The sixth annual Building the Beloved Community symposium is coming to Mercer University, featuring the Rev. Samuel Wells, dean of the chapel at Duke University.
The two-day symposium, which helps explore religion’s role in racial reconciliation, begins Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. banquet in Mercer’s University Center and a keynote address by Wells, who is also a research professor of Christian ethics in Duke’s divinity school.
This year’s theme is “The Content of Their Character.” The principals of all Bibb County schools have been invited to join pastors at a Wednesday morning breakfast.
All of the events are free and open to the public, but registration ends Friday.
One of the aims of the gathering is to explore ways of achieving a more collaborative relationship among local churches across racial and denominational lines, said John Dunaway, director of Mercer Commons and a professor of French and interdisciplinary studies at the university.
The breakfast Wednesday at Centenary United Methodist Church begins at 8:30 a.m., with a talk by Anthony Harris, professor of educational leadership at Mercer. The day’s activities end after breakout group sessions, lunch and reports.For more information, call 301-2078 or e-mail Jones_J2@mercer.edu.