The recent protests and marches for civil rights, police reform and social justice inevitably implicate churches and other religious institutions. What is the relationship between seeking social justice and developing a thriving congregation? What is, or can be, the role of local congregations in the social justice movement? What should be the role of the Church in the social justice movement?
Watch the panel, the second of a three-part conversation on Thriving Congregations:
Our panelists were:
Rabbi Sharon Brous, Senior and Founding Rabbi of IKAR
Dr. Richard Flory, Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Pastor Stephen “Cue” Jn-Marie, Founder of The Row LA and Creating JusticeLA
Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard, Assistant Director of Community and Public Engagement at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Robert Chao Romero, Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA
The Reimagining Church Initiative is supported by a grant from The Lilly Endowment.