Listening to Black Clergy: Election Edition

October 7, 2020
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

George Floyd’s death in May 2020 brought issues of structural racism and anti-racism to the forefront of the presidential election. A July 1 panel hosted by the Berkley Center titled “Listening to Black Clergy” put these issues in a theological context, providing a platform for Black clergy from the Christian tradition to offer their varied pastoral observations about what was going on in their congregations, their cities, and the nation as anti-racist efforts gathered momentum.

Three months later, cases involving police killings—including of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others—are being watched closely and coloring the election. A Black woman, Kamala Harris, is on a major party ticket for the first time in history. In light of these developments, we reconvened our panel of pastors, academics, writers, and political activists to analyze the current situation and discuss how they are preparing themselves and their congregations to confront the 2020 election and its aftermath with grace. Speakers included Rev. Leah Daughtry, executive minister of the House of the Lord Churches and former chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee; Cheryl Sanders, professor of Christian ethics at Howard University and senior pastor of Third Street Church of God in Washington, DC; Rev. Adam R. Taylor, acting president of Sojourners; and Rev. Travis B. Winckler, senior pastor at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. The conversation was moderated by Berkley Center Director Shaun Casey.

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