TI2016: Listen for a Change

Trinity Institute will be held January  21-23 at Trinity Church in New York City and simulcast at partner sites around the world. 

This year's conference - TI2016: Listen for a Change - focuses on racial justice. There are four partner sites in The Diocese of Ohio: Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland; Grace Church, 41 Bowman Street, Mansfield; Christ Church, 2627 Atlantic Street, Warren; and Grace Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. This is a free event, however, registration is required for Trinity Cathedral. 

“Listen for a Change: Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice.”  Conference participation is open to anyone interested in a practical, theological perspective on racial equality and is ideal for seminarians, students, and church leaders looking for thought-leadership from experts and activists.

The live conference will be held at Trinity Church (Broadway at Wall Street, New York City). Partner sites will offer all aspects of the conference either in real time, via webcast—where participants can submit questions for speakers via email during the live Q&A—or via video at a later time. Onsite reflection groups are coordinated using materials prepared and provided by Trinity Institute. 

Keynote speakers for this year’s conference include:

·     Keynote speaker Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times since 2001 and current blogger at On the Ground.  Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur, along with many humanitarian awards such as the Anne Frank Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

·     Anna Deavere Smith  (The West Wing & Nurse Jackie), professor at New York University and founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue.

·     Michael Curry, bishop of North Carolina since 2000, and in June 2015, was elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the first African-American to do so.

·     Emilie Townes, PhD, distinguished scholar and leader in theological education, and Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is also the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair and Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society.

·     Michele Norris, a journalist and former host of NPR’s flagship afternoon broadcast, “All Things Considered.” Her memoir, The Grace of Silence (2010), explores her own racial legacy as well as the racial conversations in America following Barack Obama’s election as president.

·     Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department at Duke University. He has been recognized for his outstanding scholarship in the area of racial issues, especially those affecting African-Americans or similarly disadvantaged racial/ethnic populations.

·     Victor Rios, PhD, author, speaker, and Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at UC-Santa Barbara. His book Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys (NYU Press, 2011) analyzes how juvenile crime policies and criminalization affect the everyday lives of urban youth.

·     Kelly Brown Douglas, MDiv, PhD, Professor and Director of the Religion Department at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a leading voice in womanist theology and has served as an Episcopal priest for over 20 years.

·     Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and Professor of Religion at Columbia University.

Other featured guests include:

·     Netsayi, Zimbabwean singer-songwriter who has made numerous live appearances on BBC Radio and has performed at the London Jazz Festival, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican Centre, among other places.

·     Melanie DeMore, vocal activist who has made an impact on audiences all over the world through her compositions, solo performances, and choral conducting. 


For more information about Trinity Institute, visit TI2016.org.




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