6:00 pm – 6:05 pm Welcome ǀ Rev. Roger Mealiff and Rev. Franz Rigert
6:05 pm – 6:15 pm Opening Worship
6:15 pm – 6:20 pm Introduction of Keynote Speaker ǀ Rev. Andrew Warner
6:20 pm – 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Rethinking Generosity ǀ Rev. William H. Lamar IV
William H. Lamar IV is pastor of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. Ordained as an itinerant elder in 2000 at the Florida Annual Conference of the AME Church, Lamar has also served congregations in Monticello, Florida; Orlando, Florida; Jacksonville, Florida; and Hyattsville, Maryland.
Prior to his two most recent appointments (in Maryland and the District of Columbia), Lamar was the managing director of Leadership Education at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Through his association with Duke, he convened and resourced executive pastors of large churches, denominational finance executives, young denominational leaders, Methodist bishops, and the constituency of Lilly Endowment’s Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Program. For nearly 15 years, Lamar has been actively involved with organizations like Direct Action Research Training (DART), Industrial Areas Foundations (IAF), and Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) for faith-based community organizing for justice. Most recently, he has collaborated with Repairers of the Breach, the Center for Community Change (CCC), and People Improving Communities through Organization (PICO) to enact a social justice ministry in surrounding communities and to exhibit a real embrace of the beloved community.
Rev. Lamar is honored to serve Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he seeks daily to extend Metropolitan’s nearly two centuries-long legacy of bearing witness to and ushering into this world the reign of the living God. Under his leadership, Metropolitan remains committed to worship, liberation, and service.
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Social Hour – Reconnect and meet with fellow attendees for an hour of casual conversation on a topic of your choosing.
Catalyst Grant Recipients and Creative Adaptations
Damascus Project and Lay Academy ǀ Rev. Tisha Brown
Ice-Breakers ǀ Lisa Hart
Kairos Call to Action ǀ Rev. John Helt and Rev. Bob Ullman
Sharing Signs of Hope ǀ Rev. Franz Rigert