Date and Time
Nov 26, 2023 6:00 pm
14th & V
The Night is Long but Light Comes in the Morning: Meditations for Racial Healing offers keen insights for anyone struggling with issues of racial injustice. Drawing from personal stories and wisdom born from over four decades of working to dismantle inequity, Dr. Catherine Meeks shares some of the reflective truths cultivated over her lifetime.
Dr. Meeks, winner of The President’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest civil volunteerism award presented by POTUS, asserts that something different must be done—by looking inward and at each other, she argues, good people of all backgrounds can forge a long-term path to making a difference, from embracing self-awareness to recognizing the past to forming a new and individual way forward.
Filled with practical action steps to having difficult conversations and potential solutions for healing the racial divide, The Night is Long, but Light Comes in the Morning is an excellent tool to understand and grow along the racial healing journey. Dr. Meeks lets us know that we are on a pilgrimage to racial healing, one where everyone—Black, white, Asian, and Latino—is needed if we are to cross the racial divide into the promised land.
Dr. Catherine Meeks and Bishop Mariann are joining us on the Busboys stage to share meditations for racial healing. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during and after the event, and Meeks will be signing following the program.
This event is free and open to all. Our program begins at 6:00 pm, and will be followed by an audience Q&A. Copies of THE NIGHT IS LONG BUT LIGHT COMES IN THE MORNING will be available for purchase before and after the event. Please note that this event is IN PERSON and will NOT be livestreamed.
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Catherine Meeks, PhD is the Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. A retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service, she is frequently asked to present commentaries on Georgia Public Radio and other radio and television programs. Meeks is the author of six books and editor of the bestselling book Living Into God’s Dream: Dismantling Racism in America. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University and a PhD from Emory University.
Mariann Edgar Budde serves as spiritual leader for 86 Episcopal congregations and ten Episcopal schools in the District of Columbia and four Maryland counties. The first woman elected to this position, she also serves as the chair of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, which oversees the ministries of the Washington National Cathedral and Cathedral schools.
A passionate believer in the gospel of Jesus and the Episcopal Church's particular witness, Bishop Budde is committed to the spiritual and numerical growth of congregations and developing new expressions of Christian community. She believes that Jesus calls all who follow him to strive for justice and peace, and to respect the dignity of every human being. To that end, Bishop Budde is an advocate and organizer in support of justice concerns, including racial equity, gun violence prevention, immigration reform, the full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons, and the care of creation.
Bishop Budde is the author of three books, including her most recent, How We Learn to Be Brave: Decisive Moments in Life and Faith. (2023)