Mercer University's 16th Annual Building the Beloved Community Symposium

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"Reconciliation Rooted in Justice"
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Associate Professor, Program Director of Reconciliation Studies
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington

Brenda Salter McNeil

Monday, February 10, 2020

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. -- Breakfast at Centenary United Methodist Church

10:00 a.m. -- 1st Keynote Address (Newton 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 (Newton 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


Video from the 2018 Symposium with the Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah:


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