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CoInspire

Liberating Imagination, Eviscerating Racism

A conference addressing systemic racism in the church.

A Montreat Conference Center Event
October 7–10, 2019

In the beginning, God breathed on humankind to animate our existence.

Our breath is our life-force, but the air we breathe can restore our life or kill us. We are living in a world where the sins of racism infect the very air we breathe. What happens when we pay attention to how much breath we give to scarcity, competition, and fear? What happens when we choose to focus our breath on giving oxygen to liberate our imaginations for a world where the air is full of abundance, hope, equity?

In October of 2019, Montreat Conference Center will host CoInspire, the second in a series of conferences addressing systemic racism in the church. Our first conference, DisGrace, lived in lament for the ways in which the sins of racism thwart individual people and institutions, infecting congregations and denominations with death-dealing dehumanization. CoInspire will examine ways that we, as members of Christ’s body, might co-inspire one another to liberate imagination for new ways of being, and examine ways we can conspire to eviscerate the racism within our churches.

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Event Leadership

Rev. Traci Blackmon – Preacher

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the executive minister of justice & local church ministries for The United Church of Christ and senior pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.

Initially ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. Blackmon served in various ministry capacities for nine years prior to becoming ordained in the United Church of Christ, and was installed as the first woman and 18th pastor in the 162 year history of Christ The King United Church of Christ.

A featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon's communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, MO, has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack H. Obama. Rev. Blackmon toured the nation proclaiming the need for a moral revival in our nation with the Rev. Dr. William Barber of Moral Mondays and Repairer of the Breech; the Rev. Dr. James Forbes of The Drum Major Institute and pastor emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York; and Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus.

Rev. Blackmon is a co-author of the newly released White Privilege curriculum through the United Church of Christ and has received awards and recognitions, including The White House President’s Volunteer Service Award; 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100; NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The United Church of Christ Antoinette Brown Leadership Award, among numerous others.

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