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Wednesday, June 22


RACE AND… Framing the conversation on intersections with race
The most important political fact in America is that, in just a few decades, we will no longer be a white majority nation, but a majority of minorities. The milestone historical realities of that fundamental demographic shift are underneath everything else in American politics. Race is an intersectional issue in our political discourse today.
As Christians, our response to the changing demographics of America should be two-fold: a renewal of our baptism and a renewal of democracy.

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Jim Wallis

President, Sojourners
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a nonprofit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which has... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Peggy Flanagan

Minnesota State Representative
Peggy Flanagan, a Minnesota state legislator and Sojourners board member, is a nationally recognized expert in nonpartisan voter mobilization and civic engagement, particularly among Native Americans and people of color. A citizen of the White Earth Nation of Ojibwe, she has been... Read More →
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Taina McField

Program Officer, The Nathan Cummings Foundation
Ms. McField began her career as an educator, activist and collaborator working with young people in various settings to mobilize their voices around human rights issues and obtain their life goals.  She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland with a concentration... Read More →
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Brittany Packnett

Teach For America
The child of educators and a St. Louis native, Brittany taught 3rd Grade in Southeast Washington, DC in the 2007 corps. Following her time in the classroom, Brittany worked in federal education policy and advocacy for low-income students around the nation as a Capitol Hill staffer... Read More →
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M. Daniel Carroll R.

Wheaton College
I am half-Guatemalan (my mother) and that part of my identity and experience has largely defined my personal life, my work as a professor, and in immigration reform. I taught for many years at a seminary in Guatemala City before returning to the US and remain an adjunct there. Ten... Read More →
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Bryan Stevenson

Equal Justice Initiative
BRYAN STEVENSON is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, June 23


THE ‘OTHER’: Where does race intersect with your area of focus and what are the implications?
Race is the common denominator that has fueled much of the injustice in our country, including injustices related to immigration, our criminal justice system, education, and a myriad of other issues. In this Summit session, we will investigate the intersections of otherness and race within multiple justice movements. We will examine the implications of these intersections with an eye toward understanding their impact on the internal capacities of our movements as well as our communities.

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Jenny Yang

World Relief
Jenny Yang provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief. She has worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer, where she focused on advocacy for refugees in the East Asia region... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

Activist Theologian
Dr. Robyn, named 1 of 10 Faith Leaders to watch in 2018 by the Center for American Progress, works in the hybrid spaces of church, academy, & movements. Dr. Robyn is an anti-oppression, anti-racist, non-binary Trans*gressive Latinx. Dr. Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist... Read More →
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Alvin Herring

The Rev. Alvin Herring is the Deputy Director of Faith and Formation for PICO National Network, the largest grassroots, faith-based organizing network in the United States. In this capacity, Rev. Herring is leading PICO’s efforts to put race at the center of its organizing and advocacy... Read More →
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Amal Nassar

Tent of Nations
Amal Nassar and her family cultivate peace and reconciliation through children’s summer camps, education for women, and inviting visitors to their West Bank farm called the Tent of Nations. Guided by their desire for bridge-building, the Nassar family has spent 20 years welcoming... Read More →
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Jackie Patillo

NA, Gospel Music Association
Jacie Patillo is the President & Executive Director of the Gospel Music Association and Foundation, a nonprofit which aims to foster interest among the public in Gospel and Christian music. The foundation also builds community and cooperation among industry leaders, in order to address... Read More →
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Matthew Scott

World Vision International
Matthew Scott is Director of Peacebuilding for World Vision International. He has a deep personal passion for ending poverty and violent conflict, with 20 years working in the non-profit sector, ranging from disability issues, landmines, child rights, humanitarian affairs, religious... Read More →
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Peggy Shepard

WE ACT For Environmental Justice
Peggy Shepard, co-founder and executive director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT), based in West Harlem, has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am


THE CHURCH: What are the unique assets and challenges the church faces as it confronts white privilege and establishes equitable systems and structures within communions?
Racism is a historical construct of idealized humanity. It deforms Christian understanding of Christ, of co-humanity, and of community. If the church is to be faithful to Christ, to teach and practice love of one another in a society still sick with racism, it (we) must be undone by the gospel. We must be re-calibrated to healthier norms that speak the language of Jesus and justice. In this Summit session, we will explore the challenges and assets the church brings to bear as it struggles to be undone—as it struggles to change the world

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Dr. Reggie Williams

Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics, McCormick Theological Seminary
Reggie Williams is an Associate Professor of Christian ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance, which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Title in theology... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers

General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
Rev. Dr. Iva E. Carruthers serves as general secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, an African-American interdenominational justice advocacy organization. She has authored a number of articles in areas of religion and sociology and received a ComputerWorld Smithsonian... Read More →
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Marco Davi

coordenador nacional, Movimento Negro Evangélico do Brasil
pastor da Nossa Igreja Brasileira, coordenador do Movimento Negro Evangélico do Brasil, idealizador e facilitador do Discipulado Justiça e Reconciliação. Autor dos livros: A religião mais negra do Brasil: Por que os negros fazem opção pelo pentecostalismo e A Bíblia a as cotas... Read More →
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Kathy Khang

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Kathy is a writer, speaker, and activist based in the north suburbs of Chicago. She serves as a board member of Evangelicals for Social Action and Sojourners, and partners with other Christian leaders to highlight and move the conversation forward on issues of race, ethnicity, and... Read More →
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Terry LeBlanc

Indigenous Pathways
Terry LeBlanc, PhD Terry is Mi’kmaq / Acadian. He and his wife Bev are in their 44th year of marriage. They have three adult children – twin daughters and one son. In addition to being the Executive Director of Indigenous Pathways, Terry is also the founding Chair and current... Read More →
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Carlos Malavé

Director, Christian Churches Together in the USA
The Reverend Carlos L Malavé is Executive Director of Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT). CCT is the broadest Christian forum working for the unity of the Church in the USA.
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William Willimon

Duke Divinity School
Will Willimon is a United Methodist Bishop and is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC. He is the author of many books on pastoral theology, leadership, and preaching. His most recent book is "Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love," published... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Friday, June 24


THE FUTURE: What is required for repair and healing to be true and effective? What post-election movements should we be preparing for now?
Repentance is about the restoration of wellness to all. What would repentance of the lie of white supremacy look like in the U.S.? What would it require? And what will it take to repair what race broke among us? This Summit Session will engage these questions and more.

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Lisa Sharon Harper

Chief Church Engagement Officer, Sojourners
From Ferguson to New York to Germany, Lisa has been leading trainings and helping mobilize clergy and community leaders around shared values for the common good, with a focus on racial justice. Prior to joining Sojourners, Lisa was the founding executive director of New York Faith... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Deeohn Ferris

Sustainable Community Development Group
Deeohn Ferris, JD, is President and Founder of Sustainable Community Development Group, a not-for-profit national research and policy social venture enterprise, whose two-fold mission is advancing equity and community inclusion in economic development decisions, and ensuring that... Read More →
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Rashad Robinson

Executive Director, ColorOfChange
Rashad Robinson serves as Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org. With over 1 million members, ColorOfChange is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization. Since 2005, ColorOfChange has been a leading force in holding government and corporations accountable to Black... Read More →
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Dara Silverman

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ)
Dara Silverman is the National Coordinator of SURJ: Showing Up for Racial Justice, a network with over 150 groups across the United States moving white people into action for racial justice. SURJ works to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local... Read More →
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Andrea Smith

Andrea Smith, a disability rights attorney and academic, is a co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence. She also serves on the board of the North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS).
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Maria-Jose Soerens

Puentes: Advocacy, Counseling & Education
Maria-Jose “Coté” Soerens is the founding executive director of Puentes, an immigrant-led organization mobilizing mental health resources for immigration justice. A new immigrant herself, Maria-Jose was born in Chile and has made Seattle her home, where she lives with her husband... Read More →
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Edward Whitfield

Ed Whitfeld is co-founder and co-managing director of the Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC). A long time social justice activist, Ed had been involved in labor, community organizing and peace work since the late 60‘s when he was a student activist at Cornell University. He was the chairman of the Greensboro Redevelopment Commission for 9 years and formerly board chairman of Greensboro’s Triad Minority Development Corporation. In his work with F4DC, Ed helped initiate the formation of the Southern Grassroots Economies Project (SGEP) and their annual CoopEcon conferences aimed at networking and training among people interested in developing a cooperative new economy in the US South. He has visited and studied worker cooperative activities from the Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, OH to the massive Mondragon Cooperatives Corporation in the Basque region of Spain. For Ed, helping people in communities engaged in meaningful, democratic, just, sustainable and productive activities is a key motivation., Fund for Democratic Communities
Ed Whitfield is a long time social justice activist who came through the late sixties black student movement to do labor, community and anti - war organizing in the South. In 2007, Ed Co-founded The Fund for Democratic Communities (F4DC) whose mission is to strengthen authentic democracy... Read More →

Friday June 24, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am


THE JOURNEY: How do we sustain ourselves?
May you rest your body and refresh your soul; prepare for the future, for it is coming. And it will be up to us to shape it, for we are the architects of our own destiny. So put on your walking shoes, sojourners—history awaits us.

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Adam Taylor

Chair of Board of Directors, Sojourners
Rev. Adam Russell Taylor is chair of the board of directors for Sojourners. He is the author of "Mobilizing Hope: Faith-Inspired Activism For a Post Civil Rights Generation." He formerly served as vice president of advocacy for World Vision and senior political director for... Read More →
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Jim Wallis

President, Sojourners
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a nonprofit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which has... Read More →

Featured Participants
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Simone Campbell

Sr. Simone Campbell is the executive director of NETWORK – a national group of social justice advocates inspired by Catholic Sisters that lobbies in D.C. to mend the gaps in income and wealth in the U.S. She has led four cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trips, focused on... Read More →
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Yvonne Delk

United Church of Christ
Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk is the former executive director of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago. She is the first black woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served the denomination in leadership positions including serving as the director of its Office for... Read More →
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James Forbes

The Healing of the Nations Ministries
The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. is president of Healing of the Nations Ministries and serves as national minister for the Drum Major Institute. He is senior minister emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York City where he pastored for 18 years. He was the first Joe R. Engle Professor... Read More →
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Ivone Guillen

Immigration Campaign & Communications Associate, Sojourners
Immigration Campaign and Communications Associate Ivone Guillen manages Sojourners immigration campaign. Ivone brings a unique perspective to her work that is derived from her life experience as an immigrant and DREAMer. Ivone graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with... Read More →
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Larycia Hawkins

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia
Dr. Hawkins’s publications and research engage the intersection of race/ethnicity, religion, and politics. Her writing, speaking, teaching, and scholarship are squarely animated by a conviction that political science should be relevant to the real world. Thus, the perennial questions... Read More →
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Bree Newsome

The Tribe
Born with an artist’s soul and spirit, Bree Newsome has always been sensitive to the essential role that art and symbols play in shaping culture and consciousness. As she watched the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of 9 people slaughtered in the name of white supremacy at... Read More →
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Dr. John Perkins

The John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation
Dr. John Perkins has been married to his wife Dr. Vera Mae for 65 years (1951). In 1983, while in California, John and Vera Mae, along with a few friends and other major supporters, established the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation & Development (now called John and Vera... Read More →
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Norma Pimentel

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
Norma Pimentel is a sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for more than 12 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries and services in the... Read More →
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Angy Rivera

New York State Youth Leadership Council
Angy Rivera is a Colombian immigrant living in New York City. She is a core member at the New York State Youth Leadership Council, an undocumented youth led organization fighting for immigrant rights. In 2010, Rivera started an undocumented immigrant advice column called Ask Angy... Read More →

Friday June 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Blessing Ceremony
Come hear reports from multiple movement streams on the common commitments and plans for action crafted during Summit convenings. And join us as we give thanks to God—closing our time together in a liturgical worship service that incorporates the themes and messages we’ve heard over the course of The Summit. The music and arts team will lead this time, which will culminate in the blessing ceremony. You don’t want to miss this celebration!

Friday June 24, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm