Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters Addresses Race and Faith, Bringing a Message of Hope for America on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.—

Flower Mound, Texas – Jan. 4, 2017 Flower Mound United Methodist Church (FMUMC) invites the community to a special presentation by Reverend Dr. Michael W. Waters, a sought-after speaker recognized as an SMU Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader, Dallas Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” EBONY Magazine’s "30 Under 30,” and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas. Dr. Waters will deliver a message in the new FMUMC sanctuary on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. followed by a Q&A and book signing of his latest work, Stakes is High: Race, Faith and Hope for America (Chalice Press).

Founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church in Dallas, SMU Perkins adjunct professor, award-winning author, commentator and activist, Dr. Waters will share insights on the African-American experience and the struggle for racial equality. This program is presented as a gift to the community by the FMUMC Church & Society Committee. Admission is free.

In advanced publicity for Stakes is High, a title based on hip-hop lyricism, the publisher challenges our society to rediscover hope and use it as momentum and strength for change. The foreword by Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie states that Dr. Waters “asks the hard questions that can make you uncomfortable. He opens the door … so that the reader can begin the journey from passivity to active engagement.”

Dr. Waters has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BBC, NPR and more, but it is his stellar reputation and faithful work here in Dallas-Fort Worth and at SMU Perkins School of Theology that compelled FMUMC to secure a speaking engagement with Dr. Waters in 2017. 

Rev. Julie Macpherson, a long-time social justice advocate and the newest member of the FMUMC pastoral staff, added: “Dr. Waters captures the voice of Jesus Christ the prophet, the one who upset the status quo by challenging us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to put an end to violence. What better way to begin a New Year than by resolving to take action against injustice?”

Flower Mound United Methodist Church, at 3950 Bruton Orand Blvd., welcomes visitors to its Sunday morning services at 8:15, 9:30 (contemporary) and 11:00 a.m. and to participate in its family and youth ministry activities, music programs, long- and short-term Bible studies, Church & Society committee and mission outreach projects. Call 972-355-2711, like us on Facebook or visit


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