May 2016: MARCH (Multi-faith Anti-Racism Change and Healing)

May 2016 Midday Interfaith Dialogue

MARCH (Multi-faith Anti-Racism Change and Healing): Religious Communities Supporting Black Lives Matter (and related racial justice efforts) with Rev. Danny Givens, Rabbi Michael Latz, and Rev. Rebecca Voelkel

Thursday, May 12, 2016
12 – 1:45 p.m.
Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul
1671 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 (View Map)

MARCH is a new movement/organization seeking to bring the energy and successful experience of LGBTQ justice work in recent years to matters of racial justice. Three leaders of MARCH, with multiple interfaith and justice work connections, will share the work of MARCH, its roots in the gay rights movement, its goals to engage congregations/faith communities in racial justice, and its relation to Black Lives Matter, Black Clergy United for Change and other related groups. Rev. Danny Givensis providing staff leadership to MARCH through the Kaleo Center at United Seminary. He is pastor of Above Every Name congregation, and resident minister at Unity Church-Unitarian, St. Paul. He is also a liaison to clergy for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis. Rabbi Michael Latz is rabbi at Shir Tikvah synagogue in Minneapolis and active with MARCH. Rev. Rebecca Voelkel is Director of the Center for Sustainable Justice, based at Lyndale UCC congregation, and through that provides staff time to MARCH. She has been a leader in several organizations working for LGBTQ rights locally and nationally, and a pastor of Spirit of the Lakes congregation in Minneapolis. Dialogue with and among the presenters and participants will focus on how the religious communities are and can work and relate supportively to movements and organizations working for racial justice, and how interfaith relationships and cooperation can enhance the work. Join us if you can. Free, open to all, at Doors open at 11:30 a.m., light refreshments/beverages provided; bag lunches welcome.