Leading the discussion will be Bishop John Selders and David McGuire. Meet them below!
Bishop John Selders
The Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr. is the Associate Chaplain at Trinity College as well as an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, and the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ, Hartford, CT. Bishop Selders has done his academic and theological reflection attending Life Christian Bible College, Webster University, Eden Theological Seminary and Anglican Divinity School. In addition to being a talented award winning songwriter, musician and performer with local, national, and international credits, he is also the Bishop Presider of The Inter-Denominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries (ICLCM) and is the Co-Convening Bishop of The Sacred College of Progressive Episcopates (SCPE).
Bishop Selders has exhibited extraordinary commitment and dedication to a number of efforts affording him the opportunity to travel across the country speaking, lecturing and conducting workshops in the areas of race, anti-racism and internalized oppression. He serves on a number of boards and works with several organizations both locally and nationally whose work is ultimately concerned with the healing of humanity. He is one of the founders and leaders of Moral Monday CT, an activist and turn-up group an issues of racial justice and Black Lives Matter in CT.
David McGuire is the Interim Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of CT. McGuire joined the ACLU-CT in 2007. His primary areas of legal interest are prisoner rights, digital privacy and free speech issues. He has also taken a leading role in pressing for police accountability legislation and was instrumental in passing laws to reform police complaint procedures and police use of Tasers. McGuire received his B.A. in history from Purdue University in 2003 and graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law in 2006. After law school, he clerked for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.
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