2018 USCA Faith Pre-Conference


Hyatt Regency, Orlando, Florida

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8.30am      Registration/Check-in
(coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served)

9.00am      Session 1 – Opening Plenary

Moderator:  Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer, United Church of Christ HIV & AIDS Network

  • Welcome, Introductions and Acknowledgments
  • Moderator’s Opening Remarks
  • Centering Rituals Various Faith Leaders
  • State of the Epidemic and the Faith Response Ulysses Burley, III & Wakefield

10.30am    Break

10.45am    Session 2

Moderator: Cary Goodman, Balm In Gilead

      Report from AIDS 2018, Megan Neubauer, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

      Panel Discussion: Engaging with lived experiences from the communities we serve


  • Nick Calvin, Peer Health Navigator, Nashville Cares
  • Dr. Joyce Turner Keller, Founder Aspirations
  • Rev. Michael Crumpler, LGBTQ and Intercultural Programs Manager, Unitarian Universalist Association

12Noon      Buffet Lunch with Facilitated Table Discussions

1.30 pm    Session 3: Engaging the Role Faith Based Organizations in Ending the Epidemic

      Introductions, Dr. Marjorie Innocent, Senior Director of Health Programs, NAACP

      The Black Church & HIV: The Social Justice Imperative, Dr. Marjorie Innocent

       Panel Discussion:  Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Ending the Epidemic

Moderator: Bishop O.C. Allen – Presiding Bishop and founder of the United Progressive Pentecostal Fellowship of Church, Founder, The Vision Church of Atlanta


  • John Faison – Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dazon Dixon – Founder and CEO, SisterLove, Inc.

      Q&A: Advancing HIV as a Social Justice Imperative, Moderator: Bishop O.C. Allen

      Small Group Discussion: Next Steps to Take Action

      Report Back, Next Steps

      Session’s Concluding Remarks, Dr. Marjorie Innocent

3.45 pm     Break

4.00 pm     Session 4: Taking action together, Moderator: Rev. Edwin Sanders           

      Keynote: Dr. Reuben C. Warren
      Professor and Director, National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care, Tuskegee University

      Discussion: Where do we go from here to end the epidemic?

5.00 pm     Closing

  • Acknowledgements, Rev. Mike Schuenemeyer
  • Sending Blessings, Various Faith Leaders