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Central Association’s Fall Meeting, Oct. 29

The Rev. Traci Blackmon,
Acting Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries
and one of the founders of “Black Lives Matter”
will be our preacher, speaker and teacher

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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Registration:  8:20 – 8:50 am; we will begin promptly at 9 am
Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church
4126 Arlington Ave
Los Angeles, Ca  90008

(323) 293-8535 Phone
web: http://www.lincolnucc.org

Morning:

Rev. Traci Blackmon will speak about “Why I Protest: the founding of Black Lives Matter” and the importance of Justice and Social Witness Policy in our United Church of Christ.

After Lunch Traci will introduce us to our new UCC curriculum:
“White Privilege: Let’s Talk and Do Something”
(free download, click on link)

Registration:  $5.  LUNCH:  $5.
Note:  due to the large number of participants expected, LUNCH RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST!

Reservations: Office@wehoucc.org

Childcare provided (8:30 am – 2: 30 pm).  Please request with registration:  office@wehoucc.org.

This event is open to all church members and youth!
We also warmly invite members from our neighboring Associations:
Northern, Eastern and Southern Associations.

Central Association is proud to present our new acting Executive Minister for Justice and Witness Ministries from the General Synod setting of our UCC and one of the founders of “Black Lives Matter” as our preacher, speaker and teacher at Central Association’s Fall Meeting, Oct. 29

How timely!  Traci will be with us a week before national elections and a California ballot which includes 17 ballot propositions.  Many of these deal with justice issues and social witness policy matters including propositions to increase funding for public schools, offering more parole opportunities for persons convicted on nonviolent felonies, providing bilingual education in schools, repealing the death penalty in the State of California and converting all death sentences to “life in prison without the possibly of parole,” decriminalizing marijuana and environmental justice issues.

Rev. Traci Blackmon will also be preaching at First Congregational Church of Long Beach on Sunday, October 30 – 10 am.  In the early afternoon she will lead an adult forum.

The Rev. Traci Blackmon is a prominent community leader, a gifted preacher and a much-loved pastor and teacher.

She is a strong voice for social change, Blackmon garnered national attention in the fall of 2014 as part of the pastoral presence in Ferguson, Mo., where she worked to quell months of civil unrest after the fatal police shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in August that year. Blackmon, then the senior pastor of Christ the King UCC in Florissant, Mo., served on Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Ferguson Commission, which studied the underlying causes of the racial conflicts in that city and made recommendations on how to address them.

In January of this year, President Obama appointed her to President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

In December 2015 Traci was invited to preach at the Riverside Church in NYC on the third Sunday of Advent.  Her sermon, “Why I protest” has gone viral.

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