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 “Virginians Speak: A Dialogue on Policing Reform, Community, & Law Enforcement in Virginia” is a jointly sponsored event that will feature a panel of prominent Virginians in the fields of law enforcement, community engagement, and faith communities for 60 minutes of dialogue and a Q& A session led by a moderator. Attendees can view through a webinar broadcast on August 11, 2020, from 7-8 p.m.  Questions may be submitted to the panelists during the live proceedings via email at vaspeak@vaumc.org or by texting 804-205-0774.

Join the webinar by visiting: https://livestream.com/vaumc/vaspeak.  

Panelists include: Attorney General Mark Herring; Bishop Sharma D. Lewis; Sheriff David Decatur, Stafford County; Sheriff Gabriel Morgan, Newport News; Chief Kenneth Miller, Petersburg Police Department; and moderator Cynthia Hudson, Richmond attorney.

This event is co-sponsored by the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church. Both Attorney General Mark Herring and Resident Bishop of the Virginia Conference Bishop Sharma D. Lewis are committed to addressing law enforcement issues that are sensitive to public perspectives as well as speaking with a diverse group of voices in the fields of law enforcement, community engagement and faith in this first of several possible events.

This is a great opportunity for Virginia Conference clergy and laity to take part by further living into the vision of “making disciples who are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.” This dialogue is also a next step from Bishop Lewis’ call for action against systemic racism in a letter from May 29 and the formation of the “Call to Action” Workgroup. Join the conversation on August 11 to learn more about how you can be an influencer and make a positive impact in the areas of policing and community.