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. 

Reconciliation: Healing the Hurt

How do we acknowledge the pain of the past and become participants in the healing? As we live into the Faith and Courage Initiative, our Lenten Faith Forum series invited deep and courageous reflection and inspired us to live into hope.

Willie Jennings

Sunday, March 10

Theologian, author, and professor of Africana studies at Yale University, Willie Jennings is known for his contributions to liberation theologies, cultural identities, and theological anthropology. His book, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, won numerous awards, and he recently published Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible. Willie received his Master in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion and ethics from Duke University. 

Gary Mason

Sunday, March 17

World-renowned for his work in the areas of social justice, conflict transformation, peace-building, reconciliation, racism and sectarianism, Gary Mason is committed to community transformation. Founder of ‘Rethinking Conflict,’ a UK based non-profit working in the field of conflict, peace, and reconciliation, Gary spent 30 years involved in the “Northern Irish Peace Process.” Gary received his Ph.D. from the University of Ulster, completed theological studies at Queens University (Belfast), and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University in Ireland.

Nadim Nassar

Sunday, March 24

The only Syrian-born Anglican priest in the world, Nadim is a passionate and captivating author, preacher, and advocate for building ecumenical and interfaith bridges in a world torn by strife and devastating warfare. Nadim is the founder of the international “Awareness Foundation” and travels the world to encourage and inspire dialogue among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Nadim recently published The Culture of God in 2018 and teaches throughout the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia.

Vi Lyles

Sunday, March 31

Serving as the 59th mayor of Charlotte, NC, Vi has worked for the city as a budget analyst, budget director, assistant city manager, and member of the city council. Following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in 2016, Vi proposed a seven-point plan to reduce racial and class divisions in the city, parts of which were approved by the city council. Her passion and commitment to building a better Charlotte guides and directs her decisions on a daily basis.

Tasha Morrison

Sunday, April 7

As a bridge-builder, reconciler, and activist in the fight for racial justice, Tasha was named as one of the 100 most powerful women by Ebony Magazine in 2017. Tasha is the founder of ‘Be the Bridge,’ an organization built to inspire and equip ambassadors of racial reconciliation. Using her faith as her guide, Tasha believes reconciliation happens through repentance, that the prelude to reconciliation is justice, and that “the church is the only place equipped to do reconciliation well.” 

recent past Faith Forums

Anna Dulaney and Christopher Griggs

Sunday, January 27

Understanding the Opioid Crisis, and What Churches Can Do to Help - Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 50. The Reverend Lisa Saunders will lead a conversation with Anna Dulaney, PharmD, DABAT, Director of Carolinas Poison Control and Christopher Griggs, MD, MPH, Emergency Physician at Carolinas Medical Center, to explore how churches can intervene in this crisis.

Spencer Merriweather

Sunday, January 20

Spencer Merriweather, District Attorney of Mecklenburg Country, earned his law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. As an Assistant District Attorney, Spencer sought justice for homicide victims, prosecuted assault cases, and worked in drug treatment courts to help offenders confront addictions. Join Spencer and The Reverend Chip Edens as they discuss what redemption, healing, and forgiveness look like in our lives and in Charlotte.

Dawn Huebner

Sunday, January 13

Dawn Huebner, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of anxious children and their parents. As a parent coach, author, and parent of a once-anxious child, Dawn created What to Do Guides for Kids that teach complex psychological concepts to children. Dawn’s TEDX talk on "Rethinking Anxiety" has been viewed over half a million times. She is the author of numerous books, including the bestselling What to Do When You Worry Too Much and more recently, Outsmarting Worry. Dawn and The Reverend Chip Edens will explore parenting courageously. 

Ned Hallowell

Sunday, January 6

Ned Hallowell, M.D., is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist, author of 20 books, international speaker, and a leading authority in the field of mental health. Ned is the founder of The Hallowell Centers in Boston, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle which provide cognitive and emotional health to help unwrap the gifts of the mind. Ned has devoted his life to wellness and traveling the world to help educate, inform, and inspire. Join Ned and The Reverend Chip Edens as they explore living with less fear in 2019. 

Meg Jay

Sunday, November 11

Clinical psychologist, professor of education at the University of Virginia, and author, Meg Jay weaves the latest research with complex realities and stereotypes. In her book, Supernormal, Meg explores the secret, inner world of those who are resilient, and shows that being resilient is much more complicated and courageous than most people realize.

Tad and Elizabeth Roach

Sunday, November 4

Visionary educators Tad and Elizabeth Roach share a courageous passion for equipping and empowering “Christian character” in children and youth. As a civic leader, author, and Head of School at St. Andrew’s School, Tad Roach speaks and writes extensively about school culture, educational reform, leadership, and diversity. Elizabeth Roach is the Dean of Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s, as well as a varsity coach.

Matthew Stanford

Sunday, October 28

Matthew Stanford is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hope and Healing Center & Institute in Houston, Texas, which focuses on transformation lives and restoring hope. He is an adjunct professor at Baylor College of Medicine, author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles in psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience, and focuses his research on the interplay between psychology and issues of faith. 


Pittman McGehee

Sunday, October 14

Episcopal Priest, Jungian analyst, author, and Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality, Pittman McGehee is a gifted mentor and practitioner of finding God and spirituality where you are. As a world-renowned lecturer Pittman takes a courageous and analytical approach to helping others grow spiritually by bringing together the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind.

Leighton Ford

Sunday, October 7

A gifted minister, author, and spiritual leader, Leighton Ford has spoken to Christians around the world, helping them cultivate an abundant faith and live courageous lives. Leighton is devoted to raising up younger leaders to spread the message of Christ worldwide. Leighton describes his mission now as "artist of the soul, friend on the journey." This reflects his avocation as an artist, as seen in his just-published Places of the Heart, a coffee table inspirational volume of his poetry, paintings, and reflections.