Celebrity Athlete, Scholars, and Theologians Headline 2nd Annual Black Church Su
- Celebrity Athlete, Scholars, and Theologians Headline 2nd Annual Black
Philadelphia, March 9-10, 2007
WASHINGTON, DC--Newly out-as-gay former NBA player, John Amaechi will
make a special guest appearance at the National Black Justice
Coalition's, 2nd Annual Black Church Summit reception on Friday, March
9, 2007 at 7:30pm. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn at 400
Arch Street in Philadelphia. The event is open to the public. Please
RSVP to hedavis@...
Amaechi will speak about his closeted-gay experience in the NBA as
well as his eventual spiritual and sexual reconciliation. Amaechi will
also entertain questions from the audience about his life experiences,
his newly published book, and his future.
The next morning on Saturday, March 10, the Black Church Summit will
officially convene with scholar, theologian, and radio personality,
Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and motivational speaker, activist and
church pastor, Rev. Deborah L. Johnson of Santa Cruz, CA.
The Summit will be held at the historic Mother Bethel AME Zion Church
at 419 S. 6th Street in Philadelphia.
From 9:00am- 5pm, the entire day will be filled with workshops,
keynote speeches, as well as a lively debate about homosexuality and
the Black Church between Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Bishop Harry
Jackson, Chairman of the High-Impact Leadership Coalition.
Some of the topics covered during the summit will include how to build
effective HIV ministries; how to create gay affirming congregations in
order to end spiritual homophobia; how to interpret scripture in
regards to homosexuality; plus a special youth mentoring track
focusing upon Black youth 25 years old and under.
In addition, two different church choirs and soloists will provide
spiritual inspiration and entertainment for some 300 people expected
to attend the Summit from across the nation. "This will be a
monumental weekend for Black church communities from across America
and the world" says H. Alexander Robinson, NBJC Executive Director/CEO.
"The strategies learned at the Summit will be taken back to individual
churches and effectively implemented within their local communities.
We are very proud that NBJC is able to host this event becoming the
instrumental catalyst for such dynamic cultural and socioeconomic
change" Robinson added.
To register for the 2nd Annual Black Church Summit, visit
http://www.nbjc.org The cost is $75.