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Beautiful Are The Feet and Ella Jo Baker Human Rights Award Candidate Nominations Close Today!

We are seeking candidates for the 2020 Annual Conference's Beautiful Are The Feet and Ella Jo Baker Human Rights Awards! Thank you to those who have submitted a candidate. If you have a candidate in mind and have not submitted, nominations will close Saturday, June 15, 2019.


Beautiful Are The Feet  is a lifetime achievement award presented to those who, in the tradition of Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, exhibit the gifts and sacrifices of ministry and social activism. The Beautiful Are the Feet Award was established to acknowledge, honor and celebrate the work and wisdom of its recipients. Download qualifications and submission guidelines here.

Ella Jo Baker Human Rights Award is an honor to candidates with the exemplary and distinctive contributions that have inspired, challenged and expanded the African American faith community's capacity to witness and engage in our traditions of prophetic ministry and justice campaigns.
Download qualifications and submission guidelines here.

Submission deadline for all nominations is
June 15, 2019!
Dr. Iva Carruthers with noted film
documentary director, Michael Moore
Institute for Middle East Understanding

SDPC General Secretary, Dr. Iva Carruthers attended the Institute for Middle East Understanding gala on June 13, 2019. The gala honored Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib and human rights attorney, Noura Erkat.  
Disrupt the Narrative:
Centering African American Perspectives on Religious Freedom

As reported in earlier in our May 10th and 24th editions, The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute in Washington, DC hosted a day-long symposium,  June 7, 2019, on the above topic. The second installment of a series of public events of the  "Religious Freedom: African American Perspectives" project, this symposium will explore ethics and the complex politics of race and religious freedom. The conversation was  centered on the issues, narratives and experiences of African Americans in the United States.  

Moderated by  Assistant Professor of Theology at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Faith Harris, D.Min ., the Practioners Panel featured SDPC General Secretary, Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, along with Director, Sankofa Center at Interdenominational Theological Center and SDPC Program Consultant, Itihari Toure, Ed.D.

We are pleased the Newseum shared this link so you may watch this informative panel.
Keeping You Informed!

In our May 10, 2019 newsletter, we advised you of the Trump Administration's plan to propose using a lower measure of inflation when adjusting the federal poverty line each year . Like other policies the Administration has proposed, over time this policy would cut or take away food assistance, health and other forms of basic assistance from millions of people . The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has released an updated report on what is at stake for seniors and people with disabilities if this proposal comes to fruition.

The new calculations would not only affect lower-income Medicare enrollees who qualify for federal help to pay premiums, deductibles and other cost sharing through Medicaid or the Medicare Low-Income Subsidy (LIS) program; it would also affect Medicaid eligibility in states that expanded the program under the Affordable Care Act. Eight major programs that provide services such as home energy assistance, child and adult care food and legal services would be impacted by these cuts. Some seniors and people with disabilities would also lose eligibility for SNAP benefits.

Read the full report  and view its included links for a clear picture of how disastrous this move could be for millions. Let your elected officials know you do not want to see this become a reality!
Ministry Resource!
June 27th is National HIV Testing Day!

Ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is the goal of the U.S. Conference on AIDS (USCA) Faith Coalition. Comprised of people of faith, faith leaders and seminarians working to respond to HIV and AIDS, USCA Faith Coalition asks that you pray with your congregation and encourage participation in National HIV Testing Day on Thursday,  June 27, 2019.

Download the  attached Responsive Reading/Prayer to share with your congregation.

Look for news on the upcoming USCA 2019 Faith Pre-Conference, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Photo of the Week!
Emerging Leader
Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III!

Congratulations to SDPC friend and supporter, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III on his recent selection as a recipient of the 2019 Emerging Leaders Fund grant! 
His passion for advancing food and land sovereignty led him to found The Black Church Food Security Network (BCFSN).  An example of the Theology of Sufficiency, BCFSN's mission is to work with African American congregations to establish gardens and agricultural projects on Black Church-owned land. BCFSN also links farmers with congregations to hold farmer's markets inside places of worship.
Read more about Dr. Brown, the other 2019 awardees and the Claneil Foundation. Follow Dr. Brown's work at www.blackchurchfoodsecurity.net.

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