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Wednesday, June 21 • 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Welcome Reception & Artists Showcase

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Featuring remarks from special guests, this opening reception brings together Summit attendees, Sojourners’ board and staff, and others from the political and policy-shaping communities in Washington, D.C., to kick-off The Summit and deepen our relationships.


An artist showcase will follow, featuring appetizer-length sets from our Summit musicians, with a chance to meet the artists.

Featured Participants
avatar for Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-MA

Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-MA

Joe Kennedy III is proud to serve the Fourth District of Massachusetts in Congress. Currently in his third term, he represents a diverse district that stretches from the suburbs of Boston to the more industrial cities of Massachusetts’ South Coast. |   | As a member of the influential House Energy... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun

Darren Calhoun is an intersectional advocate for racial justice and LGBTQ equality, worship leader, and photographer based out of Chicago. He works to bridge relationships between people of differing perspectives through story and relationship.
avatar for Sharon Irving

Sharon Irving

A Chicago native, Sharon Irving is a songwriter and spoken word artist. She was shaped by her preacher grandfather’s powerful singing and sermons and the artistry of her father, famed jazz musician Robert Irving III. She is an inspiring “voice for the voiceless,” a passionate wordsmith spewing truth and inspiration, motivated by her personal experiences and undergirded by her Christian beliefs. Irving participated on Season 10 of... Read More →
avatar for Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton

Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton serves as Associate Dean of the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University. Middleton is actively engaged in social justice issues domestically and throughout the diaspora. She is founder and organizer of Cleveland Action, a bridge organization and resource in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. She is a preacher, poet, social critic, and community organizer committed to actualizing the vision of a Beloved Community. Recently Middleton was recognized by Rejuvenate Magazine as one of its... Read More →
avatar for Amena Brown Owen

Amena Brown Owen

Sol Graffiti, Inc.
Amena Brown Owen is a poet, speaker, author, and event host. Named one of Rejuvenate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Changemakers, Brown is the author of four spoken-word CDs and the nonfiction book Breaking Old Rhythms. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation... Read More →
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The Sanctuaries

The Sanctuaries is the first interfaith arts community in the country. Founded in Washington, DC in 2013, the community's 140+ artists harness the sacred power of the creative arts for personal growth and social change. The Sanctuaries also mobilizes the next generation of sacred arts activists through its intensive training program known as The... Read More →


Wednesday June 21, 2017 8:00pm - 9:45pm
Atrium - 1st Floor

Attendees (114)