Subject: Deep Dives at Christian Unity Gathering!

Grow your faith at the Christian Unity Gathering!
Announcing Deep Dive Leader Rachel Laser: 

Religious Liberty and the Intersection with Racism

Rachel Laser is a lawyer, advocate and strategist who has dedicated the last two decades of her life to fighting to make the country inclusive for all Americans. She has a proven track record of uniting both faith and secular leaders and advocacy organizations to make tangible progress on some of the most important issues of our time.

And as a religious minority – she was raised as a Reform Jew – she understands personally how much it matters that our laws treat everyone fairly and equally. She is an advocate for racial justice and has led workshops, given speeches and worked with schools and universities to challenge racism and expose privilege.

Rachel will be hosting one of our "Deep Dives," interactive, intensive learning sessions that will help equip us to do the hard work of ending racism.

The Christian Unity Gathering 2018 

A.C.T. to End Racism: Hard Truths in Beloved Community

“The 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).

The 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.

Location: College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

This year's hotel and conference center is a real treat.  This newly constructed hotel is at the edge of the University of Maryland campus in College Park, just outside Washington, DC.  One of the many fine features of this hotel is artworks from the university's collections, creating a relaxing, inspiring, retreat-like atmosphere. You will enjoy the facilities between sessions and in the evenings; you may not want to leave when it's over!
Featured Speakers:
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 conflict.

Rev. Dr. Hooker will be our keynote speaker for this year's CUG.
Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton

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 East Africa. 

Bishop Jefferson-Snorton will be one of our featured preachers for this year's CUG.

Traci Blackmon

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, MO.

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).

Rev. Blackmon will be one of our featured preachers for this year's CUG.

About the National Council of Churches: 

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!

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