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Be The Change!

 

2014 MCC Conference for People of African Descent,

Our Friends and Allies

 

Venue: First MCC of Atlanta

 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, GA 30329

 

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
   

It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?

Here it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” Isaiah 43:18-19

~ The Message ~

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

(Subject to Change)

THURSDAY, 15  MAY 2014
3:00PM – 7:00PM Registration Chapel
7:30 – 9:30PM Opening Worship Guest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel, Sr. Pastor of Victory  for the World Church in Stone Mountain, GA Sanctuary
9:30-11:00PM Opening Reception TBD
FRIDAY,  16  MAY  2014
7:00 – 7:45AM Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
8:00AM – 10:00PM Exhibit Hall Open Fellowship Hall
8:00 – 8:40 AM Morning Praise Guest Preacher: Rev. Carolyn Mobley, Interim Pastor of   MCC of Richmond in Richmond VA Sanctuary
9:00 – Noon
Plenary: “We’ve Come a Long Way AND We’re Not Done Yet!” 
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Professor of Religion, Goucher College
Description: We will gain invaluable (and perhaps new) insight into the collective stories of LGBTQIA People of African Descent, with the history of the formation of the black church and the connections between sexuality and spirituality as foundation.  We will discuss how the LGBTQIA civil rights movement has shifted and changed over the years, the impact on that movement of our own internal work as people of African Descent who are LGBTQIA people of faith and where we go from here.
Sanctuary
Noon – 1:15PM
Breaking Bread (Lunch) We are excited to have our very own Rev. Roland Stringfellow, Pastor of MCC Detroit, join us to talk about the internally transformative work of the Umoja Project, an effort designed to facilitate safe, non-threatening dialogue about the diversity of human sexuality and the tension that sometimes exists within African-American faith communities in relation to LGBT individuals, as well as the curriculum that any church and organization can participate in.
Pavilion
12:45 –  1:15PM
Book Signing with Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson
Bookstore
1:30 – 4:30PM
Plenary: Shame, Blame, and Guilt: We Ain’t Got Time for That!” 
Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Ronald Hopson, Associate Professor of Psychology & Divinity, Howard University
Description:  The pain so many of us have experienced in communities of faith is real and has profound emotional and spiritual impact on our growth and development in school, in church, at work and at home.  We will use this time to pull back the curtains for honest dialogue about shame, blame and guilt and the ways they can shape who we are as servant leaders.  We will examine what we have lost along the way and what we have to gain from our resilience as individuals and communities with unique and empowering stories.
Sanctuary
6:00 – 7:15PM Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
7:30 – 9:30PM
Reviving Service Guest Preacher: Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Senior Pastor of Sacred Souls Community Church, Charlotte, NC
Sanctuary
9:45 – Midnight Special Event TBD
SATURDAY, 17 May 2014
7:00 – 7:45AM Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
8:00AM – 10:00PM Exhibit Hall Open Fellowship Hall
8:00 – 8:40AM
Morning Praise Guest Preacher: Rev. Mykal Slack, Director of 4LYFE Ministries in Boston, MA
Sanctuary
9:00 – Noon
Plenary: “Jesus, Justice and Taking It to the Streets”
Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson, Founder and Director of the Center of Spiritual Light in New York, NY
Description:  If we look closely, we can see that much of the ministry of Jesus was about modeling to the people how to care for themselves while also doing the work of caring for the world as they knew it.  In this session, we will take a closer look at how our own ability to love and care for ourselves is intricately tied to our social justice efforts in our communities and in the world.  We will also gather tools to help us transform those deep connections to spirit and spirituality into change-making tapestries and strategies.
Sanctuary
Noon – 1:15
Breaking Bread (Lunch) We welcome the Rev. Dr. Jennifer S. Leath to the PAD conference for the first time as she brings to us her talk, “No Place Like Home”?: The Formation, Vision & Mission of The Center on African American Religion, Sexual Politics & Social Justice (CARSS). CARSS is a new project of Columbia University that seeks to facilitate dialogue with African American religious and thought leaders who are committed to sexuality and gender justice.
Pavilion
12:45 –  1:15PM
Book Signing with  Rev. Dr. Cari Jackson
Bookstore
1:30 – 4:30PM
Plenary: “Why Should I Care? – The Necessity of Inter-sectional Justice”
Speaker & Panel Moderator – Rev. MacArthur Flournoy, Director for Faith Partnerships and Mobilization at the Human Rights Campaign
Panelists: Kylar W. Broadus is senior policy counsel and director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project, at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in Washington, D.C. Reverend Dr. Joan M. Martin, William W. Rankin Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Episcopal Divinity School, Rev. DeWayne Davis, MCC Public Policy Team and Senior Pastor of All God’s Children MCC in (Minneapolis, MN), Latishia James, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (Washington, DC), Rev. Cedric Harmon, Many Voices (Washington, DC); plus additional panelists.
Description:  In our movement, we are a people of many faiths, abilities, sexualities, genders, ethnicities, incomes and locations.  During this session, Rev. Flournoy will offer an opening talk and then moderate a discussion with a panel of change-makers who represent a wide spectrum of spiritual and social justice leadership.  They will share their stories and bring into sharper view what it means, for example, to consider economic justice and gender justice simultaneously as issues of faith.  We will also brainstorm ways we can take what we have learned throughout the conference – fully showing up as we are, reimagining what healing and transformation look like, shifting that inward spiritual growth outward, and embracing intersectional justice – to transform ourselves as we transform the world.
Sanctuary
6:00 – 7:15PM Choir Rehearsal Choir Room
7:30 – 9:30PM
Celebration in Word and Music Featuring:  Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator, MCC, with a Special Musical Guest, Bishop Flunder and the Conference Choir
Sanctuary
9:45 – Midnight Special Event TBD
SUNDAY, 18 May  2014
First MCC of Atlanta
 9:00 AM – “Institute for Spiritual Growth” Bible Study Discussion Groups
10:00 AM – Prayer Circle10:30 AM – Coffee and Welcome Gathering in Perry Hall
11:00 AM – Worship Service
11:00 AM – Children’s Sunday School

 

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