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35th Biennial Session of the Connectional Lay Organization

35th Biennial Session hotel

DATE: August 7-11, 2017

Pre-Biennial Dates: August 5th & August 6th
Hosted by: Third Episcopal District Lay Organization
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel – Columbus, Ohio

Tenative Schedule of Events (Plenary/Training Sessions, not assigned at this time):

  • Sunday: Host District Reception
  • Monday: Election/Opening Worship Service
  • Tuesday: Black Tie Affair
  • Wednesday: Awards Dinner
  • Thursday: Closing & Installation Service
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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Reverend Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D.,

Rev. Michael Joseph  Brown, Ph.D.Rev. Michael Joseph Brown, Ph.D., President, at Payne Theological School in Wilberforce, Ohio is an internationally recognized biblical scholar, minister, and public intellectual. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree from University of Chicago. Prior to joining Payne, Dr. Brown served as Associate Dean of Wabash College, and was the Director of the Malcolm X Institute on Black Studies (2011-2013).

Dr. Brown has authored four books, What They Don't Tell You: A Survivor's Guide to Academic Biblical Studies, Blackening of the Bible: The Aims of African American Biblical Scholarship, The Lord's Prayer through North African Eyes: A Window into Early Christianity and The Lord's Prayer and God's Vision for the World: Finding Your Purpose through Prayer. In addition, he was a leading contributor to the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible.


BANQUET SPEAKER: Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric DysonNamed by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans in the U.S., Michael Eric Dyson is also a best-selling author, one of the nation's most renowned public intellectuals, and he has revitalized the title with the fervor of an ordained Baptist minister. Called “a street fighter in a suit and tie,” he takes on the toughest and most controversial issues of the day, including race, politics and pop culture, with his fearless and fiery rhetoric.

An MSNBC political analyst and former host of NPR’s The Michael Eric Dyson Show, Dyson is also an award-winning author. His speeches and books both provide some of the most significant commentary on modern social and intellectual thought today, interwoven with a combination of cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection and gender studies. Works such as Making Malcolm X; I May Not Get There with You; Holler if You Hear Me; and Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye deeply probe social themes and cultural politics.

A popular professor of sociology at Georgetown University, Dyson is a speaker that will never bore audiences; his presentations are thought-provoking, unwavering and foster social change. His excitement on the topics he speaks on—racial profiling and its impact on black America, the sociology of hip hop, and Dr. King for the 21st Century, among others—is contagious.

Dyson bridges gaps between generations, connecting civil rights identity to hip-hop culture, while forging links between older and younger Americans, especially black Americans. As a cutting edge historian, he educates the general public on the significance of hip hop, not only in understanding the black community, but general American culture, as well. With his powerful voice, Dyson reaches beyond race, addressing the universal commonality of American concern.

• Three-time NAACP Award winner
• American Book Award winner
• MSNBC Political Analyst
• Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University
• Former NPR host of the Michael Eric Dyson Show
• Named by Essence magazine as one of the 50 most inspiring African Americans
• Author of 16 books, including: April 4, 1968: Martin Luther King's Death and How it Changed America; Can You Hear Me Now?: The Inspiration, Wisdom, and Insight of Michael Eric Dyson; and Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

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