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Fresh Possibilities for Fragmented Society: Racial Reconciliation Conference at Samford

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Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School and the Institute of Anglican Studies at Beeson in conjunction with The Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) will host the Racial Reconciliation and the National Covenant Conference at Samford, February 12-13, 2019. The event will bring Protestants, Catholics and Jews together to answer the question, “How does thinking about God change the way we think about race?” Talks at the conference will address covenant and race in the Hebrew Scriptures, exile and return from slavery, white supremacy, Martin Luther King Jr.’s appeal to the national covenant, and many other subjects. “This country suffers from continuing racial tension. We are convinced that the tension cannot be resolved by politics alone because our racial divides have vital spiritual, moral and cultural dimensions,” said Gerald McDermott, director of Beeson’s Institute of Anglican Studies and organizer of the event. “Our hope is that this new approach will help bring repentance, forgiveness, and healing… This conference will take a fresh approach by exploring the implications of the biblical tradition of national covenant. We think it will open fresh possibilities for our fragmented society.” Visit for details on other conference speakers, agenda and registration. General admission tickets are $75, with discounted rates for students ($20), clergy ($25) and veterans ($25). †

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