25 Jun Mosaic’s Community Wide Forum With Local Police Chiefs
I’m excited to bring to your attention something we hope will be a pivotal event in our city, which is our Community Wide Forum on Race, Justice and Policing this Friday night from 7-9, streaming live on Facebook and YouTube.
Obviously, recent events in our nation have struck us all deeply, and have shaken cities across the country, including our own. This forum is an attempt to step into the middle of the conversation that is happening right now around the intersection of race, justice and policing, and to be bridge builders in the middle of all of it. Our hope on this night is to create understanding and increased connections, transparency, accountability, and visibility between the community and those who have sworn to defend and protect it.
The purpose is not to necessarily end with some resolution passed, but to hear from concerned citizens and community leaders with a stake in the conversation to create a fuller understanding and hopefully a better path forward, so that our city might be a better place for all people. We might get into some challenging topics and conversation tonight– but that is part of what tonight is for.
We are honored to have on the call a number of distinguished panelists, including (we will all be appearing via Zoom):
Chief Brian Manley, Austin Police Department
Chief Jessica Robledo, Pflugerville Police Department
Chief Mike Harmon, Cedar Park Police Department
Chief Greg Minton, Leander Police Department
Additionally, Chief Allen Banks of Round Rock PD was originally scheduled to attend, and in fact was our first chief to commit, but will have to miss due to an unexpected surgery need (he’ll be fine!).
On the community side, committed to attend are:
Jaustin Ohueri, Austin Assistant District Attorney and member at Mosaic
Tonya Jefferson, Austin PD Detective
Shuronda Robinson, Community Leader/ Local activist
Bri Branscomb, UNT student and member at Mosaic
Morgan Stephens, Lead Pastor, Mosaic Church Austin (that’s me)
The forum will be moderated by two of our pastors here at Mosaic, Keivon Liburd and Wendell Williams, and will be divided into thirds:
-Moderator Interview with Panelists
-Moderator Interview with Police Chiefs
-Questions from Audience for Police Chiefs
You will be able to text in questions live, and those will be processed by our moderators.
The church does best when it is, to quote Jesus, “salt and light” in its community. That necessarily means being in contact with different arenas of life and spheres of influence, and certainly law enforcement is one of those. Thankfully, in a democratic society, we have the opportunity to hold our leaders accountable and to influence the direction they take through Biblical critique and loving relationship, among other tools.
We hope you will join us and invest time in your city by listening, processing and praying for those involved and for this event in general.
As a matter of fact, we would love to have you join us this Friday at noon (and every Friday going forward, except for July 3rd) for our church-wide prayer call.
You can access the call via this number:
PIN 637 018 467#