Hundreds Expected to Attend Presbyterian Church USA’s Conference on Racial Reconciliation and the Reformation

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Attendees at the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s multiday Big Tent event, held at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from July 30 to August 1, 2015.

Several hundred believers are expected to attend the Presbyterian Church USA’s conference on racial reconciliation and the Reformation.

This summer, the Mainline denomination will host its biennial Big Tent event, whose theme will be “Race, Reconciliation, Reformation.”

Big Tent 2017 is scheduled to take place July 6–8 at the campus of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and will include attendees from across the country.

Tom Hay, director of operations for the Office of the General Assembly, says in an article slated to be published in Presbyterians Today magazine, that the location for Big Tent 2017 was intentional.

St. Louis garnered national headlines for racial tensions following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in 2014 after he committed a theft at a convenience store and engaged in a physical altercation with the officer. The Justice Department under former President Barack Obama found on March 4, 2015, that the officer shot Brown in self-defense.

“Recent nationally televised events have told a story of conflict and pain in St. Louis. There is another story, too, of churches that struggle to find the right voice for speaking out and speaking up,” said Hay.

“The churches in St. Louis are inviting us to learn from their experiences and to walk away better equipped to confront the challenges of racism, reconciliation and reformation in our own communities.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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