Shrines of Black Madonna turn 60
10/18/2013, 6 a.m.
The Shrines of the Black Madonna are 60 years old, and they are celebrating during the Oct. 24-26 Synod Conference in Atlanta.
Participants will attend sessions on “Best Self” theology; get an update on Beulah Land, the 4,000-plus acre agribusiness in Calhoun Falls, S.C.; and vote on the organization’s revised constitution.
Bishop D. Kimathi Nelson, presiding prelate of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church, will give the opening keynote address. He says the Shrines of the Black Madonna have been beacons of light in the black community for more than three generations.
“We affirm that there is a spark of divinity in every person,” Nelson said. “Once realized and nurtured, that spark can ignite a movement that can transform individuals and communities to reflect the will of God.”
The church plans to build upon its legacy, sharpen its programs, and institute changes in its organizational structure to accomplish national and regional goals.
Invited speakers include Baraka Sele, assistant vice president of programming at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; Gary Coleman, named by the DTN/The Progressive Farmer as one of America’s best young farmers and ranchers for 2013; and Blair Evans, MIT engineer and chief innovation officer of Incite Focus. The synod culminates with the 60th Anniversary Gala at the conference site and worship services.
The 2013 Synod is open to the public and will be held at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Resort, 201 Aberdeen Parkway in Peachtree City.
For registration, visit http://www.theyearofrestoration.org/Synod-2013.html.