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Oct 20 | Nov 3 | Nov 17


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Racial disparities and tensions in America are obvious, yet most of us struggle to understand the root causes or to know what the solutions are. As Christian leaders we look to the Kingdom of God as an alternative to the ideology of racism that has so permeated our history.

This A-B-C series will begin by identifying the implications of our history so that we can adequately understand our present, and then explore a vision of the Kingdom of God as a solution to overcome our current divisions. It is designed to foster personal dialogue and mutual learning between leaders of different racial experiences.

Keynote presenters include historian Dr. Mahmoud El-Kati, former pastor Rev. Efrem Smith with additional participation by Bishop Richard Howell & Rev. Richard Coleman.


Join us for this series of three forums at Shiloh Temple International Ministries. 1201 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411

  • Tuesday, October 20 | 9-11:30 am | Mahmoud El-Kati

    Session A – Awareness of Historical Realities.

  • Tuesday, November 3 | 9-11:30 am | Efrem Smith

    Session B – Brotherhood: A vision of the church as the solution to racial divisions and disparities.

  • Tuesday, November 17 | 9-11:30 am

    Session C – Community: Healing the body of Christ.

The forums will feature these keynote speakers, with time allotted for small group discussion. There will be a breakfast buffet served from 8:15-8:45am, with the program beginning at 9:00am.

We urge you, as spiritual leaders, to take this opportunity to confront this topic of tension. Click here to register.

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el katiMahmoud El-Kati is a lecturer, writer, and commentator on the African American experience. He is an advocate of building ones humanity through the understanding of their culture, history and community. He currently lives in the Rondo neighborhood, St. Paul’s historic Black community, and teaches American Studies at Macalester College. El-Kati has written articles, essays, and reviews that deal with a variety of issues including the myth of “race,” Ebonics, gangs and Black youth, education, African Americans, sports, and other issues. They have appeared in several newspapers and publications including the New York Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Insight News, The MN Spokesman-Recorder, and The Nigerian Times. As a published author, he has written such books as Politically Considered: 50th Commemoration of the Supreme Court Decision of 1954 and The Hiptionary: A Survey of African American Speech Patterns with Critical Commentary and A Digest of Key Words and Phrases and his latest Haiti: The Hidden Truth.

EfremSmithEfrem Smith is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations. He has also served as Founding Pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church and President of The Sanctuary Community Development Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Currently, he serves as the President and CEO of World Impact, a urban missions organization committed to the empowerment of the urban poor through the facilitation of church planting movements and leadership development. He is the author of the books, “Raising-up Young Heroes”,  “The Hip Hop Church”, “Jump”, and “The Post-Black and Post-White Church.” Efrem is a graduate of Saint John’s University and Luther Theological Seminary. Currently, he is a doctoral student in Church Leadership at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Efrem is married to Donecia and has two daughters; Jaeda and Mireya. They reside in the Bay Area of Northern California.