Clarence Hill – Stronger Together

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Clarence Hill Jr. is the founder and lead visionary for the Stronger Together Movement. He is the Senior Pastor of Antioch Community Church in Norman, Oklahoma. He has been married to Alicia for twenty-two years and has four children.

Clarence graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a BS in Business Administration and played basketball under Johnny Orr at Iowa State University. In 2018, he was appointed by Governor Fallin to the State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He serves as a consultant to the Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD). He is the Co-Chair for OCCHD’s Wellness Now Coalition Leadership Team (addressing Adolescent Health, Care Coordination, Faith-Based partnership, Health at Work, Mental Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Tobacco Use Prevention). He is the Co-Chair of the Equity Workgroup. In 2015, he was identified as OCCHD’s Community Champion (for the international !00 Million Healthier Lives initiative) as a result of his work in gathering leaders and addressing disparities in marginalized communities.

Clarence’s work specializes in addressing difficult social issues and areas of conflict (such as family fragmentation and race relations). He facilitates several strategic city collaboratives, forums, conferences, and campaigns. He speaks across the country on the topic of city transformation, racial harmony, leadership, and compassion.

Since 2015, he has hosted The Bridge conference (formerly “Crossing the Bridge Justice Conference”) to strategically raise awareness and connect leaders across several spheres of influence from varied backgrounds and wealth classes. This conference birthed the United Voice Oklahoma (UnitedVoiceOK.org) initiative and the United Voice Podcast – a collaboration of the local television stations (Channels 4, 5, 9, and 25), newspaper (The Oklahoman), and radio (Tyler Media), a first-of-its-kind solution in the country for promoting racial harmony in cities. During the racial tension of 2016, Clarence led a partnership that gathered leaders (police and fire chiefs, principals and superintendents, and government, media, and business leaders) from OKC and surrounding cities to cast vision for a healthy response to these challenges.

In 2018, Clarence helped birth the United Voice Podcast to continue to create shared understanding and conversation around justice and race relations.

In 2019, another Stronger Together team birthed the annual Neighbors Conference in to help the faith community build bridges cross-culturally and understand social challenges.

Clarence Hill Jr. has also developed and led trainings in leadership and cultural competence. His Compassion Training has reached several organizations, teachers unions, local universities, student leadership organizations, and churches. He is often called upon by city leaders as a mediator and reconciler, being well-known for diplomacy, truthfulness, and an ability to remain objective.

Clarence also helps start unified prayer efforts like City Prayer and several other initiatives which seek to create spaces and mobilize communities toward systemic change and practical solutions that bring positive, long-term results for everyone. Clarence has been involved in several efforts to promote family restoration – a former member of the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma and Marriage Network Oklahoma, and co-founder of the original Eye to Eye Marriage Enrichment Community).

Chair of the Day

Clytie Bunyan is the Director of Business and Lifestyles at The Oklahoman. She has worked as a journalist in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, both serving as a metro and business reporter, as well as a business editor. Clytie coordinates the newsroom’s community engagement, where she plans public forums for discussion on various areas of coverage, such as addiction, MAPS, the state’s skills gap, climate change, medical marijuana and conversations with candidates for state and congressional office. Earlier this year, she worked with USA Today’s Storytellers Project team to include notable Oklahomans in USA Today’s Woman of the Century project. Clytie also recruits interns for the newsroom and is passionate about telling young people about the importance of good journalism in their community. She’s also been the professional adviser to the student newspaper at Oklahoma City Community College, where she attended before graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma. She detests deliberate ignorance, especially in a time when there are so many tools to access accurate and reliable sources of news and information. 

In April, she officially became a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. (Induction ceremony has been postponed to October because of COVID-19)

 

Clytie’s community service includes serving on the boards of the Leadership Oklahoma City, The Salvation Army, Science Museum Oklahoma, OU K-20 Center and the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. She has traveled to Latvia with the Rotary Club as part of a 2016 delegation to Riga for the dedication of a project at a neonatal intensive care unit for which the Oklahoma City club helped purchase life-saving equipment. She’s a regular volunteer with Sr. Maria Faulkner’s Gospel of Life Dwellings ministry, helping care for elderly residents. Clytie likes to travel, including visiting family in Trinidad and Canada. Her pride and joy is her favorite son, Alistair, a graduate of both Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona campus.  Alistair now works for Boeing. 

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