Center for religion, Arts, and Culture

The Center for Religion, Arts, and Culture (C-RAC) exists to cultivate creative self-actualization and freedom, while holding space for critical exploration of the ways religion, art, and culture shape our civic and communal pursuits.

Shonda Nicole Gladden,
C-RAC Director

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Upcoming Events 

Every Tuesday - Connecting Conversations 

Everyone is invited to join us for weekly conversations from 6:00-8:00pm.  We move around the building each week, so enter Door #1 and follow the signs to our location for the evening. 

The Testimony Service  with Ebony Chappel  & Sarah Jené 

On August 13th, we got our praise on with "The Testimony Service: When The Praises Go Up” a gospel inspired day party.   "The Testimony Service:  Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop" was featured on the closing day of  BUTTER  over Labor Day weekend.  The final Testimony Service of the year was a two-night, Spirit & Place Festival event held at Broadway on November 10th & 11th.  Watch for 2024 Testimony Services to be announced soon.

"Finding Your Center" Pottery Workshops

Watch for more workshops soon.   Each 4-week pottery workshop and conversation happens on Saturdays from 1:00-3:00pm in the Pottery Studio at Broadway (Room 306) .

Past Events

Sustainable Justice Showcase (August 12, 2023)  

Event presented in association with IUPUI's Social Justice Scholars education program.  This FREE event, was open to those of all ages and backgrounds!  We honored seven Central Indiana Social Justice Agents and celebrated culture and life together!

Salvatore Pronesti  was in Concert  (February 3, 2023)

On Friday, February 3rd, at 6:00pm, The Center for Religion, Arts, and Culture at Broadway United Methodist Church welcomed Italian Concert Organist, Salvatore Pronestì. Signore Pronestì will be playing the music of Italian composers. He is also skilled in the art of Improvisation and was joined by Broadway’s Organist in Residence, Wolff Von Roos, to play some duet improvisations on various themes submitted by the in-person audience! This event was part of Broadway UMC’s 150th Anniversary Celebration. 

Juneteenth Celebration (June 18, 2023)

Interactive, multi-generational celebration of Juneteenth was held on Sunday, June 18th (in preparation for the holiday on June 19th) in Backstage at Broadway at 11:15am.  The program included music,  drama, poetry, and a shared meal.  

Testimony Service (November 12, 2022)

Event presented in partnership with Spirit & Place, The Learning, Tree, and BU Wellness.  Wonderful night of music, testimonies, a meal, and conversations focused on the theme of Identity.   
Joshua Thompson

"Do not fear mistakes, there are none."

- Miles Davis -

"Mari Evans" Mural by Michael Jordan
"Maternal Child Health Collection" by Carol White & Nyderia Harris
HIV Long-Term Survivors Celebration
Connecting Conversations
Connecting Conversations
Spirit & Place Festival Testimony Service

Thanks to Our Sponsors

"Community" by Carol White & Nyderia Harris
Pottery with Don Edwards
"Bessie Coleman" by Tania Wineglass

"Come celebrate with me that every day something 
has tried to kill me and has failed."

- Lucille Clifton -