In the summer of 2016, the United States was reeling from several deaths that spurred nationwide uproar. On July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling, a black man, was shot by two white police officers in Baton Rouge, LA. Just one day later, Philando Castile, also a black man, was shot by a Hispanic-American police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. These two deaths were the motivation behind the fatal shooting of five Dallas police officers on July 7, 2016. One week after these events, Acts 29 held its summer gathering of pastors and leaders. As part of the event, pastor and Acts 29 president, Matt Chandler, hosted a timely panel discussion with several pastors to discuss racism, police brutality, white privilege, and the recent shootings from a Christocentric vantage point.
Pastors participating in the panel discussion are:
- Eric Mason, Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA
- Léonce Crump, Senior Pastor of Renovation Church in Atlanta, GA
- Brandon Washington, Pastor of Preaching and Vision of The Embassy Church in Denver, CO
- Dwayne Bond, Lead Pastor of Preaching and Vision of Wellspring Church in Charlotte, NC
- Thabiti Anyabwile, Lead Pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C.
In light of the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, and Breonna Taylor, we invite you to watch this discussion that is as necessary and timely in 2020 as it was in 2016.