DTC Conference

November 11-12

Sustaining Global Change: Healing and Liberation

A platform to inspire change


The DTC Conference is designed to encourage the formation of conscientious, responsible and courageous citizenship by presenting a fresh and relevant perspective that allows you to understand how you can be a thought-leader and agent of change by understanding social justice issues though economic, political and religious determinants.


Whether you are a community leader, member, student, educator, religious person or activist, these challenging times call for moral courage and reason to build an empowered community. Featuring global and local luminary speakers and scholars, the DTC Conference is truly an enriching experience wherever you are on your life journey.


The DTC Conference is a two day conference that will take place at the Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on November 11 and November 12, 2016.

registration options

General Admission Full Conference $150.00 | Friday Only $100 | Saturday Only $50.00     
Senior Admission $70.00 Full Conference    
Student Admission  Full Conference $70.00 | Friday Only $50.00 | Saturday Only $25.00    
CEUs Full Conference 13.0 CEUs | Friday Only 7.0 CEUs | Saturday Only 6.0 CEUs
Full Conference Includes: All sessions on Friday, admission to the plenary sessions, all sessions on Saturday and access to recording after the conference

You will be directed to Eventbrite to purchase your tickets securely. There will be no ticket sales at the door. Check out our volunteer opportunities for free admission.


Rev. Dr. Allan Boesak

Is a world renowned South African anti-apartheid activist and protégé of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and currently serves as the director of the Desmond Tutu Center, where he holds the Desmond Tutu Chair of Peace, Global Justice and Reconciliation Studies. He has taught at universities worldwide and published extensively.

Eugen Drewermann

Hailed a “New Martin Luther” by major newspapers in Europe is a German church critic, theologian, peace activist and former Roman Catholic priest. Known throughout Europe for his battles with the Catholic church and their understanding of Christian doctrine, he has published many books (including one with the Dalai Lama as co-author) and remains a sought-after speaker.

Sister Joan Chittister

Called by TIME magazine a “modern Joan of Arc” and “longtime feminist firebrand,” is a Benedictine nun and outspoken advocate of peace, human rights, women’s issues and church renewal. She is a best-selling author, prolific writer and speaker who has  been one of America’s visionary spiritual voices for more than 40 years. She currently co-chairs the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a worldwide network of women peacebuilders and partner organization of the United Nations.

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Sr. Joan is no longer able to join us. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dr. Derek King, Sr.

A nephew of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., carries on his uncle’s legacy in social justice and human rights. He is a well-regarded speaker and conducts workshops and seminars on conflict resolution following “Kingian Nonviolence” philosophy and tactics. He has also taught at Martin University in Indianapolis.

Philip Gulley

Is a prominent Quaker pastor, prolific author, and regular contributor to Indianapolis Monthly and the Saturday Evening Post. He has written extensively about how Quaker ideals and progressive thought can help bring peace, hope and equality to the world, and he also writes novels and memoirs about small-town life. He currently serves as co-pastor at Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby, Indiana. He earned his Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso

Is Senior Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth El-Zedeck in Indianapolis. She was the first woman ordained from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and the first woman to serve a Conservative congregation. She and her husband, Rabbi Dennis C. Sasso, were the first couple in history to practice together as rabbis. She has written a number of well-received books for children, and is Director of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary.

Dr. George Tinker

Who teaches at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, is one of the world’s top scholars on American Indian liberation theology and other cross-cultural and Third World theologies. He teaches and lectures on Native American culture, including religious traditions, justice and peace studies. He is a member of the Osage Nation.

Ahmed Rehab

Is an American Muslim activist and writer with a focus on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations, and Islamic-Western relations. He is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and CNN.com and is an alumnus of the FBI’s Citizen’s Academy, an Eisenhower fellow of the American Assembly, and a 2009 Recipient of the Lincolnland Legend award. He currently serves as the Executive Director for CAIR-Chicago.

Rabbi Paula Jayne Winnig

Is Executive Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis. She is also the founder of “Torah Threads,” a weekly podcast and online learning community that is devoted to the study of the Torah and the concept of Tikkun Olam, acts that can repair the world.

Cynthia Prime

Is a Caribbean born social activist, who has traveled globally speaking on issues such as domestic violence, women’s empowerment and life transformation for youth at risk. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach. A passionate advocate for orphans and women, Cynthia has become a featured speaker in the US, Caribbean, Canada, Swaziland and South Africa.

Dawud Walid

Has lectured at over 50 institutions of higher learning about Islam, interfaith dialogue and social justice including at Harvard University, DePaul University and the University of the Virgin Islands – St. Thomas and St. Croix campuses as well as spoken at the 2008 and 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Conventions alongside prominent speakers such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Congressman Keith Ellison.


Dr. James Divita

Has been engaged in research and writing on Indiana’s ethnic and religious history for well over 42 years. He is a distinguished professor emeritus from Marian University and continues to work on a multidisciplinary study of the Catholic archdiocese.


The Program

Friday, November 11


  • 9:00-9:30 Doors Open and Networking

  • 9:45-11:00 We Don’t Need Saving: Advocating for Women’s Empowerment

    Rabbi Sandy Sasso and Cynthia Prime

  • 11:15-12:15 Money Can’t Buy Humanity: Resisting the Capitalist Destruction of the Human Family

    Eugen Drewermann

  • 12:15-2:15 Lunch Break

  • 2:15-3:30 Remembering the King: Nonviolence and Racial Justice

    Derek King Sr.

  • 3:45-5:00 The Awakened Soul: Having the Spirit of a Change Agent

    Philip Gulley

  • 5:00-7:00 Dinner Break

  • 7:00-9:00 Plenary Session-Healing, Liberation, and Reconciliation with Global and Local Voices for Change

    George Tinker, Allan Boesak, Eugen Drewermann, and Leonardo Boff (virtual message)

Saturday, November 12


  • 9:00-11:00 A Journey Home: Interfaith and Cross Cultural Perspectives

    Rabbi Paula Winning, Imam Dawud Walid, Dr. James Divita, and Terry Downs

  • 11:00-1:00 Lunch Break

  • 1:00-2:30 Confronting Prejudice, Hate, Fear Mongering and More

    Fady Qaddoura and Ahmed Rehab

  • 2:45-3:45 Reconciling the Past Through Spirituality and Justice

    Dr. George Tinker

  • 4:00-5:00 Hope Beyond the Horizon, Closing Ceremony

Commonly Asked Quesitons


The Conference will offer 13 CEUs to Psychologists, Social workers and Professional Counselors.


The Desmond Tutu Center has a limited number of rooms reserved at the historic Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis. You may reserve a room HERE by November 1st, 2016. Simply enter the dates of the conference, November 11-12, and the group code TUT will automatically be entered.

Driving directions

Christian Theological Seminary is located at 1000 W. 42nd Street in Indianapolis, between the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Butler University. Click HERE for maps and specific driving directions.


Free parking is available in two lots at Christian Theological Seminary: one lot can be accessed from Haughey Avenue and another from 42nd Street. Click HERE for a PDF of the parking map. 


Conference attendees can dine at the CTS Café on-campus or at a number of nearby restaurants. Click HERE for a PDF of the menu.


Please feel free to contact us at dtctaskforce@desmondtutucenter.org with any additional questions.

My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together” – Desmond Tutu

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