Critical Issues Seminar

Community Event
St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 600 East Florida Street, Greensboro, NC Map

North Carolina Council of Churches

Join us for the Council’s 2016 Critical Issues Seminar, focused on Race, Power, and Privilege, on Saturday, April 23 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 600 East Florida Street, Greensboro.

Traditionally held on a weekday, the planners for the seminar decided this year to shift to a Saturday to offer more grassroots activists the opportunity to attend. The program is designed for lay people and clergy alike.

The daylong event will feature worship led by the Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Spearmen, the Council’s incoming president and senior pastor of St. Philip African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Greensboro.

After worship, Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community will moderate a structured conversation between Eboni Marshall Turman, Assistant Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Black Church Studies and Director of the Office of Black Church Studies Duke Divinity School, and Timothy Tyson, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke.

Two sessions of workshops will follow with participants able to choose from topics including:

  • Pressures on voting rights led by Anita Earls of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.
  • Health care disparities led by Nicole Dozier and Adam Linker of the NC Justice Center.
  • Environmental justice led by Naeema Muhammad and Ayo Wilson of the NC Environmental Justice Network.
  • Immigration as a racial issue led by David Fraccaro and Dulce Ortiz of FaithAction International House.
  • Poverty and affluence led by Gene Nichol of the NC Poverty Research Fund.
  • The legislative response led by Rick Glazier of the NC Justice Center.
  • Civil rights and the NC Council of Churches led by George Reed, the retired executive director of the Council.
  • Racial patterns and worshipping communities led by Kevin Baker of First United Methodist Church, Graham, and Albert
  • Shuler of New Creation United Methodist Church, Durham.
  • Housing led by Samuel Gunter of the NC Housing Coalition.
  • Educational achievement led by Jane Wettach of the Children’s Law Center.
  • The progressive Christian response led by Jennifer Copeland of the Council.

Check-in will begin at 8:15 a.m. and the day will conclude at 3 p.m. The cost is $25; $15 for students, and some scholarship funding is available. Lunch is included. Please visit the NC Council of Churches website to register and pay.

We look forward to having you with us on April 23 in Greensboro.

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