Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Chairman of The Conference of National Black Churches Board of Directors (CNBC), and pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York, announced that CNBC will convene a historic cross-racial religious dialogue honoring the lives, legacies, and spirit of reconciliations of those effected by the massacre of nine parishioners earlier this year.
“The Healing of our Nation: Race and Reconciliation” will take place from December 15-17 at the Marriot in Charleston with a special ecumenical service at Mother Emanuel AME, the church in Charleston, South Carolina that was the site of the June 17, 2015 massacre.
Expected participants include the leadership of CNBC along with national leaders of the predominantly white denominations including some of the following people: Dr. James Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus Riverside Church; Dean John W. Kinney, Virginia Union University; Dr. Michael Eric Dyson; Marvin A. McMickle, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, Charity Missionary Baptist Church; Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, President – American Public Health Association; Dr. Freddie Haynes, III, Senior Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX; Bishop Herman Yoos, South Carolina Synod – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Dr. Edward L. Wheeler, President of the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, to name a few.
According to Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson: “The Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC signaled the need to create new space for serious dialogue and hard work towards the removal of racial barriers and the resolution of racial tension. To that end, the consultation is a bold and urgent call to initiate a cross-racial, ecumenical dialogue to address the racial hurts that have recently been laid so grotesquely at the doors of churches.
“The hurts of the nation have come to the prayer room of the Black Church and CNBC has called on key leaders of religious bodies across the country to come together for a three-day conference to participate in this urgent conversation. The leadership of the seven largest historically Black denominations in America, in partnership with majority White denominations, is uniquely suited to address and implement new solutions for a new era.
“With nationally organized institutional structures connecting thousands of churches, these denominations are pipelines to millions of voices of hope and despair, victory and struggle in communities all across the country. It is our hope that this national ecumenical, cross-racial gathering will inspire local efforts, as well as cement CNBC as a permanent point of coordination in the ongoing struggle against racism.”
CNBC will hold a national Ecumenical Service on Tuesday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m.
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SOURCE: The Charleston Chronicle