Chicago: Book Release Party
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago: Book Release Party

Join Austin for her big bash celebrating the release of her book IM STILL HERE. We'll be taking over the Moonlight Theater at Uptown Underground. In addition to celebrating Austin's book, we will also be treated to live music by Sharon Irving and the MC will be poet/speaker Amena Brown! 

Tickets are $12. Bring extra cash to purchase Austin's book from independent bookstore Women & Children First. And dont forget to stop by the cash bar.

 

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Conversations in Courage and Faith
Sep
29
to Sep 30

Conversations in Courage and Faith

The challenges facing the contemporary church are both daunting and exciting. How can we express the love of God in an increasingly secular age? How do we wage peace in a time of social polarization and global conflict? Are there new ways of doing church that will awaken others to the relevance of our faith?

Courage & Faith is a program that seeks to provide environments, lectures, artistic performances and spiritual experiences that will inspire and equip people to live Christianly in our postmodern world. The hope of this spiritual formation series is to stimulate generative conversation about what it means to follow Jesus faithfully and courageously in our daily lives.

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Evolving Faith Conference
Oct
26
to Oct 27

Evolving Faith Conference

  • Montreat Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Your faith is changing, and everything else seems to be changing with it—your relationships, your views on justice and social issues, your experience with the Church, your very identity. 

Evolving Faith is a gathering of kindred spirits, an opportunity to learn, wrestle, worship, laugh and commiserate as we navigate this journey through the Wilderness together.

Curated by Rachel Held Evans and Sarah Bessey and hosted at the beautiful Montreat Confernce Center near Ashville, North Carolina, Evolving Faith features a robust diversity of speakers leading conversations around everything from the Bible, to parenting, to politics, to racial justice, to art and science.

So come as you are! Doubters and dreamers are welcome. Parents and singles are welcome. (Note: We offer childcare.) Pastors and church drop-outs, LGBTQ friends and Bible nerds, post-evangelicals and “happy-clappy” Pentecostals—all are welcome to the Table.

We hope you will leave feeling a little more inspired and a little less alone.

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First Presbyterian Church (Grand Haven, MI)
Apr
15
8:30 AM08:30

First Presbyterian Church (Grand Haven, MI)

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.

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Festival of Faith & Writing
Apr
14
8:30 AM08:30

Festival of Faith & Writing

{panel} Platforms and Privilege

AUSTIN CHANNING BROWN, JEFF CHU, RACHELLE GARDNER, DEIDRA RIGGS
If we publish—or aspire to publish—we write to be read. (Otherwise, we’d journal.) And the reality of the publishing industry is that it obsesses about platform. Who will buy your book? We wish we lived in a world where platforms were built entirely on merit. Truth is, we don’t. Race, gender, sexuality, class, various forms of privilege—all these enter the equation. While our temptation is simply to say #BurnItAllDown, we can’t, and perhaps we shouldn’t. This frank, difficult, but necessary conversation examines the sorrows and joys of our publishing experiences, the possibilities and limitations of platform, the ways in which the business may be changing, our hopes for the future, and the theological implications of it all. 

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National Student Leadership Conference
Feb
24
to Feb 25

National Student Leadership Conference

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.

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Festival of Faith and Music
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Festival of Faith and Music

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. 

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Concordia University
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

Concordia University

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. 

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Voice of Legacy
Nov
19
9:00 AM09:00

Voice of Legacy

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. 

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Writing Down the Bones
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Writing Down the Bones

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. 

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Christian Feminism
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Christian Feminism

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.

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Baylor University
Oct
4
to Oct 5

Baylor University

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. 

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The Table Church DC
Jul
10
10:30 AM10:30

The Table Church DC

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.  

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Christian Feminism Today
Jun
23
to Jun 26

Christian Feminism Today

"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

You can find more information HERE

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Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor

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! 

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Festival of Faith & Writing
Apr
14
to Apr 16

Festival of Faith & Writing

This year the Festival features Nadia Bolz Weber, Zadie Smith, Mallory Ortberg, Kelly Brown Douglas, and me! I will be sitting on a panel with Drew Hart (author of Trouble Ive Seen). Im not sure which day we will be speaking, so just come to the whole thing! 

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Chapel at Pepperdine
Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Chapel at Pepperdine

This spring I'll be traveling to Pepperdine University to share a little about my spiritual journey as a black woman. The theme for the service is "Testimony" and I look forward to sharing just a small part of my story with the Pepperdine community. 

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Oct
15
to Oct 17

Allume Conference

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! 

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Sep
18
to Sep 20

Why Christian? Conference

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. 

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Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

The Justice Conference

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. 

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