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Dorsey O. Blake Forum for Social Transformation at Fellowship Church
October 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Along with celebrating its 75th anniversary, Fellowship Church is honoring Rev. Dr. Dorsey O. Blake, who marks his 25th anniversary as one of its two presiding ministers.
Dr. Blake was called to the position and given Thurman’s robes personally by Sue Bailey Thurman after her husband’s death. The church has chosen to honor him by sponsoring a day-long Forum on the topic of social transformation. Dr. Blake is a longtime professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley with a signature course on Spirituality & Nonviolent Social Transformation (studying Chavez, King, Gandhi, Dorothy Day).
“As a church that calls itself ‘the growing edge of spirituality’ this all-day forum will project alternative paths to the future from current leaders on the growing edge of transforming our present society,” explains Bryan Caston, Chairman of Fellowship Church’s Board.
The five featured speakers for the inaugural Dorsey O. Blake Forum for Social Transformation include Gus Newport (former Berkeley mayor, recipient of Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award), Carl Anthony (Breakthrough Communities, author of The Earth, the City, and the Hidden Narrative of Race), Deseree Fontenot (Movement Generation, alumna of the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems), Kevin Bayuk (Senior financial fellow for Project Drawdown, Partner with Lift Economy), and Noni D. Session (Director of East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative.)
The gathering will include guest presentations, a panel and open discussions, a lunch, and the short dramatic presentation First Steps Toward the Dream: The Letters of Co-Founders Alfred Fisk and Howard Thurman. This vivid recollection of how Fellowship Church began is performed by veteran San Francisco actor Felix Justice and Rev. Martin Todd Allen and co-directed by playwright C J Verburg and actor Peter Fitzsimmons, all longtime members of the church.
Saturday’s sponsored Forum is free, although registration for the event is requested and donations, including for the meal, are welcome. To register, or for more information, see the church’s website: fellowshipsf.org.