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The Reconciled Church Initiative (TRC) along with several national partners convened the Carolina Values Summit on February 11, 2016.
The event was held at Winthrop University in Fort Hill, SC.
Here are a few headlines from this historic event:
Practical Steps Toward Racial Reconciliation Across America
Bishop Harry Jackson, one of the nation’s most prominent African-American pastors, along with Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor and New York Times bestselling author, leader and speaker, came together to host a gathering of racially and culturally diverse Christian faith leaders to take practical steps toward racial reconciliation across America.
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“It was Dr. King who said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Bishop Jakes. “We cannot continue as if we live in a post-racial society, when there is mounting evidence to the contrary. Recent history is loudly telegraphing the need for a meaningful dialogue on race.”
“We must begin the conversation in the church where every significant movement impacting the lives of African-Americans has begun,” Jakes continued. “But this is not our fight alone. This is America’s burden as well as her opportunity to rightfully tilt the scales toward justice for all. This is also a tremendous opportunity for the church to be the light in what have been very dark days for our country!”
In addition to Bishops Jackson and Jakes, other conveners included:
- James Robison, founder and president of LIFE Outreach International and co-host of LIFE Today TV;
- Dr. Alveda King, pastoral associate and director of African-American outreach for Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries and niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.;
- Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/CONELA; and
- Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and founder and president of The Urban Alternative;
- Dr. R.A. Vernon, founder and senior pastor of The Word Church; and
- Dr. Jim Garlow, senior pastor at Skyline Church, among others.
“The Reconciled Church” began with a private prayer session followed by four prescriptive panel discussions of best practices around the country and potential solutions to heal racial division. The dialogue centered around the seven “Bridges of Peace” with a primary focus on civic engagement; community service/outreach; education; engagement with the criminal justice system; and urban economic development strategies.
Late in the afternoon, leaders gathered for an interactive session with media to summarize their conversation and consensus for moving forward. This was followed in the evening by a public communion worship service, commissioning individuals to go out and work for reconciliation, which was broadcast live on DAYSTAR. To watch the worship service, click here.