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WATCH HERE: Lake Union to Stream ‘Journey to Healing and Understanding’ on Oct. 1

Event begins at 3 p.m. Eastern Time; to be presented live via Internet

The Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on Sabbath, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. Eastern time, will host “A Journey to Healing and Understanding” at the Village Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Union president Pastor Don Livesay said the event is designed to promote understanding of the African-American experience in the Lake Union and to align all of the union’s churches in a common mission.

“I’m hoping for additional healing with the African-American community as we own the issues of unity and of treating the black communities with respect,” Livesay said. “And as the [meeting] invitation video said, we’re hoping to bring stories of the reality of the black journey to our white membership in a way that will engage and help us understand in a deeper way, the difficulties experienced.”

Livesay is one of four principals for the event. Other chief participants are Andrews University president Dr. Andrea Luxton; Dr. R. Clifford Jones, president of the Lake Region Conference; and Maurice R. Valentine II, executive secretary of the Lake Union.

Speakers include Pastor Taurus Montgomery of Harbor of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Benton Harbor, Mich.; Dr. William J. Lee, senior pastor of the Capitol City Seventh-day Adventist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana; Dr. Nicholas Miller, a professor at Andrews University and public affairs and religious liberty director for Lake Union Conference; Pastor Dr. Hyveth Williams, professor of homiletics, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary; and Pastor Carmelo Mercado, the Lake Union’s vice president for multicultural ministries.

The event, organized in cooperation with Andrews University, will be live streamed from the Village Church location.

“We hope that this experience will lead us into other processes for conversation and again a greater shared mission within our union; churches of the same community for the mission of their specific territory,” Livesay said.

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