Event Description / learn more about the conference

Black and Brown people experience disproportionate rates of unjust treatment throughout their lifetime. In the midst of political alienation, injustice in the criminal justice system, barriers to wealth, subhuman ways of being related to in personal interactions, interactions with domineering, unreflective and insensitive men, and the immigration crisis, Black and Brown people need caring communities to unapologetically and strategically advocate and organize for their mental, spiritual, material, and social wellbeing.  The 2019 CMHC conference confronts these social injustices and presents communal approaches to care and counseling to cultivate the survival and flourishing of Black and Brown people.


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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60201

Conference Schedule / timeline of events

Friday, September 10
Conference Sessions / 8:30am – 2:00pm CST

Saturday, September 11
Public Ritual / 10:00am – 11:30am CST
Call-to-Action/Townhall / 12:00pm – 2:00pm CST

8:30am-8:40am Welcome & Musical Introduction (Andre Dennis)
8:40am-9:50am Session #1 (Hector Y. Adames)
9:50am-10:00am Break
10:00am-11:10am Session #2 (Chaka Holley)
11:10am-11:20am Break
11:20am-12:30pm Session #3 (Nicholas Grier)
12:30pm-12:45pm Lunch Break
12:45pm-1:55pm Session #4 (Nayeli Y. Chavez-Duenas)
1:55pm-2:05pm Music and Sending Forth to next Day (Nicholas Grier & Andre Dennis)

10:00am-10:10am Welcome & Musical Introduction (Chaka Holley and Andre Dennis)
10:10am-10:30am Reflection #1 (acknowledging the COVID-19 Pandemic & centering to live well) (Teresa Mateus)
10:30am-10:35am Musical Interlude (Andre Dennis)
10:35am-10:55am Reflection #2 (acknowledging Social Unrest & centering to live well) (Marilyn Pagan-Banks)
10:55am-11:00am Musical Interlude (Andre Dennis)
11:00am-11:15am Tying it all together: Living well together in loving community (Linnette Hill)
11:15am-11:20am Musical Sending Forth (Andre Dennis)

Break (11:20am-11:50am)

11:50am-12:00pm Musical Intro, Welcome, & Statement of Purpose & Musical I (Nicholas Grier & Andre Dennis)
12:00pm-12:15pm Greeting #1 (Yehiel Curry)
12:15pm-12:30pm Community Reflection
12:30pm-1:10pm Panel Discussion (Amika Tendji, Journey Jamison, Booker Vance; introduced by Chaka Holley)
1:10pm-1:40pm Engaging Community–(becoming a CMHC member and/or volunteer connecting with community organizing groups, receiving counseling, reviewing our resource pages) (Chaka Holley)
1:40pm-1:50pm Next Steps (Nicholas Grier–events coming up and then infrastructure)
1:50pm-2:00pm Musical Sending Forth (Andre Dennis)

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(All registration packages include an Uber Eats Voucher)
Note: Registration costs pertain only to the Friday schedule. The Saturday schedule is free.

Early Bird
Early Bird Registration Dates: June 13th-July 23rd

General with CEUs: $100
General without CEUs: $50
Current Student: $30

Regular Registration Dates: July 24th-September 9th

General with CEUs: $125
General without CEUs: $75
Current Student: $40

Same-Day Registration: September 10th

General with CEUs: $150
General without CEUs: $100
Current Student: $50

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