This year's Salem Peace Lecture will be held online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson, and her topic will be Unfinished Democracy: Making Good Trouble for Racial Equity.
Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson is the 26th Executive Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation USA, the oldest peace and justice organization in North America. Under Rev. Jordan-Simpson's leadership, FOR USA is adopting a reparative lens to pursue justice and racial reconciliation in the United States. Ordained by the Concord Baptist Church of Christ in 1989, her leadership among New York's advocates and organizers has centered on advocacy for children. As Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund (New York), she worked with advocates to name and address New York's cradle-to-prison pipeline crisis, prioritize youth justice within New York's diverse faith communities, and close abusive youth prisons, redirecting resources to invest in youth and their communities. Rev. Jordan-Simpson is a graduate of Fisk University, Union Theological Seminary, and Drew Theological Seminary.
The lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 18th beginning at 6:30 PM, a month later than usual and after the election is over.
Attend this online event on November 18th at 6:30 PM.
Each year the Salem Peace Lecture Committee honors a Peacemaker of the Year during the lecture. This year's honoree will be former Salem Mayor and lifelong human rights activist Mike Swaim. You will not want to miss this, so mark your calendar now.
For additional information, please contact Karen Wood of the Willamette University Office of the Chaplains at 503-370-6213.
November 18, 2020 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm