Diversity & Inclusion Summit
September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harbor Regional Center, South Coast Interfaith Council and the Long Beach Ministers Alliance cordially invite you to our first time event – “An Interfaith Summit on Diversity & Inclusion.” Powerful and moving stories will be shared of how congregations and organizations have identified needs in their community and how they effectively offered care and compassion, particularly to those who are marginalized. The summit will include a panel discussion with leaders speaking from diverse theological, political, and cultural backgrounds. This event will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 1:00 – 4:00PM in the Saul Ministry Center at Grace First Presbyterian Church, located at 3955 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90808.
The vision behind this Summit is to inspire area congregations and organizations to initiate new attitudes, programs, and community engagement that effectively welcomes all people. While our congregations strive to be welcoming, all too often there are barriers that can exclude people. Our prayer is that participants will depart with a new awareness of how to be more inclusive, and begin one new initiative. Rather than focusing on one or two issues of inclusion, the goal of this Summit is to reflect upon and share ideas about numerous topics of inclusion including, but not limited to mental health, adoption, disabilities, cultural awareness, sexuality, and homelessness.
The program for the afternoon will be as follows:
1:00 – 1:55PM – Panel Discussion with Faith & Community Leaders
Milia Islam-Majeed, South Coast Interfaith Council, Larry Ginn, Alpha Covenant, Inc., Elena Larsen, First Congregational Church of Long Beach, Pamela Lewis, CSULB, Rev. Marion Park, Associate Pastor of Grace First Presbyterian Church, Gregory Sanders, Long Beach Ministers Alliance & Rock Christian Fellowship, Rev. Cathy Taylor, Associate Pastor of Parkcrest Christian Church; Moderated by Erika Braxton-White, Manager of Diversity & Inclusion at Harbor Regional Center and Rev. Jonas Hayes, Senior Pastor of Grace First Presbyterian Church
2:00 – 2:25PM “Responding with Compassion at a Time of Death by Suicide” Lisa Jackert, Music Therapist
2:30 – 2:55PM “Cultural Awareness & Acceptance,” Milia Islam-Majeed, South Coast Interfaith Council
3:00 – 3:25PM “Inclusion of Persons with Hidden Disabilities” Deaka McClain, Disability Rights Advocate
3:30 – 3:55PM “Alive Inside: a Ministry with Alzheimer’s Patients” Stan DeWitt, Minister of Music, Grace First Presbyterian Church
Please contact Grace First Presbyterian Church, at 562 – 420 – 3393 or [email protected] to let us know how many from your organization plan to attend.
We look forward to making an impact on our community and deepening our commitment to diversity and inclusion for the good of our communities and the world.