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The Conference of National Black Churches 2016 National Consultation Underway In Charleston During Roof Trial
12/14/2016 2:00:34 PM

Hundreds gathered at Mother Emanuel AME Church for the Ecumenical Worship Service Tuesday evening during the 2016 National Consultation of the Conference of National Black Churches. (Photo: Christopher Kelly/KB Photography)
Staff Reports 

As the trial to determine the fate of Dylann Roof continues at the Charleston federal courthouse a few miles away, The National Consultation of the Conference of National Black Churches (CNBC) was underway at Charleston Marriott Hotel on Lockwood Drive Tuesday afternoon.

Leaders of the black clergy from around the country came together to find answers and seek a better understanding of the racism in America that African-Americans face today.

The rhetoric of keynote speakers and panel discussions featured a cross-racial dialogue to work towards social justice initiatives in their respective communities.

CNBC held their 2015 Consultation for the first time in Charleston in the wake of the racist, terrorist murders of nine innocent African American Christians at Mother Emanuel AME Church last June. It attracted a large group of faith thought leaders who addressed difficult issues such as racism and racial reconciliation while meeting in the historic port city.

Notable local pastors on hadnd for the conference include Rev. Isaac Holt(Royal Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Jeremy Rutledge(Circular Congregational Church), Rev. Joe Darby(Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District), and Rev. Nelson Rivers III(Charity Missionary Baptist Church) to name a few.

The annual event will include powerful panel discussions and presentations such as “Why the Anger: The Next Generation’s Response” featuring young national and local leaders of organizations working for social justice and “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Examining the Effect of White Privilege on the Church” by Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President, the United Church of Christ. National Action Network founder Rev. Al Sharpton will be a panelist for “Is Justice the Answer: A Civil Rights Response”.

The consultation concludes on Thursday, December 15 with the closing message by Dr. Howard John Wesley, Senior Pastor of Alfred Street Baptist Church, Arlington, VA. At 9:30 am the final panel is “Where Do We Go From Here: Anger or Answers.” The panel will propose ideas and next steps for CNBC to consider when hosting racial reconciliation conferences in selected American cities.The conference runs from December 13-16.

Registration is open to the public at and at the registration desk at the Marriott.

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