Humanity Through Community


January 14, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am


The Seattle School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121


Regular Registration $10 | Students & Alumni $5


Katie Metzger

In a world in which thoughtful conversation and responsible engagement with differing perspectives seem to be in short supply, The Seattle School seeks to equip thinkers, practitioners, artists, and organizations in awareness, skill-building, and advocacy as they work toward justice in our communities.

To that end, we are hosting Humanity Through Community, a two-hour summit designed to empower us to live, work, and lead in culturally responsive ways. With The Myth of the Single Story as our theme, we will wrestle with the grand narrative that connects us all—one of justice, the imago dei, and a new heaven and new earth—as well as the imperative to recognize the biases in each of us and to recognize the particularity of each person in our diverse and changing culture.

This year’s keynote speaker is Jimmy McGee, founder of the Bitumen Group, President of the Impact Movement, and former Director of the Pilgrimage for Reconciliation at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. McGee, who describes himself as “unashamedly Black, unapologetically Christian,” has devoted his life to impacting the lives of college students, church practitioners, and community leaders through mentoring, training, and directing conferences. You can learn more about him in this interview on the Intersections blog.

Humanity Through Community will also feature a compelling panel discussion engaging our work in the midst of changing demographics and culture. At the core of all of this, we look forward to gathering faith-based people and organizations to wrestle together with the question, “What does it mean to be human in a diverse, biased, and rapidly changing context?”


About Jimmy McGee

James (Jimmy) McGee IIIjimmy-mcgee-web

James is often referred to as Jimmy McGee. He was born in Milwaukee and later moved with his family to the Southside of Chicago, where he grew up. He returned to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University, graduating with a Bachelors of Art in Sociology. After college, he re-located to Atlanta, Georgia to serve with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. For ten years he served Black students who attended the Atlanta University Center. (The Atlanta University Center is a consortium of Historically Black Schools, Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morris Brown College.) In that capacity he has impacted college students’ lives through mentoring, training, and directing conferences. His last role with InterVarsity before leaving the organization in 2004 was as Director of the Pilgrimage for Reconciliation, a program to help InterVarsity grow deeper in its intent to become a welcoming organization to all ethnic communities by looking at racial/ethnic conflict domestically and globally through the lens of Shalom Theology.

Jimmy has a Masters of Arts in Applied Anthropology from Georgia State University. Jimmy is the founder and president of The Bitumen Group, Inc. Married to Genie, together they have 3 sons; James (Jay), Noah Aslan, and Asher Cross.

Jimmy is currently the President/CEO of the The Impact Movement, Inc. Impact is an interdenominational Christian nonprofit targeting Black students on Primarily White Institutions, Primarily Black Institutions and Historic Black Institutions.

Panel Discussion Guests

lisa-carlsonLisa Etter Carlson

Lisa earned her BA in Recreational Therapy in 2002 from Calvin College and her MA in Theology & Culture in 2011 from The Seattle School. Lisa was the co-founder of the Green Bean, a non-profit coffeehouse in North Seattle, and has been a midwife of community among her unhoused neighbors for over 10 years. Most of her time is spent with women who must be involved in street-based sex work in order to survive. Lisa is also on the City of Seattle Task Force (ASC) working for a coordinated effort against sexual exploitation. Her dream for humanity is for us all to live as though we belong to one another.

Rev. Lina Thompsonlina-thompson

Lina Thompson is the Pastor and Teaching Elder of Lake Burien Presbyterian Church where she has served since 2012. Her 30 years of ministry have also included 15 years with World Vision directing both local and national initiatives focused on training and building the capacity of urban youth workers, organizations, churches, and communities. Lina’s Samoan heritage taught her the values of community—particularly rising together, service, concern for others, and sacrifice. Her parents’ unwavering message about the priority of education is the foundation of Lina’s work in the Pacific Islander community as an organizer and advocate for equity in education. Lina’s ministry as pastor, teacher, trainer, mentor, advocate, and community organizer is rooted in a holistic vision of reconciliation, hope, and justice.

Facilitator: Ron Ruthruffron-ruthruff-small

Ron serves as Associate Professor of Theology & Culture at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, where he is core faculty and the anchor professor for the Global & Social Partnership track. Ron is ordained clergy with the Street Psalms Community and an associate with Street Psalms Resource Center, providing pastoral care, training, and support for grassroots urban leaders who serve youth and families in hard places around the world. For the past 30 years Ron and his wife Linda have served marginalized communities and street-involved youth. Ron is the author of two books, The Least of These and Closer to the Edge.

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