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

In April, 2017, Bishops United Against Gun Violence facilitated “Unholy Trinity: the Intersection of Racism, Poverty, and Gun Violence,” a three-day event grounded in scripture, liturgy and theology. The conference featured speakers and discussions on poverty, racism and gun violence, contextual Bible study, education and advocacy workshops and a prayerful procession.

Speakers included 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 was 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 was 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 lead workshops and attend the conference as part of our efforts to create a Beloved Community working against gun violence.Conference.


Unholy Trinity in Review” | Episcopal Café 4/26/2017

“‘Unholy Trinity’ serves as call to action on poverty, racism, gun violence” | Episcopal News Service 4/25/2017