We all had the same look of confused amazement when told that Town of Cary would be hosting a conversation of this nature. I admit I too was optimistically cautious. This Diversity summit was held in the Cary Arts Center, a beautiful location. They had 3 separate panels to discuss Diversity in Church, Community and Corporate America.
The Martin Luther King Jr. quote : "it is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning." was the inspiration for the first panel. This was a fitting way to start the discussion on such a still touchy topic. The panelist were composed of 5 of the largest and most noticeable church leaders in The triangle area.
|From L-to -R Pastor Andy Thompson, Pastor Benji Kelly, Pastor Classy Preston, Pastor Jasper Wilkins, & Pastor Ron Lewis.|
I glanced around the room a little for my own sake, to keep from tearing up and also I wanted to see if others were equally touched by the gesture. It was a captivating moment, every eye seem to be on him. I was sure the rest of the discussion were going to be amazing. Its not hard to see where each pastors passion came from and yet they all held a level of compassion and grace. Joel Brown our moderator did a great job of moving the conversation to and from each panelist. There was a brief break before the 2nd panel. I have listed here the websites for each church, I plan to visit each one.
There were quite a few speakers including the mayor of Cary Harold Weinbrecht
Jessica Holmes Introduced herself, the youngest member of the Wake county board of commissioners. She explained how important she felt this conversation was and how she too still faces difficulties in her role. People often mistake for the assistant to her counterparts. she also had a seat on the 2 panel conversation which was consisted on community leaders. There were so many great moments in this summit unfortunately it too many of them. No worries I am sure it will be replaying a some cable access channel. for now, here are a few more shots form the event.
I leave yo with this though.
In the matter of diversity it seem to be the overall agreement that if you seek to see change , you have to actively include other in your world. SO everyday or as often as you can, make the effort to bring someone outside of your culture in. Just that simple...