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Fall 2016 Reunion Speakers - Session 2
The Rev. Jeffrey Brown ’87, The Hon. Emily C. Hewitt, The Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk ’63

Registration continues until midday Monday, Sept. 12, for the Andover Newton Fall Reunion, Sept. 22-24.

Believing that the true legacy of the Hill is less about place and more about people, the Reunion Committee has invited several alumni/ae or other ANTS-associated individuals to offer short reflections and dialogue on a topic of their interest and expertise on Friday. This is a great way to see how colleagues have lived out all they’ve learned!

Here are the speakers for session 2, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in Wilson Chapel:

The Rev. Jeffrey Brown ’87

Jeffrey Brown was one of the key architects behind the “Boston Miracle,” which saw the violent crime rate among youth plummet by 79 percent over a decade. Today, he works with faith groups, cities, government, and police to stop gang violence as the president of RECAP and co-founder of My City at Peace. He speaks on “collaborative leadership,” community building, and what it takes to institute real change in organizations of all stripes.

At TED 2015, Brown’s keynote garnered a standing ovation -- and has since been viewed over 1 million times. Brown is currently the president of RECAP, which stands for Rebuilding Every Community Around Peace. He is also a co-founder of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, a faith-based group that was an integral part of the famous “Boston Miracle." The efforts also spawned countless urban collaborative efforts in subsequent years, and was widely covered in the press.

Brown consults municipalities and police departments (and policing initiatives) nationwide on issues around youth violence and community mobilization. He helps rebuild trust between neighborhoods and police departments, speaking with officers to strengthen their ties to the communities they serve. He has worked with the U.S. State Department on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) initiatives, based on his nationally recognized success with developing robust violence prevention and intervention strategies.

As part of the Society for Organizational Learning North America, Rev. Brown also assists the World Bank, IMF, and IFC with senior leadership development and learning, teaching cutting-edge models for leadership, problem solving, flexibility, and adaptability.

As a co-founder of My City at Peace -- a community-based, collaborative organization that builds alliances between conflicting constituencies to find peace and end violence -- Brown has also been working with housing authorities to rebuild communities in distressed areas and avoid the more damaging effects of gentrification. In order to attract buyers, while still retaining low-income residents, Brown argues for a combination of market-rate, affordable, and Section 8 housing.

Brown was also a key participant in Andover Newton's fall 2015 summit on "Subverting the Gospel of Guns," which brought together religious, civic, and justice leaders to explore ways of addressing the epidemic of gun violence in America.

The Hon. Emily C. Hewitt

Emily C. Hewitt is a former judge and Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. Educated at Cornell, then Union Theological Seminary, she was a leader in the effort to open Episcopal ordination to women, and one of the first 11 women ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in 1974.

She taught at Andover Newton from 1973-75 as an assistant professor of religion and education, then went on to Harvard Law School and later, earned a DMin from Chicago Theological Seminary for studies focusing on liberty of conscience.

Hewitt was in private practice in Boston with Hill & Barlow from 1978 to 1993, becoming a partner in 1985, worked for the U.S. General Services Administration from 1993-98, and was commissioned as a judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims by President Bill Clinton in 1998. In 2009, she was designated Chief Judge by President Barack Obama, serving until the end of her term in 2013. She is active in many charities and boards, and is an accomplished race walker. She is married to Eleanor D. Acheson, who served as Assistant Attorney General of the United States during the Clinton administration.

The Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk ’63

Yvonne Delk is the former executive of the Community Renewal Society of Chicago. She was the first black woman to be ordained in the United Church of Christ and has served the denomination in leadership positions including serving as the Director of its Office for Church in Society. Delk also served as the moderator of the Programme to Combat Racism of the World Council of Churches.

For 50 years she has served as an educator, preacher, organizer, and a prophetic voice leading the fight for human and civil rights for people of color, children, and the poor throughout five continents. She is the founding Director of the Center for African American Theological Studies, part of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) in Chicago. Delk's articles on the Black church experience, racism, and human rights have appeared in many publications.

Delk was also keynote speaker at Andover Newton's 2015 spring convocation.

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