Clarence Jordan Symposium 2018

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Attend the Clarence Jordan Symposium

March 8-10, 2018

Celebrate Koinonia Farm’s 75th Birthday

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Join us in Americus, Georgia, for a gathering to celebrate Clarence Jordan’s prophetic witness by plotting how to build up a new world of peace, community, and racial justice today. In addition to keynotes from leaders of today’s God Movement, the Symposium will offer trainings in nonviolent direct action, moral fusion organizing, and sustaining practices for Christian community.

Intensive pre-symposium trainings will be offered at Koinonia Farm during the day on Thursday, March 8th. Get training in direct-action nonviolence with Fellowship of Reconciliation staff who were in Charlottesville last summer

Our Symposium will be hosted Thursday evening thru Saturday afternoon in Americus, Georgia at the First Baptist Church and the First Methodist Church. It is especially moving to have these two churches host this special event. In 1965, deacons at First Baptist removed a mixed-race group of Koinonia members from a Christmas service. In the fall of 1968, congregants at First Methodist blocked the church doors to prevent African Americans, Clarence Jordan and others from entering.

In plenary sessions, we’ll join song leaders and cultural artists to imagine the new world that God makes possible and hear messages from the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, Kathy Kelly, Ruby Sales, Shane Claiborne, and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.

In workshops, we’ll engage in intergenerational conversation about where we are and where we go from here, inviting elders from the Southern freedom movement to engage with young leaders from today’s justice movements. Ruby Sales will be with us throughout the Symposium as a resident elder, guiding these conversations with her hindsight, insight, and foresight.

On Friday evening, your Symposium registration includes a seat at the historic Rylander Theater for Sumter Player’s live production of The Cotton Patch Gospel Musical, based on Clarence Jordan’s Southern translation of the Gospel story.

Chaired by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, the Symposium is the culminating celebration of Koinonia Farm’s 75th birthday.

Registration includes lunch on Friday and Saturday as well as access to all Symposium events and activities. Pre-Symposium trainings at Koinonia Farm on Thursday require a separate registration. Stay over for a birthday party and a Koinonia Family Reunion to celebrate Koinonia’s 75th birthday on Sunday (also requires a separate registration).

Joining Koinonia Farm as co-hosts are:REGISTER

School for Conversion

Repairers of the Breach

Fellowship of Reconciliation

Red Letter Christians

Pre-Symposium Schedule:

Thursday, March 8th — Pre-Symposium Events will all be held at Koinonia Farm
7:30 am – Registration/Check/Continental Breakfast at Koinonia Farm

9:00 am – Participants register for one of three workshops: Nonviolent Direct Action, Moral Fusion Organizing and Intentional Community (check back for more information as we continue to update the schedule)

12:00 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – All participants come together for facilitated conversation

Symposium Schedule:

Thursday, March 8th

5:00 pm – Registration/Check in at First Methodist Church

6:30 pm – Symposium Opening at First Baptist Church

Friday, March 9th

9:00 am – Workshops & sharing circles (See some of the workshop offerings below and check back for more as we continue to update the schedule)


11:00 am – Building Up Justice — Plenary

12:30 pm – Lunch at First Baptist & First Methodist

2:00 pm – Building Up Peace — Plenary

4:00 pm – Koinonia Farm tour and break

7:00 pm – Cotton Patch Gospel Musical at the Rylander Theater

Saturday, March 10th

9:00 am – Workshops & sharing circles


11:00 am – Building Up Community — Large group gathering

12:30 am – Lunch

2:00 pm – Workshops, sharing circles, & farm tour

4:00 pm – Closing Worship

NOTE: During the Symposium, to facilitate on-going reflection, questions from resident elder Ruby Sales will be processed in intergenerational sharing circles during workshop times.

Information and skill-sharing will also be offered on themes including:

“Friendship-driven Politics” with Marcus Rempel

“Roots and power of African-American Resistance & Worship,” with Josina Guess, Lora and Solomon Smothers

“Love Crosses Borders,” with Anton Flores-Maisonet

“Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion,” with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

“The Movement Makes Us Human,” Joanna Shenk on the wisdom of Dr. Vincent Harding

“Vocation as Recovery, Resistance, and Renovation,” with Tim Otto and friends


For more details about speakers & schedule, visit School for Conversion’s event page.


You may reserve a guest room at Koinonia Farm. Space is limited. Rather than reserve a room through our website, please call 229 924-0391 and ask for Carol Schuster or Elizabeth Dede who will be happy to help you.

Area Hotel Information:

The following local hotels have a special rate under “Koinonia Farm” and breakfast is included:

Quality Inn
1205 S. Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd.
Americus GA 31719
Room rate is $74.00 + tax for reservations made by 2/22/2018

Hampton Inn
1609 East Lamar Street
Americus GA 31709
Room rate is $89.00 + tax for reservations made by 3/1/2018

Days Inn
1605 East Lamar Street
Americus GA 31709
Room rate is $77.00 + tax for reservations made by 2/18/2018

The Windsor Hotel has specials rates under “CJS” and does not include breakfast:

The Windsor Hotel
125 West Lamar Street
Americus GA 31709
Room rates are $103.49 + tax and $206.99 + tax (for suites) for reservations made by 2/8/2018.


Stay tuned for details about speakers and schedule. Limited guest housing available at Koinonia. Read more.

Until then:


Educational offerings are a part of what we do at Koinonia Farm. Thank you for partnering with us to make the 2018 Clarence Jordan Symposium possible by making a donation. Thank you!


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