2019 Episcopal Urban Caucus Assembly

The Church & The Gentrifying City: Reimagining Urban Ministry

March 20 - 23, 2019

Indianapolis, IN

2019 Episcopal Urban Caucus Assembly
The Church & The Gentrifying City: Reimagining Urban Ministry

March 20 - 23, 2019                            Indianapolis, IN

Cambria Hotel Westfield
18592 Carousel Lane
Westfield, IN 46074

AGENDA

 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM    Opening Reception and Plenary
St. Edmund’s Chicago:  Housing  & Opportunity; “Artivism” & The City; Art, Equity & Justice

Welcome by EUC President, Reception and Opening Plenary 

  • Barbara K. Larson, President Board of Directors, Episcopal Urban Caucus

  • Justin Merrick, Executive Director, Center for Transforming Communities, Inc. (Memphis, TN)

  • The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

  • Dawn Phillips, Executive Director, Right to the City Alliance (Oakland, CA)

  • The Rev. Dr. Richard L. Tolliver, Founder, St. Edmunds Redevelopment Corporation (Chicago, IL)

9:00 PM    Compline



Thursday, March 21, 2019


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM    Plenary

Right to the City: A Framework for Equity, Inclusion & Flourishing

This plenary session will explore unified response to gentrification embodied in the Right to the City Alliance which aims to halt the displacement of low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youth of color from their historic urban neighborhoods. What are the lessons and implications of leveraging shared principles and a common frame and theory of change to build racial justice, urban justice, human rights, and democracy in our cities.

  • Dawn Phillips, Executive Director, Right to the City Alliance (Oakland, CA)

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM    Plenary

Place Matters: Equitable Regional Development

This plenary will explore the ways nonprofits, churches, and community organizers in Memphis are addressing the pervasive systemic challenge of the segregation of people and resources.   Our panelists are co-laboring as a community of practice to address gaps in traditional community development and economic development. 

  • Vahisha Hasan, M.A., Ed.S., M.Div., Founding Board Member, Memphis Coalition of Action and Hope (MICAH); Assistant Professor of Human Services at Memphis Center for Urban and Theological Studies (MCUTS); Associate Minister, Christ Missionary Baptist Church

  • Floridia Jackson, Executive Director, School of Servant Leadership (Memphis, TN)

  • Justin Merrick, Executive Director, Center for Transforming Communities, Inc. (Memphis, TN)

  • Dawn Phillips, Executive Director, Right to the City Alliance (Oakland, CA), Discussant

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM    BREAK and LUNCH
 

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM    Plenary
 
Responding to the Neoliberal Turn of the City: Context for Organizing & Ministry

This plenary will examine the state of the City using analysis grounded in political economy.  From Detroit to Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, the accumulation of capital without a serious investment in the disrupting community building, politics and a sense of the commonwealth. Join us for a rich engagement concerning the context for organizing and ministry in the City. 

  • Lester Spence, PhD, Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University, & author of Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics  

  • The Rev. Sarah Monroe, Founder and Priest in Charge, Chaplains on the Harbor (Westport, WA), Discussant

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM    BREAK

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM    Workshops

Practical & Political Theology of the Care of Creation

This workshop will examine the work and ministry of creation care and environmental justice.  This interactive session will feature stories and concrete examples of faith-rooted organizing and advocacy to promote the work of environmental stewardship and justice. 

  • Levi Hunt, Farm Apprentice, Chaplains on the Harbor (Westport, WA)

  • The Rev. Sarah Monroe, Founder and Priest in Charge, Chaplains on the Harbor (Westport, WA)

  • The Rev. Melanie Mullen, Director of Reconciliation, Justice and Creation Care, The Episcopal Church (Washington, DC)

  • James Petersen, Farm Apprentice, Chaplains on the Harbor (Westport, WA)

  • Aaron Scott, Organizer, Chaplains on the Harbor (Westport, WA)

 
Stories, Transformation & Gentrification: Contextual Urban Ministry

This workshop will explore the changing city and provide participants with tools gained from 40 years of contextual urban ministry.  Narrative and story will be used as an invitation to examine examples of transformation and renewal of communities in gentrifying spaces. 

  • The Rev. Geoffrey B. Curtiss, Retired Rector, All Saints Episcopal Parish (Hoboken, NJ)

  • Michael Maloney, Consultant, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (Cincinnati, OH)

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM    Assembly Eucharist
 
 

Assembly Eucharist at Trinity Episcopal Church
Honoring Saints of the EUC

  • The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

  • The Honorable Byron Rushing

 



Friday, March 22, 2019


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM    Plenary

Beyond Rethinking Church in the Age of the Gentrifying City

This plenary will explore the reformulation of church in the gentrifying space.  Panelists will engage participants in an interactive session aimed at examining the formula that gives today’s missional church meaning and purpose. How do we reimagine church for today’s urban context? What are the innovations we are invited to make in the rapidly changing context of the City. This ecumenical panel will provide a framework for further group discussion, engagement and exploration.

  • The Rev. Nickolas C. Griffith, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church (Redondo Beach, CA)

  • The Rev. Lamont Wells, President, African Descent Lutheran Association (New York, NY)

  • The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Speaker & Consultant; Fellow, Green Justice Coalition; Pastor, New Roots AME Church, (Boston, MA)

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM    BREAK

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM    Workshops
    
Envisioning & Creating Alternatives in a Transitioning Community: A Jubilee Center Story

Jubilee Ministries and Centers are an invaluable asset to urban ministries in numerous contexts.  This workshop will explore ways to develop and enhance Jubilee Ministries for justice-making in the gentrifying City. 

  • The Rev. Geoffrey B. Curtiss, Retired Rector, All Saints Episcopal Parish (Hoboken, NJ)

  • Michael Maloney, Consultant, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (Cincinnati, OH)

 


Organizing for a Just City

Community organizing is an essential component to justice making in the city.  This workshop explores concrete ways and tools to expand the church’s capacity to engage in this important work.  Participants will take away strategies for building organizing into the ministry of faith communities. 

  • The Rev. Glenna Huber, Rector, EpiphanyDC (Washington, DC)


Beyond Rethinking Church in the Age of the Gentrifying City – Workshop

This interactive workshop builds on the plenary of the same name.  Participants will engage in a dialogue and conversation intended to grapple concretely with the implications of the questions raised in the plenary. 

  • The Rev. Nickolas C. Griffith, Rector, Christ Episcopal Church (Redondo Beach, CA)

  • The Rev. Lamont Wells, President, African Descent Lutheran Association (New York, NY)

  • The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Speaker & Consultant; Fellow, Green Justice Coalition; Pastor, New Roots AME Church, (Boston, MA)


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM    BREAK and LUNCH


2:00 PM – 3:30 PM    Plenary

A Way Forward: Sanctuary, Right to the City & Beyond 

How do we create spaces of sanctuary in the City?  Is our work limited to fighting for the right to the City?  How do we engage in the prophetic ministry, advocacy and justice making with those who have been forced out of the City? This interactive plenary will afford participants an opportunity to engage the multi-layered work of faith communities in the context of gentrification.  

  • The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Speaker & Consultant; Fellow, Green Justice Coalition; Pastor, New Roots AME Church, (Boston, MA)

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM    BREAK


4:00 PM – 5:30 PM    Plenary

The Work: Creating Inclusive, Equitable and Just Communities

This interactive roundtable plenary will provide an opportunity for panelists and participants to grapple with the challenges, opportunities, strategies, and values undergirding the faith-rooted justice making in the Gentrifying City. 

  • Aisha Huertas, Director, Mission, Outreach and Diversity, The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (Richmond, VA)

  • The Rev. Yein Esther Kim, Parish Associate, St. Athanasius Episcopal Church (Los Angeles, CA)

  • Michael Maloney, Consultant, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice (Cincinnati, OH)

  • The Rev. Lamont Wells, President, African Descent Lutheran Association (New York, NY)

  • The Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, Speaker & Consultant; Fellow, Green Justice Coalition; Pastor, New Roots AME Church, (Boston, MA)

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