The 2021 MacKenzie Lectureship welcomes Rev. Traci Blackmon

In 2000, an Endowment Fund was created in honor of former Senior Minister Bruce MacKenzie and his wife Jeanette. Through the Lectureship we invite a prominent theologian or church leader to join us for a weekend of activities – a lecture, a workshop, and Sunday morning worship. MacKenzie lecturers in recent years include Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III and Diana Butler Bass.

This year, First Congregational Church of Boulder/UCC is honored to welcome Rev. Traci Blackmon as its speaker for the MacKenzie Lectureship Weekend, 19-21 February 2021. Please join us!

Friday 19 February 2021 from 7:00-8:30 MST (8:00-9:30 CST)
Rev. Blackmon will give the 2021 MacKenzie lectureship and then lead an interactive discussion. Please register to receive the Zoom link for this event. The lecture will also be livestreamed on Facebook.

Saturday 20 February 2021 from 10:00-12:00 AM MST (11:00-1:00 CST)
Rev. Blackmon will facilitate a workshop. Please register to receive the Zoom link for this event.

Sunday 21 February 2021 at 10:30AM MST (11:30 CST)
Rev. Blackmon will preach in worship, which will be streamed on YouTube. Following worship, a wrap-up discussion will held.

About the Speaker
Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero. ~ West African Proverb

Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ.

As a featured voice on many local, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon’s life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice through the redemptive power of love. Rev. Blackmon’s religious praxis is rooted in principled discipleship lived out through congregational and community engagement. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition, gaining her many audiences spanning the breadth of the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. Her work is now featured in several documentaries and print publications. Appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award; The Urban League of St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award; and the National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award, to name a few. She is listed as one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 (2015), the St. Louis American’s Citizen of the Year (2017), and one of the 15 Faith Leaders to watch in 2020 by The Center for American Progress.

Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and is listed as one of St. Louis’ 100 most influential voices. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and was inducted into the 33rd Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. Rev. Blackmon is both proud and grateful to have serve as pastor to both Simpson Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church and Christ The King United Church of Christ. She received her Bachelors of Nursing from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctorate from the same. She serves on the board of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference and recently joined the editorial board of the St. Louis American Newspaper. Rev. Blackmon currently resides in St. Louis, MO and is the proud mother of three adult children: Kortni Devon; Harold II; and Tyler Wayne Blackmon.

“I speak from the chorus of lions. And we are many!” ~ Rev. Traci D. Blackmon

All donations will be shared between the United Christ Justice and Local Church Ministries to support their work in doing justice, seeking peace, and building vibrant faith communities that are welcoming to all and the MacKenzie Lecture fund which enables the MacKenzie Lectureship Committee to continue their mission to bring thought provoking speakers to the wider Boulder community to challenge and inspire us.

Preparation Resources

In preparation for our weekend with Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, Justice and Local Church Ministries, United Church of Christ, members of the MacKenzie Lectureship and staff have compiled the resources below. There is no prerequisite to engage any of these resources, however, doing so may serve participants in receiving the full breadth of the message and subsequent call to action from our speaker.