image above: Catherine Meeks, director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Georgia, speaks at General Convention’s first TEConversation, on racial reconciliation. Meeks spoke at our diocesan Ministry Fair this past May. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service
In 2015, the 78th General Convention elected Micheal Curry to serve as Presiding Bishop and established three priorities for the church: evangelism, racial reconciliation and care of creation. The 79th General Convention continued this focus with three in-depth “TEConversations” featuring popular authors, seasoned elders and new voices in the church and beyond.
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Speakers in this conversation included: Mr. Arno Michaelis, a former racist skinhead and author of My Life After Hate; Dr. Catherine Meeks, founder of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta (and recent speaker at our diocesan Ministry Fair); the Rev. Nancy Frausto, a “Dreamer” and priest from the Diocese of Los Angeles who came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child.
Speakers in this conversation included: Episcopal priest & popular author the Rev. Lauren Winner; Bishop Alan Scarfe of the Diocese of Iowa, who led revivals in every parish in his diocese in 2017; the Rev. Daniel Vélez-Rivera, a church planter from the Diocese of Virginia.
Care of Creation
Speakers in this conversation included: Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Province of South Sudan, an Anglican Communion leader on climate change; the Rev. Stephanie Johnson, co-chair of the Stewardship of Creation Advisory Council of The Episcopal Church; Ms. Bernadette Demientieff, leader of the Gwich’in Steering Committee and advocate for Alaska’s Arctic Refuge.