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.
Conference participants each attended one or two workshops:
- Dr. King’s Principles of Non-Violence & Perspective on Impacting Structural Reform
- Gun Violence as a Public Health Disease: the impact of trauma & violence
- The Scourge of Death: illegal gun trafficking & the role of the NRA
- Encounter: black and white church addressing racism
- The Community Safety Agenda: tools to ensure police transparency & accountability
- Living Your Life from the Inside Out, Surviving the Slippery Slope of Violence
- What Families & Communities Can Do to Keep Youth Off the Slippery Slope of Violence
- The Battle for Public Schools: the importance of parent / family engagement
- Youth Engagement: the collateral damage of broken relationships with youth
Endorsing this United Christian Leadership Ministry conference were:
- The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- Coalition for Police Reform
- Enough Is Enough
- Facing Race Embracing Equity
- Faith in Action Network – Greater Rochester Community of Churches
- Genesee Valley New York Civil Liberties Union
- Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
- Rochester ACTS Clergy Caucus
- Spiritus Christi Anti-Racism Coalition
- Urban Presbyterians Together
The venue was the Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy, Rochester NY.