Racial Reconciliation and the National Covenant Event

February 12-13, 2019


Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
Institute of Anglican Studies at Beeson
Institute on Religion and Democracy

The Institute on Religion and Democracy and the Institute of Anglican Studies at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University will host the Racial Reconciliation and the National Covenant conference at Samford, Feb. 12-13. This event will bring Protestants, Catholics and Jews together to answer the question, How does thinking about God change the way we think about race?

Talks at the conference will address covenant and race in the Hebrew Scriptures, exile and return from slavery, white supremacy, Martin Luther King Jr.’s appeal to the national covenant, and many other subjects.

Speakers include former gang member and Pentecostal minister Eugene Rivers, Seymour Institute Executive Director on Black Church and Policy Studies Jacqueline Rivers, economist Glenn Loury, former civil rights leader Robert Woodson, and activist Alveda King.

Conference Schedule
All sessions except one will be held in the Brock Forum in Dwight Beeson Hall. The Tuesday Chapel, however, will be held in Hodges Chapel at Beeson Divinity School.

Tuesday, February 12Schedule of Events
7:15 am – 8:00 amRegistration and refreshments
8:00 am – 8:10 amIntroductions
8:10 am – 8:15 amOpening prayer (Ronald Sterling, Senior Pastor of St. John AME Church, Birmingham)
8:15 am – 8:35 amCovenant, race, and the nations (Joshua Berman, Bar-Ilan University)
8:35 am – 8:55 amExile and judgment (R. Mitch Rocklin, Tikvah Fund)
8:55 am – 9:15 amThe Puritans and Jonathan Edwards (Gerald McDermott, Beeson Divinity School)
9:15 am – 9:35 amThe Founders, American Revolution, & the Early Republic (Joshua Mitchell, Georgetown University)
9:35 am – 9:50 amBreak with refreshments
9:50 am – 10:35 amPanel discussion led by Jason Wallace
11:00 am – 12:00 pmChapel led by Prof. Robert Smith (Beeson Divinity School)
12:00 pm – 2:30 pmLunch; participant dining passes to be used at The Caf, adjacent to Dwight Beeson Hall
2:30 pm – 2:50 pmExile and return (Glenn Loury, Brown University)
2:50 pm – 3:10 pmMartin Luther King, Jr., and the national covenant (Rev. Eugene Rivers, National Ten Point Leadership Foundation)
3:10 pm – 3:30 pmRace and school choice (Robert Woodson, Woodson Center)
3:30 pm – 3:50 pmLittle black lives matter (Alveda King, Priests for Life)
4:00 pm – 4:45 pmPanel discussion led by Keith Elder
4:45 pmAdjourn
6:30 pmDinner banquet (by invitation only)
Wednesday, February 13Schedule of Events
8:00 am – 8:05 amIntroductions
8:05 am – 8:10 amOpening prayer (Rev. Katherine P. Jacob, Cathedral Church of the Advent)
8:10 am – 8:30 amBlack churches and the American covenant (Derryck Green, National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives)
8:30 am – 8:50 amWhite churches and the American covenant (Mark Tooley, president, Institute on Religion and Democracy)
8:50 am – 9:10 amThe black family (Jacqueline Rivers, Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies)
9:10 am – 9:30 amRacial supremacy and covenantal reconciliation (Carol Swain, political scientist, James Madison Society at Princeton)
9:30 am – 9:50 amConcluding remarks (Timothy George, Dean, Beeson Divinity School)
9:50 am – 10:30 amBreak with refreshments
10:30 am – 11:30 amPanel discussion led by Christson Adedoyin11:30 am – 11:40 am
11:30 am – 11:40 amAdjourn

Host Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott

500 Shades Creek Parkway (Lakeshore Drive)
Homewood, AL 35209

Learn More

Courtyard by Marriot offers a special Racial Reconciliation Conference group block rate for $120.00 per night. Guests can go online via the reservation link provided for you below. Reservations must be made up to the scheduled cut-off date of Monday, January 14th in order to receive the group discount.

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