Do Justice Conference with Bryan Stevenson

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Do Justice Conference with Bryan Stevenson

November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$79

PURSUING RACIAL JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION

The Do Justice Conference is for pastors and faith leaders to explore how racial justice is an essential part of the gospel. As we confront the ethical issues of mass incarceration and racial tension in society, we will explore our Biblical mandate to uphold principles of compassion, justice and forgiveness.

Touted as one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates, Bryan Stevenson will share an impactful message on the power of just mercy to break the generational cycles of retribution, victimization and abuse of power.  Stevenson’s message brings in the historical context and current realities of unfair incarceration rates, the presumption of dangerousness and guilt that children of color experience, and the trauma that is passed on for generations due to our societies’ avoidance of its legacy of racial terror.

This conference will look into how the Church can commit to engaging as ambassadors of reconciliation and restoration. As people of faith, we are required by the Lord to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. Christians need to recognize our call to defend the powerless in an unjust system.  Mr. Stevenson will offer Biblical concepts and practical ways for ministers to change the narrative of systemic racism, and make strides toward creating a culture of true justice, forgiveness and compassion.

SPEAKERS

Bryan Stevenson 

Bryan Stevenson is one of the country’s most visionary legal thinkers and social justice advocates. A MacArthur fellow and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, Stevenson is a founding leader of the movement against mass incarceration in the U.S. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, the author of the recent New York Times bestseller, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. He was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of 2015, made Fortune’s 2016 World’s Greatest Leaders list, and is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant.

Learn more about Bryan Stevenson here.

 

Dr. Kenneth Young

Dr. Kenneth Young is the Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ministries at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota. His teaching includes topics on Diversity and Cultural Influences, Cultural Diversity, Ethic, and Leadership, Systematic Theology, Contemporary Issues, and more. In April of 2003, he was honored by the hometown community for a Martin Luther King achievement. His life’s work has been embedded with educating on the issues of Race and Ethnic Diversity in America, and the call for Biblical Justice and Racial Reconciliation.  

Learn more about Dr. Kenneth Young here.

 


WORKSHOP PRESENTERS

 

Dominique Gilliard

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of racial righteousness and reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He serves on the boards of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.” An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. With articles published in the CCDA Theology JournalThe Covenant Quarterly, and Sojourners, Gilliard has also blogged for Christianity TodayFaith & LeadershipRed Letter ChristiansDo Justice, and The Junia Project

To learn more about Dominique Gilliard, click here.

 

Nina Barnes

Nina’s passion – and sacred privilege – is to accompany others as they navigate life – helping them to discover purpose and meaning, work through challenges, develop as leaders, and experience greater wholeness on the journey. She enjoys working with college students at Northwestern, where she serves as the Vice President for Student Life.

Nina holds a Master’s degree in Spiritual Formation & Leadership, along with numerous certifications including – Conflict Coaching/Mediation; Enneagram Coaching/Training; and Christian Spiritual Direction – services she provides in her private practice. Additionally, Nina has extensive human resources experience, stemming from 20+ years of service within a variety of organizational settings. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Nina serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations.

Ruben Rivera 

Ruben Rivera, Ph.D. is educated in biblical studies and the history of Christianity and global mission. He is Chief Diversity Officer and has taught for many years at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ruben has given trainings in churches, schools and conferences across the U.S. on “Remarkable Christianity,” addressing the cultural captivity of Christ that has often lead to expressions of oppression and injustice, as well as training in racial reconciliation, diversity leadership and more. The “Shalom Seminar” he created for Bethel employees has been called a “new paradigm” in diversity training and is the basis for developing biblically grounded, culturally intelligent, transformative leaders and organizations.

Learn more about Ruben Rivera here.

Don Samuels 

Don and his wife Sondra concluded that White Flight and Black Middle-Class Flight are the major contributors to the concentration of poverty and its resilient repercussions, in Urban America. So, 21 years ago, they moved to the Jordan neighborhood, in North Minneapolis. They quickly became strong voices for peace and progress and leaders for unity and collaboration. In his role as a Council Member, he helped direct unprecedented levels of funding from The Empowerment Zone funds, Community Development funds and Federal Recovery Funds to North Minneapolis. 

Don and Sondra founded the Institute for Authentic Dialogue, which guided executives and leaders in conversations and relationships across race.  He also cofounded the Hope Collaborative, bringing outstanding K12  leaders of inner-city schools, to Minneapolis, to share their secrets of success. He co-founded the PEACE Foundation, to reduce violence through community engagement. It now does business as The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ). Don is now CEO of MicroGrants, which gives small grants to low-income people of potential to help start and grow businesses or a career. 

Dr. Kenneth Young 

Dr. Kenneth Young is the Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ministries at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota. His teaching includes topics on Diversity and Cultural Influences, Cultural Diversity, Ethic, and Leadership, Systematic Theology, Contemporary Issues, and more. In April of 2003, he was honored by the hometown community for a Martin Luther King achievement. His life’s work has been embedded with educating on the issues of Race and Ethnic Diversity in America, and the call for Biblical Justice and Racial Reconciliation. 

Learn more about Dr. Kenneth Young here.

 

Dr. Jeanine Parolini

Jeanine’s passion is to develop principled leaders and learning organizations. She has invested in thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations from various sectors throughout the globe. Dr. Parolini is a Professor at Bethel University as well as Northwestern University, where she values each of her students and inspires them to live purposefully and passionately for Christ. Jeanine is the Director of Training for Merge Twin Cities, a ministry to reach 1st and 2nd Generation new American Immigrants through our churches with the hope and love of Christ. She consults with and coaches leaders, teams and organizations to be continuous learners, self-aware, trustworthy, responsible, collaborative, empowering and innovative.  Her experiences include 12 years in corporate strategic sales and consulting, 9 years in key staff positions at 2 Midwestern megachurches, and 15 years in consulting, coaching and teaching. Additionally, she has invested 28 years in key volunteer roles and currently guides the leadership development effort at her home church, Westwood Community Church in Excelsior. She speaks and writes on a variety of topics involving effective leadership, teams and organizational life.  

Additional workshop speakers to come!

 

 

 

 

AFTERNOON LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Registration is open!

Biblical Mandate for Justice
Plenary Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Young, D. Min., Ph.D.
Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ministries

Pursuing Racial Justice and Reconciliation
Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson
Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

Breakout Sessions and Discussions
We will investigate specific issues of justice in our community and nation today, and will be led by local expert leaders and practitioners.

BREAK
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Optional  boxed meal is available for purchase for the Do Justice Conference for those planning to attend the Evening with Bryan Stevenson. Registration is required for both events.

Separate Event 

AN EVENING WITH BRYAN STEVENSON SCHEDULE

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Space is limited

Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference
Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson
Attorney, human rights activist, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy

 

IMPORTANT NOTES:
*There will be a separate event, An Evening with Bryan Stevenson, after the Do Justice Conference.
*Registration is required for the separate events.
*An optional boxed dinner will be available for purchase during the 60 minute break between the two events.

 

LOCATION & VENUE

Christ Presbyterian Church

6901 Normandale Road

Edina, MN 55435

Conveniently located in Edina on MN-100.

Free parking is available on site. 

 

Need directions? Click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION

Registration is open!

$79: Do Justice Conference | optional $10: Boxed Dinner (provided on site)

Registration Details:

• The Do Justice Conference and An Evening with Bryan Stevenson are two separate events; if you plan to attend both events, please be sure to register for both.

Attendees registering for the Do Justice Conference will have the option to register for just the Do Justice Conference or they will have the ability to register for both the Do Justice Conference + An Evening with Bryan Stevenson on the registration page.

There is a group rate for the “Do Justice Only” ticket for groups of more than five. For groups bringing 5-10 individuals, an automatic discount of $10 will be applied to tickets 5-10.

Attendees joining both events will have a 60 minute break between the Do Justice Conference and An Evening with Bryan Stevenson.

• Attendees of both events will have the option of going offsite for dinner or they may purchase a boxed meal, served on site. Boxed meals must be purchased through the Do Justice Conference registration.

Attendees wishing to attend only An Evening with Bryan Stevenson, click here.  Please note, this event may sell out. If tickets remain from priority registration, tickets will be available September 4th.

 

FAQ

Who are the speakers?

Bryan Stevenson, Dr. Kenneth Young, and more. Visit the link to learn more.


Will childcare be provided?

No, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate childcare for this event.


What should I bring?

We encourage you to bring a Bible, a notebook and a friend.


Do I have to register now or can I do it at the door?

We highly recommend registering as soon as possible! We anticipate selling out before the conference, so take advantage of our online registration, which is now open!


Where is the conference located?

The conference is held at Christ Presbyterian Church – 6901 Normandale Road, Edina, MN 55435.


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Details

Date:
November 8
Time:
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cost:
$79
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Venue

Christ Presbyterian Church
6901 Normandale Rd
Edina, MN 55435 United States

Organizer

Transform Minnesota
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