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2024 Andrews University Summit on Social Consciousness

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2024 Andrews University Summit on Social Consciousness


The Summit on Social Consciousness is an annual event at Andrews University designed to focus our attention on important social issues that have special relevance to our students, faculty, staff and community. These events are designed to put a spotlight on current social ills and provide opportunities to advance awareness, foster intelligent dialogue and agitate for change.


Race. Religion. Reflections. Andrews University: The Institutional Saga (1960–1980) will run from Feb. 29 to March 2, 2024. Each of the sessions will feature the screening of a video of individuals sharing their lived experiences at Andrews during the years 1960–1980. This will be followed by a panel discussion of experts that delves into the issues raised, celebrating our progress while exploring opportunities for growth.


The video screenings include "The Alvin Kibble Story," "The Merlene Ogden & Hyveth Williams Stories," and "The BSCF Alumni Stories." Our distinguished panel will include Olive Hemmings, PhD, author, researcher and professor of religion at Washington Adventist University and Morris Anthony Beckford, PhD, author, researcher and associate dean at George Brown College in Toronto.


The Andrews University faculty, staff and students leading these important discussions include Hyveth Williams, Vanessa Corredera, Anneris Coria-Navia, Meredith Jones Gray, Heather Thompson, moderated by Morgan Williams (Andrews University Saga: Through the Eyes of Our Women); moderated by Christian Hunter (Andrews University Saga: Insights from our Students); and Kevin Burton, Trevor O'Reggio, Andrew Tompkins, moderated by Jose Bourget (Andrews University Saga: Through the Eyes of our Prophets).


Pastor Taurus Montgomery will deliver the homily centered around the scriptural passage for the conference, Galatians 3:27–29, "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise."

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