The fall and winter class schedule is listed below. Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. in Trezevant Hall. We hope you will enjoy this outstanding line-up of speakers.
Notes from the Rt. Rev. Dr. James Tengatenga's class on Global Anglicanism may be downloaded by clicking this link.
“The Open Table” – A Model of Resurrection and Community Engagement as the Future of Campus Ministry at the University of Memphis
The Rev. Canon John Burruss and University of Memphis Professor of Architecture Jim Williamson will share their vision for a collaborative ministry at the University of Memphis. The Open Table received a one million dollar grant for 2018 from the Church Home of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee to help create an innovative ministry in the heart of the University corridor.
"Bending the Arc: Justice Making in a Time Such as This"
The Rev. Patrick J. Williams is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, and lifelong Episcopalian. He completed his undergraduate studies at Tennessee State University (Nashville) and subsequently obtained a graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Patrick then moved to New York City and worked in the financial services industry for approximately ten years before entering seminary. In May 2013, he obtained a master of divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary and shortly thereafter returned to New York to serve as curate and later interim pastor at St. Philip’s Church (Harlem), the second oldest of the Episcopal churches founded by African Americans. Currently, Patrick serves as canon for welcome and evangelism at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Memphis and lives in Midtown with his wife, Natalie, and daughter, Camille.
“Spiritual” Reflections: A recital of spirituals and inspirational songs dedicated to victims of social injustice, featuring Gavin Wigginson, tenor
Gavin Wigginson has been a parishioner of Grace-St. Luke's since 2013 and is currently serving as a member of the vestry. As a classically trained tenor, he has been featured on stages throughout the southeast and has been hailed as a “strong and gregarious” presence by the Lexington Herald Leader. Currently he serves as an instructor of music and concert choir director at LeMoyne-Owen College and as a fellowship coach with the Memphis Music Initiative. He is married to Robin and they have three children, Dietrich, Aubrey, and Parker. This recital was inspired by the Creative Peaceful Resistance campaign in Toledo, Ohio. CPR was designed and implemented by Dr. Lorna Gonsalves as a tool to facilitate youth expression related to social injustice. Selected songs are dedicated to victims of social injustice and aim to allow audience members an opportunity to examine their role in the continued effort for social justice. Each song will include a reflection period of approximately 1-2 minutes.
“The Church: Fundamentally about Community”
Scott Morris, founder and CEO of Church Health in Memphis, is a leading voice in the rising faith and health movement. Church Health Center is the largest faith-based healthcare ministry of its type. For 30 years, he has spurred ecumenical and interfaith support among 200 congregations to provide quality healthcare to the uninsured population of Memphis working in low-wage jobs. Dr. Morris will describe how Church Health is providing a catalyst for change in the Crosstown Concourse community, creating a new community, and providing a model of what the Church should be.
Disrupting our City’s Persistent Cycle of Poverty: A Conversation with Justin Miller, Founder of Slingshot Memphis
Justin Miller founded Slingshot Memphis in 2016 and currently serves as its CEO. Prior to launching Slingshot Memphis, Justin worked as a giving strategist for City Leadership, where he helped individuals, families and businesses develop, target and maximize charitable investments. Preceding his work at City Leadership, Justin was a member of the Fixed Income Division at Morgan Keegan/Raymond James. Servicing financial institutions and municipalities, Justin specialized in developing portfolio strategies and executing trades in fixed income securities. Earlier in his career, Justin was an educator at St. George’s Independent School, where he served as dean of students, associate director of counseling, teacher, coach and chaplain. Justin holds a master of divinity from Emory University and a bachelor of arts in history from the University of Memphis.
“We owe it to our city. And we owe it to our families and ourselves, because helping others reach their full potential is the only way to reach our own—individually and collectively,” Justin says. “I cannot stop dreaming about what might happen if Memphians—non-profits and donors (individuals, families, businesses, faith-based organizations, government, etc.)—begin working in unison to double-down on poverty alleviating solutions that have the highest impact per dollar of costs.”
Called to Transformation: An Asset Based Approach to Engaging Church and Community
Out of a collaborative partnership between The Episcopal Church, Episcopal Relief & Development, and The Beecken Center at Sewanee has emerged an asset based methodology changing the way Episcopalians are engaging in outreach across the country. Join Chad Brinkman from Episcopal Relief & Development as he shares a vision for churches and communities rooted in dignity and recognizing the gifts and potential of communities.