Reconciliation is at the heart of the Jesus Movement. Through it, we grow loving, liberating, life-giving relationships with each other, dismantling and healing racial injustices and hiearchies that separate the human family of God. With Gods’ help, the Episcopal Church is living into a long-term commitment to Becoming the Beloved Community: we are telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming God’s dream of wholeness with our neighbors, practicing Jesus’ way of love, and repairing the breach in our society and institutions.
Meet the speakers
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Arno Michaelis was a leader of a worldwide racist skinhead organization, a reverend of a self-declared Racial Holy War, and lead singer of the hate-metal band Centurion, which sold 20,000 CDs by the mid-nineties and is still popular with racists today.
Single parenthood, love for his daughter, and the forgiveness shown by people he once hated all helped to turn Arno's life around, bringing him to embrace diversity and practice gratitude for all life. After spending over a decade as a successful information technology consultant and entrepreneur, Arno is now a speaker, author of My Life After Hate, and very fortunate to be able to share his ongoing process of character development as an educator working with Serve 2 Unite. Founded as an ongoing peaceful response to the August 5th 2012 Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, WI, S2U engages students creatively with a global network of peacemakers and mentors in partnership with Against Violent Extremism , The Forgiveness Project , Arts @ Large, and Parents for Peace.
Arno’s customizable keynotes and workshops leverage noble qualities of compassion, curiosity, and kindness to engage all human beings, building foundations for diversity appreciation and cultural agility. He also enjoys spending time with his daughter, art, music, and all forms of fearless creative expression, along with climbing things, being underwater, and the wonderful natural beauty of our planet Earth. Learn more at http://mylifeafterhate.com.
Dr. Catherine Meeks
Dr. Catherine Meeks is the Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta, Georgia. The author of Living into God's Dream: Dismantling Racism in America and editor of Standing on Their Shoulders: A Celebration of the Wisdom of African-American Women, she has served as Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies at Wesleyan College and directed the Mayor’s Youth Violence Task Force in Macon, Georgia.
Most recently, she chaired the Diocese of Atlanta’s Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism, which organized retreats and workshops on racial/cultural diversity and spiritual development. Learn more about the Absalom Jones Center at www.centerforracialhealing.org.
The Rev. Nancy Frausto
The Reverend Nancy Frausto, born in Zacatecas, Mexico, immigrated to the U.S. at the age of seven. She is the first and only DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) beneficiary priest in the Episcopal Church. In the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles’, she is the first Latina leader to have grown up in a Spanish Speaking Episcopal Church who has gone on to pursue ordination. Nancy is the recipient of the Episcopal Church Foundation and Beatitudes Society Fellowship.
In 2014, she was named one of the Future 50 Interfaith Leaders in Los Angeles to watch by the Interreligious Council of Southern California. Nancy completed her Diploma in Theology from Bloy House, the Episcopal Seminary at Claremont School of Theology and was the recipient of the Thomas Crammer Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Liturgical Scholarship and the Preaching Excellence Award.
Online magazine relevant.com named her one of their 12 effective Women Preachers. In the spring of 2018, CBS network featured her work on their documentary Race, Religion & Resistance. Nancy’s love and passion for social justice come from her own story and that of the people she serves.