About The Study

“The Bible Study I wrote on healing race was… written in the midst of cities burning and people in a rage. To be honest, I was not sure how it would be received. (My prayer is that) the healing process will be open, frank, raw, heartfelt conversations that will begin to bring about restoration… My goal was to help church leaders and congregations who struggle with the idea that racism in America is too big a problem to solve. When you believe that, it paralyzes you and creates a sense of hopelessness. I want to remind you nothing is impossible for our God.” (Rev. B. Keith Haney)
Rev. Keith Haney is the Assistant to the President in Missions, Human Care & Stewardship for Iowa District West of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Before joining a District staff, he pastored multi-ethnic urban congregations in Detroit, St. Louis, and Milwaukee for over 13 years. His six session Bible study is published by Concordia Publishing House, and has therefore passed LCMS doctrinal review.

Bible study throughout this summer with Pastor Naumann during our 9:45 am Sunday morning Learning Hour and continuing throughout July.

We have invited in the teaching of this study a fine Christian psychologist who has had her children in our school here at St. Michael, Dr. Bernice Patterson. Dr. Patterson has been working in the field of psychology for the past 13 years and was the director of the Pine Rest clinic in Portage. She has developed, managed, and facilitated cultural diversity training, and currently serves as the Cultural Diversity Liaison for the largest free-standing behavioral health organization in the nation. Dr. Patterson earned her Bachelors of Art in psychology from the University of Michigan, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Divinity from Wheaton College, a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is the founder and CEO of Infinity Consultation Group, which assists businesses and individuals in enhancing the impact of their organizations and employees through the use of education, interactive workshops, and seminars. Dr. Patterson’s deep desire is to bridge the gap between the worlds of psychology and the church.