The Common Good

CCT's Response to Letter from Birmingham Jail

April 14, 2013 - 6:00pm - April 15, 2013 - 3:30pm
Speaker: Jim Wallis, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rep. John Lewis & more

On April 14-15, Christian Churches Together (CCT) is hosting a symposium in Birmingham, Ala., on "Race, Faith and our Future" to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's Letter from Birmingham Jail. CCT has invited heads of communions, ecumenical officers, CCT leaders, as well as civil rights and other national leaders committed to this work of addressing the sin and injustice of racism.

Jim Wallis will give the opening keynote address on Friday evening. The next day, other speakers include historic civil rights leader and current U.S. Representative John Lewis; Lisa Sharon Harper, director of mobilizing at Sojourners; and more!

The symposium will be held at St. Paul United Methodist Church. For more information and to register, visit CCT’s web site:

CCT is a national organization that brings together heads of communions and religious and political leaders from across the Christian tradition--historic Protestant, African American, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, evangelical, and Orthodox churches. These leaders gather in a context marked by prayer, worship, and fellowship for the purpose of developing relationships with other churches with which they presently have little contact.

The issue of racism has been the main topic of conversation at CCT's annual meetings in Birmingham (2011) and Memphis (2012). At these gatherings, national political and religious leaders shared their insights and challenged us to look at different angles in our efforts to address the sin of racism. The leaders of CCT have been reminded that the evil of racism, even though it originates in our sinful human condition, expresses itself in the socio-political and economic oppression of people.