Do Justice Conference with Bryan Stevenson

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Do Justice Conference with Bryan Stevenson

November 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm



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.


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.


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.  





Dominique Gilliard

Rethinking Incarceration

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 Journal, The Covenant Quarterly, and Sojourners, Gilliard has also blogged for Christianity Today, Faith & Leadership, Red Letter Christians, Do Justice, and The Junia Project.



Ruben Rivera

Freeing Christianity from Bias and Cultural Captivity

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.


Rev. Dr. Karen McKinney

How the Ideology of White Supremacy Distorted the Biblical Narrative

Karen is Associate Professor of Biblical/Theological Studies and Community Liaison for the Office of Diversity at Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota. She has been a youth pastor, youth leadership-training specialist, youth chaplain, training consultant and adult trainer. After twenty years of doing ministry, she now teaches it. A native Minnesotan, raised in Minneapolis, she is a Bush Fellow. Her BA is in English Literature, her M-Div is in youth ministry and theological studies, the MS is in experiential education, her doctorate degree is in Educational Leadership. Karen serves as an associate minister at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church located in North Minneapolis. She is interested in missions and has done mission trips in seven countries on three continents. She is ordained in both the American Baptist and National Baptist Convention, USA denominations. She resides in Minneapolis.



Don Samuels

America’s Inequity Addiction

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

What it Means to “Be in Christ”

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.


Dr. Jeanine Parolini 

Practical Tools for Pastors and Ministry Leaders to Assess and Implement Cultural Awareness and Inclusion

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.

David Myles

Just Church

Rev. David R. Myles is the Life Groups & Leader Development Pastor at New Hope Church in New Hope, MN. David is passionate about the expository preaching of the Word of God, ministering through the Word, and training leaders. He has a pastor-theologian heart and a passion for God’s heart through the Revelation 7:9 multiethnic church. He is the son of a career Air Force veteran, was a NCAA Division II All-American in Track & Field at North Dakota State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Corporate and Community and a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife Tammy are the parents of three boys and a daughter. The most important fact about him: He is a grateful child and servant of God.


Christopher Brooks

Just Church

Chris Brooks is an ordained Pastor, Professor, and seasoned Executive whose passion is Biblical Justice. He currently serves as Vice President of HR & Development for MERGE Twin Cities and is writing a book on Biblical Justice (BE JUST) that will be released in 2019.  Chris has been married to Bobbi for 22 years. They have 4 children, and live in the Twin Cities.



12:00 p.m.  |  Registration

12:30 p.m.  |  Sanctuary Doors Open

1:00 p.m.  |  Afternoon Plenary 

Biblical Mandate for Justice
Dr. Kenneth Young, D. Min., Ph.D.

2:oo p.m.  |  Afternoon Break

2:30 p.m.  |  Keynote Presentation

Pursuing Racial Justice and Reconciliation
Keynote Speaker: Bryan Stevenson

3:30 p.m.  |  Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m.  |  Workshops

5:00 p.m.  |  End of Afternoon Leadership Conference

At the conclusion of the workshops, attendees who are registered for An Evening with Bryan Stevenson, will be served a pre-purchased boxed meal on site or will be directed off site for food during the break. Attendees who registered for the Do Justice Conference Only will be directed off site.

Separate Event 


SOLD OUT  –  Registration is required for An Evening with Bryan Stevenson.

5:30 p.m.  |  Registration

6:30 p.m.  |  Keynote

Mercy, Humanity and Making a Difference
Bryan Stevenson

8:15 p.m.  |  Panel Discussion

9:00 p.m.  | Close



Christ Presbyterian Church

6901 Normandale Road

Edina, MN 55435

Conveniently located in Edina on MN-100.

Need directions? Click here.


We highly encourage you to carpool. Christ Presbyterian Church has 500 parking spots on site – and they will fill quickly. We highly suggest that you and your group use a company or church vehicle if possible. Once the church’s parking lot fills, you can potentially find street parking on State Hwy 100 Service Road or W. 69th Street. If you choose street parking, please note that you may need to walk to the church. If these options are full, please park at the Edina Pool Complex at 66th Street and Valley View, we will have two shuttle buses that seat between 12 and 14 people each that will shuttle guests to the church from the overflow parking lot.




Registration is open!

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

Registration Details:

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.


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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November 8, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Christ Presbyterian Church
6901 Normandale Rd
Edina, MN 55435 United States


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