Community Engagement

Mercer University's 12th Annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium

February 25-27, 2016
Symposium Theme: “Building Leaders to Change the World”

VivianThursday, Feb. 25:

6:30 p.m.:  Banquet in Presidents Dining Room (University Center), featuring Keynote Address No. 1: "Martin Luther King, Jr., 21st-Century Man," by noted civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian (pictured, right)

Friday, Feb. 26:

8:30 a.m.:  Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall of Centenary United Methodist Church, with speaker Macon-Bibb County Sheriff David Davis

10 a.m.:  Keynote Address No. 2: "Continuing the Beloved Community," by Dr. Vivian in Newton Hall. Additionally, the Central High School Chorus, with director Isaac Gibson, will lead the Negro National Anthem

11 a.m.:  Breakout sessions in Newton Hall, with McAfee School of Theology professor the Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes as moderator and McAfee students as table facilitators

Noon: Wrap-up in Newton Hall, with speaker Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and director of the Center for Theology and Public Life the Rev. Dr. David Gushee, followed by a light lunch

Admission to all sessions is free.
Reservations are required for meals.
Call or e-mail Trish Dunaway at (478) 475-9506 or by Feb. 22.

McDuffieSaturday, Feb. 27:

7:30 p.m.: “What Color is Your Brother?,” a free performance featuring world-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie (pictured, right), at The Grand Opera House

Reservations are required and may be made by calling (478) 301-5471.
Walk-ups are available at The Grand box office, 651 Mulberry St., beginning Jan. 19.
McDuffie Poster

Videos from the 2015 Symposium with Michael O. Emerson:

Scenes from the 2014 Symposium with Mr. Sam Oni:

For more information on the history of the Building The Beloved Community Symposium, click here.