Faith Forum

Faith Forum is a long-running, nationally recognized series of talks with leading thinkers, bestselling authors, business leaders, philosophers, artists, and theologians of our time. These conversations are led by The Reverend Chip Edens in a casual atmosphere of fellowship with a focus on spiritual growth. 

What does it mean to be a human family -- a beloved community -- amidst the great diversity of our city and nation? How do we make sure we are growing together in understanding, relationship and collaboration, and not apart, as we address some of the great issues of our day? Our next series of Faith Forum conversations centers on these questions, and offers opportunities to explore how we can participate in the Beloved Community into which God calls us.

Rabbi Judy Schindler

Sunday, April 22
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Rabbi Judy Schindler, Professor of Jewish Studies and Director of the Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice at Queens University of Charlotte. Judy served at Temple Beth El in Charlotte from 1998 to 2016 and serves on the Executive Committee of the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice and is co-chair of the Clergy Council of the Association of Reform Zionists of America. Judy co-authored Recharging Judaism: How Civic Engagement is Good for Synagogues, Jews, and America (CCAR Press, 2018), a book on recharging congregations through civic engagement and moving the religious community from volunteerism to advocacy.  

The Reverend Rodney Sadler

Sunday, April 29
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

The Reverend Dr. Rodney Sadler is Associate Professor of Bible and Director of the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He is an ordained Baptist minister and author of Can A Cushite Change His Skin: An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Othering in the Hebrew Bible. Rodney serves as Board President of Meck Min; on the boards of the Hispanic Summer Program, the Transformative Justice Coalition, the National Election Defense Coalition, the Voting Rights Alliance, and Progress NC; and on the Executive Committee of the North Carolina NAACP.   

Imam Atif Chaudhry

Sunday, May 6
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Imam Atif Chaudhry grew up in New Jersey, where he completed his memorization of the Holy Qur’an at an early age. As a young adult Atif traveled to Pakistan and studied in the Islamic Seminary of Darul Uloom Muhammadiya Ghausia for two years, and then studied Shari’ah sciences as well as law in the International Islamic University of Islamabad for five years. Since March 2014, Imam Atif has been the Imam of the Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte, where he teaches several classes, focuses on community-building, and gives lectures on Islamic topics.  

2017 - 2018 season

Brené Brown: Braving the Wilderness

Thursday, September 14
Ovens Auditorium

Christ Church and The Reverend Chip Edens host Brené Brown for a discussion about her new book, Braving the Wilderness, followed by a question/answer time.

Lynne Twist: How Much is Enough? 

Sunday, September 17
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Author, global visionary, and founder of the Soul of Money Institute, Lynne Twist has devoted her life to alleviating poverty, ending world hunger and supporting social justice and environmental sustainability. Working alongside such teachers as Mother Teresa and refugees in Ethiopia, Lynne’s breadth of knowledge and experiences have led her to profound insights about the social tapestry of the world. View her inspiring 3-minute video about scarcity and sufficiency here » She believes we are called to share instead of accumulate. View the Faith Forum video »

Wanda Ortwine: Defining and Living Your Values

Sunday, September 24
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Chief Family Officer at Luck Stone, Wanda helps to develop value-based leaders within family systems to help them achieve their vision for future generations. Her unique approach to long-term financial sustainability has helped countless families live into their principles and values, through thoughtful and comprehensive business ownership and leadership succession plans, estate planning, asset protection, and investment strategies. View the video »

Tommy Battle: Guiding Teenagers Toward Full Stature

Sunday, October 8
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Headmaster of Virginia Episcopal School, Tommy is devoted to nurturing, equipping, and empowering youth with the tools and abilities needed to be successful in today’s world. As a realist about the challenges many communities face around the nation, Tommy says, “Individual pursuits are exciting, but when a community of people focus their ideas, experience, and passion, we can do so much more.” View the video »

Wintley Phipps: The Power of Grace

Sunday, October 29
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

World-renowned vocal artist, educational activist, motivational speaker, pastor, and founder of the U.S. Dream Academy, Wintley has traveled the world delivering messages of grace, hope, and equality to millions. He has received numerous service awards including the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network Use Your Life Award and the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the National Center for Black Philanthropy. View the video »

Bishop Sam Rodman 

Wednesday, November 8
6:30 PM Evensong in The Church
7:30 PM Faith Forum in All Saints' Hall

Meet the new Bishop of the North Carolina Diocese, as he talks with The Reverend Chip Edens about what it means to be a Christian in the 21st century, and how the ministry of the Episcopal Church is responding to an ever-changing world. View the video »

Lisa Miller: The Spiritual Child

Sunday, November 19
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute and Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University Teachers College, Lisa is the author of New York Times bestseller The Spiritual Child. Lisa is a leading scientist on spirituality across the lifespan and her innovative research has focused on the quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. View the video »

Eric Motley: Living in Community

Sunday, January 14
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Eric Motley, Ph.D., is an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute, which helps to gather diverse leaders to address some of the world’s most complex problems. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Eric served as the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors and was a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush. He is the author of Madison Park, a book named after a small community in Alabama where Eric was raised, founded by freed slaves in 1880. View the video »

Lynda Hatcher: Living With Addiction

Sunday, January 21
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Lynda Harrison Hatcher, author of Mothering Addiction, shares a parent’s story of heartache, healing, and keeping the door open. As a mother of a child who desperately struggled with addiction, Lynda’s instincts to fix, repair, and cover up were transformed through her experiences. She is telling her story in hopes that other families will step out of the shadows, acknowledge their private pain, and seek support. View the video »

The Very Reverend Tracey Lind: Living With Dementia

Sunday, January 28
10:00 AM, All Saints' Hall

Tracey is a newly retired Episcopal priest and city planner whose ministry has included work for social and environmental justice, interfaith relations, sustainable urban development, arts and culture, and progressive theology. Most recently, Tracey’s  ministry has extended to include the spiritual insights and lessons she has gained from a life complicated by dementia. Tracey is also the author of Interrupted by God: Glimpses from the Edge. View the video »