St. John's MCC's study of...

The Gospel of Inclusion

The Gospel of Inclusion

by Bishop Carlton Pearson

Reaching Beyond Religious Fundamentalism to the True Love of God and Self

Tuesday Night Bible Study will take on The Gospel of Inclusion. This groundbreaking and controversial book was offered in 2009 and 2017. It radically transformed the spirituality of dozens of St. John’s MCC folk who took that class.


When we decide that God loves everyone, we suddenly have to question everything we've been taught about God, the Bible, salvation, and our own purpose in life.


Join us as we wrestle through the same questions that Bishop Carlton Pearson had as he struggled to understand how to Reach Beyond Religious Fundamentalism to the True Love of God and Self.

Jim Manchester will facilitate the 12-week study that begins on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm in the Class Room in the Blount Street Community Engagement Center (the home of St. John's MCC and AAS-C) and on Zoom.


Be sure to watch Megyn Kelly's interview of Bishop Pearson at the bottom of this page!

We’ll read a chapter or two of Bishop Carlton Pearson’s book in preparation for each class and then discuss what we find. Because of that, it will be important that each participant have a copy of the book.


The Gospel of Inclusion: Reaching Beyond Religious Fundamentalism to the True Love of God and Self by Carlton Pearson is available from the publisher and other booksellers:


From Simon and Schuster, the publisher: Trade PaperbackAbridged Audio DownloadeBook
From Five different formats
From Google Play:  


For the first week, please read the Introduction to the book, the Part One Introduction, and Chapter One: What is Inclusion? When you sign up, we will email you the course materials for the first session so you can prepare for the first class. A printed copy of each week's course materials will be available the week before the class.

We ask that you NOT read ahead until we are ready to begin preparation for the next chapter. This course builds from week to week. If you read ahead without preparation from the previous chapters, you may find hurdles that are extremely difficult to overcome.


Our schedule for the Course:

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Introduction to the book, Part One Introduction, and Chapter One: What is Inclusion?

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Chapter Two: Divine Oneness and Chapter Three: What Brand of God Do You Use?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Part Two Introduction and Chapter Four: The Gospel of Sin

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Chapter Five: The Gospel of Evil

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Chapter Six: The Gospel of Salvation

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Chapter Seven: The Gospel of Hate

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Chapter Eight: The Gospel of Hell

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Chapter Nine: The Gospel of Faith

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Chapter Ten: The Gospel of Grace

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Part Three Introduction and Chapter Eleven: Re-Imagining God and Other Heretical Notions

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Chapter Twelve: What Second Coming? and Chapter Thirteen: Love: The New Religion

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Afterword: Exile - A Price Worth Paying and Course Wrap Up