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Seymour Institute
​Mobilizing the Black Church for Policy Initiatives

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 summit, 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.

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.

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.

Together we will analyze current efforts to defend religious freedom which is central to our faithful preaching and living out the Word of God. Summit 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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​​​» Reclaim Religious Freedom

» Strategize to Reach Millennials

» Serve the Black Community

» Defend the Rights of the Black Church​


»    Professor Cheryl J. Sanders, Howard School of Divinity 

»    Eugene F. Rivers, III, Director, Seymour Institute

»    Bishop Frank M. Reid, III, Bethel A.M.E Church (Invited)

»    Justin S. Giboney, Executive Director, The AND Campaign
»    Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, Executive Director, Seymour Institute
»    Bishop David D. Daniels, Professor, McCormick Theological Seminary

»    Elder Quentin L. Cook, Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus

       Christ of Latter Day Saints

keynote speaker:
​Bishop Charles E. Blake, Church of God In Christ


​​​The freedom that served Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammed Ali is at stake. Currently there is a pause in the agenda that pitted liberal politics against people of faith and threatened our religious freedom. This 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, life-giving light. The Seymour Institute’s high-level leadership summit will be an opportunity for black church leadership to engage this issue more fully. ​​​​​

This leadership summit aims to foster conversation and lay plans that will:

 Summit 2017

    DATE | July 26-28, 2017
    Location | Princeton Theological Seminary 
    Application Deadline | June 30, 2017 ​