Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry

Saturday, April 9th 2011
9am - 3:30pm
coffee and registration start at 8:30am*

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Avent Ferry United Methodist Church 
2700 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

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James Lawson Mug Shot
In 1958, two young pastors crossed paths
at Avent Ferry United Methodist  and took
a prophetic stance against segregation in
Raleigh North Carolina. Rev Jack Crum
would go on to champion integration in the
churches of North Carolina far ahead of
his time. Rev Jim Lawson would go on to
lead the non-violent direct action strategy
of the Civil Rights Movement.
On April 9th, 2011, Rev Lawson will return
to Avent Ferry UMC to re-ground us in our
history and faith as we mobilize to confront
the current challenge to diversity in Wake
County Public Schools.



Flow of the Day

*Continental Breakfast and Check in

Our Prophetic History: Opening session with music, the story of the prophetic ministry of Rev Crum and Rev Lawson and Keynote address by Rev Lawson 

Equipping the Faithful:  Information session on the history of the Wake Schools Diversity Policy and current data vs. myths. 

Discerning a Faithful Response: Workshops  on how to engage your church and collaborate with other faiths and community groups in the Wake Schools issue; includes a special Clergy Session and Young Adult Caucus.

Lunch and Fellowship: meet people from different denominations and community organizations with a common interest in engaging the church in local justice issues.

Sending Forth: Closing worship with sermon from Rev. Dr. Barber and  "action offering" to bring together our faith  values and our Spirit-lead call to action.

Presenters and special guessts include (click on names for more info):

Rev. James L Lawson  

Rev. Dr. William Barber II

Rev. J George Reed

Dr Timothy B Tyson

Mary D Williams

Prof. Karey Harwood

The Wilson Temple Gospel Choir

more coming soon...


Ryan Rowe 
(919) 274-3203 

 But God has put the body together so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:24-26

The North Carolina Chapter of the  
Methodist Federation for Social Action

The 3rd Annual
Jack Crum Conference on
Prophetic Ministry
"One Bread, One Body: Faithfully Embracing Diversity"

A multi-denominational gathering for North Carolina Christians and friends of the church to learn, dialogue and respond to issues related to the local history of prophetic ministry and our faith-based values of social justice.

This year's theme, "One Bread, One Body : Faithfully Embracing Diversity" will focus on Wake County Public Schools as the front lines of a national trend towards dismantling school diversity policies.

Keynote speaker: Rev. James Lawson
Pastor Emeritus, Holman United Methodist of Los Angeles,
and renowned Civil Right Movement leader who Martin Luther King Jr. called
"the leading strategist and theorist of
non-violence in the world"

 Guest preacher: Rev. Dr. William Barber II
President of the North Carolina NAACP 
and leader in the current community effort  against the re-segregation of public schools in North Carolina.

Come be informed and inspired with other clergy, lay leaders, concerned people of faith and friends of the church as we put the current challenge to school diversity within the context of our scriptures, traditions and history and discern a vision for a collective faith-based response.

Please click on the link below to register today!

Jack Crum Conference on Prophetic Ministry
In partnership with: The NAACP of North Carolina, Great Schools in Wake Coalition, The North Carolina Council of Churches, Black Methodists for Church Renewal, The North Carolina Board of Church and Society (United Methodist), The Jack and Kay Crum Endowment for Prophetic Ministry, Avent Ferry United Methodist Church, Fairmont United Methodist Church and other faith and community organizations.

“At the time, there was no way to be against what you should have been against—racial segregationand not cause trouble.”   Rev. Jack Crum



“He put it on the line. Jack Crum was one of the farmers of my soul.
He was my conscience.” 
Rev. Vernon C. Tyson 

"In terms of Christian faith, you can't live a life of personal piety but not care about social wrongs." – Rev. Dr. William Barber



“Love, the paramount force of life and of the universe, must be the context by which we resist the wrong that we feel and know.” Rev. James Lawson