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Date(s) - 03/25/2017
9:30 am - 3:45 pm

Jarvis UMC in Greenville, NC


2017 Jack Crum Conference

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Theme/Date/Place: Radical Welcome: Living with the Other. March 25, 2017 at Jarvis UMC in Greenville, NC.

Keynote Speaker: Marcia Owen, Former Director of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham

Luncheon Speaker: Rev Carolyn Schuldt, Executive Director of Open Table Ministry, Durham

Opening Worship: Bishop Will Willimon; Bishop in the United Methodist Church

Closing Worship: Rev. Carl Kenney, Pastor and Writer

Schedule: Registration will begin at 9:30 AM. The program will begin at 10 AM with words of welcome by Rev Jon Strother, host pastor Jarvis UMC Greenville. Opening worship will begin at 10:10 AM. The Keynote Address will be 10:45 -11:20, including some time for Q &A. After a short break, the first workshop will be 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Lunch, including the luncheon speaker will be 12:30-1:30 PM. A second workshop will be 1:30-2:30 PM. Closing worship will begin at 2:45 and end no later than 3:45 PM.

Workshops/Speakers (Working Titles only; Subject to Change)

First Americans: Rev. Terry Hunt (confirmed), possibly with Gary Locklear .
Immigrant Rights: Jose Luis Villasenor, Apex UMC Fiesta Cristiana. Ernesto Barigurette
Islamophobia: Manzoor Cheema.
Welcoming the Homeless & Mentally Ill. This workshop will be offered by:
– Greenville Shelter Director Bob Williams
– Trillium (Managed Care Organization) Local Office Director Keith Letchworth
– Both NAMI Chapter Leaders​-Christine Spencer and Millie Hagler
– Rev. David W. Girod, ACT Case Manager for over 4 years, currently In-Reach Specialist for MCO in Central NC
– Leona Love, LCSW, Assertive Community Treatment Team Leader, Pathways To Life.
For First Americans drop Gary Locklear.
Relating to Persons with Disabilities. Cathy Green, UMC Persons with Disabilities Mission
Welcoming LGBTQ Community. Liam Hooper, Reconciling Ministries Network, and Reverend Tuck Taylor Loveland, Pastor at Black Creek UMC and Assistant to the District Superintendant Heritage District.

Workshops will be repeated, if possible, allowing people to attend two workshops during the conference.

The NC Conference Board of Church and Society

The NC Council of Churches (NCCC)

Registration Fees
Advance Registration for Jack Crum Conference only: $25 (regular); $12.50 (students)
Day of Event Jack Crum only: $30 (regular); $15 (students)
Jack Crum Conference & NCCC Legislative Seminar: $40. MFSA will give $20 to NCCC.
Jack Crum plus MFSA membership: $80
Jack Crum, MFSA membership, and Gayle Felton luncheon: $90
Jack Crum, MFS membership, Gayle Felton luncheon, and NCCC Seminar: $110

Bio of speakers

CARL W. KENNEY II is a columnist with the News & Observer and Co-Executive Producer (with three-time national Emmy Award winner Dante James) of “God of the Oppressed”, an upcoming documentary that explores black liberation theology. He is a former Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri – Columbia, School of Journalism, weekly Columnist at the Columbia Missourian and Freelance Columnist at The Washington Post and the Religious News Services. He is a former Adjunct Instructor at Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies. He was named North Carolina’s top serious columnist by the North Carolina Press Association for his work with the News & Observer (2011) and received recognition for his work in the Columbia Missourian by the Missouri Press Association (2015). He served as Co-Pastor at Bethel Church (Columbia, Missouri), Pastor/Founder of Compassion Ministries (Durham, North Carolina), Senior Pastor of Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church (Durham, North Carolina) and Pastor of Sugar Grove Baptist Church (Columbia, Missouri) where he began serving when he was 23 years-old. He received his Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1986), a Master of Divinity from Duke University (1993), was named a Fellow in Pastoral Leadership and Development of the Doctor of Ministry Program at the Princeton Theological Seminary (2005) and Honorary Doctor of Letters from the St. Thomas Christian College (2011). He has over 30 years of journalism experience in broadcast, print journalism and public relations. He has also written commentary for Columbia Faith & Values, The Independent Weekly, The Durham Herald-Sun, Zion Herald, Tribes Magazine, The Greensboro News & Record, The Columbia Daily Tribune and Columbia Magazine. He is featured in Don Yeager’s It’s Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives it Shattered, Stuart Taylor & KC Johnson’s Until Proven Innocent, John Noltner’s A Peace of Mind: American Stories, Melissa Harris-Perry’s award winning book Barbershops, Bibles & BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, George Curry’s The Best of Emerge Magazine, Craig S. Keener’s books Women, Wives and Paul and Black Man’s Religion. He is the author of Preacha’ Man, Backslide and the soon to be released Twisted Footsteps and My Daddy’s Promise. His short story “Home is a cup of coffee” appears in 27 Views of Durham.


Marcia Owen is a Durham NC – based community organizer and author. She is a Durham native and a graduate of Duke University. In December 2016, Ms. Owen stepped down as Director of the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham, an organization with which she has been involved for more than 24 years. The Coalition holds monthly community luncheons, public candlelight vigils for homicide victims, and provides other support to families working their way through the grief of a sudden, traumatic loss. The Coalition also provides support for inmates leaving the prison system. Ms. Owen is coauthor, with Rev. Sam Wells, of Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence (Resources for Reconciliation).



Bishop William Willimon is a bishop in the United Methodist Church. Professor Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. Willimon is the author of 70 books. His Worship as Pastoral Care was selected as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. More than a million copies of his books have been sold. His articles have appeared in many publications including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. His book Pastor: the Theology and Practice of Ordained Leadership is used in dozens of seminaries in the United States and Asia. His He has taught in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia in various seminaries. He is a trustee of Wofford College, Emory University, and serves on the Dean’s Committee of Yale Divinity School. In early 2017 he will publish Who Lynched Willie Earle? Confronting Racism through Preaching.bisho-william-willimon


Manzoor Cheema: A resident of Raleigh, NC, for the last 16 years, Manzoor is an active member of social justice movements. He launched a grassroots social justice TV show called Independent Voices in 2004 that lasted for five years. Manzoor co-founded an organization called Muslims for Social Justice in 2013, an organization dedicated to pursuing Muslim liberation theology. In 2015, he launched a network of organizations to fight racism and Islamophobia called MERI or Movement to End Racism and Islamophobia. Manzoor Cheema’s work on social justice has been covered in the local and national media. Manzoor is the recipient of the 2014 International Human Rights Award awarded by the Human Rights Coalition of North Carolina, and the 2016 Self-Determination Award by Black Workers for Justice.