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The Beloved Community Conference 2015

Thursday, October 29th – Sunday, November 1st



Description:    For six years, The Beloved Community Conference at Saint John’s Church has been an occasion to enrich local ministries and organizations with theological frameworks and hands-on tools for social justice work.  As part of the ongoing response to issues exposed since Mike Brown, Jr.’s 2014 death and the need for continued pressure for policy change in 2015, it calls for RADICAL RECONCILIATION.


The authors of a text by this title, Drs. Curtiss DeYoung, executive director of the Community Renewal Society in Chicago, and Allan Aubrey Boesak, former leader of the United Democratic Front in South Africa and director of Global Reconciliation Studies at Christian Theological Seminary, will join us for the conference. Their words are challenge to our region.


“Too often ‘reconciliation’ is used merely to reach some political accommodation that does not address the critical questions of justice, equality & dignity…Such political arrangements invariably favor the rich & powerful but deprive the powerless of justice & dignity. This we call “political pietism.” When Christians discover what is happening…and refuse to run the risk & challenge of prophetic truth-telling, we become complicit…This we call “Christian quietism.”


Dates:              Thursday, October 29 – Sunday, November 1, 2015

Theme:            RADICAL RECONCILIATION (2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2)

Location*:      Saint John’s Church (4136 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63107).

*Culminating Public Meeting @ Saint Louis University, Busch Student Center

Contacts:         Organizer – Jessica Wernli,





Dr. Allan Aubrey Boesak

Desmond Tutu Center for Reconciliation


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Dr. Curtiss DeYoung

Community Renewal Society


Bethany 2015


Bethany Johnson-Javois

Ferguson Commission


Thu, Oct 29 – Beloved Community Convocation

7pm: Joint Interfaith Service w/ Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, Community Renewal Society (Chicago, IL)

Fri, Oct 30 – Re-Defining Reconciliation Forum

8-12pm: A Faithful Vision of Reconciliation & Justice w/ Drs. Allan Aubrey Boesak & Curtiss DeYoung

1-3pm: A Shared Infrastructure for Social Change

Sat, Oct 31 – Organizing Accountability Mass Meeting

8:45-12pm: Forward Through Ferguson Report & Community Forum w/ Bethany Johnson-Javois, Ferguson Commission

1:30-3pm: Issue-Specific Caucuses

Sun, Nov 1 (All Saint’s Day): Public Worship & Witness

10:30am: Joint Ecumenical Worship Celebration w/ Dr. Allan A. Boesak, Desmond Tutu Center for Reconciliation

3-4:30pm: Public Accountability Meeting* (*Public Meeting @ St. Louis Univ, Busch Student Ctr)