End Racism: Hard Truths in Beloved
reign of God is among you.” Jesus
said it again and again. The disciples
acted as if they believed it. They broke
with their old way of life and began to
walk with Jesus in a new way that
honored the image of God in all people
(Gen 1:26); announced good news to the
poor (Luke 4:18), and welcomed all to
the table (Matt 9:10-11).
Christian Unity Gathering 2018
follows the rally of April. We will
imagine the world without racism and
will identify next steps to help create
that world among us now.
Come to CUG to join with others in
awakening to that world. Leave with a
plan to start building it.
David Anderson Hooker
Rev. Dr. David Anderson Hooker is
Professor of the Practice of Conflict
Transformation and Peacebuilding at the Kroc
Institute for International Peace Studies at
the University of Notre Dame. Hooker’s
primary interest is in conscious and
unconscious impacts of narratives in the
creation, understanding, and resolution of
Rev. Dr. Hooker will be our keynote speaker
for this year's CUG.
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton is the 59th
Bishop and the first female Bishop in the
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church since
its founding in 1870. She is presiding
bishop of the Fifth Episcopal District,
which includes the states of Alabama and
Florida. Her first episcopal appointment was
to the new Eleventh Episcopal District in
Bishop Jefferson-Snorton will be one of our
featured preachers for this year's CUG.
Rev. Traci Blackmon
is the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church
Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor
of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant,
Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal
Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry
capacities for 9 years, prior to becoming ordained in
the United Church of Christ and installed as the first
woman and 18th pastor in the 162 year history of Christ
The King United Church of Christ. A registered nurse
with more than 25 years of healthcare experience, Rev.
Blackmon's clinical focus was cardiac care and in latter
years her focus shifted to mobile healthcare in
underserved communities with the greatest health
disparities in her region. She earned a Bachelor of
Science degree in Nursing from Birmingham - Southern
College (1985), and a Master of Divinity degree from
Eden Theological Seminary (2009).
will be one of our featured preachers for this year's
Serving as a leading voice of witness to the living Christ in
the public square since 1950, the National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) brings together 38 member
communions and more than 35 million Christians in a common
expression of God’s love and promise of unity.
The Christian Unity Gathering is the signature annual event
of the National Council of Churches. Join us!