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The Gospel Initiative Explores Racial Profiling and High Incarceration Rates Among People of Color, March 25
Denver Seminary
March 17, 2021

LITTLETON, Colo., March 17, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- Explore Racial Injustice "Under the Law": Confronting the underpinnings of racial profiling and high incarceration rates among people of color, on Thur., Mar. 25, 1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EST, during an Issues Forum, hosted by The Gospel Initiative, a work of Denver Seminary. Learn more and register at DenverSeminary.edu/TGI.

This conversation is designed to consider how churches can engage racism for the sake of the gospel.

"It's important that the voice of the Church is included in challenging conversations," said Dr. Mark Harden, executive director of The Gospel Initiative. "Our Issues Forums assist in guiding these conversations and help us to examine what we as Christians can and should be doing to ensure that a gospel presence is part of the conversations."

Among the themes panelists will explore are the consequences of failing to address the issues of racial profiling and high incarceration rates among people of color, and what role churches can have in addressing these challenges.

Panelists are:

    Lewis Brown, AVP of talent development for Zurich Insurance and president of Group Vigilant, Denver, Colo.
    Brown is a widely recognized expert on topics related to the justice system, mass incarceration, and race relations.

    Rev. Craig Dunn, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Madison, Madison, NJ
    Dunn has coordinated "Beloved Community Conversations," to unite the people of Madison and surrounding towns. He is a chaplain to three local police departments and past chair of the board of directors of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation, an organization that works to empower and support disadvantaged individuals, youth, and families to achieve an improved quality of life through training, education, and advocacy.

    Rev. Dana Gonsal, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Dorchester, Dorchester, Mass.
    At age 23, Rev. Gonsal founded The Classic ShoeShine Corporation, while homeless. He continues to hold the position of president/CEO. Today, Classic ShoeShine has expanded throughout New England, including Logan International Airport in Boston and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Harden will moderate the discussion.

These non-denominational, non-partisan, cross-generational forums are a space for church leaders, ministry practitioners, and lay leaders to engage in robust conversations, consider credible and thoughtful resources, and learn from issues experts. Participants are empowered to consider approaches churches may take to address critical issues and consider the consequences of inaction.

The Gospel Initiative supports the Church's mission in creating a compelling, compassionate, and credible gospel presence in contemporary society.

SOURCE Denver Seminary

CONTACT: Andrea Weyand, Andrea Weyand, Senior Director of Communications, 720-492-0240, andrea.weyand@denverseminary.edu

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