The 2022 Kirkpatrick Conference, Visions of Wholeness: Systemic Racism, Antiracism, and “Reconciliation” in Our Shared History and Tradition will be held March 18-19, at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa. The conference is sponsored through Disciples of Christ Historical Society’s Kirkpatrick Lecture Endowment.
Bringing together leading Disciples and Stone Campbell scholars and church leaders, this is an academic conference open to the public. Papers and panel discussions will critically analyze the impact of systemic racism in Disciples and Stone-Campbell history and tell important stories of resistance to it from the earliest days of our movement to the present time. We will conclude with a conversation about where we go from here as we live more fully into the antiracism priority we have claimed as a church.
Rev. Dr. William Barber II will present the keynote address on Friday evening of the conference. Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas will be the preacher for the closing worship on Saturday, and Rev. Terri Hord Owens will give the charge as the conference closes. Rev. Sandhya Jha will open the conference on Friday morning.
On Saturday morning, participants will gather at Reconciliation Park in the Greenwood Community for a remembrance of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre.
Major grant funding provided by Reconciliation Ministry and the Oreon E. Scott Foundation, in addition to partnerships and sponsorships from various Disciples ministries, makes it possible to offer travel grants. Applications for grant funds will be available in January.
The registration fee for the day and a half event is $70, which includes three meals. Register here for in-person or Livestream attendance.