The 2016 Remind & Renew Conference was intended to be a contribution to the conversation and argument about race that pockets of the nation and some religious communities are having.

While the conversation about race should be pursued with more vigor and expanded to more places, it is not the endgame. Liberty and justice for all is closer to what the goal should be.

The speakers invited for the conference represented various sectors of the church and academy. They were asked to address the question, “What is the conversation about race Christians in the U.S. should be having, and how might that conversation contribute to liberty and justice for all”

Below you will find responses from the various presenters. Each response is approximately 45 to 60 minutes in length. Additionally, the Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada keynoted the public, evening session. The homilies from the two conference worship sessions are also included.


The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Pastor, Greenleaf Christian Church, Goldsboro, North Carolina and President of the North Carolina NAACP. 

Listen to Dr. Barber's presentation from January 13


The Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
General Minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada

Listen to Dr. Watkins' presentation from January 13. 


The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Harvey
Associate Professor of Religion, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

Listen to Dr. Harvey's presentation from January 14. 


Dr. Leah Gunning Francis
Assistant Professor of Christian Education & Associate Dean of Contextual Education
Eden Theological Seminary  

Listen to Dr. Gunning Francis's presentation from January 14. 


The Rev. Glen Chebon Kernell
Executive Secretary, Native American and Indigenous Ministries
General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church

Listen to Rev. Kernell's presentation from January 13. 


The Rev. Jesse Jackon, Jr. 
Pastor, East Sixth Street Christian Church, Oklahoma City

Listen to Rev. Jackson's homily from January 13. 


The Rev. Dr. Shannon Craigo-Snell
Professor of Theology, Louisville Seminary

Listen to Dr. Craigo-Snell's homily from January 14. 

Listen to Dr. Craigo-Snell's presentation from January 14. 

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