Protecting Faith & Freedom Annual Award Dinner

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2018

5:45 – 9:00 pm
Dinner and Program at 6:45 pm

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center Ballroom
833 5th Avenue, Des Moines 50309

Keynote Speaker



Rev. Traci Blackmon is the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ as well as Senior Pastor—and first woman pastor—of Christ The King United Church of Christ, a church founded over 160 years ago in Florissant, MO.

Prior to her ordination, Rev. Blackmon was a registered nurse with more than 25 years of healthcare experience, focusing on cardiac care and in later years shifting to mobile healthcare in underserved communities with the greatest health disparities in her region.

Rev. Blackmon became nationally recognized as a prominent voice for social change in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO, just miles from her church. She immediately got involved in organizing the Black Lives Matter movement, affectively assisted and collaborated with the people in the community working for justice. For Rev. Blackmon, it’s very important to figure out the desire, direction, and priorities around social issues, and listen to all the voices involved, so as to not leave anybody behind. She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack H. Obama.

Rev. Blackmon co-authored the White Privilege curriculum for the United Church of Christ and toured the nation with Rev. Dr. William Barber of Moral Mondays and Repairer of the Breech, Rev. Dr. James Forbes of The Drum Major Institute and pastor emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York, and Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus proclaiming the need for a Moral Revival in this nation.

We are so pleased to have Rev. Traci Blackmon with us on Monday, May 7, for our annual award dinner!



If you are unable to attend but would still like to support the work of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa with a contribution, you may do so online or by mailing your check to the address below.


Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is a 501(c)(3) organization.
A portion of your contribution is tax-deductible.

Interfaith Alliance of Iowa
PO Box 41086
Des Moines, IA 50311