In a world in which thoughtful conversation and responsible engagement with differing perspectives seem to be in short supply, The Seattle School seeks to equip thinkers, practitioners, artists, and organizations in awareness, skill-building, and advocacy as they work toward justice in our communities.
To that end, we are hosting Humanity Through Community, a two-hour summit designed to empower us to live, work, and lead in culturally responsive ways. With The Myth of the Single Story as our theme, we will wrestle with the grand narrative that connects us all—one of justice, the imago dei, and a new heaven and new earth—as well as the imperative to recognize the biases in each of us and to recognize the particularity of each person in our diverse and changing culture.
This year’s keynote speaker is Jimmy McGee, founder of the Bitumen Group, President of the Impact Movement, and former Director of the Pilgrimage for Reconciliation at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. McGee, who describes himself as “unashamedly Black, unapologetically Christian,” has devoted his life to impacting the lives of college students, church practitioners, and community leaders through mentoring, training, and directing conferences. You can learn more about him in this interview on the Intersections blog.
Humanity Through Community will also feature a compelling panel discussion engaging our work in the midst of changing demographics and culture. At the core of all of this, we look forward to gathering faith-based people and organizations to wrestle together with the question, “What does it mean to be human in a diverse, biased, and rapidly changing context?”