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On August 21st, 2018, from 12:00–1:00 PM EDT, radio show host Barbara Arnwine, founder and president of the Transformative Justice Coalition (TJC), focuses on the Black Church and the Trump Administration. There has been a major highly critical and angry Backlash to the highly publicized White House meeting on August 1st of Black pastors with President Trump. This fallout has placed pressure upon the Black church to assert its true voice in response. In particular, during our show, will discuss the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s powerful “Call to Conscience and Day of Action” being held on September 5th and 6th in Washington, D.C. Barbara was joined by two illustrious guests: Bishop Reginald Thomas Jackson, president of the Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church; and, Dr. Jamal Harrison-Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

During the now widely perceived as infamous meeting, in the publicly released media clip, Black pastors were shown appearing to grovel in their praise, flattery, and gratitude to President Trump for inviting them to the White House. In this public release, no one said a word about his racist comments, his horrible anti-civil rights policies, his immigration stance, or his separation of families at the borders.

In a resounding press release of August 14th, 2018, the African Methodist Episcopal Church stated the challenge of our times as follows: “Today the Black Church is again called to be ‘the conscience of the nation.’ To speak to the nation about the rightness or wrongness of its policies and behavior. This is particularly important when the so-called, ‘Evangelical Christians’ appear to be the dominant voice for people of faith in this nation, supporting the nation’s leader who spouts racism, sexism, and repeatedly lies to the nation. They appear to be the dominant voice of people of faith in the nation because the Black Church has largely been silent.”

The statement calls upon, “pastors, congregants, and citizens from across the country to join us in Washington DC on September 5th and 6th, as we call the nation to conscience. Additionally, Sunday, September 2nd is designated as “Social Justice Sunday.” We are asking every pastor to preach a sermon related to “Social Justice.”

Matters explored during the show included: What is the scope of the AME Church?; How has the Black church been impacted by the White House meeting?; Where you invited?; Why have you issued the “Call to Conscience-Day of Action?”; This call is very strong and pointed in its criticism of the Trump Administration, tell us more about these points?; What are the components of the Call?; Why the White House and DC?; What are the activities planned for September 5-6th?; Who should participate?; What happens after September 6th?; How is the AME Church preparing for the Mid-Terms?; How do our listeners learn more about the Call? These issues and more were covered during the show.

Contact (770)-220-1770 for further information about the AME Call to Conscience.

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