The Black Church & Religious Freedom Conference

Location: Morris Inn (View on map )

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On September 28 and 29, Notre Dame Law School's Religious Liberty Initiative will host the Black Church & Religious Freedom Conference at the University of Notre Dame's main campus in partnership with the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies.

Central to the goal of advancing critical conversations on this topic is recognizing the profound influence of the Black Church in advocating for religious freedom. In addition, the conference aims to recognize Notre Dame as a place where people of different faiths come together to pursue religious liberty and to establish Notre Dame as a key player in the fight for racial justice.

We’re excited to share with you our current conference schedule.

Thursday, September 28

Time Event Venue
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Registration with coffee and pastries

Morris Inn, ballroom prefunction

9:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

9:45 to 11:00 a.m.

Panel: International Religious Freedom: Nigeria

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

11:00 to 11:15 a.m.



11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Panel: Religious Freedom & Racial Justice

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

2:00 to 3:15 p.m.

Panel: Fairness for All/The Black Church's Response to LGBTQ+ Issues

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Campus Tour

Registration was required

Meet in the lobby of Morris Inn

6:30 p.m.

Banquet, Keynote & Award Ceremony

Registration was required

McKenna Conference Center 215/216

Friday, September 29

Time Event Venue

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Faith Service with coffee and pastries

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

Panel: Religious Ministries Reaching Vulnerable Black Populations

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

10:45 to 11:00 a.m.



11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Panel: Violence in the Black Community, BLM and Religious Freedom

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

1:45 to 3:00 p.m.

Panel: Education, School Boards and Religious Freedom

Smith Ballroom, Morris Inn

6:30 p.m.


Registration was required

Stayer Center

7:30 p.m.

Cece Winans Concert

Registration was required

Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

About the Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative

Established in 2020, the Notre Dame Law School Religious Liberty Initiative promotes and defends religious freedom for all people through advocacy, formation, and thought leadership. The initiative protects the freedom of individuals to hold religious beliefs as well as their right to exercise and express those beliefs and to live according to them.

The Religious Liberty Initiative has represented individuals and organizations from an array of faith traditions to defend the right to religious worship, to preserve sacred lands from destruction, to promote the freedom to select religious ministers, and to prevent discrimination against religious schools and families.

Learn more about the Religious Liberty Initiative at