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Conference 2016


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SOLD OUT! Purchase Livestream tickets here.
To view the full schedule, click here.
To download the #RevLove16 Conference Binder, click here.

Our nation is in a crisis. Though there is only one race — the human race — racism is a construct with lethal consequences. People die while in its custody. Racism has annihilated the souls of citizens and ripped out the heart of our nation. Recent surveys show that 60% of the people in our nation think race relations are in a significant decline, that our dream for justice and equality is dying on the vine.

At the 10th annual Leading Edge Conference and the 6th annual Transform Network Gathering, we will learn and teach each other the best practical wisdom for movement-making, mingled with theoretical underpinnings and theological reflection. Join thought leaders and activists like Chris Crass, Melissa Harris-Perry, Jacqui Lewis, Miguel De La Torre, Jim Wallis, and Micky ScottBey Jones. In plenaries, short talks, and small group conversations surrounded by music and art, we will create strategies for change.

Activists, analysts, preachers, poets, prophets, teachers, trainers, writers, queer, and straight folk of all faiths ready to make a change: Come and bring your hopes, disappointments, and dreams. We must disrupt the narrative of white supremacy if we are to be free. We need tools, tactics, and truth-telling to dismantle racism.

Ours is #PropheticGrief. Even in our anger and tears, we are ready to do something, to organize. This is a multi-faith, multi-racial movement. Those of us who are disgusted with the status quo are called to join the movement if we are to save our nation, save our world, and save our souls.

Powered by the Middle Project, Transform Network, The Unitarian Universalist Association, and Auburn Seminary

Middle Project’s 2016 Leading Edge Conference—Revolutionary Love: Tools, Tactics and Truth-telling to Dismantle Racism—has sold out! If you’d like to participate, please register for a Livestream ticket below:


  • Can I purchase a copy of “10 Essential Strategies to Grow a
    Congregation”? If so how? Where?

    Dale Ann Gray
    August 12, 2015 at 8:45 am

  • Is there a hotel associated with this event? Or can you recommend arrangements? We’re trying to make a budget. Thanks!

    Carolyn Heineman
    September 22, 2015 at 4:02 pm

  • This is True. If anything would bring me to the NY. This is it. The way you made me feel with that intro. The way I feel about “What’s goin’ on” – Marvin Gaye

    Olarotimi Olakunle Onayemi
    September 23, 2015 at 1:12 am

  • Hello! I am a UU minister planning to attend the conference, along with several staff members and members of my Board. One of my Board members is a full-time activist; she lives below the poverty line because of her devotion to that work. How would I go about getting a promo code for her to register as an activist? Is there an application? Thank you!

    Amanda Poppei
    September 23, 2015 at 11:17 am

  • Two questions, how do I submit my student ID and I’m not seeing the lower part of the ticket page, am I on the right page to buy a ticket? Thank you.

    Julie Taylor
    September 25, 2015 at 9:23 am

  • Am hoping to promote this and bring a team. Do you have info about housing and what the schedule might look like?

    Rev Stefanie Etzbach-Dale
    September 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm

  • I’ve registered for the conference and thought I saw a list of nearby hotels, but now I can’t find it. Can info about lodging recommendations be made more prominent on the conference web page?

    Susan W.
    October 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm

  • Please put me on the mailing list so that I can get information about the Middle Project.

    Susan Holton
    October 6, 2015 at 6:35 pm

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  • Hi Susan W.! Yes, we’ve included the list of suggested hotels in the dropdown menu for the 2016 Conference. The URL is here: http://www.middleproject.org/conference-2016/where-to-stay Please let us know if you have any more questions. Thank you, Middle Project Staff

    October 19, 2015 at 11:47 am

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  • Hi Rev Stefanie Etzbach-Dale! Please find info about housing here: http://www.middleproject.org/conference-2016/where-to-stay. We do not have the full 2016 schedule finalized yet, but please see the 2015 schedule for an idea of how the conference will run (http://www.middleproject.org/conference-2015/schedule-2015). Thank you, Middle Project Staff

    October 19, 2015 at 11:49 am

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  • Hi Julie Taylor! Yes, you are on the correct page. Please scroll down, select your ticket, and click the green “order now” button. You may bring your valid student ID to the event to verify at the door. Thank you, Middle Project Staff

    October 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

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  • Hi Carolyn Heineman! There is no specific hotel associated with this event, but we’ve included a list of commonly used hotels in the past: http://www.middleproject.org/conference-2016/where-to-stay Please let us know if you have any more questions. Thank you, Middle Project Staff

    October 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

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  • Hi Susan Holton! We’ve added you to the mailing list. Please stay tuned for more information. Thanks, Middle Project Staff

    October 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  • What accessibility features did you add in your recent renovation? I can do steps IF there is a handrail on the right going up and going down. And I need ADA compliant bathroom. Do you foresee any issues for me getting to any of the conference spaces?

    Diane Teichert
    December 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

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  • Hi Diane Teichert! Thank you for your query. We do not anticipate any problems for you getting to the conferences spaces. After our recent renovation, we have an elevator that gives access to all floors in the building. We have fully accessible bathroom facilities as well. Thank you, Middle Project Staff

    January 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

  • Do you have a daily agenda for the April conference?

    February 16, 2016 at 1:39 pm

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  • Hello, Beverly! Please see the URL here: http://www.middleproject.org/conference-2016/schedule-2016 Thank you, Middle Project Staff

    February 17, 2016 at 11:06 am

  • Dear Rev Jacqui lewis
    calvary greetings from Rwanda Africa,
    we thank you for your contact through your website and your burden for the end conflict racism , we would request to attend your above cAt the 10th annual Leading Edge Conference and the 6th annual Transform Network Gathering april 2016 ,april 15-17 , hope for your consideration , Bishop Benjamin SIBO-MUZI & Esperence mpirwa (gender violence Manager)
    Calvary AFRICAN Ministries
    regsitered charity no:122/11
    office:Kacyiru from 500m near the USA Embassy in Kigali Rwanda , cell +250)0788836700

    Benjamin SIBO-MUZI
    March 3, 2016 at 6:51 am

  • Bishop, did you see our email responding to your query? Best
    Jacqui Lewis

    Jacqui Lewis
    March 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

  • Hello. Is it possible for a group of 5 to arrive and have a pre-meeting at Middle Collegiate from 10 to noon when the conference begins?

    Rev. Karen Brammer
    April 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm

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