Post Assembly Information
Kentucky Council of Churches
2016 Annual Assembly
The 69th Annual Assembly was held October 20th-21st, 2016 at Nazareth Retreat Center, Bardstown, KY.
Click here to see the Rev. Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy's PowerPoint presentation "Charity and Justice: What Love Requires".
Resolution to Promote a Statewide Book Study on Race Repair and Justice:
October 21, 2016
Whereas multiple member bodies are involved in meaningful repair and reconciliation work between white and black Christians and
Whereas Simmons College, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Kentucky, and EmpowerWest have presented a powerful witness during this assembly describing the need and transformative power of Christian attention and prayer in action to counteract the toxic effects of systematic disempowerment of black communities; and
Whereas the Kentucky Council of Churches has a long-standing desire to be in solidarity with all those seeking justice within the commonwealth, and has demonstrated a prophetic voice; and
Whereas the Council has been invited to help co-sponsor reading and education for white and black congregations in partnership,
THEREFORE Be it resolved that the 69th Annual Assembly of the Kentucky Council of Churches directs the Executive Board to pursue collaboration with Simmons College, EmpowerWest, and other relevant bodies to co-sponsor a statewide study/studies and other substantive interracial conversation on race, economics and repair within the next 12 months, and to report back to the 70th annual assembly.
Be it further resolved that the resources and network of the KCC be engaged to promote participation in events stemming from efforts of member bodies, specifically helping promote livestreamed/network broadcasts of speakers and discussions.
The Rev. Dr. Felicia Howell LaBoy, Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Advanced Learning, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. LaBoy is also Assistant Professor of Black Church Studies.
An Elder in Full Connection with the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, LaBoy has 14 years of urban and multicultural pastoral ministry. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Professor of Evangelization in the Heisel Chair at United Theological Seminary. Her forth coming book “Table Matters: The Sacraments, Evangelism and Social Justice,” published by Wipf and Stock, will be released some time this year.
Dr. Jonathan Sands Wise, Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown College
Dr. Sands Wise was born and raised on a dairy farm in Harmony, Pa. roughly 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh, Dr. Sands Wise developed an appreciation for the value of manual labor which influenced his “agrarian” lifestyle/perspective.
Dr. Sands Wise attended Houghton College. He considered seminary but chose to attend graduate school at Baylor University where he earned his master’s and Ph. D.
Thursday’s activities include a delegate meeting, lunch, devotions, the first keynote speaker, workshops, banquet, and worship service. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. for delegates)
Friday’s activities include a delegate meeting, the second keynote speaker, panel discussion and benediction.
The assembly will conclude at 12:45 p.m. Friday.
For specific events and times, click here to download a PDF copy of our brochure.
Scott Williamson: "Living Justly: Listening for How Our Lives Affect Others"
Scott Williamson is the Associate Academic Dean and Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Talking circles are routinely used by restorative justice organizations to facilitate victim offender conferences, but they can also facilitate crucial conversations between dialogue partners who are not usually available to one another. This workshop describes how to use talking circles to promote meaningful dialogue about living justly, and provides participants with an opportunity to practice a dialogue round.
Leah Wise: “Ethics in Action: Lifestyle Justice, Fair Trade,” and “Conscious Consumerism”
Leah Wise writes on ethical style and living at stylewise-blog.com. She lives with her husband in Charlottesville, VA, where she manages an Episcopal thrift shop and works with her local justice ministry, She will discuss the theological mandate for seeking justice and what this might look like within the context of the marketplace. She will also explore a thoughtful approach to consumption and consumerism, discussing the fair trade model and sustainability considerations, and providing a basic approach to incorporating “conscious consumerism” into our daily lives.
Amariah McIntosh: “A Review of Proposed KCC Policy Statements”
The Rev. Dr. McIntosh is the pastor of the Cleaves Memorial CME Church in Evansville, IN, an At-Large member of the KCC Executive Board and the chair of the Justice and Advocacy Committee.
She will present information from The Justice and Advocacy Committee regarding the three policy statements that the Executive Board are recommending for adoption at this assembly.
This workshop allows delegates the opportunity to review the statements, ask questions and receive clarification on them prior to the vote at Friday’s business session.
Kevin Cosby and Joe Phelps: "Living Justly-Two Perspectives"
The Revs. Cosby and Phelps will discuss Living Justly from two different perspectives.
The Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby is the senior pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, KY and president of Simmons College of Kentucky, also in Louisville.
The Rev. Joe Phelps is the pastor of Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.
Linda Strong-Leek: “Unpacking Power and Privilege”
Dr. Linda Strong-Leek is the Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs; Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and General Studies and she is the Interim Program Chair for Women’s and Gender Studies at Berea College. This workshop is on a topic very relevant to our society today. Dr. Strong-Leek will introduce the theme for the 2017 Annual Assembly.
Our panel discussion will revolve around practicing living justly with the food we purchase and prepare. Scott Williamson will moderate.
Father Jon Rausch is a Glenmary priest, conducts a ministry in Appalachian justice education from his home in Stanton. Fr. Rausch is an activist in the Appalachian region, working against mountaintop removal.
Lisa Zahalka is the pastor of both Trinity Baptist Church and Big Spring Bloomfield Presbyterian Church in Nelson County. She will deliver our Thursday devotion.