The National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) is a student-led initiative striving to help undergraduate students, faculty, and community members discover what it means to be leaders and Christ-followers in all areas of our life. Through keynote and breakout sessions, NSLC provides attendees the opportunity to come together to engage in diverse ideas and thoughtful conversations about leadership with authors, thought leaders, experts in various fields, pastors, and those doing creative and restorative work in the Kingdom for Jesus. The hope of NSLC would be ultimately to inspire students and attendees towards faithful and loving action. This conference will be held at Taylor University in Upland, IN.
Austin will be one of the speakers of The Community Artist Series. This series was established to make the performing arts more available to the people of West Michigan. We have hosted many exciting musicians, speakers and events over several seasons. Our events are held at First Presbyterian Church and are always free and open to the public.
The Festival of Faith & Music at Calvin College is a biennial conference that brings together musicians, critics, journalists, artists, and listeners for three days of discussing and celebrating insightful music that explores, in some significant way, issues of faith. Austin will present a workshop during the festival on Beyonce's Lemonade, exploring black womanhood and faith.
LEAD is a monthly, three part program that gives our campus body an opportunity to engage with important topics in our community and world. We seek to learn more about topics through an educational session as well as a hands on experience. We then take what we are learning and put it into practice with service. I'll partner with lead on the 23rd as part of a celebration of black history month.
The VOL Conference is a gathering of core Black leaders from both the Underground Network and InterVarsity’s Florida Bay Area to help black believers enter into or seek out the leadership pathway specific to their context, releasing them to grow in the calling God has on their lives.
I will be doing a reading about the burdens a black woman carries by virtue of living and working in spaces characterized by whiteness. This will be followed by a conversation about the authors—James Baldwin, Ntozake Shange, and Audre Lorde, among others—whose work has been the lifeblood for my own writing and understanding of the world. Event will take place at Calvin College in the CFAC recital hall.
What do people mean when they talk about Christian feminism? Is it a contradiction in terms, or a good contextual response to the gospel? Austin Channing Brown, Kristin Kobes DuMez, and Matt Halteman will be part of an all-Calvin panel exploring these important questions.
On October 4th I will join Baylor for the Academy Lecture Series. The Academy for Leader Development brings national and international speakers to campus to introduce students to the variety and complexity of leadership needs in contemporary society. Presenters in the series identify a pressing social issue and discuss how they have worked to address that issue in their community. On the 5th, I will participate in Baylor's chapel services.
I will be peaching the Sunday morning worship service at The Table Church location at 1459 Columbia RD NW Washington DC with the Columbia Heights Parish. The service begins at 10:30am.
If you cant make that service, I will also be speaking at the Metro Center Parish evening service located at 945 G Street NW Washington DC in the First Congregational UCC building. The evening service begins at 5:00pm.
"Prophets in Every Generation" Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets. -Wisdom of Solomon 7:27 NRSV
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Join me at Blue Ocean Faith where I join the church in their series on "Loving Our Neighbors" series. The series will include discussion a variety of social justice topics, and I'll pop in to talk about race and privilege. So looking forward to being with my friend, Emily Swan!
On Friday, October 16th, I'll be the keynote speaker for Allume 2015 in Greenville, SC. Allume is a one-of-a-kind conference that seeks to engage women by teaching blogging techniques and social media skill while also urging and encouraging women to live fully integrated lives with their faith and family. Hope to see you there!
We are desperate for real-life, flesh-and-blood stories of how the light continues to shine in the darkness and how the darkness has not, will not, cannot overcome it. This is not a women’s conference. It’s a gathering of storytellers, a community sinners and saints drawn together by the stubborn hope that God is in the business of making all things new. This conference is September 18-20 in Minneapolis, MN.
The Justice Conference is being held in one of my favorite cities- Chicago, IL! The Justice Conference is packed with great speakers including Cornel West, Lynne Hybels, Amena Brown, and Eugene Cho. I have the pleasure of joining a panel on Saturday morning to talk about moving forward justice through an online presence.
I'll be joining the University of Northwestern student body in Chapel service to talk about women- our moxie, our leadership and our calling to be agents of change. The University of Northwestern St Paul offers chapel services daily for the student body, and I look forward to joining them in worship.