Upcoming CARSS Event on August 1, 2015: Racial Justice, Religious Freedom, Renewed Visions:A Town Hall Conversation on Black Churches, Sexual Politics and American Public Life

Racial Justice, Religious Freedom, Renewed Visions:
A Town Hall Conversation on Black Churches, Sexual Politics and American Public Life
Saturday, August 1, 2015, 2-4pm

Watch the Video Below! 


Hosted by Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1518 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Sponsored by the Center on African-American Religion, Sexual Politics and Social Justice (Columbia University)
Co-sponsored by Howard University School of Divinity

In recent months we have witnessed the dismantling of Civil Rights legislation, the appeal to Religious Freedom as a means of exclusion, and the federal passage of Marriage Equality.  All of these developments have taken place across the backdrop of the persisting protests of a Black Lives Matter movement, which links police brutality, the slayings in Charleston, S.C., and the recent burning of black churches.  This Town Hall aims to foster a public conversation that explores the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in the context of the Black Church’s stated commitment to social justice work in service to all black lives in the current moment.

Participants include: Rev. Delman Coates (Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, MD/Black Church Center for Justice and Equality), Bishop Yvette Flunder (City of Refuge UCC/The Fellowship of Affirming Churches), Janisha R. Gabriel, (Black Lives Matter/Speak My Name Project), Michele Jawando (Center for American Progress), Rev. William Lamar (Metropolitan AME Church, Washington D.C.), Kendall Thomas (Columbia University), Rev. Dennis Wiley (Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ, Washington D.C.)