RCC to hear Rev. Michael Waters, Wilbur Award winning author

 The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will join the Gusto! program at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas to hear Wilbur Award winner Rev. Michael Waters speak on Social Justice, Hope and Empowerment. The presentation will be Monday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the church's location, 6411 LBJ Freeway in Dallas.

From the press release:

“At times, the mantle of ministry mandates that you both see and hear difficult things. Prophetic ministry then requires that you speak out concerning what you have witnessed. Always, the mantle of ministry requires courage.”

Those words are from the book Stakes Is High: Race, Faith and Hope for America, and they are powerful words indeed. The book’s author, the Rev. Dr. Michael W. Waters, will bring his message of hope and empowerment in the realm of social justice to King of Glory Lutheran Church’s GUSTO! program at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 14. The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter of RCC will join GUSTO!.

Waters’ book Stakes Is High contains narratives of racial violence and offers ways people can live out their faith for the cause of social justice. Sojourners magazine, shortly after the book’s release in 2017, wrote that “Michael W. Waters... is both blunt and lyrical as he meditates on police violence, racism, hip-hop, and the power of faith.” The book will be available for purchase and author signing following the meeting. Stakes Is High earned the Wilbur Award at the April 2018 conference of the Religion Communicators Council. Wilbur Awards are given to promote and encourage excellence in the communication of religious faith and positive values through a variety of secular media.

Waters is an award-winning author, community leader and social commentator. He is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle A.M.E. Church and an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. He is well known in Dallas and across the country for speaking out on current issues such as diversity, ethical leadership, race, religion and even hip hop culture. His words of hope and empowerment have inspired national and international audiences.

Waters was a Dallas Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree and received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Emerging Leader award, the university’s highest honor, both in 2015. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from SMU. In 2016 he received the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Community Leader of the Year award. He has been featured in EBONY magazine among America's emerging leaders and has appeared on national TV and in the press. Recent commentaries have been published in The Dallas Morning News.

The program is free and open to the public.

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