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Friday, June 23 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Core Conversation: Disruption

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From government to business to church, institutions are experiencing a profound crisis of credibility. How can public trust be restored in the institutions responsible for the common good? And should it be? This Core Conversation will engage leaders in deep discernment regarding the ways our institutions reinforce injustice. Panelists will discern whether our institutions can regain integrity or if they must be re-imagined, rebuilt, or replaced. 

Facilitators and Moderators
avatar for Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

President, Sojourners
Jim Wallis is president and founder of Sojourners in Washington, DC. a nonprofit faith-based organization, network, and movement whose mission statement calls for “putting faith into action for social justice.” | | He is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine and website which has a combined print and electronic media readership of more than a quarter million people with several million unique visitors to the website, sojo.net, each year. Wallis is a bestselling author, public theologian, national preacher, social activist, and international commentator on ethics and public life. | His latest book is "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America." Wallis has written 10 previous books, including "The (Un)Common Good" and the New York Times bestseller... Read More →

Featured Participants
avatar for Rev. René August

Rev. René August

The Warehouse
A veteran of the anti-apartheid movement and an Anglican priest, René August is a reconciliation trainer with The Warehouse, a worshipping community organization in Cape Town, South Africa that walks alongside churches as they seek to respond to the issues of poverty, injustice, and division in a city that struggles with some of the worst inequality in the... Read More →
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Rev. Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie

Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc.
Dr. Timothy Tee Boddie serves as General Secretary of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the third largest Black Baptist convention in the nation.  A former pastor, university chaplain, and college and seminary professor, Dr. Boddie brings a unique skill set to the PNBC... Read More →
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RuthAnna Buffalo

Honor the Earth; Sacred Pipe Resource Center
Since 2004, Ruth Anna Buffalo has been working in tribal communities to improve the quality of life. She has led a wellness program for seven years at a tribal college to forming coalitions against substance use. Her public health background and indigenous perspective guide her work to address the social determinants of health. Ruth believes poor health is a result of poor policy. She recently ran for public office in 2016 as a candidate for ND Insurance Commissioner. Ruth Anna completed work for the ACLU of North Dakota which focused on Standing Rock. | | She is a new board member to the ND Human Rights Coalition. Ruth is an alumni of several... Read More →
avatar for John J. DeGioia

John J. DeGioia

President, Georgetown University
For almost four decades—as faculty member, senior administrator, and President—Dr. DeGioia has helped to strengthen Georgetown as a premier institution for education and research. He remains dedicated to deepening Georgetown’s tradition of academic excellence, commitment to its C... Read More →
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Rev. Dr. Velda Love

United Church of Christ
Velda currently serves as Minister for Racial Justice in The Justice and Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ. Velda has a working knowledge of critical race theory and creates comprehensive and strategic approaches for UCC national conferences, congregations and staff colleagues to explore and understand the intersection of racial justice with other justice issues. Velda brings an African-centered approach inclusive of biblical and theological knowledge in liberation and Womanist... Read More →

Elders and Movement Honorees
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Edward M. Jones

Edward M. Jones is the director of programs at ABFE - A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. Edward is a founding member of The Black Philanthropic Alliance and of Black Benefactors, a social investment club/giving circle  dedicated to supporting Black-led/serving organizations in the DC region. He is a board member at the African American Denominational House at Chautauqua Institution and Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc, and was featured in... Read More →


Friday June 23, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am
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