Xenia to Host Voices of Norman Community Event September 28

Date of Press Release: 
Wed, 09/13/2017
Press Release By: 
David Spain, Xenia Institute for Social Justice

On Thursday, September 28, the Xenia Institute for Social Justice and the Norman Human Rights Commission will co-sponsor a community event called “Voices for Norman: A Continuing Conversation between the Community and the Police.”  The event will be held at the First Christian Church of Norman Fellowship Hall, located on the second floor of the church at 220 South Webster Avenue in Norman.  The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and will conclude at 8:30 p.m.

This event is the third in a series of conversations on the issue of community and police relations.  The first event was held in October of 2016 featuring a panel of speakers commenting on the concerns, challenges, and problems that a community and police face.  The second meeting, held in March of 2017, centered on group discussion around specific questions that are of concern to both the citizens and the police.  From that conversation, a number of areas were identified as needing attention and further discussion.  The meeting on September 28th will focus on next steps in improving the relationship between citizens and the police.

“In light of continuing tensions that exist between citizens and police in some cities, the need to establish healthy lines of communication and deepen trust is evident.  It is the hope that providing opportunities for citizens and police to sit together and address mutual concerns will build trust, increase understanding, and promote cooperation,” commented Rev. David Spain, Senior Minister of First Christian Church of Norman and President of the Xenia Institute for Social Justice.

John Stege, on behalf of the Norman Police Department, has worked closely with the Board of the Xenia Institute to plan and coordinate the evening’s dialogue, which will again provide small group discussion opportunities for citizens to share concerns and to have conversation with representatives from the Norman Police Department.  All citizens are invited to participate in the conversation, which is free and open to the public.