tyndale employee Mike McKay also volunteered his help at the forum.
Rebroadcast of the forum is available for purchase at tyndale.cleeng.com.
Tony Dungy Radio Interview
Benjamin Watson Radio Interview
Under Our Skin Forum Panelists
Benjamin Watson Speaks with Sage Steele
Panelists Discuss the Important Issues of Race and Faith.