Public Programs & Outreach

Policing and a Just Society

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 | 7:30pm

Calls to end systemic racism are coming from around the country. Many focus on changes to policing, including demands for reform, defunding, and abolition. In this two-part series, co-hosts Canon Missioner Leonard Hamlin and Program Director Michelle Dibblee explore policing and community safety through the lens of faith. The path to a just society must respect the dignity of all people – community members and police officers alike – as we discern the way forward.

Session 1: Calls for Change — Tuesday, August 18

This conversation explores why community members believe change is necessary. Speakers are invited to share their perspectives on proposed changes (e.g. reform, defund, abolish) and their vision of communities where all experience safety and security.

Guests include the Rev. Dr. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, Episcopal priest and retired Captain from the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department, the Rev. Delonte Gholston, Senior Pastor, Peace Fellowship Church, and Patrol Chief Lamar Greene, Patrol Chief of Patrol Services North, Metropolitan Police Department.

Session 2: Paths Forward — Thursday, August 20

Session 2 explores possible paths forward. Guests, including former elected officials, will discuss the process of changing policing and other community safety policies. We’ll hear how community members, including faith communities, can participate in effective policy making.

Guests include former Mayors Sharon Pratt (District of Columbia) and Betsy Hodges (Minneapolis), Rushern Baker, former County Executive for Prince George’s County, and Frederick Davie, Executive Vice President of Union Theological Seminary and chair of the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (charged with civilian oversight of the New York City Police Department).


This event takes place via Zoom. Register below to receive the Zoom link the day of the event.


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  • Dates Offered
    • January 1, 1970 |