Release Fear Kindle Hope
May 18, 2017 9:30am -3:30pm
Fellowship Chapel, 7707 W Outer Drive, Detroit, Michigan
|48 years ago in Detroit Michigan, black people assembled for the National Black Economic Development Conference issued the Black Manifesto: a challenge to Christian churches and Jewish synagogues to pay reparations for centuries of victimization. They developed a list of specific initiatives to heal systemic racism in our country, and pinpointed religious communities as those who were morally equipped to lead this task. Most of the initiatives were not taken up.
Nearly 50 years later, we find ourselves in a situation where slavery continues to be enforced through mass incarceration of our black youth. Despite the Civil Rights Movement, and the amazing and costly leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., disparities continue to exist for people of color, affecting black Americans, First Nation people, hispanics and other immigrants, Muslims and other religions, and the LGBTQ community.
As Christian leaders, we are called to address systemic racism and bring about healing. In this workshop, join with other community members in an examination of the Black Manifesto as a catalyst for developing specific action strategies to repair racism today. We will be led by keynote speaker Rev. Wendell Anthony of Fellowship Chapel in Detroit, and esteemed panelists to bring our faith to bear as witnesses to and healers of injustice. The workshop is designed to shape initiatives that will enable participants to truly become repairers of the breach, and make the streets safe for all of our children to live in.
10:00 Welcome and prayer
11:30 small group processing
2:30 small group action planning
3:15-3:30 closing and evaluations
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