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Racial Reconciliation and the National Covenant: A Conference

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Dwight Beeson Hall

Beeson Divinity School

800 Lakeshore Drive

Birmingham, AL 35229

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Sponsors: The Institute of Anglican Studies of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and the Institute on Religion and Democracy

Our nation’s racial tensions can be traced to what some have called America’s original sin—slavery—and the ugly diseases that have infected America ever since. Arguably, America’s political division and social dysfunctions are related to the black-white divide and its impact on the family, church, and society.

The problem of race cannot be solved by politics alone. It has vital spiritual, moral, and cultural dimensions that transcend the tired rhetoric and failed programs of the past. We think progress is possible only when the religious roots of our nation and its sins are considered. This nation was founded on the biblical covenant. Slavery was not just a political and social crime but a grave and mortal sin. God has judged that sin not only in its greatest war but also in this nation’s continuing divide. We have gone into a kind of exile.

We believe that return from exile will come only by a return to faithfulness to God’s covenant. That covenant was a national or civic covenant dependent on other covenants: the marriage covenant, the social and generational covenants, and the church covenant. For healing and restoration to come to the nation, there must be faithfulness to the marriage and church covenants, which will bring new life to the social and generational covenants.

Speakers include:

Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman (Bar-Ilan University), Rabbi Mitchell Rocklin (Tikvah Fund), Gerald R. McDermott (Beeson Divinity School), Joshua Mitchell (Georgetown University), Glenn Loury (Brown University), Jacqueline C. Rivers (Seymour Institute), Alveda King (Priests for Life), Derryck Green (National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives), Mark Tooley (Institute on Religion & Democracy), Dr. Carol Swain (James Madison Society at Princeton), Timothy George (Dean, Beeson Divinity School), and Robert Smith, Jr. (Beeson Divinity School).

Conference Schedule
All sessions except one will be held in the Brock Forum in Dwight Beeson Hall. The Tuesday Chapel, however, will be held in Hodges Chapel at Beeson Divinity School.

Tuesday, February 12

7:15 am - 8:00 am Registration and refreshments

8:00 am - 8:15 am Introductions

8:15 am - 8:35 am Covenant, race, and the nations (Joshua Berman, Bar-Ilan University)

8:35 am - 8:55 am Exile and judgment (R. Mitch Rocklin, Tikvah Fund)

8:55 am - 9:15 am The Puritans and Jonathan Edwards (Gerald McDermott, Beeson
Divinity School)

9:15 am – 9:35 am The Founders, American Revolution, & the Early Republic (Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University)

9:35 am - 9:50 am Break with refreshments

9:50 am - 10:35 am Panel discussion led by Jason Wallace

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Chapel led by Prof. Robert Smith (Beeson Divinity School)

12:00 pm – 2:30 pm Lunch; participant dining passes to be used at The Caf, adjacent to Dwight Beeson Hall

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Exile and return (Glenn Loury, Brown University)

2:50 pm – 3:10 pm Martin Luther King, Jr., and the national covenant (Rev. Eugene Rivers, National Ten Point Leadership Foundation)

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Race and school choice (Robert Woodson, Woodson Center)

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Little black lives matter (Alveda King, Priests for Life)

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm Panel discussion led by Keith Elder

4:45 pm Adjourn

Wednesday, February 13

8:00 am - 8:10 am Introductions

8:10 am – 8:30 am Black churches and the American covenant (Derryck Green, National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives)

8:30 am – 8:50 am White churches and the American covenant (Mark Tooley, president, Institute on Religion and Democracy)

8:50 am – 9:10 am The black family (Jacqueline Rivers, Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies)

9:10 am – 9:30 am Racial supremacy and covenantal reconciliation (Carol Swain, political scientist, James Madison Society at Princeton)

9:30 am – 9:50 am Concluding remarks (Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School)

9:50 am - 10:30 am Break with refreshments

10:30 am - 11:30 am Panel discussion led by Christson Adedoyin

11:30 am - 11:40 am Adjourn

Host Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott

500 Shades Creek Parkway (Lakeshore Drive)
Homewood, AL 35209

Courtyard by Marriot offers a special Racial Reconciliation Conference group block rate for $120.00 per night. Guests can go online via the reservation link provided for you below. Reservations must be made up to the scheduled cut-off date of Monday, January 14th in order to receive the group discount.

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