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"Addressing Injustice in the Justice System: The Link between Illiteracy and Injustice"

Rev. Dr. Leah Lewis, JD

We will examine the role that illiteracy plays in stacking that cards against African Americans and People of Color, the poor, and disenfranchised. Illiteracy impacts voting, which impacts policy, and who is elected to: (1) represent the people and (2) administer “justice” within a community. Enhancing literacy is one essential element needed to address injustice in the Justice System.

Advocacy in the Church: “From Conversation to Covenant: Engaging Your Church in the Work of Racial and Social Justice”

Rev. Dr. Phaedra Blocker

In this workshop, participants will explore New Baptist Covenant’s approach to helping Baptist churches of diverse cultures and ethnicities build authentic relationships with one another and work together for racial and social justice in their communities. We will discuss how churches can begin to do the work of reconciliation and healing, look at best practice models that have emerged from our Covenant of Action partnerships, and identify resources available to churches who wish to be agents of reconciliation and change in their communities.

Community Engagement 101

Rev. Dr. James P. Quincy

This workshop is for individuals who have a desire to see the church as a vehicle to accomplish Christ’s vision for believers. Based on Jesus’ willingness, desire, and example of engaging community to spread and demonstrate love in action. Center around concepts of Social Justice, Evangelism and genuine faith, the workshop will challenge participates to see “engagement” as a primary emphasis for their lives as a practitioner of faith. Led by a seasoned veteran and author of The Community Church and Black Lives Matter," the "Community Engagement 101" is an opportunity to see faith and works interact in the overarching work of kingdom building. Do not miss this opportunity for growth.

Environmental Health Watch

Kim Foreman

EHW engages neighborhood residents in urban communities, leaders and stakeholders, and public officials in thoughtful planning to determine action to address health disparities and environmental justice issues that plague adverse communities.

Gender Equity in the Church

Rev. Dr. Sabrina J. Ellis

From the beginning, God intended for male and female to be His representatives in the earth. He intended for man and woman together to have dominion over the earth. How then do we reconcile the marginalization of women in the church with God’s original intention?

Philanthropy in the Urban Community “Sowing Seeds”

Cecil Lipscomb

The purpose of this workshop is to engage participants in better understanding the complete ecosystem of philanthropy and the role of the Christian. This process will include understanding how to apply for grants as well as uncovering the Christian Church’s unique opportunity to enhance ministry within the Christian community as well as in our greater society.

During this session we will also investigate the unique legacy and evolution of African-American philanthropy in America. Discussion will be held around successful models and how to avoid obstacles in bridging community work into the greater philanthropic system. Specifically, United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland will share examples of successful ministries that have leveraged grants to stabilize families and help communities flourish. Finally, emphasis will be placed on the purpose of collective effort in philanthropy; the context will be shared in the power of the unified mission for Believers in Christ.

Power Dynamics

Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin

Power can be intoxicating or sit heavily on one’s shoulders. But it is without doubt a significant force in society, at work, and in governments. Which makes it a ripe topic for study.

Rizpah’s Children: Radical Responses to Childhood Poverty

Rev. Dr. Marilyn Turner-Triplett

This session will provide attendees with a better understanding of the nature of childhood poverty in the United States and Puerto Rico. Utilizing the 2nd Samuel 21 Scripture-based account of Rizpah, participants will be encouraged to recognize the short and long term impact that childhood poverty has while being provided with suggestions to help them address it in local and national contexts.

Trauma in the Urban Community

Rev. Dr. Patricia Murphy

It’s not the objective facts that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized!

We all react in different ways to trauma, experiencing a wide range of physical and emotional reactions. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to think, feel, or respond. Your responses are NORMAL reactions to ABNORMAL events.

This workshop will help you to begin to understand various levels of trauma and best practices for healing the self and helping others respond from a holistic lens.

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