Social Justice Conference has four main sessions:
Conference will open with a service led by the Rev. Dr. William G. Sinkford,
the first African American president of the UUA, followed by the morning
break out sessions. The morning sessions will end at 11:30 when everyone
will assemble in the Sanctuary for the Conference Award Presentation to
and Keynote Speech by Rev. William G. Sinkford. After a lunch break from
12 to 1:30, there will follow the afternoon break out sessions. An award
ceremony will begin at 3PM followed by an Interfaith Celebration Service
on the theme of "Building Bridges."
AM to 10:00AM
William G. Sinkford
AM to 11:30AM
Panel: "Views on Anti-Racism, Affirmative Action and Reparations"
Rev. Bill Sinkford, Rev.
Claude Alexander, Rev. Steve Shoemaker, Rev. Andy Baxter, Rev. Amy Brooks,
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Doug Reisner
Nonviolence Training and Conscientious Objector workshop
Workshop: "The Patriot Act and Other Attacks on our Civil
Jim Gronquist, Mark Ortiz
Facilitator: Doug Sea
PM to 12:00PM
Plenary Session: Social Justice Conference Award Presentation to Rev.
Award presented by Qiyamah Rahman
Dr. William Sinkford
PM to 1:30 PM
the United States.
He became a Unitarian Universalist as an adolescent and was called to the
ministry after an illustrious career in business. A strong opponent of the
militarism that has been sweeping over the country since 9/11, he and leaders
of many different faiths sent a joint letter in November 2002 to President
Bush urging peace, patience and diplomacy in dealing with Iraq.
William G. Sinkford, UUA President.
Rev. Sinkford is the first president of the UUA who is
African American. His election in June 2001 also distinguished him
as the first African American head of a majority white denomination
J. Dear Anti-Death Penalty Award:
the convenor of Charlotte Coalition for a Moratorium Now. He is also
co-chair of the Social Justice Committee at St. Peter's Catholic Church
and children in crisis and works in numerous peace and justice arenas. He
has spent more than two years in jail and federal prison for nonviolent
acts of civil disobedience in opposition to U.S. militarism. Mary Rider
is on the Board of Advisor of People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
and Mary Rider are long-time nonviolent peace
activists. Patrick O'Neill has been a peace and justice advocate
in North Carolina for over twenty year. He and his wife, Mary Rider,
are cofounders of St. Martin House, a Catholic community that provides
Martin Luther King Jr. Award
Claude Alexander is
the senior paster of University Park Baptist Church in Charlotte,
where the regional office for H.E.L.P (Helping Empower Local People)
is located. Rev. Alexander has also served on the N.A.A.C.P. Educational
Committee and is on the board of directors of the Charlotte Mecklenburg
Urban League, the United Way and the Arts and Science Council.
Henry David Thoreau Award
has championed the cause of African liberation both continental and
Diasporan, for over a quarter of a century. He is an educator and
facilitator with Creative Interchange, an organization whose purpose
is to encourage and facilitate non-blaming experiential workshops
for persons of different ethnicities on matters relating to race.
PM to 3:00PM
Panel: "The War on Terrorism: a 'Just' War or 'Just War'?"
Anne Wolfley, Catherine Stratton Treadway, Mary Rider, Patrick O'Neill,
Facilitator: Dr. Reisner
and Discussion: "Jerusalem: Occupation Set In Stone"
"Come Together: Sing a Song, Make a Sign"
Donna Fisher, J. Charles Jones
"Can Racism Ever Be Uprooted From Our Society?"
Panel and Q&A: Qiyamah
Rahman, Barbara Wade, Chuck Fager, Congressman Mel Watt
Facilitator: Rev. Janet Newman
Penalty Moratorium Session
Henderson Hill, Julie Fosbinder, Steve Dear, Ted Frazer
Facilitator: Jeannette Manning
to 4:00 PM
Awards Presentations and Acceptance Speeches
The Martin Luther King Jr. Award:
Rev. Claude Alexander
Award presented by Dr. Reisner
Stephen J. Dear Award:
presented by Stephen Dear
Patrick O'Neil and Mary Rider
Award presented by Wally Kleucker
Henry David Thoreau Award
presented by the Hon. Mel Watt
Andy Baxter graduated from West Charlotte High School, before completing
an undergraduate degree in public policy and a master?s degree in divinity from Duke University. After serving as an associate pastor at Davidson
United Methodist Church, Andy came to Mecklenburg Ministries in Jan. 2001 as its executive director. He attends Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church.
donation is $10 ($5 for seniors/students). Childcare is available throughout
graduated from West Charlotte High School, before completing an undergraduate degree in public policy and a master?s degree in divinity from Duke University. After serving as an associate pastor at Davidson United Methodist Church, Andy came to Mecklenburg Ministries in Jan. 2001 as its executive director. He attends Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church.
a.k.a the Magikal Minstrel is a multi-talented musician and all-around
entertainer whose creative professional performances actively involve
his enthusiastic audiences. He is the music director of the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Charlotte.
a Charlotte peace activist and
member of the Charlotte Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Coalition for
Peace and Justice.
Amy Brooks is the Community Minister at the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Charlotte and works at RAIN, Regional AIDS
is the director of the UUCC Children's Choir.
a peace activist and Director of the Quaker House in Fayetteville
which has been a front-line Friends peace witness project there since
1969. He worked on the staff of the SCLC, led by Martin Luther King
Jr. for two years in the 1960's and has written two books about King
including "Selma 1965: The March that Changed the South."
In 1965 he applied for classification as a Conscientious Objector
to the draft. He is also author of a published book "Without
Apology: The Heroes, the Heritage and the Hope of Liberal Quakerism".
Julie Fosbinder is a Charlotte attorneyspecilizing
in labor and employment law, employment discrimination, sexual harassment
and wrongful termination. She is a member of the New York and the North
Carolina State Bar Associations,The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
and NC Academy of Trial Lawyers.
is a Charlotte defense attorney and a member of the ACLU.
Frazer is a member of the Charlotte Coalition for
a Moratorium Now, an organization which meets twice a month working
for a statewide moratorium on executions. He is also CO-chair of St.
Peter's (Catholic) Social Justice Committee.
Jones is a civil rights leader of the Charlotte sit-down
demonstrations in the '60s.
Hamid grew up a Catholic in Cleveland, Ohio with
her father, a Palestinian, and her mother, a South American. She graduated
from Cleveland State. In 1987 she moved to Charlotte and converted to the
Muslim faith the same year. She is a flight attendent instructor with a
Hill joined the
Stein, Wallas, Adkins Gresham& Sumpter in 1996
received the Paul Green Award from
the North Carolina Civil
Liberties Union in 1999,
the Lawyer of the Year Award from the North
Carolina Association of Black Lawyers in 1999, and was named Lawyer
of the Year by the George W. White Bar Association,
Durham in 1996.
Manning is the president of the board of the Unitarian Universalist
Church of Charlotte and director of Financial Affairs at Queens University.
Kleucker, Chair of the Social Action Committee,
a founding member of the Charlotte Coalition for Peace and Justice,
coordinator of the Social Justice Conference, webmaster of the conference
website and for the past ten years church organist at UUCC.
is the interim minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte.
is the treasurer of the Charlotte Area Green Party.
the Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson District of the UUA.
Dr. Doug Reisner is Minister Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte. His interest in social action concerns in Arizona led him to seminary in mid-life. Social action was a continuing theme of his ministry in Texas and North Carolina. He has worked actively among migrant farm workers and participated in organized labor efforts. His work has included environmental protection, women?s rights, prison reform, minority civil rights, and struggles for lesbian and gay equality.
is a social
activist Charlotte attorney and the president-elect of the board of the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte.
is an independent videographer based in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
His company, Insightment Video Productions, focuses on producing videos
for non-profit groups. He directs, shoots and edits these documentaries
and educational videos. Marty has also worked for PBS Frontline as
senior researcher for "Journey to the Occupied Lands", a 90-minute
Frontline special. Winner of the Lindheim Award for his documentary
"Jerusalem" at the Judah L. Magnes Museum's Jewish Video
Festival,he has also won Honarable Mention at the Columbus Film and
Video Festival in Ohio.
Stephen Shoemaker is
the senior pastor at Myers Park Baptist Church.
Treadway lives in New York and is a member of
the national Quaker organization Friends Committed to National Legislation.
Barbara Wade is a California
native and 2nd
language instructor at CPCC. She received her
masters in education from Antioch and is the author of an unpublished
novel Reaching for Graceabout the Underground Railroad.
Congressman Mel Watt, 12th Congressional District
of North Carolina, is the recipient of the Social Justice Conference's 2002
Henry David Thoreau Award for taking courageous stands on important issues
throughout his career in the House of Representatives.
Anne Wolfley is a social activist and the chair
of the Animal Rights Commission of SPUSA.