ICCR at 50: Keeping the Faith Program


Opening Reflection and Remarks

Introduction and Gratitude

Keynote Address: Keeping the Faith During these Turbulent Times

Gathering and Music

A Message of Hope and a Call to Action

ICCR’s Founders’ Award

ICCR’s 2021 Legacy Award

Closing Reflection

Traci Blackmon

Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries
The United Church of Christ


As a featured voice on many local, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon’s life’s work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice through the redemptive power of love. Her response in Ferguson to the killing of Michael Brown resulted in national and international recognition. Appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnership for the White House by President Barack Obama, Rev. Blackmon is a recipient of the NAACP Rosa Parks Award and is listed as one of the 15 Faith Leaders to watch in 2020 by the Center for American Progress. She was inducted into the 33rd Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College.

The Most Reverend Michael Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate, Chief Pastor, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Episcopal Church
The Episcopal Church


The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry has served as Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church since 2015. He is the Chief Pastor and serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, and as Chair of the Executive Council of The Episcopal Church. He was ordained to the diaconate in June 1978, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY, and was elected the 11th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina in February 2000. Throughout his ministry, Presiding Bishop Curry has been active in issues of social justice, reconciliation, speaking out on immigration policy, and marriage equality. In his three parish ministries in North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland, Presiding Bishop Curry had extensive involvement in preaching missions; Crisis Control Ministry; the founding of ecumenical summer day camps for children; the Absalom Jones initiative; creation of networks of family daycare providers; creation of educational centers; and the brokering of millions of dollars of investment in inner-city neighborhoods. As Bishop in the Diocese of North Carolina, he refocused the Diocese on The Episcopal Church’s Millennium Development Goals through a $400,000 campaign to buy malaria nets that saved over 100,000 lives. He has served on the board of the Task Force for Reimagining The Episcopal Church (TREC) and as Chair and now Honorary Chair of Episcopal Relief & Development.

Mr. Nicholas Kristof

NYTimes Columnist
New York Times


As a long-time columnist and foreign correspondent for the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof has lived on four continents, traveled to more than 150 countries and has millions of followers across various social media platforms. Mr. Kristof has won two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of Tiananmen Square and the genocide in Darfur, along with many humanitarian awards. In October 2021, after 37 years at The New York Times Mr. Kristof announced his departure from the newspaper to run for governor of Oregon but was prevented from doing so given a dispute over his residency.

With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, Kristof has written several books, most recently “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope” (January 2020), a story told, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as blue-collar jobs disappeared.

Event Host

Lisa Hayles

Investment Manager, Trillium Asset Management and ICCR Board Secretary

Inspired by faith, committed to action

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