Seeking Justice, Caring for Community: Preparing for the Days Ahead

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United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and the Minnesota Council of Churches launches a new series on disrupting white supremacy.

About this Event
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ, invites you to participate in a public conversation as we prepare for the trials of the former police officers accused in George Floyd’s death.

With the trial of Derek Chauvin beginning on March 8th, our nation – and especially the Twin Cities – will again be confronted with the trauma of racism, police brutality, and white supremacy in America. Our communities will face the images of George Floyd’s death yet again, long once more for justice, and experience emotions ranging from rage to hope. In anticipation of this moment, we gather to address important questions such as:

  • How can communities of color respond in the midst of the images and issues that will be circulated during the trial?
  • What role should clergy and community leaders play in providing care and critical consciousness raising in this moment?
  • How can public conversations among faith leaders of all races disrupt systems of oppression and empower us to break these cycles of violence?

We will engage these questions in a dialogue between Rev. Traci Blackmon and Rev. Steven Belton, moderated by Rev. Dr. Gary Green II of United Seminary. Rev. Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ, brings expertise as a national voice on racial politics in America with her on-the-ground experience as pastor and MSNBC contributor responding to the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and George Floyd. Rev. Belton, President and CEO of the Urban League (Twin Cities), brings experience as a pastor, lawyer, and a leader in high-level state government positions in Minnesota. He has been a strong public voice in response to both the killings of Jamar Clark and George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Zoom information will be emailed to registrants closer to the event.

This program is the first in a two-year series to be led by the Minnesota Council of Churches and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, which will provide critical education and organizing resources to support clergy engagement with social and political justice issues in communities of faith. This project has an explicitly public theological and anti-racist orientation and will address political issues of concern at the local and national levels.