Conversations @ Briarwood

Briarwood Leadership Center is starting a new series of interactive online conversations to equip the church in this complicated time. Intended for NT-NL leaders, both rostered and lay, these conversations will cover a variety of topics.

Thursday evenings @ 7pm Central via Zoom

Hosted by Pr. Robert O. Smith, Director, Briarwood Leadership Center

Hosted via Zoom (beginning at 7:00pm), our format is simple: host Robert Smith will have an extended conversation with the guest; following that segment, other participants will be invited to submit questions for further exploration.

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Conversation Schedule

Taurean J. Webb on American Racism and the Present Uprisings

Thursday, June 18

Taurean Webb serves as Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience and Instructor of Religion and Race at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston, Ill.). Webb is a leading voice in the development of contemporary Black theology, youth ministry, and Critical Race Theory. He was the facilitator of the 2019 Fall NT-NL Leadership Convocation

Ulysses W. Burley III, MD, on Covid-19 and Black America

Thursday, June 25

Houston native Ulysses W. Burley III, MD, is the founder of UBtheCURE LLC. He studied at Morehouse College and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Ulysses served as Program Director for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Strategy on HIV/AIDS and as a member of the United States Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He leads on issues at the intersection of Faith, Health, and Human Rights.

Vance Blackfox on American Indian Memory and Resistance

Thursday, July 2

Vance Blackfox, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is Director of Communications for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. A graduate of Texas Lutheran University, Vance founded the Vine Deloria Jr. Theological Symposium hosted annually at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and created Other+Wise, a multi-site cultural immersion program for youth from across the country.

Carmen Lansdowne on Crossing Borders and Church-Based Action

Thursday, July 9

The Rev. Carmen Lansdowne, PhD, a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. She directs First United Church Community Ministry Society in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has served on the Executive and Central Committees of the World Council of Churches and a specialist on Indigenous theology and Indigenous-Christian relationships.