Convergence Symposium - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)
Convergence: Unity in Diversity is a symposium examining systemic issues that are foundational to racial injustices crippling our world and exploring restoration through a biblical perspective.

Convergence 2018

November 10, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

"All The People"

Throughout American history, and because of influences like the Doctrine of Discovery, the phrase "We the People" in the preamble of our Constitution has been very narrowly defined. Convergence 2018 will examine the foundations of our country, as well as the history of the church, to help understand what corrections can be made so that "We the People" might finally mean "All the People.”

The one-day symposium is hosted by Geneva College's Diversity & Inclusion, Center for Student Engagement and the CCO.


Geneva College
Skye Lounge, Student Center
3200 College Ave. Beaver Falls, PA 15010


  • College student: $10
  • General Admission: $20
  • CCO Staff, Geneva Students, Faculty and Staff (Free)
    • If Geneva student, faculty or staff, please submit Geneva email address (
    • If CCO staff, please submit CCO email address (

Lunch will be provided for registered attendees.
Cutoff date for online pre-registration: Wednesday, November 9.

On-Site Registration
Registration at the door.
Same cost, however, lunch will not be provided.

2017 Keynote Speaker Lisa Sharon Harper

2018 Keynote Speaker TBA


Convergence Symposium


Convergence Symposium Schedule


9:30 – 10 a.m.


10 – 11 a.m.

Keynote Session #1

“The Very Good Gospel: The Politics of Race”

From Genesis through the Gospels to Revelation, what is the good news about race and politics for a world unhinged?

11:15 – 12:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions #1

  • “Approaching Unity and Reconciliation as a Christian (and) Psychologist”
    Speaker: Dr. Diana Rice

    We know that as Christians, we should experience unity in the body of Christ, but at the same time, we see many divisions, especially in terms of racial and ethnic groups within the Church. Psychologists have developed a wide variety of approaches to help us understand how to interact with members of different groups. However, these approaches do not acknowledge fundamental heart issues that must be addressed when seeking reconciliation. This breakout session will explore a Christian approach to reconciliation that is grounded in both truth from Scripture and truth from psychology as we seek both a uniquely Christian understanding of and approach to intergroup reconciliation.

  • “Black & Yellow: Intersections”
    Speakers: Michael Thornhill & Chris Hsu

    What does it look like for different cultures to pursue shalom and seek the Kingdom together? Do #BlackLivesMatter to Asian Americans? Does the model minority myth affect African Americans? Join Michael and Chris, a Afro-Latinx American and a Taiwanese American, in discussing challenges and common narratives in the journey towards multi-faceted justice.

  • Privilege & Christ
    Speakers: Herb Bailey & Marc De Jeu

    What does it mean to recognize & respond to racial privilege, and in what ways does our common identity in Christ give us a new kind of privilege that helps us to work for God's shalom in the world?

12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.


1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions #2

  • Training Workshop: Faith-Rooted Organizing Training
    Speaker: Lisa Sharon Harper

    Lisa's Faith-Rooted Organizing training draws from deep wells of wisdom offered by biblical and historic heroes of the faith. Participants will gain the basic tools and insights needed to analyze their community, strategize, build collaborative networks, and take action, all in a way that draws from the roots of biblical faith.

  • “Approaching Unity and Reconciliation as a Christian (and) Psychologist”
    Speaker: Dr. Diana Rice

  • “Black & Yellow: Intersections”
    Speakers: Michael Thornhill & Chris Hsu

  • Privilege & Christ
    Speakers: Herb Bailey & Marc De Jeu

3 – 4 p.m.

Keynote Session #2 

"The Very Good Gospel: Forgiveness, Restitution, Repair"

The prophet Isaiah calls the people to a kind of worship that is just and does justice. Come catch a vision of a world--and a church--restored, repaired, and forgiven.

Closing Prayer


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