Local Faith Leaders & Activists Talk Faith, Community & Justice

Local Faith Leaders & Activists Talk Faith, Community & Justice

April 7, 2021
Category: Program
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A white background with circles that have photos of a multiethnic group. There are blue boxes of white text on top and beside the pictures that state, "Faith in Action. Faith & Social Justice."

For 25 years, NCCJ’s annual Interfaith Tour program has been building bridges of understanding, respect and compassion between the many faith communities in our Triad community.

Typically, we convene a big group of people and travel together to different houses of worship throughout Greensboro or High Point. There, we meet with faith leaders and congregations and learn about other belief systems and practices.

This year, of course, we needed to get together virtually.

We also decided to switch up the format. We brought two groups of activists and faith leaders together on Zoom and to connect and explore the intersections of Faith, Community and Justice.

Our virtual format allowed us to record both conversations, one between activists and another between faith leaders. Keep scrolling to check out Faith In Action and Faith and Social Justice.

Faith in Action

On March 11, 2021, we gathered virtually for a conversation about intersection of social justice, community action and faith between three people whose extensive community-building work is inspired by their faith.

Our panelists were Doha Medani (Director of Digital Strategy at Muslim Women For), Rev. CJ Brinson (Faith Based Director and Regional Organizer at NC Black Alliance/ Advance NC and Youth Minister at Genesis Baptist Church), and Paul Ringel (Associate Professor of History at High Point University). NCCJ’s program director Michael Robinson moderated their discussion, which was followed by a Q&A.

Faith and Social Justice

On March 25, 2021, a diverse group of faith leaders from across the Triad gathered virtually for an interfaith conversation. Their discussion was co-facilitated by Sam Perkins (Pastor for Formation at Westminster Presbyterian Church) and Michael Robinson (NCCJ’s program director), and was followed by a Q&A.

Participating faith leaders were: Naijla Faizi (Associate Chaplain for Muslim Life at Wake Forest University); Rabbi Fred Guttman (Temple Emanuel); Alan Sherouse (Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church Greensboro)Bishop Adrian Starks (World Victory International Christian Center); and Rev. Dr. Frank K. Thomas (Mount Zion Baptist Church of High Point).

Note: opinions expressed are those of the speakers, and do not necessarily reflect NCCJ’s views or positions.