Mercer University's 16th Annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium
"Reconciliation Rooted in Justice"
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Associate Professor, Program Director of Reconciliation Studies
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington
Monday, February 10, 2020
Schedule of Events
8:30 a.m. -- Breakfast at Centenary United Methodist Church
10:00 a.m. -- 1st Keynote Address (Penfield Hall): "The Healing of Nations: An African American Perspective" by Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
11:15 a.m.-2:30 p.m. -- Workshop, including lunch (Penfield Hall): “Reconciliation Rooted in Justice" by Rev. Dr. McNeil
Description: Join us for a fresh and honest look at the prophetic work needed to address racial justice and to journey toward reconciliation in our often-fractured congregations and communities. This seminar will examine how being rooted in God’s identity gives people of color and white folks different roles/needs, identify what strategies make systemic organizational change to go beyond simple relational diversity, and provide the tools to engage this calling as a marathon and with deep rest, community and transformational prayer. If you are ready to get real about the weaknesses in past models of reconciliation, and also pursue racial justice for your church/organization, come for resources, action ideas, and encouragement for the journey.
7:00 p.m. -- 2nd Keynote Address (Newton Hall): “Are You Coming or Not? A Call to Racial Justice in this Generation” by Rev. Dr. McNeil