UCLM Conference Honors MLK

Over 150 people attended UCLM’s conference honoring the memory of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 16, 2016, the weekend honoring his birth.

With the title “Finding Solutions – Community Healing, Restoration, and Justice,” the event sought to promote the Dr. King’s philosophy and implement his methods for effective community transformation.

For the conference kickoff, a panel focused on the root causes of violence in communities of color.

UCLM MLK Conference Leaders

Ray Mayoliz and UCLM President Rev. Lewis Stewart summarize conference conclusions and action steps.

Conference participants each attended one or two workshops:

  1. Dr. King’s Principles of Non-Violence & Perspective on Impacting Structural Reform
  2. Gun Violence as a Public Health Disease: the impact of trauma & violence
  3. The Scourge of Death: illegal gun trafficking & the role of the NRA
  4. Encounter: black and white church addressing racism
  5. The Community Safety Agenda: tools to ensure police transparency & accountability
  6. Living Your Life from the Inside Out, Surviving the Slippery Slope of Violence
  7. What Families & Communities Can Do to Keep Youth Off the Slippery Slope of Violence
  8. The Battle for Public Schools: the importance of parent / family engagement
  9. Youth Engagement: the collateral damage of broken relationships with youth

Endorsing this United Christian Leadership Ministry conference were:

  1. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
  2. Coalition for Police Reform
  3. Enough Is Enough
  4. Facing Race Embracing Equity
  5. Faith in Action Network – Greater Rochester Community of Churches
  6. Genesee Valley New York Civil Liberties Union
  7. Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
  8. Rochester ACTS Clergy Caucus
  9. Spiritus Christi Anti-Racism Coalition
  10. SWAN
  11. Urban Presbyterians Together

The venue was the Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy, Rochester NY.