Written by Gregg Brekke
Co-sponsored by the UCC Justice and Witness Ministries and the Southeast Conference Theology Among the People (TAP) program, a pre-General Synod 28 event in Tampa, Fla., will guide participants in an in-depth analysis of the American empire and its impact on our lives.
"Fallen Is Babylon: The American Empire and the Commonwealth of God" is scheduled for Thursday, June 30 at the First United Church of Tampa. The focus will be on Bible study, worship and practical implications of and ideas for resistance to "the forces of empire" with faithful and just living.
Throughout the day, study and reflection will be grounded in the powerful and disturbing texts of the Book of Revelation and its call to "come out of Babylon."
Speakers scheduled to appear include:
- The Rev. Tom Warren, pastor of Pleasant Hill UCC in Tennessee
- The Rev. Kathy Clark, associate Southeast Conference minister and program director for TAP
- Edith Rasell, JWM minister for economic justice
- Sandra Sorenson, director of the Washington, D.C., JWM office
- The Rev. Bernice Powell-Jackson, senior pastor at First United Church of Tampa
- The Rev. Joyce Hollyday, former editor and writer for Sojourners Magazine and co-pastor of Circle of Mercy UCC in Asheville, N.C.
Registration fee, which includes lunch, is $40 per person. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with refreshments available. The program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.