In her powerhouse debut, Tamice Spencer-Helms exposes the leaven of whiteness that pervades so much of Christianity in America today. At a young age, the Black church introduced her to a God of love, empowerment, and joy. But an encounter with White Jesus set her on a path that nearly destroyed her faith altogether. Persistent police brutality against Black people, and the white church’s persistent excuses for it, forced Spencer-Helms to carefully identify how the idol of whiteness keeps Christians captive, and how we can burn the idol down. With brilliant prose and gripping storytelling, she takes us on the painful but liberating journey of extracting the leaven from spirituality, and rediscovering the parts of ourselves that a colonized Christianity seeks to suppress. This book will confront readers with the stomach-turning reality of constant injustice, but also delight and overwhelm them with the freedom of Christ.
Lisa Sharon Harper, president and founder of Freedom Road, LLC and author of several books, including The Very Good Gospel and Fortune
Tamice Spencer-Helms is a published author, speaker, and theologian based in Richmond, Virginia. After 16 years of full-time ministry, she founded Sub: Culture Incorporated, a nonprofit that provides holistic support and crisis relief for Black College Students.
In addition to her Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Copywriting, Tamice has an M.A. in Contextual Leadership from Wheaton College and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Seminary.
Over the years, Tamice has been a change-maker and pioneer for young people in her community. Throughout her life, she has connected, supported, and ministered to countless young adults and college students. Her friendly and down-to-earth approach to public speaking and teaching, as well as her dedication to theological study, has helped empower and inspire people in her community and beyond.
Tamice lives in Richmond with her spouse Ellison, her daughter Harlym, and her puppy Beacon. In her spare time, she loves to dissect and listen to Hip-Hop, watch documentaries, savor whiskey, eat Ellison's homemade pizza, and relax with her family.
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Rev. Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Founder of Chasing Justice
Gregory Coles, author of Single, Gay, Christian and No Longer Strangers
Drew G. I. Hart, Associate Professor of Theology at Messiah University, Author of Who Will Be A Witness?, and Co-host of the InVerse Podcast
Doug Pagitt, Pastor, Author, Activist, Executive Director of Vote Common Good
Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice
Pastor Trey Ferguson, Founding President of Rebellion for Christ Ministries, Co-host of the Three Black Men podcast
Mako Nagasawa, Founder & Executive Director of the Anástasis Center, author of Abortion Policy and Christian Social Ethics in the United States
Seth Price, Host of the Can I Say This at Church? podcast
Mark Scandrette, teacher and author of The Ninefold Path of Jesus: Hidden Wisdom of the Beatitudes
Carol Ng’ang’a, Founder & Executive Director of Msingi Trust
Robert Monson, co-director of Enfleshed, co-host of the Three Black Men podcast
Nya Abernathy, founder of The Dignity Effect, writer at Of Earth & Of Stars
Scott Hall, Host of the White People Work podcast
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