What: Southern Tier Interfaith Coalition Annual Meeting
When: Sunday, September 10 at 3 pm
Where: The United Church of Painted Post - 201 No. Hamilton St. Painted Post, NY (exit 44 off I-86)
Anti-Racism Challenges for the Interfaith Community
by The Reverend Gary T. Smith
Director of The Center for Racial Justice
United Church of Christ - New York Conference
Reverend Gary T. Smith will speak about how he approaches anti-racism work in a faith context. The Mission Statement for the Center is "To eliminate racism and White supremacy in congregations, and in the schools, institutions, and organizations within our communities by educating people about the history of personal and systemic racism; building intentional multiracial relationships; and leveraging our collective power to achieve race-related systemic change.
The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.