» Founders Day

Saturday, April 30, 2022


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II Bio Picture 

The Office of Church Relations is very pleased to bring the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II to teach and preach on Saturday, April 30, 2022 on Chapman University's campus in Orange, CA. 

Dr. Barber has been a key human rights leader in North Carolina, building a coalition protesting blatant gerrymandering and voter suppression and the state's radical cuts in funding for public schools and health care for the poor. His Moral Mondays protests have become a model for other states. He entered the national consciousness when he was scheduled to give the invocation on the last night of the Democratic National Convention in 2016 but instead gave a stirring ten-minute speech that got the gathering to its feet to "revive the heart of our democracy." He has revived Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign and is now touring the nation building coalitions of those who care about issues of poverty, health care, systemic racism, climate change, and white nationalism to come together to do critical analysis, reflection and strategizing on these vital issues. He is calling the nation to join him in a Poor People's March on Washington on June 18, 2022.

Founders Day is an annual event sponsored by the Office of Church Relations, connecting students, staff, and faculty and community members with an outstanding scholar in the area of religion and a renewal and reunion event for Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ people. The event highlights Disciples on Campus students and provides an opportunity to support DOC scholarships.

The lectures and worship service with Dr. Barber preaching are free to Chapman students, staff, and faculty by presenting your Chapman I.D. at the door. Please note that the lunch is not included. If you would like a boxed lunch you will need to register and pay online or by calling (714) 997-6760.

If you cannot join us in person you may register to join us virtually. This registration will include Dr. Barber's morning lecture and the afternoon worship when Dr. Barber will preach. The cost for this option is $15.00. Please note that you will not receive the Zoom link until closer to Founders Day.


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