“A Time To Speak” is bringing together evangelical leaders including John Piper, Bryan Loritts, Voddie Baucham, and others for a live roundtable discussion on racial relations happening today, 4-6 p.m., CST.

Led by Memphis pastor Bryan Loritts, eleven theologians and pastors will respond to the recent events in Ferguson, New York City, and Cleveland that have left many looking for answers about race and the responsibility Christians have in racial relations going forward.

The discussion will be moderated by Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, an event sponsor. Panel members include: author Trillia Newbell; Philadelphia pastor Eric MasonThabiti Anyabwile, pastor for church planting in Washington, D.C.; Texas pastor and speaker Voddie Baucham; California pastor Albert Tate; theologian and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary, John Piper; pastor and author Matt Chandler; St. Louis pastor and author Darrin Patrick; Memphis pastor Bryan Loritts; Former NFL player and now South Carolina pastor Derwin Gray.

Read a note from Ed Stetzer about the event and find links to his blog series on race here

“A Time To Speak” will take place at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Now, the motel is the home of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Taking cues from the Book of Ecclesiastes, where it states “for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to keep silence, and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,7), Christian leaders are recognizing that many believe now is the time to speak. The discussion panelists will aim to give hope through the gospel to those looking for answers amid national confusion over black and white.

The discussion is part of the bigger dream of event host, The Kainos Movement, an organization dedicated to bringing a norm of multi-ethnicity to American churches. Its goal is to to see 50% of churches be multi-ethnic by the year 2050, the projected year of the unprecedented majority minority for the United States. Kainos is the Greek word for new, the word Paul uses to refer to the early church made of Jews and Gentiles. The Kainos Movement hosts conferences annually for church leaders and feature prominent theologians such as Dr. Tony Evans, John Piper. and Rev. Gabriel Salguero.

“A Time To Speak” begins at 4:00 p.m. CST and can be viewed for free via live stream at live.kainos.is.

[Image via Travis Agnew.org]