Oct 3: Creating a Community of Equity with Rudy Nickens


Since the announcement of the acquittal of a former police officer, Jason Stockley, in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith, our city has again faced anxious nights and long days of protest. Perhaps this verdict feels most painful because it feels like nothing has changed. Hundreds of protests happened after Ferguson. A commission was formed to study and make recommendations. On October 3, we’ll talk with Rudy Nickens who worked closely with the Ferguson Commission. Rudy contributed to the meetings of the Ferguson Commission as a trainer, speaker, and facilitator. He gave a keynote address at the Commission’s ninth meeting and town hall. We’ve taken the title of his address as the title of this Theology on Tap: “Creating a Community of Equity.”

Rudy Nickens serves as the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity for the Missouri Department of Transportation. He is an experienced facilitator, educator and entrepreneur. Previously, he served as Executive Director of The St. Louis Black Repertory Company. For over 2 decades, he has consulted, educated and trained hundreds of local and national organizations in the areas of workforce diversity, leadership development, cultural competence and conflict resolution locally, nationally and internationally.

Theology on Tap seeks to create a “low pressure” environment for conversations about faith, ethics, politics, and life today.  Join us and bring friends.

Theology on Tap meets upstairs at Dressel’s Pub at 6:30pm on the First Tuesday of each month. Click for a map

Dressel’s Public House
419 N Euclid Ave.
St Louis, MO 63108



Author: Mike Angell

The Rev. Mike Angell is rector of The Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in St. Louis.