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Friday – The Church and Racial Justice: A Conversation in Truth and Hope

A panel discussion on the Church’s complicated history in matters of racial justice and equity. The enlightening documentary “Facing an Uncomfortable Truth” (produced by Mr. Steve Crump) provided some inspiration for this program. 

Mr. Steve Crump, producer of the documentary will participate in the panel discussion.  Panelists will also discuss the way forward, including the implementation of equity and diversity initiatives, best practices to successfully address reforming historically unjust institutions, the role of Black Catholics and young people in the struggle for justice (in the Church and society), and the significance of the current Black Lives Matter Movement.


Liz Faublas, Emmy nominated anchor is also an award-winning producer and host.  Founder & Managing Editor of private literary company Million$Pen, Ink. 


Rev. Joseph A. Brown, S.J., Ph.D.

Professor of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Rev. Joseph Parkes, S.J.

Provincial Assistant for the Pre-Secondary & Secondary Education, East Coast Jesuits

Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN

Member of the Leadership Team for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, East-West Province; Former Executive Director, Pax Christi USA and Former President of the National Black Sisters’ Conference

Steve Crump,

Reporter on WBTV and producer of the documentary “Facing an Uncomfortable Truth”