Unholy Trinity: the Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence

What: Unholy Trinity: the Intersection of Racism, Poverty and Gun Violence: A Conference Facilitated by Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a three-day event grounded in scripture, liturgy and theology. The conference will feature speakers and discussions on poverty, racism and gun violence, contextual Bible study, education and advocacy workshops and a prayerful procession to sites of gun violence on Chicago’s South Side. Registration is now open.

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When: April 20-22, 2017

Where: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood

Who: Unholy Trinity is sponsored by Bishops United Against Gun Violence, a group of nearly 70 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. The conference is open to everyone who is committed to exploring the intersection of racism, poverty and gun violence as people of faith. Registration will be capped at 250 people.

Three-note speakers include the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Distinguished Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Baltimore and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral; the Rev. Julian DeShazier, senior minister of University Church in Chicago and hip-hop artist; Natalie Moore, South Side Bureau reporter for WBEZ and author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies will moderate the panel.

Contextual Bible study will be led each day by Dr. Dora Rudo Mbuwayesango, dean of students and George E. and Iris Battle Professor of Old Testament and Languages at Hood Theological Seminary.

The public liturgy will be led by Bishop Jeffrey D. Lee of Chicago, with the Rev. Michael Pfleger of the Faith Community of St. Sabina and members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence preaching.

Ecumenical partners, community organizing organizations, and advocacy groups have been invited to lead workshops and attend the conference as part of our efforts to create a Beloved Community working against gun violence.Conference

Schedule:
Thursday, April 20, 2017:  3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 2017: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2017:  8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Registration:
Online registration form
Registration fees for the conference are:
$180.25 through February 14, 2017
$206.00 February 15, 2017 through April 19, 2017
$103.00 student rate

Bishops United can offer up to 30 scholarship to attend the  conference. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please fill out this online form.

Accommodations:
Group rates are available at these Hyde Park neighborhood hotels, subject to availability:

Hyatt Place Chicago – South/University Medical Center
5225 S Harper Ave, Chicago, IL 60615
(1 mile from Lutheran School of Theology: 5 minutes to by car, 16 minutes walking, 12 minutes by bus)
773-752-5300

Group Rate: $217+tax per night through March 17, 2017
Group rate registrations by phone:  call 888-591-1234, use code: G-BAGV.
Group rate registrations online: http://chicagosouthuniversity.place.hyatt.com/chizugbagv2017.html
Amenities at this hotel include a buffet breakfast, gym, indoor pool and neighborhood shuttle.
Valet parking is $35 per day with in/out privileges.

La Quinta Inn Chicago – Lake Shore
4900A S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60615
(2 miles from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago: 8 minutes by car, 23 minutes by bus, 32 minutes walking)
773-288-5800

Group Rate: $149+tax per night through March 6, 2017.
Reservations Instructions: Call the LaQuinta at 773-324-3000 and ask for the Bishops United Against Gun Violence rate.
Amenities at this property include continental breakfast, microwaves and refrigerators in guest rooms, free parking in surface lot, fitness center, shuttle to universities and downtown subject to availability.

Lake Shore Chicago Hotel
4900 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60615
(2 miles from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago: 8 minutes by car, 23 minutes by bus, 32 minutes walking)

Group Rate: $119+tax per night through March 6, 2017
Group rate registrations are by phone only. Call the Lake Shore Hotel at 773-288-5800 and request the Bishops United Against Gun Violence rate.
Amenities at this property include free self-parking and a shuttle to universities and downtown subject to availability.

Questions:  For conference-related questions, email us.