Conversations @ Briarwood

Briarwood Leadership Center is continuing our 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

Jennifer DeLeon on Building Movements, Mistakes & All
Thursday, August 6

DeLeon is the Director for Justice in Women of the ELCA and President of the Latino Ethnic Association of the ELCA. She has longstanding involvement in ELCA efforts to promote public policy advocacy. 

Rubén Rosario Rodríguez on Liberation Theology for Today

Thursday, August 13


Rodríguez is Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Louis University. He is the author of Christian Martyrdom and Political Violence: A Comparative Theology with Judaism and Islam (Cambridge, 2017) and editor of the T&T Clark Handbook of Political Theology (2019).


Cláudio Carvalhaes on Liturgy and the Care of Creation

Thursday, August 20


Carvalhaes, a native Brazilian, is a theologian, liturgist, performer, writer, and activist who serves as Assoc. Prof. of Worship at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of What’s Worship Got to Do with It?: Interpreting Life Liturgically (2018) and the forthcoming Liturgies from Below: Praying with People at the Ends of the World (2020).

Jacqueline Hidalgo on Monuments, Memory, and Inclusive Justice

Thursday, August 27


Hidalgo serves as Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and as Professor of Latina/o/x Studies and Religion at Williams College. She is the author of Revelation in Aztlán: Scriptures, Utopias, and the Chicano Movement (2016) and editor, with Efraín Agosto, of Latinxs, the Bible, and Migration (2018).