Zack Nyein

Zack Nyein

Participating in: Convicted Civility Dialogue

Zack Nyein is an Episcopal priest serving on staff at Grace Church, Chattanooga, TN.  A recent graduate of Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music in New Haven, CT, his academic interests focus on the intersection of theology, worship, and the arts. Zack is passionate about cultivating fresh expressions of church. Connect with him on facebook and Instagram @znyein.

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Broderick Greer

Broderick Greer

Participating in: Radical Manners Family Dinner.

The Rev. Broderick Greer is Curate at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church and School in Memphis, TN. He offers lectures and facilitates conversations at the intersection of American history, queer theory, black theology, human rights, and racial justice. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Washington Post, and On Being .
 

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Micky ScottBey Jones

Micky ScottBey Jones

Participating in: Art As Justice Panel.

Micky ScottBey Jones is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant who facilitates conferences, workshops, international trips, retreats and online conversations. She writes & speaks on a variety of topics including healing justice, communal self-care, contemplative activism, intersectionality and theology from the margins.

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Matthew Frost

Matthew Frost

Participating in: Exploring Ritual Gallery

Matthew Frost, a film-maker and fine artist from Staunton, VA, currently studies Film Production at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. A few of his favorite outlets are creating Art films, collages, and hand-drawn illustrations, recording music under the moniker Loft9017, and writing short and long-form screenplays. 

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Brian Behm

Brian Behm

Participating in:

Exploring the connection of the human with the Divine, Brian has immersed himself in a spiritual and cathartic creative process. His interest in prayer as an intersection of two realms has drawn him to see the horizon as a diptych, painting emotive landscapes and vivid abstract compositions from a meditative perspective. The environments he creates are dynamic, rich, and heartfelt.

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Exploring Ritual Art Gallery

Exploring Ritual Art Gallery

Friday, 10/7: Gallery Introduction and Happy Hour at 6:30PM

Artists: Leslie Foster, Brian BehmShahnaz Victoria Lighari, Matthew Frost, and Liz Talago. Curated by Leslie Foster. Opening Performance at 6:30PM by Emily Joy

In an age of declining traditional religious institutions, this gallery invites visitors of all religious or non-religious backgrounds into a neutral space to encounter the divine, stripped of any baggage. Through its free-flowing and experimental nature, Exploring Ritual creates spaces to explore, wrestle, and question your relationship with the divine. 

*Gallery will be open from noon to 5pm on Friday, official introduction at 6:30pm. 

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Julien Baker Show

Julien Baker Show

Friday, 10/7 at 9:30PM

$10 suggested donation collected at door. 

Julien Baker turns concert venues into sacred spaces. Her experiences of being queer, southern, and Christian are raw and staggering. When set to her haunting guitar playing, her music is gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. Returning home after an international tour and growing success, she’ll stick around for a short Q&A after her performance.

Check out these write-ups about Julien Baker in The New Yorker and Pitchfork

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Short Film Program

Short Film Program

Saturday, 10/8 at NOON

Reconciliation is a lofty goal, one that often feels unattainable in the contentious realities of relationships. These four short films each touch on an aspect of reconciliation: reconciling with differing political views in a community, reconciling with the pain of grief, reconciling with the expectations of parenting, and reconciling with the challenges of familial acceptance.

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Art As Justice Panel

Art As Justice Panel

Saturday, 10/8 at 2PM

With Leslie Foster, Sara Green, Shawn Whitsell, and SueAnn Shiah; Moderated by Micky ScottBey Jones.

The arts have an unparalleled capacity to enact justice in the world. This discussion will center on the unique and memorable ways that art opens up our hearts to foster empathy for those whose stories are different from our own, breathing new life and hope into previously marginalized spaces.

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Radical Manners Family Dinner

Radical Manners Family Dinner

Saturday, 10/8 at 6PM

$10 suggested donation collected at door. Hosted by Sara Green, with special guest Broderick Greer.

Simultaneously a familiar ritual and a barometer of whether or not we are welcome, the table is where we do the work. Dinner will be unapologetically southern. Shrimp and grits, peach cobbler, and sweat tea will be a conduit for us to concurrently pay homage to our Southern ancestors and begin to write new narratives of the land and each other.

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