A Chicago native, Reverend James T. Meeks is the founder and senior pastor of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. James served as Illinois State Senator from 2002-2013 and has successfully advocated against injustice from pulpit and in politics. A well-respected leader in the areas of racial reconciliation, education reform and community outreach, Reverend Meeks resides in Chicago with his wife and four children.
Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend (January 16/17, 2016), Bill Hybels and Reverend James T. Meeks (TGLS 2006) had a conversation at Willow Creek Community Church, addressing the complexity of racial tension in America today. Bill and Rev. James dialogue about their backgrounds and experiences, both drastically different, yet rejoice in how Christ has brought unity aside their differences through trust and friendship.
How do Christ-centered leaders navigate the racial tensions in America today? Why is this conversation important?
The conversation of racial tension is never easy but is absolutely crucial if Christ-centered leaders are to bring hope and reconciliation to the world. Rev. James says, “The only way out of the tensions that our country faces is for black and white to sit down and find a solution together.” Watch the interview here.