Rev. David Bennett
“Lessening the Distance” Restorative Conversations…
Workshop Description: In his workshop, “Lessening the Distance” Restorative Conversations, Rev. David will examine 6 conversations that move communities toward a new redemptive future. Using the book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, by Peter Block, Rev. David Bennett has recently convened a weekly book study for 10 months with the core leadership of his church’s local government involving the Mayor, Chief of Police, City Administrator, Deputy Chief of Police, and a Board of Alderman member. In addition, David recently led three 4-hour training seminars for 32 of the local police officers and staff on the subject of “Lessening the Distance… Creating a Restorative Community.”
Biography: A United Methodist Clergy for 47 years, having served as lead Pastor of Kirkwood UMC, lead pastor of a multicultural congregation, start-up pastor for a new church start, campus minister, and District Superintendent. A recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of St. Paul School of Theology in 2009, the Missouri Annual Conference Social Justice Award in 2009, the Unity Award in 2010, and the Kirkwood Human Rights Commission Service Award in 2013. A founding organizer of the Community For Understanding and Healing (CFUH), former leader of the U.S. Department of Justice Mediation Team in Kirkwood, MO following the City Hall shooting in 2008 and former Police Chaplain of Kirkwood Police Department, experienced coach and community relations developer.
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