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Collins Lecture
Collins Lecture

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Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
1 to 5:30 p.m. Seminar | 7 to 9:15 p.m. Lecture
Concordia University in northeast Portland

Guest Lecturer: The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

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In the midst of growing polarization and divisiveness in our state and the nation, people of faith are called to address issues of racism, injustice, inequality and discrimination. The 2016 Collins Lecture will present emerging and inclusive theological and social perspectives on race, justice and reconciliation. It will engage the community in reflection, dialogue and ongoing action toward a just and inclusive future for all Oregonians.

In collaboration with the Albina Ministerial Alliance and other organizations ready to respond to this urgent need, we will:
» Learn more about the dynamics of race relations in America, including privilege and power.
» Better understand our individual and collective roles that contribute to current culture.
» Engage in the transformational change required to live together as the Beloved Community.

Workshops will include:
» Confronting Racism in the 21st Century
» Do You Hear What We Hear? Voices of Youth
» The Beloved Community: Where Do We Go from Here?
» 21st Century Community Policing: Overcoming Us and Them
» The Prophetic Voice in the Public Square
» Mass Incarceration: Our Apartheid
» Actually, One Size Does Fit All: Equity in the Classroom
» But I Wouldn't Do That! The Practice of Cultural Empathy



The afternoon seminar will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church, 6700 NE 29th Ave. in Portland, adjacent to the Concordia University campus. The Collins Lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the Concordia University Gymnasium, 2811 NE Holman St., Portland.

2016 Collins Lecturer: The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

"Many times God will bring out new colors when we experience the blues of a storm. We must allow the tears of God to beat across the canvas of our soul and God will paint a new picture in our spirit." – The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

Otis MossThe Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III is senior pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and an accomplished author, speaker and activist.
Dr. Moss is part of a new generation of ministers committed to community advancement and social justice activism. He practices and preaches a Black theology that calls attention to the problems of mass incarceration, environmental justice and economic inequality. Dr. Moss's creative Bible-based messages entwining love and justice have inspired audiences worldwide.

As part of his community engagement, Dr. Moss led the team that came up with the “My Life Matters” curriculum, which includes the viral video, “Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival,” created in the aftermath of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri police.

Dr. Moss has a unique gift to communicate across generations: his creative Bible-based messages inspire young and old alike. He published his first book Redemption in a Red Light District in 1999 and coauthored The Gospel Re-Mix: How to Reach the Hip-Hop Generation in 2006. His latest book, Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair, was published in 2015.

Moss earned a M.Div. from Yale University and Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. He is an ordained minister in both the United Church of Christ and the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He is a life member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, board member of The Christian Century magazine, and chaplain of the Children's Defense Fund's Samuel DeWitt Proctor Child Advocacy Conference.

Learn more about the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III


Race in a Post-Obama America: The Church Responds (2016) by David Maxwell with a foreword by Otis Moss III
Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair by The Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III (2015)
Ferguson and Faith by Leah Gunning Francis (2015)
Forgive Us: Confessions of a compromised faith by Mae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper, Troy Jackson, Soong-Chan Rah (2014)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James Cone (2013)
Dear White Christians: For those still longing for racial reconciliation by Jennifer Harvey (2014)

"The Racist History of Portland, the Whitest City in America," The Atlantic, July 2016

I Am My White Ancestors: Claiming the Legacy of Oppression. Thirteen life-size photographic self-portraits and audio diaries that explore European-American heritage, the artist’s family, and their role in the history of race, class, colonization, and genocide. It is an art exhibit, educational opportunity, and a community engagement project. Learn more.
Evening Reception: Thursday, October 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Tuesday, October 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Exhibit Dates:  September 26 to October 28, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Alexander Gallery, Niemeyer Center, Clackamas Community College, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival (Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago)
Freedom Riders (PBS, 2010)
Selma (Paramount Pictures, 2014)
Portland Civil Rights: Lift Ev'ry Voice (OPB, 2015)
Mirrors of Privilege: Making whiteness visible (, 2006)

Ferguson: Now is a time for theology to thrive (Sojourners)
Racism: Racism is a sin affecting abuser and abused (Sojourners)
Theology of Furguson
Race Matters in the Classroom
Standing with the Criminal Christ (Red Letter Christians)
Charleston Syllabus (African American Intellectual History Society)
Black Lives Matter Syllabus
Transform: Training, equipping & mobilizing people of faith for social transformation
Surg PDX: Showing Up For Racial Justice, Portland Chapter


The 2016 Collins Lecture is underwritten by the Collins Foundation and presented by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. Cosponsorsinclude Albina Ministerial Alliance, Celebration Tabernacle, the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples) of Christ in Oregon and SW Idaho, Community of Christ, the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. Additional support by Muslim Educational Trust, Oregon Quakers, Po'Shines and Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

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