The Necessity of Religious Freedom for the Black Church
A panel and discussion on the intellectual, pragmatic, theological and other arguments in favor of the vital importance of religious freedom in the current political and cultural setting.  Special attention will be paid to the role of the black church. The perspective of the panelists’ denomination or other religious group will also be incorporated. Following presentations by the panel there will be a 30-minute discussion with the seminar participants.

Black Clergy and White Millennials’ View of Religious Freedom: The Research
A presentation of findings on the concerns of black clergy regarding religious freedom commissioned by the McLellan Foundation. A similar presentation on marketing research conducted by Becket on the reactions of black millennials to religious freedom claims will follow.

Black Millennials Discuss Religious Freedom
A panel and discussion on the perception in popular culture of religious freedom in the current political and cultural setting. Special attention will be paid to the views of millennials. The potential of the black church to influence these views will also be incorporated. Following presentations by the panel there will be a 60-minute discussion with the seminar participants.

Defending Religious Freedom: The SWOT Analysis
A panel and discussion on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats confronting national efforts to protect religious freedom in the current political and cultural setting, including what has already been achieved, the limits of current approaches, the dangers are lie ahead and strategies for overcoming them. Special attention will be paid to role of the black church. The perspective of the panelists’ denomination or other religious group will also be incorporated. Following presentations by the panel there will be a 60-minute discussion with the seminar participants.

The Key Role of the Black Church Among the Freedom Fighters
William F. Mumma

The Re-branding Strategy: A Planning Session
Options for addressing the threats and opportunities identified in the earlier presentations will be discussed. The goal is to craft a plan for re-branding religious freedom and to begin to shift.


The summit will engage 20-30 leaders of the black church from around the country.


Speakers:


​​​»   ​Bishop Charles E. Blake
»   Elder Quentin L. Cook, Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus 
      Christ of Latter Day Saints​​
»   Eugene F. Rivers, III, Director, Seymour Institute
»   Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, Executive Director, Seymour Institute
»   Estrelda Y. Alexander Ph. D.
»   Ambassador Suzan D. Johnson Cook
»   Bishop David D. Daniels, Professor, McCormick Theological Seminary
»   Dr. J. Louis Felton
»   Justin E. Giboney, Executive Director, The AND Campaign
»   Emily Hardman
»   Professor Amos N. Jones
»   Pat McMillian
»   William P. Mumma
»   Malcolm R. Rivers
»   Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, Howard School of Divinity
»   Tim Schultz
»   Bishop Talbert W. Swan
»   Michael Wear
»   Jamaica West



​​​​​Ambassador Suzan
D. Johnson Cook​
Ambassador for International
Religious Freedom
​Justin E. Giboney 
Executive Director,
The AND Campaign​

Questions?​
 

Email info@seymourinstitute.com  


​Roxanne Stone 
Editor-in-Chief
Barna Group ​

THE BLACK CHURCH & RELIGIOUS FREEDOM  IN THE AGE OF TRUMP 

Bishop David
D. Daniels​
Professor, McCormick
Theological Seminary

Bishop Charles E. Blake

Presiding Bishop,

Church of God in Christ

Pat MacMillan
Managing Partner,

Triaxia Partners
Malcolm Rivers
​Transcend Academy

Dr. Jacqueline
C. Rivers
Executive Director,
Seymour Institute
William P. Mumma
President, Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

KEYNOTE SPEAKER                               OTHER SPEAKERS

​​Eugene F. Rivers, III
Director,
​Seymour Institute
​Jamaica West 
Poet and Intellectual ​
Bishop Talbert
W. Swan, II

​​​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. ​​​​​

 Summit 2017


Emily Hardman
Canterbury Fellow
​​​Elder Quentin
L. Cook
Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles
Michael Wear
Founder, Public Square Strategies LLC
Rev. Dr. J. 
Louis Felton
Senior Pastor,
 Mt. Airy
COGIC​
Amos N. Jones
Attorney
​​​Dr. Estrelda
Y. Alexander
President at William
Seymour Educational
Foundation

​​​​​DATE | July 26-28, 2017

Location | Princeton Theological Seminary 

​Keynote Speaker: 
Bishop Charles E. Blake, Church of God In Christ 


* Still Reviewing Applications ​


​​​​​​Professor Cheryl
J. Sanders
Howard School of Divinity
Tim Schultz
President, 1st Amendment Partnership

Seymour Institute
​Mobilizing the Black Church for Policy Initiatives