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~Moving into the Great Turning~
This virtual event happened on Nov. 21, 2020
We heard from leaders, young and old, working for racial justice, climate action, the end of nuclear weapons, and the beginning of an equitable, sustainable society.
The Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson is the 26th Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR USA), the US branch of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR). Ordained by the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in 1989, she has been a member of the pastoral team since 1995. Emma is a graduate of Fisk University (BA double major – Religious and Philosophical Studies and Music, cum laude); Union Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Drew Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). She is the President of the Board of American Baptist Churches Metropolitan New York, and Vice Chair of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.
Dr. Karen A. Johnson (Dr. J) (she/her) provides expert-level equity and social justice consultation in government, nonprofit, and faith-based markets, and conducts leadership and self-care workshops across the nation.
Dr. J lives her legacy by unapologetically championing and preparing others to embrace, emulate, and embed a culture where everyone commits to collectively value, include, hear, and respect each other so that individual and organizational excellence is realized. She holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy, a master’s in public administration, and doctorate in Urban Services. Dr. Johnson has titled her talk “Are You Next?”
Bill Moyer co-founded the Backbone Campaign in 2003 with friends from an artist affinity group. He has dual and intersecting paths as both an activist and artist. His involvement with social change work stretches back to the 80’s, when as a student he was deeply involved in the anti-nuclear movement and the anti-interventionist movement. After a few years of studying political science and American philosophy at Seattle University, Bill went to Big Mountain to assist Dineh elders refusing to relocate off their traditional land, attended the Institute for Social Ecology, and briefly lived on an organic vegetable farm in Vermont.
Speakers stressed non-violent strategies to implement our principles in action.
It was a great time to connect with other activists, to share our visions and make them a reality!