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

Coffee HourNoon: 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

1:30 p.m.: Coffee break, hosted by McAfee School of Theology in Willingham Hall Room 203. McAfee professors and staff will be available to talk with interested students about theological education and community development opportunities.

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.