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Seymour Institute
​Mobilizing the Black Church for Policy Initiatives



Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop, Church of God In Christ


»    Eugene F. Rivers, III, President, Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies
»    Bishop Frank M. Reid, III, Bethel A.M.E Church (invited)

»    Elder Quentin L. Cook, Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus        Christ of Latter Day Saints
»    Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, Executive Director, Seymour Institute
»    Justin S. Giboney, Executive Director, AND Campaign
»    Professor David D. Daniels III, McCormick Theological Seminary

JULY 26-28 2017




The election of an administration which is not promoting an anti-faith agenda presents an opening for Christians to advance the cause of Jesus. In contrast to a culture that has been increasingly hostile to the gospel, there is now an opportunity to present religious freedom in its true and energizing light. 

​Summer Seminar

The Seymour Institute’s high-level leadership seminar will bring distinguished speakers together to foster conversation and lay plans that will:

Reclaim Religious Freedom

The religious freedom and the black church were the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement, of rebellions against slavery led by men such as Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey and of every major black effort for freedom. In this seminar, we will plan how to crush the association of religious freedom with discrimination. Inspiration for our work will be provided by the leadership of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ.

Strategize to Reach Millennials

Our youth do not understand the essential nature of religious freedom for black churches that advocate for and serve the African Americans. An inspiring panel of brilliant young people will discuss how the popular culture, and in particular millennials, sees religious freedom. Based on their insights we will plan how to present religious freedom in a manner that will be appealing to young people.

Serve the Black Community

The Black Church has always been the spiritual foundation of Black America. It has worked to be faithful to the Word of God, serving the black community through prophetically speaking against racism, providing preschools and housing for the elderly and in countless other ways. The cornerstone of our service is our religious freedom.

Defend the Rights of the Black Church

Together we will analyze current efforts to defend religious freedom which is central to our faithful preaching and living out the Word of God. Seminar participants will strategize how to use the opportunity created by a new administration to re-brand the fight for religious freedom.

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