Stark Lecture to feature discussion on race relations and reconciliation

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MITCHELL – The annual Dakota Wesleyan University Stark Lecture will feature a timely topic for 2021, “Race Relations and the Ministry of Reconciliation” presented by the Rev. Dr. Shawn R. Moore, senior pastor of Living Spirit United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, Minn.  Moore’s presentation is scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 18, at 7:00 p.m. and will be streamed live at  There is no cost to stream this event. 

Moore is a former U.S. Navy security specialist and previously worked as a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minn.  With over 10 years of combined work in law enforcement and law enforcement training, Moore continues to work with police officers on implicit bias training.

Moore also teaches reconciliation studies at Bethel University and criminal justice and diversity at Metropolitan State University.

Moore recently complete his doctoral studies in racial reconciliation with a focus on South African tensions from the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.  He holds a master’s degree in cultural anthropology and missiology from Bethel University and is a certified life coach.

Dr. Franklin Stark, Dakota Wesleyan alumnus, endowed the Stark Lectures to bring the stories of those who are “living examples of the truths of the Biblical message” to campus.

Through Dr. Stark’s gift, these presentations which have featured religious leaders, authors, educators, politicians, ethicists, journalists, entrepreneurs and entertainers of national stature, have demonstrated the authenticity of the connection between faith and works.