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Student Convocation on Race Relations

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Start:
September 22
End:
September 23

Description

Note: This event is only for students and faculty members of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

The Student Convocation on Race Relations is a two-day event for faculty and students of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis that will focus on racism as it affects Black communities in the United States. Particular attention will address how racism affects Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Black church workers, lay leaders and congregations.

Student and faculty attendance is expected. First-year students and faculty members are invited to attend the event in person in Werner Auditorium or Sieck Hall 201/202. Masks will be required in these spaces. All other students may view the live stream on SemNet. All participants are encouraged to submit questions to convocation presenters via email at convo2020@csl.edu. Please note that chapel will be held at 9 a.m. both days to accommodate the convocation schedule. Chapel also will be available via live stream on SemNet.

The convocation will focus on three goals:

  • LISTENING: A panel of LCMS Black leaders will discuss their reactions to current events, including the death of George Floyd, how they have processed such events as Lutheran pastors, what gives them pause and what brings them hope in these troubled times, and what they would like students to know as people being formed for ministry.
  • DISCERNING: A plenary presentation and panel will address “blind spots” or obstacles that prevent Christians and LCMS Lutherans from dealing with overt and subtle racism in the church, and “bright spots” or contributions from the Lutheran theological confession or the Lutheran Black churches for engaging racism both critically and constructively.
  • ACTING: A panel of LCMS Black leaders will discuss specific ways that they, guided by their Lutheran faith, have acted to affect change in their personal lives, in their congregations and in the church at large as a result of recent events. They also will speak to ways that white LCMS members and students being formed for ministry can address racism as they draw on their Lutheran faith.

 

Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 22

TIME EVENT DESCRIPTION LOCATION
9 a.m. Service of the Word Homilist: Dr. Roosevelt Gray
Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission
Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus/live stream
9:30 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments Chapel Plaza
10 a.m. President’s Welcome Dr. Daniel Preus, Interim President, Concordia Seminary Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium
Introduction of Convocation Dr. Benjamin Haupt, Associate Provost, Concordia Seminary Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium
10:15 a.m. Plenary Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium
11:45 a.m. Lunch on your own
1 p.m. Panel Discussion
LISTENING
Facilitator:
Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr., Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission

Panelists:
Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville
Rev. Gerard Bolling, Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Rev. Warren Lattimore Jr., Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Orleans; and President, LCMS Black Clergy Caucus
Rev. Micah Glenn, Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary
Shirley Jackson, Community Leader and Member, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Kaye Wolff, Deaf Ministry Liaison, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium
2 p.m. Coffee and Refreshments

9 a.m.

Service of the Word

Homilist: Dr. Roosevelt Gray
Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission

Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus/live stream


9:30 a.m.

Coffee and Refreshments

Chapel Plaza


10 a.m.

President’s Welcome

Dr. Daniel Preus, Interim President, Concordia Seminary

Introduction of Convocation

Dr. Benjamin Haupt, Associate Provost, Concordia Seminary

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*


10:15 a.m.

Plenary

Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*


11:45 a.m.

Lunch on your own


1 p.m.

Panel Discussion

LISTENING
Facilitator:
Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr., Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission

Panelists:
Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville
Rev. Gerard Bolling, Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Rev. Warren Lattimore Jr., Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Orleans; and President, LCMS Black Clergy Caucus
Rev. Micah Glenn, Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary
Shirley Jackson, Community Leader and Member, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Kaye Wolff, Deaf Ministry Liaison, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*


2 p.m.

Coffee and Refreshments

Chapel Plaza


Wednesday, Sept. 23

TIME EVENT DESCRIPTION LOCATION
9 a.m. Service of the Word and Holy Communion Homilist: Rev. Micah Glenn
Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary
Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus/live stream
10 a.m. Coffee and Refreshments Chapel Plaza
10:30 a.m. Provost’s Welcome Dr. Douglas Rutt, Provost, Concordia Seminary
Panel Discussion
DISCERNING
Facilitator:
Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville

Panelists:
Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr., Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission
Rev. Warren Lattimore Jr., Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Orleans; and President, LCMS Black Clergy Caucus
Rev. Gerard Bolling, Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Shirley Jackson, Community Leader and Member, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Kaye Wolff, Deaf Ministry Liaison, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)
Rev. Micah Glenn, Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary
Dr. James Marriott, Director, Music Arts, Concordia Seminary

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*
Noon Lunch on your own
1 p.m. Panel Discussion
ACTING
Facilitator:
Rev. Warren Lattimore Jr., Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Orleans; and President, LCMS Black Clergy Caucus

Panelists:
Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr., Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission
Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville
Rev. Gerard Bolling, Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Rev. Micah Glenn, Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary
Shirley Jackson, Community Leader and Member, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Kaye Wolff, Deaf Ministry Liaison, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*
2 p.m. Closing Remarks Dr. Benjamin Haupt, Associate Provost, Concordia Seminary
Dr. Timothy Saleska, Dean, Ministerial Formation, Concordia Seminary
Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*
2:30 p.m. Coffee and Refreshments

9 a.m.

Service of the Word and Holy Communion

Homilist: Rev. Micah Glenn
Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary

Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus/live stream


10 a.m.

Coffee and Refreshments

Chapel Plaza


10:30 a.m.

Provost’s Welcome

Dr. Douglas Rutt, Provost, Concordia Seminary

Panel Discussion

DISCERNING
Facilitator:
Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville

Panelists:
Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr., Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission
Rev. Warren Lattimore Jr., Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Orleans; and President, LCMS Black Clergy Caucus
Rev. Gerard Bolling, Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Shirley Jackson, Community Leader and Member, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Kaye Wolff, Deaf Ministry Liaison, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)
Rev. Micah Glenn, Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary
Dr. James Marriott, Director, Music Arts, Concordia Seminary

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*


Noon

Lunch on your own


1 p.m.

Panel Discussion

ACTING
Facilitator:
Rev. Warren Lattimore Jr., Pastor, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, New Orleans; and President, LCMS Black Clergy Caucus

Panelists:
Dr. Roosevelt Gray Jr., Director, LCMS Black Ministry, LCMS Office of National Mission
Dr. John Nunes, President, Concordia College New York, Bronxville
Rev. Gerard Bolling, Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Rev. Micah Glenn, Director, Recruitment, Concordia Seminary
Shirley Jackson, Community Leader and Member, Transfiguration Lutheran Church, St. Louis
Kaye Wolff, Deaf Ministry Liaison, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML)

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*


2 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Dr. Benjamin Haupt, Associate Provost, Concordia Seminary
Dr. Timothy Saleska, Dean, Ministerial Formation, Concordia Seminary

Wyneken Hall, Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium*


2:30 p.m.

Coffee and Refreshments

Chapel Plaza

 

*Overflow for events will be in Sieck Hall 201/202 or our live stream.

 

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