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Breaking the Silence
Conference Agenda

7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.    Registration and Continental Breakfast 

8:30 A.M.               

OPENING PLENARY                       

Ms. Arlene Tyler, Presiding; President, Women’s Department, PNBC

Welcome & Occasion
Introductions and Special Greetings
Special Video Presentation  

9 A.M.                     

PANEL DISCUSSION:  “Why the Silence Must Be Broken” 

Moderator:, Rev. Michael E. Livingston, M.Div., President, National Council of Churches USA

Panelists: Dr. Margaret E. Betts, M.D., Private Practitioner; Dr. Lorraine C. Blackman, PhD., LCSW, CFLE.         Associate Professor,
Indiana University School of Social Work; Mr. Jesse Johnson, MA, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Personal Transformations, Inc.; Mrs. Melva Johnson, MSW, Co-Founder & Co-Director, Personal Transformation, Inc.;Ms. Josselyn Bennett, MSW, Director, Poverty Ministries in the Church in Society; Rev. Dr. Cheryl Price Clemetson, Ph.D., Director of Editorial, Urban Ministries, Inc.; Rev. Dr. Johnny B. Hill, Ph.D., M.Div., ThM,.Professor of Theology, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Dr. Ruth Lambert, Ph.D., CFLE, CEO, Institute for Family Life and Preservation; Diann Dawson, J.D., MSW, Director, Office of the Office of Regional Operations; Joyce A. Thomas, M.A., Regional Administrator for the Administration for Children and Families, Region V, Chicago; Rev. Dr. Sherrill McMillan, Ph.D., Assistant to the Senior Pastor for Counseling and Family Services, Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, DC, President, The Garment’s Hem, Inc.; Dr. Anne E. Wimberly, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Education, ITC; Dr. Edward Wimberly, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Provost and Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care, ITC I

10:45 A.M.  Questions and Answers       

11 A.M. Denominational Sharing – Models for Family Ministry 

11:30 A.M. LUNCHEON             

Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Presiding, Associate General Secretary for Justice and Advocacy, National Council of Churches USA

Keynote Speaker – Judge Mablean Ephriam 



12:45 P.M. Break 

1 – 3:00 P.M.     WORKSHOPS

Workshop One: Cleaning Our Closets:  Health Issues that Debilitate, Devastate and Destroy Families 

Workshop Two: The African American Marriage Enrichment Program – How to Make Your Good Thing Better 

Workshop Three: The African American Family: The Problems, The Solutions and The Role of the Church

Workshop Four:  Black Family Ministry – A Congregational Guide

Workshop Five: A New Revolution, Refining Black Fatherhood in the Hip-Hop Generation & Beyond 

Workshop Six: What God Has Ordained-Restoring a Covenant of Marriage in the African American

Workshop Seven: Healing the Family of God:  From Generation to Generation (Exodus 34:7)                             
Workshop Eight: Breaking the Silence – Fatherhood and American Family    

3:15 P.M. CLOSING PLENARY            

Rev. Dr. Wallace Charles Smith, D.Min.,
Senior Minister,
Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC                              


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