WHAT IS TRUTH SEMINAR
An Exploration through Study, Story, and Song
Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7 at Plymouth Congregational Church
How do we discern truth in a world of disinformation and alternative facts?
How can we name our truth when we are gaslit or our experience is dismissed?
How might we stand up for truth when people deny the reality of injustice?
With featured presenters Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon and Valerie Tutson
Miss out on the seminar? Want to rewatch a lecture? Check out the following links to watch the recorded livestreams from the weekend!
Friday, May 5
"What is Truth?" Lecture and Q&A w/ Rev. Traci Blackmon - Watch recording here.
Description: In a socio-political context filled with false assertions, fabricated realities, and the rapid proliferation of subversive news sources, this is a pertinent and provocative question. Yet this question is not new. For people of the Christian Faith the question is as old as the creation story. Attendees will be invited to engage the origins, distortions, and impact of truth-telling through the age old lens of race in this country.
Saturday, May 6
Storytelling and Song w/ Valerie Tutson - Watch recording here.
Sunday, May 7
Worship Service w/ Rev. Traci Blackmon - Watch recording here.
"Wisdom at the Well" - John 4:1-14
We are beyond grateful for all those who helped make the What is Truth Seminar possible! Learn more about them here:
Connect with Rev. Blackmon
Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.
~ West African Proverb
"I speak from the chorus of lions. And we are many!"
~ Rev. Traci D. Blackmon
Rev. Traci D. Blackmon, RN, MDiv
Rev. Dr. Traci Blackmon is Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ, a denomination inspired by God’s grace to welcome all, love all, and seek justice for all through God-centered action, Christ -driven connection, and Spirit- led leadership. As a public theologian, Rev. Blackmon’s voice is featured on many local, national, and international platforms spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican, as well as several documentaries and print publications. She currently serves as pastor in residence for Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO.
From 2009 through 2020, Rev. Blackmon served as pastor of Christ the King United Church of Christ in St. Louis, MO, a position she retired from to serve the wider church fully. The ministries of the church expanded under her leadership as well, serving as a sacred launchpad for communal engagement. After the police killing of Michael Brown, Jr., Christ The King hosted the first community-led town hall meeting and dialogue with law enforcement and elected officials. The church led several other mobilization efforts and healing spaces during the Ferguson uprising.
From 2000 through 2014, she also worked as a registered nurse in the city. Under her healthcare leadership, a community based mobile health unit was established engaging thousands of residents annually and providing a culturally attuned access point to heath care in underserved and uninsured communities.
President Barack Obama appointed Rev. Blackmon to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House and awarded her special recognition as a presidential volunteer for her community service. She was also appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and led the criminal justice reform task force featured in the ‘Forward Through Ferguson: A Path Toward Racial Equity’ Report, calling for sweeping changes in policing, the courts, child well-being and economic mobility in 2015.
Rev. Blackmon is the co-author of The White Privilege Curriculum for the United Church of Christ , and is a prominent voice in the PBS Special; The Black Church, and is featured in several print publications. She currently serves on the board of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference. She is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; the Hannah G. Solomon Founder's Award from the National Council of Jewish Women, the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, and The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award, to name a few. She is listed as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100, the St. Louis American’s Citizen of the Year, and one of the 15 Faith Leaders to watch in 2020 by The Center for American Progress.
Speaking engagements include the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, the Pontifical Council, the United Nations, Global Women’s Forum at the Carter Center, the Festival of Homiletics, the United Reformed Church, SURRENDER Conferences of Australia.
Rev. Blackmon earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Birmingham-Southern College where she is listed among Distinguished Alumni, a Master of Divinity degree and honorary Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary. She is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and is listed as one of St. Louis’ 100 most influential voices. Rev. Blackmon was inducted into the 33rd Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. Rev. Blackmon currently resides in St. Louis, MO.
While the What is Truth Seminar is a free event, you can make a freewill donation to Plymouth Church and the Plymouth Music Series here: