Mission Reconcile: Path to Reconciliation
Mission Reconcile – New Orleans, Louisiana
- Emerging Leader: Kahlida Lloyd
- Grant Program: Emerging Leader
- Amount of Grant: $15,000
- Dates of Grant Term: November 2018 – November 2020
Ms. Kahlida Lloyd is an attorney currently serving as Minister of Congregational Engagement at First Grace United Methodist Church, New Orleans, La., and is the founder of Mission Reconcile. In her role at First Grace, she leads efforts to engage members, visitors, and friends in getting connected to ministries at the church and utilizing their gifts. Lloyd has also worked as a Family Law Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, a nonprofit law firm in Washington, D.C.; an Adjunct Instructor at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, Washington, D.C.; an advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and staff attorney and project director for several federal grant programs.
A member of the Greater Washington Urban League Young Professional Network, Lloyd has served on the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women’s Lawyers Division of the National Bar Association, and as Community Service and Outreach Co-chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She is a member of the North Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands, and District of Columbia bars. Kahlida is a believer, attorney, and teacher, but most importantly a reconciler. She knows the power of faith and its ability to create change, shift hearts, and bring truth.
Mission Reconcile is a faith-based racial reconciliation nonprofit created to bring together predominantly one race/culture churches to talk about race, racism, and creating organic relationships through facilitated events. Mission Reconcile’s core project, “Path to Reconciliation,” invites churches to be courageous and have bold conversations on race and racism over three weeks. The program invites one race/culture churches to enter each other’s space in a three-part event and culminates with a facilitated event that emphasizes the three areas that bring people together: food, music, and good conversation. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in cultural awareness activities, engage in healing conversation on race and racism, and fellowship around multicultural food and live music. The success of this work starts with a conversation where hearts can change and lead to the action of creating reconcilers who are equity and racial justice conscious. Mission Reconcile also hosts Unity Prayer Action Breakfasts regularly where local clergy pray for racial reconciliation and are invited to learn more about partnering with Mission Reconcile.