Q Nashville

Stay Curious. Think Well. Advance Good.

April 23-25, 2014

Join 1000 other leaders to grow, collaborate and take action in advancing the common good. 50 challenging experts, 30 inspired Q Talks, and intentional Learning Community experiences will provide the environment to reconsider our roles, individually and corporately, in shaping culture.

STAY CURIOUS. THINK WELL. ADVANCE GOOD.

When was the last time you felt truly curious? Asking questions acknowledges we don’t have all the answers. It keeps us young, humble, and open-minded. As Christians, our hope for a renewed world rests in Jesus. Yet in the in between, we should offer the most thoughtful, informed and imaginative responses to key issues facing our culture. Words will matter little unless our actions show we believe in a better way forward. Together, let’s help our world experience the renewal, flourishing and rich future God always intended. Q Nashville will convene the dialogue. Will you add your voice and action to the unfolding conversation?

GREAT VOICES ADDRESSING THE BIGGEST QUESTIONS

Q is serious and provocative, mysterious and grounded, simple and elegant, clear-minded and open ended. Yet this apparent dissonance is finding resonance. Join us as we hear 30 big questions addressed by 30 thought leaders and change-makers. Together, we will break through the noise and better know how our faith intersects with public life.

Join us in advancing the common good

Q convenes proven cultural leaders for conversation, reflection and action that renews culture. This one of a kind experience will challenge, frustrate and push us all toward greater debate and better solutions. Fast paced, challenging and committed to our collective growth – experience Q and join us in working for the common good.

Q convenes proven cultural leaders for conversation, reflection and action that renews culture. This one of a kind experience will challenge, frustrate and push us all toward greater debate and better solutions. Fast paced, challenging and committed to our collective growth – experience Q and join us in working for the common good.

Join 1,000 remarkable leaders from all channels of culture as we gather in Nashville to consider how to advance the common good in a pluralistic society. Our method of learning is simple: exposure, conversation and collaboration. Over the course of three days, speakers will present their big idea in concise 18, 9, or 3-minute formats.

Throughout participant-directed lunches, dinners and after-parties in downtown Nashville, there will be multiple opportunities to reflect and react with leaders from various channels of culture. From informal Q & A Talkbacks to inviting a mentor to dinner, opportunities abound at Q for you to engage with experts on the most pressing questions you face.

Event Highlights

Gabe Lyons, Founder

What You Can Expect From the Q Experience

THOUGHT LEADERS

LEARN ALONGSIDE MOTIVATED EXPERTS AND EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS

Q provides an environment where one-on-one interaction with experienced practitioners & great minds. World-class experts in sociology, theology, philosophy, science, technology, and industry are at your fingertips. From informal Q & A Talkbacks to inviting a mentor to dinner, opportunities abound at Q for you to engage with experts on the most pressing questions you face.

THOUGHT LEADERS
Q provides an environment where one-on-one interaction with experienced practitioners & great minds. World-class experts in sociology, theology, philosophy, science, technology, and industry are at your fingertips. From informal Q & A Talkbacks to inviting a mentor to dinner, opportunities abound at Q for you to engage with experts on the most pressing questions you face.

BEST IN CLASS TALKS

PRESENTATIONS CURATED TO CHALLENGE AND MOVE US FORWARD

Speakers present their big idea in concise 18, 9, or 3-minute formats. Each participant hears every presentation and is exposed to numerous ideas from unexpected points of view that sharpen their understanding, deepen their cultural awareness, and motivate their action.

BEST IN CLASS TALKS
Speakers present their big idea in concise 18, 9, or 3-minute formats. Each participant hears every presentation and is exposed to numerous ideas from unexpected points of view that sharpen their understanding, deepen their cultural awareness, and motivate their action.

CUSTOM LEARNING TRACKS

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN CULTURE AND CONVERSATION

In addition to main stage presentations, each leader selects an immersive or brainstorming Learning Community in a specific industry, area of culture, or current issue. These opportunities encourage participants to go deeper into a specific topic by getting firsthand education from leaders with high levels of experience. In addition, opportunities abound to collaborate and give creative, strategic, and directional input to an area of cultural renewal needing ideation.

CUSTOM LEARNING TRACKS
In addition to main stage presentations, each leader selects an immersive or brainstorming Learning Community in a specific industry, area of culture, or current issue. These opportunities encourage participants to go deeper into a specific topic by getting firsthand education from leaders with high levels of experience. In addition, opportunities abound to collaborate and give creative, strategic, and directional input to an area of cultural renewal needing ideation.

INTIMATE GATHERINGS

INTERACT IN SETTINGS DESIGNED FOR YOUR GROWTH

Through participant-directed lunches, dinners, and after-parties in the convenient downtown Nashville area, opportunities to reflect and react with leaders from various channels of culture proliferate. And even during the event, roundtable seating creates a great atmosphere for interaction and meeting new friends.

INTIMATE GATHERINGS
Through participant-directed lunches, dinners, and after-parties in the convenient downtown Nashville area, opportunities to reflect and react with leaders from various channels of culture proliferate. And even during the event, roundtable seating creates a great atmosphere for interaction and meeting new friends.

CONNECT WITH LIKE LEADERS

DISCOVER INNOVATORS ON A SIMILAR JOURNEY

Q brings together influential church and cultural leaders who desire to lead the way forward. From executives, pastors, poets, and entertainers to theologians, journalists, and business leaders, change-makers representing every channel of culture are in the mix.

CONNECT WITH LIKE LEADERS
Q brings together influential church and cultural leaders who desire to lead the way forward. From executives, pastors, poets, and entertainers to theologians, journalists, and business leaders, change-makers representing every channel of culture are in the mix.

7 CHANNELS OF CULTURE

EXPERIENCE OUR THEORY OF CHANGE AT WORK

When leaders from media, business, arts & entertainment, the social sector, education, government and the church work together towards a common goal, cultural change can happen. History repeatedly shows this theory of change at work, most recently in the advance of the gay rights movement. Q creates the conditions for an overlapping network to develop and flourish that advances a new vision for the Christian faith in American life.

7 CHANNELS OF CULTURE
When leaders from media, business, arts & entertainment, the social sector, education, government and the church work together towards a common goal, cultural change can happen. History repeatedly shows this theory of change at work, most recently in the advance of the gay rights movement. Q creates the conditions for an overlapping network to develop and flourish that advances a new vision for the Christian faith in American life.

In the Cultural Center of Nashville

The Venues

The War Memorial

Each year we host Q in an iconic American city that exposes participants to unique cultural contexts where the Gospel is advancing. This year, Q takes place at the historic War Memorial Auditorium located in the heart of downtown Nashville. As one of the earliest hosts of Grand Ole Opry, this striking venue sits directly in front of the Tennessee State Capitol. Built in 1925, this exquisite site is elegant and versatile and convenient to the theatres, restaurants and night life that gave many music stars their first stage.

The Governor's Tennessee Residence

This three-story, 16-room home was built in 1931 and has been a welcoming point for tens of thousands of Tennesseans, as well as host to official functions for distinguished guests, including Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore; legislative leaders; numerous governors; religious figures such as Rev. Billy Graham; and other distinguished dignitaries from around the world.

The Hermitage Hotel

Commissioned in 1908, The Hermitage Hotel opened its doors on Saturday, September 17, 1910. As one of Nashville's first hotels, it was the national platform for both pro- and anti-suffrage forces, and a national radio program originated from its dining room.

The Belcourt Theatre

The Belcourt Theatre has been an entertainment venue in Nashville's Hillsboro Village since 1925. Over the years it has been home for some of the city's best and most unusual performing arts.

Why Nashville

In 2013, Nashville was on the top end of many lists. Forbes ranks it number three as the next big boom town. A recent Gallup poll ranked Nashville in the top five regions for job growth. This country start-up town was also recently listed as one of the "5 best places to go in 2013" by Conde Nast Traveler. Infamous as "Music City," with more than 180 recording studios and 5,000 working musicians it comes as no surprise that Rolling Stone called Nashville "the nation's best music scene.

Music may be the reason people go to Nashville, but it's not the only reason they stay. In the 1990's the renovation of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, downtown Nashville Public Library, the Bridgestone Arena and LP Field began an urban renewal of the city. In 2001, Mayor Karl Dean was elected and then re-elected in 2011 because of his determination to make neighborhoods safer and bring higher quality jobs to Nashville. The city's unemployment rate is currently below the national average and its job growth has been predicted to rise 18 percent within the next few years. His efforts to revitalize the city have not gone unnoticed, as titled in a recent article by the NY Times,"Nashville's Latest Big Hit Could Be the City Itself."

Reviews

It seems an impossible task: restore a 2,000-year religion so that it no longer rejects, no longer chases, but actually leads a modern, pluralistic culture running at the speed of Twitter. Q offers hope for Christianity's next one hundred years by profiling the next set of Christians transcending this epic challenge.

Kevin Kelly
Co-founder of Wired Magazine

Q is a fabulous opportunity to connect with courageous and innovative people who are truly shaping our culture and our world.

Heather Larson
Executive pastor
Willow Creek Community Church

Q is a singularly important annual event both for its content, which is eclectic, unpredictable, and challenging, and for its form, which demands the highest levels of excellence from both speakers and participants. I wouldn’t miss it.

Andy Crouch
Author of Culture Making & Playing God

Those who believe in this new Christianity want to make clear that they are not abandoning Christianity’s core principals but finding a new way of engaging with the world.

ABC World News

Those who have despaired that even the label “Christian” might be tarnished beyond credibility, much less affection and influence, will find a thousand reasons to rejoice here.

Phyllis Tickle
Founding Religion Editor of Publishers Weekly

Speakers & Talks

Christine Caine

The A21 Campaign
 

Christine Caine

The A21 Campaign

New, Not Next

Christine Caine

The A21 Campaign

Christine is a lover of Jesus, wife to Nick, and mum to Catie and Sophie. She travels the globe preaching, teaching, and advocating for justice. Powered by hot, extra-dry, skinny, cappuccinos, Christine is a lover of words who speaks too fast, talks too much, and also writes them down. An author of five times over, her most recent book is UNDAUNTED. She and her husband Nick have also founded The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization that fights slavery around the globe. Christine has a heart for freeing captives, both physically and spiritually, but ultimately it comes back to her primary focus: building the Church.

New, Not Next

Should Our Future Resemble the Past?

Christine Caine

The A21 Campaign
 

Christine Caine

The A21 Campaign

New, Not Next

Should Our Future Resemble the Past?

Christine Caine

The A21 Campaign

Christine is a lover of Jesus, wife to Nick, and mum to Catie and Sophie. She travels the globe preaching, teaching, and advocating for justice. Powered by hot, extra-dry, skinny, cappuccinos, Christine is a lover of words who speaks too fast, talks too much, and also writes them down. An author of five times over, her most recent book is UNDAUNTED. She and her husband Nick have also founded The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization that fights slavery around the globe. Christine has a heart for freeing captives, both physically and spiritually, but ultimately it comes back to her primary focus: building the Church.

Christine is a lover of Jesus, wife to Nick, and mum to Catie and Sophie. She travels the globe preaching, teaching, and advocating for justice. Powered by hot, extra-dry, skinny, cappuccinos, Christine is a lover of words who speaks too fast, talks too much, and also writes them down. An author of five times over, her most recent book is UNDAUNTED. She and her husband Nick have also founded The A21 Campaign, an anti-human trafficking organization that fights slavery around the globe. Christine has a heart for freeing captives, both physically and spiritually, but ultimately it comes back to her primary focus: building the Church.

Governor Bill Haslam

The Honorable Governor of Tennessee
 

Governor Bill Haslam

The Honorable Governor of Tennessee

Red States, Blue Cities

Governor Bill Haslam

The Honorable Governor of Tennessee

Governor Bill Haslam is doing exactly what he said he would when he ran for office three years ago. He’s focused on making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. He’s pursuing real education reform, both in K-12 and Higher Ed. And he’s working to make state government more customer-focused, efficient and effective. His key initiatives have included overhauling the state’s civil service laws to emphasize performance over seniority, and to recruit, retain and reward the best and brightest to serve in state government. He has changed the way tenure works for teachers and has expanded charter school options. He has balanced the budget all three years and has worked with the General Assembly to lower the sales tax on food and the Hall Income tax on seniors, as well as phasing out the inheritance tax to help small business owners and family farmers. He and his wife of 32 years, Crissy, have three children, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

Red States, Blue Cities

How Can Progress Be Achieved In a Divided Electorate?

Governor Bill Haslam

The Honorable Governor of Tennessee
 

Governor Bill Haslam

The Honorable Governor of Tennessee

Red States, Blue Cities

How Can Progress Be Achieved In a Divided Electorate?

Governor Bill Haslam

The Honorable Governor of Tennessee

Governor Bill Haslam is doing exactly what he said he would when he ran for office three years ago. He’s focused on making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. He’s pursuing real education reform, both in K-12 and Higher Ed. And he’s working to make state government more customer-focused, efficient and effective. His key initiatives have included overhauling the state’s civil service laws to emphasize performance over seniority, and to recruit, retain and reward the best and brightest to serve in state government. He has changed the way tenure works for teachers and has expanded charter school options. He has balanced the budget all three years and has worked with the General Assembly to lower the sales tax on food and the Hall Income tax on seniors, as well as phasing out the inheritance tax to help small business owners and family farmers. He and his wife of 32 years, Crissy, have three children, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

Governor Bill Haslam is doing exactly what he said he would when he ran for office three years ago. He’s focused on making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. He’s pursuing real education reform, both in K-12 and Higher Ed. And he’s working to make state government more customer-focused, efficient and effective. His key initiatives have included overhauling the state’s civil service laws to emphasize performance over seniority, and to recruit, retain and reward the best and brightest to serve in state government. He has changed the way tenure works for teachers and has expanded charter school options. He has balanced the budget all three years and has worked with the General Assembly to lower the sales tax on food and the Hall Income tax on seniors, as well as phasing out the inheritance tax to help small business owners and family farmers. He and his wife of 32 years, Crissy, have three children, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

Nicole Baker Fulgham

The Expectations Project
 

Nicole Baker Fulgham

The Expectations Project

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women

Nicole Baker Fulgham

The Expectations Project

Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project. Nicole has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She worked for the Council of Great City Schools and then joined the national staff of Teach For America, where she held several senior leadership roles. She is the author of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can do to Help Improve Low-income Public Schools for Kids (Brazos Press). Nicole is a Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow and an Aspen Institute Education Fellow. She speaks at national faith-based and education conferences, has appeared on CNN and ABC News and authored several articles about educational equity.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women

What is Our Responsibility to Help Historically Disenfranchised Children Reach Their Potential?

Nicole Baker Fulgham

The Expectations Project
 

Nicole Baker Fulgham

The Expectations Project

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women

What is Our Responsibility to Help Historically Disenfranchised Children Reach Their Potential?

Nicole Baker Fulgham

The Expectations Project

Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project. Nicole has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She worked for the Council of Great City Schools and then joined the national staff of Teach For America, where she held several senior leadership roles. She is the author of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can do to Help Improve Low-income Public Schools for Kids (Brazos Press). Nicole is a Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow and an Aspen Institute Education Fellow. She speaks at national faith-based and education conferences, has appeared on CNN and ABC News and authored several articles about educational equity.

Nicole Baker Fulgham is the founder and president of The Expectations Project. Nicole has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and received her doctorate in education from UCLA with a focus on urban education policy and teacher preparation. She worked for the Council of Great City Schools and then joined the national staff of Teach For America, where she held several senior leadership roles. She is the author of Educating All God’s Children: What Christians Can do to Help Improve Low-income Public Schools for Kids (Brazos Press). Nicole is a Mind Trust Education Entrepreneur Fellow and an Aspen Institute Education Fellow. She speaks at national faith-based and education conferences, has appeared on CNN and ABC News and authored several articles about educational equity.

Pete Wilson

Cross Point Church
 

Pete Wilson

Cross Point Church

Pastoring a New Moment (Panel)

Pete Wilson

Cross Point Church

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2002. Over the course of twelve years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 5,000 people each weekend through its five campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete’s second book, focuses on the human desire to find purpose and hope in things that are not God. By writing honestly and transparently, Pete looks to help the reader identify their own inclination to drift toward putting their identity in other things and offer them a wake-up call to find their meaning in Christ alone. Let Hope In, Pete’s much-anticipated book that released on Oct 1, 2013, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever. Pete is also an avid blogger (www.PeteWilson.tv); he enjoys the outdoors, and Titans football.  

Pastoring a New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Pete Wilson

Cross Point Church
 

Pete Wilson

Cross Point Church

Pastoring a New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Pete Wilson

Cross Point Church

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2002. Over the course of twelve years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 5,000 people each weekend through its five campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete’s second book, focuses on the human desire to find purpose and hope in things that are not God. By writing honestly and transparently, Pete looks to help the reader identify their own inclination to drift toward putting their identity in other things and offer them a wake-up call to find their meaning in Christ alone. Let Hope In, Pete’s much-anticipated book that released on Oct 1, 2013, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever. Pete is also an avid blogger (www.PeteWilson.tv); he enjoys the outdoors, and Titans football.  

Pete Wilson is the founding and senior pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, Tennessee, a committed church community that he and his wife, Brandi, planted in 2002. Over the course of twelve years, Cross Point has grown to reach more than 5,000 people each weekend through its five campuses located around the Nashville area, and online. Pete gained national attention in 2010 when Thomas Nelson published his best-selling book, Plan B, a title that has been printed in five languages and launched Putting Plan B into Action, a 6-week DVD curriculum that serves as a study companion to the book. Empty Promises, Pete’s second book, focuses on the human desire to find purpose and hope in things that are not God. By writing honestly and transparently, Pete looks to help the reader identify their own inclination to drift toward putting their identity in other things and offer them a wake-up call to find their meaning in Christ alone. Let Hope In, Pete’s much-anticipated book that released on Oct 1, 2013, presents a new look at the power of healing through hope, revealing 4 unique choices that have the potential to change your life forever. Pete is also an avid blogger (www.PeteWilson.tv); he enjoys the outdoors, and Titans football.  

Rachel Held Evans

Author & Social Commentator
 

Rachel Held Evans

Author & Social Commentator

Revival or Reduction

Rachel Held Evans

Author & Social Commentator

Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning author and popular blogger with over a quarter of a million visits to her blog each month. She's been featured in interviews on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The London Times, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com. And in October of 2012 she appeared on the cover of Christianity Today as one of '50 Woman to Watch...those most shaping the church and culture.'Rachel is the author of two books, Faith Unravelled (Zondervan, 2010), and A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and hails from Dayton, Tennessee where she is happily married to her husband Dan.

Revival or Reduction

How Will Millennials Contribute to the Future of Church?

Rachel Held Evans

Author & Social Commentator
 

Rachel Held Evans

Author & Social Commentator

Revival or Reduction

How Will Millennials Contribute to the Future of Church?

Rachel Held Evans

Author & Social Commentator

Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning author and popular blogger with over a quarter of a million visits to her blog each month. She's been featured in interviews on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The London Times, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com. And in October of 2012 she appeared on the cover of Christianity Today as one of '50 Woman to Watch...those most shaping the church and culture.'Rachel is the author of two books, Faith Unravelled (Zondervan, 2010), and A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and hails from Dayton, Tennessee where she is happily married to her husband Dan.

Rachel Held Evans is an award-winning author and popular blogger with over a quarter of a million visits to her blog each month. She's been featured in interviews on The View, The Today Show, NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), The London Times, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com. And in October of 2012 she appeared on the cover of Christianity Today as one of '50 Woman to Watch...those most shaping the church and culture.'Rachel is the author of two books, Faith Unravelled (Zondervan, 2010), and A Year of Biblical Womanhood (Thomas Nelson, 2012) and hails from Dayton, Tennessee where she is happily married to her husband Dan.

Mayor Karl Dean

The Honorable Mayor of Nashville
 

Mayor Karl Dean

The Honorable Mayor of Nashville

Red States, Blue Cities (Panel)

Mayor Karl Dean

The Honorable Mayor of Nashville

Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. Mayor Dean’s priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. He also works to sustain and improve Nashville's high quality of life through numerous initiatives that promote health, sustainability and volunteerism. Mayor Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was re-elected to in 1994 and 1998. Mayor Dean served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. Mayor Dean completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1999. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt.

Red States, Blue Cities (Panel)

How Can Progress Be Achieved In A Divided Electorate?

Mayor Karl Dean

The Honorable Mayor of Nashville
 

Mayor Karl Dean

The Honorable Mayor of Nashville

Red States, Blue Cities (Panel)

How Can Progress Be Achieved In A Divided Electorate?

Mayor Karl Dean

The Honorable Mayor of Nashville

Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. Mayor Dean’s priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. He also works to sustain and improve Nashville's high quality of life through numerous initiatives that promote health, sustainability and volunteerism. Mayor Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was re-elected to in 1994 and 1998. Mayor Dean served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. Mayor Dean completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1999. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt.

Karl Dean is the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. He was elected on Sept. 11, 2007 and was re-elected on Aug. 4, 2011. Mayor Dean’s priorities are improving schools, making neighborhoods safer and bringing more and better jobs to Nashville. He also works to sustain and improve Nashville's high quality of life through numerous initiatives that promote health, sustainability and volunteerism. Mayor Dean first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was re-elected to in 1994 and 1998. Mayor Dean served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. Mayor Dean completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard in 1999. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt.

J. Kameron Carter

Duke University Divinity School
 

J. Kameron Carter

Duke University Divinity School

Postracial Blues

J. Kameron Carter

Duke University Divinity School

J. Kameron Carter is Professor of Theology at Duke University Divinity School. He researches questions and issues of race and religion as they intersect politics and popular culture. As a theologian he works in theological anthropology and the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Author of numerous articles and essay, Dr. Carter's first book is Race: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is working on two books currently: The Color of Sovereignty: A Fugitive History of Political Theology (with Yale University Press) and Postracial Blues: Essays on Religion and the 21st Century Color Line.

Postracial Blues

How Do We Live Race and Religion in the 21st Century?

J. Kameron Carter

Duke University Divinity School
 

J. Kameron Carter

Duke University Divinity School

Postracial Blues

How Do We Live Race and Religion in the 21st Century?

J. Kameron Carter

Duke University Divinity School

J. Kameron Carter is Professor of Theology at Duke University Divinity School. He researches questions and issues of race and religion as they intersect politics and popular culture. As a theologian he works in theological anthropology and the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Author of numerous articles and essay, Dr. Carter's first book is Race: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is working on two books currently: The Color of Sovereignty: A Fugitive History of Political Theology (with Yale University Press) and Postracial Blues: Essays on Religion and the 21st Century Color Line.

J. Kameron Carter is Professor of Theology at Duke University Divinity School. He researches questions and issues of race and religion as they intersect politics and popular culture. As a theologian he works in theological anthropology and the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ. Author of numerous articles and essay, Dr. Carter's first book is Race: A Theological Account (Oxford University Press, 2008). He is working on two books currently: The Color of Sovereignty: A Fugitive History of Political Theology (with Yale University Press) and Postracial Blues: Essays on Religion and the 21st Century Color Line.

Paul Lim

Vanderbilt University
 

Paul Lim

Vanderbilt University

The Religion of the Academy

Paul Lim

Vanderbilt University

Dr. Paul Lim is an Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  He also has faculty appointments in the Departments of History, Religious Studies and Asian Studies in the College of Arts & Science. In 2012 Paul received the prestigious Roland H. Bainton Prize for the best book in history published by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) for his Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press). His passion is to communicate the gospel of the Triune God for the reconciliation and restoration of all of humanity.  Paul is an author and editor of 3 books, and has earned degrees from Yale, Princeton and Cambridge. Dr. Lim has been a Veritas Forum speaker and a research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. From 2001-06, Paul taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, before moving to Nashville in the fall of 2006.

 

The Religion of the Academy

How Can We Challenge Elite Education’s Aversion to Faith?

Paul Lim

Vanderbilt University
 

Paul Lim

Vanderbilt University

The Religion of the Academy

How Can We Challenge Elite Education’s Aversion to Faith?

Paul Lim

Vanderbilt University

Dr. Paul Lim is an Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  He also has faculty appointments in the Departments of History, Religious Studies and Asian Studies in the College of Arts & Science. In 2012 Paul received the prestigious Roland H. Bainton Prize for the best book in history published by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) for his Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press). His passion is to communicate the gospel of the Triune God for the reconciliation and restoration of all of humanity.  Paul is an author and editor of 3 books, and has earned degrees from Yale, Princeton and Cambridge. Dr. Lim has been a Veritas Forum speaker and a research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. From 2001-06, Paul taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, before moving to Nashville in the fall of 2006.

 

Dr. Paul Lim is an Associate Professor of the History of Christianity at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.  He also has faculty appointments in the Departments of History, Religious Studies and Asian Studies in the College of Arts & Science. In 2012 Paul received the prestigious Roland H. Bainton Prize for the best book in history published by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) for his Mystery Unveiled: The Crisis of the Trinity in Early Modern England (Oxford University Press). His passion is to communicate the gospel of the Triune God for the reconciliation and restoration of all of humanity.  Paul is an author and editor of 3 books, and has earned degrees from Yale, Princeton and Cambridge. Dr. Lim has been a Veritas Forum speaker and a research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. From 2001-06, Paul taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, before moving to Nashville in the fall of 2006.

 

Shelley Giglio

sixstepsrecords
 

Shelley Giglio

sixstepsrecords

The New Genre (Panel)

Shelley Giglio

sixstepsrecords

Shelley Giglio is the Chief Strategist, Director of Label Operations & Artist Management for the music label sixstepsrecords. She and her husband Louie, founder and director of Passion Conferences, have been leading the Passion movement for the collegiate generation since 1995. Shelley is likely to be found more behind the scenes for sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG artists Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill as well as the Passion albums. She and Louie planted Passion City Church in 2009 and reside in Atlanta, GA.

The New Genre (Panel)

Why Does Worship Music Resonate with the Soul?

Shelley Giglio

sixstepsrecords
 

Shelley Giglio

sixstepsrecords

The New Genre (Panel)

Why Does Worship Music Resonate with the Soul?

Shelley Giglio

sixstepsrecords

Shelley Giglio is the Chief Strategist, Director of Label Operations & Artist Management for the music label sixstepsrecords. She and her husband Louie, founder and director of Passion Conferences, have been leading the Passion movement for the collegiate generation since 1995. Shelley is likely to be found more behind the scenes for sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG artists Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill as well as the Passion albums. She and Louie planted Passion City Church in 2009 and reside in Atlanta, GA.

Shelley Giglio is the Chief Strategist, Director of Label Operations & Artist Management for the music label sixstepsrecords. She and her husband Louie, founder and director of Passion Conferences, have been leading the Passion movement for the collegiate generation since 1995. Shelley is likely to be found more behind the scenes for sixstepsrecords/Capitol CMG artists Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill as well as the Passion albums. She and Louie planted Passion City Church in 2009 and reside in Atlanta, GA.

Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
 

Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

A Prophetic Minority

Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Russell D. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns. A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore speaks frequently to issues of theology, culture, and public policy. He is the author or editor of five books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. In addition to these, Dr. Moore is also the author of dozens of academic articles and essays within the field of systematic theology and Christian ethics.

A Prophetic Minority

As the Number of Christians in America Declines, How Should They Respond?

Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
 

Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

A Prophetic Minority

As the Number of Christians in America Declines, How Should They Respond?

Russell Moore

Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Russell D. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns. A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore speaks frequently to issues of theology, culture, and public policy. He is the author or editor of five books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. In addition to these, Dr. Moore is also the author of dozens of academic articles and essays within the field of systematic theology and Christian ethics.

Russell D. Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention’s official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns. A widely-sought cultural commentator, Dr. Moore speaks frequently to issues of theology, culture, and public policy. He is the author or editor of five books, including Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches, and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective. In addition to these, Dr. Moore is also the author of dozens of academic articles and essays within the field of systematic theology and Christian ethics.

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder of Q
Author, Freefall to Fly
 

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder of Q
Author, Freefall to Fly

Taking vs. Receiving

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder of Q
Author, Freefall to Fly

Rebekah Lyons is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. She is a mother of three, wife of one and dog walker of two living in New York City. She’s an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles women face as they seek to live a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses—challenging women to discover and boldly pursue the calling God has for them. As a self-confessed mess, Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike.

Taking vs. Receiving

What Can the Church Offer This Third Wave of Feminism?

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder of Q
Author, Freefall to Fly
 

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder of Q
Author, Freefall to Fly

Taking vs. Receiving

What Can the Church Offer This Third Wave of Feminism?

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder of Q
Author, Freefall to Fly

Rebekah Lyons is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. She is a mother of three, wife of one and dog walker of two living in New York City. She’s an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles women face as they seek to live a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses—challenging women to discover and boldly pursue the calling God has for them. As a self-confessed mess, Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike.

Rebekah Lyons is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. She is a mother of three, wife of one and dog walker of two living in New York City. She’s an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles women face as they seek to live a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses—challenging women to discover and boldly pursue the calling God has for them. As a self-confessed mess, Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike.

Andy Crouch

Christianity Today
 

Andy Crouch

Christianity Today

Religious Freedom and the Common Good

Andy Crouch

Christianity Today

Andy is the executive editor of Christianity Today and the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Religious Freedom and the Common Good

Why Is the First Freedom So Important—and So Endangered?

Andy Crouch

Christianity Today
 

Andy Crouch

Christianity Today

Religious Freedom and the Common Good

Why Is the First Freedom So Important—and So Endangered?

Andy Crouch

Christianity Today

Andy is the executive editor of Christianity Today and the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Andy is the executive editor of Christianity Today and the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power and Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling. He is also a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Sister Joan of Arc

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
 

Sister Joan of Arc

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

A Day In The Life of A Nun

Sister Joan of Arc

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Sister Joan of Arc grew up in a family of five from rural Wyoming. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she played basketball, graduating in 2004. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville in 2009 after working for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as a legislative assistant, the St. Thomas Aquinas campus ministry program at the University of Colorado, and studying at the Augustine Institute. Now teaching at Knoxville Catholic High School, Sister Joan of Arc enjoys the privilege of introducing youth to the riches of relationship with Christ.

A Day In The Life of A Nun

What Can We Learn From Convent Life?

Sister Joan of Arc

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia
 

Sister Joan of Arc

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

A Day In The Life of A Nun

What Can We Learn From Convent Life?

Sister Joan of Arc

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Sister Joan of Arc grew up in a family of five from rural Wyoming. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she played basketball, graduating in 2004. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville in 2009 after working for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as a legislative assistant, the St. Thomas Aquinas campus ministry program at the University of Colorado, and studying at the Augustine Institute. Now teaching at Knoxville Catholic High School, Sister Joan of Arc enjoys the privilege of introducing youth to the riches of relationship with Christ.

Sister Joan of Arc grew up in a family of five from rural Wyoming. She attended the University of Notre Dame, where she played basketball, graduating in 2004. She entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville in 2009 after working for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as a legislative assistant, the St. Thomas Aquinas campus ministry program at the University of Colorado, and studying at the Augustine Institute. Now teaching at Knoxville Catholic High School, Sister Joan of Arc enjoys the privilege of introducing youth to the riches of relationship with Christ.

Robi Damelin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation
 

Robi Damelin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Two Unlikely Friends (Panel)

Robi Damelin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Robi Damelin's son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper while he was guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Robi is the Israeli spokesperson and an active member of the Parents Circle, a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. She speaks with a Palestinian partner in communities and schools throughout Israel the Palestinian Territories, as well as internationally.  She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace.

Two Unlikely Friends (Panel)

How Are Israelis and Palestinians Loving One Another Well?

Robi Damelin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation
 

Robi Damelin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Two Unlikely Friends (Panel)

How Are Israelis and Palestinians Loving One Another Well?

Robi Damelin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Robi Damelin's son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper while he was guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Robi is the Israeli spokesperson and an active member of the Parents Circle, a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. She speaks with a Palestinian partner in communities and schools throughout Israel the Palestinian Territories, as well as internationally.  She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace.

Robi Damelin's son David was killed by a Palestinian sniper while he was guarding a checkpoint near a settlement during his army reserve service. Robi is the Israeli spokesperson and an active member of the Parents Circle, a group of 600 Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost close family members and who work together for reconciliation and a just resolution to the conflict. She speaks with a Palestinian partner in communities and schools throughout Israel the Palestinian Territories, as well as internationally.  She is the protagonist featured in the documentary, One Day after Peace.

Chris Tomlin

Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter
 

Chris Tomlin

Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter

The New Genre (Panel)

Chris Tomlin

Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter

With worship anthems including "How Great is Our God," "We Fall Down," "Holy is the Lord," "Forever, "Our God," and most recently, "Whom Shall I Fear," to name a few, Chris Tomlin continues to write songs that help people voice their worship to God. With nine records, numerous No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award, 18 Dove Awards, one platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. Tomlin is the worship leader at Passion City Church and continues to tour many dates each year, playing regularly at Passion Conferences in the United States and worldwide.

The New Genre (Panel)

Why Does Worship Music Resonate with the Soul?

Chris Tomlin

Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter
 

Chris Tomlin

Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter

The New Genre (Panel)

Why Does Worship Music Resonate with the Soul?

Chris Tomlin

Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter

With worship anthems including "How Great is Our God," "We Fall Down," "Holy is the Lord," "Forever, "Our God," and most recently, "Whom Shall I Fear," to name a few, Chris Tomlin continues to write songs that help people voice their worship to God. With nine records, numerous No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award, 18 Dove Awards, one platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. Tomlin is the worship leader at Passion City Church and continues to tour many dates each year, playing regularly at Passion Conferences in the United States and worldwide.

With worship anthems including "How Great is Our God," "We Fall Down," "Holy is the Lord," "Forever, "Our God," and most recently, "Whom Shall I Fear," to name a few, Chris Tomlin continues to write songs that help people voice their worship to God. With nine records, numerous No. 1 radio singles, a GRAMMY® Award, 18 Dove Awards, one platinum and four gold albums to his credit, Chris Tomlin is among the most well-known and influential artists in music. Tomlin is the worship leader at Passion City Church and continues to tour many dates each year, playing regularly at Passion Conferences in the United States and worldwide.

Dr. Anthony Bradley

The Acton Institute
 

Dr. Anthony Bradley

The Acton Institute

Life in Exile

Dr. Anthony Bradley

The Acton Institute

Dr. Anthony Bradley isa research fellow at the Acton Institute and associate professor of theology at The King's College in New York City. As a research fellow, he lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals and is a frequent commenter in major media outlets. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, hip hop, youth culture, issues among African Americans, the American family, welfare, education, and modern international forms of social injustice, slavery, and oppression. Dr. Bradley is the author of Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development and Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America.

Life in Exile

How Do We Practice Being a Counterculture For the Common Good?

Dr. Anthony Bradley

The Acton Institute
 

Dr. Anthony Bradley

The Acton Institute

Life in Exile

How Do We Practice Being a Counterculture For the Common Good?

Dr. Anthony Bradley

The Acton Institute

Dr. Anthony Bradley isa research fellow at the Acton Institute and associate professor of theology at The King's College in New York City. As a research fellow, he lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals and is a frequent commenter in major media outlets. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, hip hop, youth culture, issues among African Americans, the American family, welfare, education, and modern international forms of social injustice, slavery, and oppression. Dr. Bradley is the author of Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development and Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America.

Dr. Anthony Bradley isa research fellow at the Acton Institute and associate professor of theology at The King's College in New York City. As a research fellow, he lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad. His writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals and is a frequent commenter in major media outlets. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, hip hop, youth culture, issues among African Americans, the American family, welfare, education, and modern international forms of social injustice, slavery, and oppression. Dr. Bradley is the author of Black and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development and Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America.

Shauna Niequist

Author, Bread & Wine
 

Shauna Niequist

Author, Bread & Wine

What My Mother Taught Me

Shauna Niequist

Author, Bread & Wine

Shauna Niequist is the author of Bread & Wine, Bittersweet, and Cold TangerinesShe lives outside Chicago with her husband Aaron and their two boys Henry and Mac. Her favorite things are summertime on the Michigan lakeshore, dinner parties, and books.www.shaunaniequist.com

What My Mother Taught Me

What Wisdom Can We Glean From Our Parent’s Journey?

Shauna Niequist

Author, Bread & Wine
 

Shauna Niequist

Author, Bread & Wine

What My Mother Taught Me

What Wisdom Can We Glean From Our Parent’s Journey?

Shauna Niequist

Author, Bread & Wine

Shauna Niequist is the author of Bread & Wine, Bittersweet, and Cold TangerinesShe lives outside Chicago with her husband Aaron and their two boys Henry and Mac. Her favorite things are summertime on the Michigan lakeshore, dinner parties, and books.www.shaunaniequist.com

Shauna Niequist is the author of Bread & Wine, Bittersweet, and Cold TangerinesShe lives outside Chicago with her husband Aaron and their two boys Henry and Mac. Her favorite things are summertime on the Michigan lakeshore, dinner parties, and books.www.shaunaniequist.com

Thomas Lake

Sports Illustrated
 

Thomas Lake

Sports Illustrated

Our Sports Obsession

Thomas Lake

Sports Illustrated

Thomas Lake is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Four of his stories have been chosen for the annual Best American Sports Writing collection, and a fifth, “The Boy Who Died of Football,” was anthologized in Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. In 2009, Lake won the Henry Luce Award from Time Inc. for “2 on 5,” the tale of an improbable comeback in high school basketball. He lives in Atlanta.

Our Sports Obsession

Why Do Americans Love Competition?

Thomas Lake

Sports Illustrated
 

Thomas Lake

Sports Illustrated

Our Sports Obsession

Why Do Americans Love Competition?

Thomas Lake

Sports Illustrated

Thomas Lake is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Four of his stories have been chosen for the annual Best American Sports Writing collection, and a fifth, “The Boy Who Died of Football,” was anthologized in Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. In 2009, Lake won the Henry Luce Award from Time Inc. for “2 on 5,” the tale of an improbable comeback in high school basketball. He lives in Atlanta.

Thomas Lake is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. Four of his stories have been chosen for the annual Best American Sports Writing collection, and a fifth, “The Boy Who Died of Football,” was anthologized in Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. In 2009, Lake won the Henry Luce Award from Time Inc. for “2 on 5,” the tale of an improbable comeback in high school basketball. He lives in Atlanta.

Christena Cleveland

Author and Social Psychologist
 

Christena Cleveland

Author and Social Psychologist

Achieving Unity

Christena Cleveland

Author and Social Psychologist

Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist who integrates psychological insights, biblical principles and practical applications to equip leaders – from head to heart to hands – to do the work of unity and reconciliation. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has published numerous scholarly articles and held academic appointments at the University of California, Westmont College, St. Catherine University and Bethel Seminary. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart.

Achieving Unity

Could We Actually Be Known By Our Love?

Christena Cleveland

Author and Social Psychologist
 

Christena Cleveland

Author and Social Psychologist

Achieving Unity

Could We Actually Be Known By Our Love?

Christena Cleveland

Author and Social Psychologist

Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist who integrates psychological insights, biblical principles and practical applications to equip leaders – from head to heart to hands – to do the work of unity and reconciliation. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has published numerous scholarly articles and held academic appointments at the University of California, Westmont College, St. Catherine University and Bethel Seminary. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart.

Christena Cleveland is a social psychologist who integrates psychological insights, biblical principles and practical applications to equip leaders – from head to heart to hands – to do the work of unity and reconciliation. An award-winning researcher and gifted teacher, she has published numerous scholarly articles and held academic appointments at the University of California, Westmont College, St. Catherine University and Bethel Seminary. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart.

Father Bruno M. Shah

University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas
 

Father Bruno M. Shah

University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas

Defining Love

Father Bruno M. Shah

University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas

Fr. Bruno M. Shah, OP is a Catholic priest of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), serving at the University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas (Charlottesville, VA). His pastoral work--especially with young adults--is committed to exploring the relationship between beauty and holiness. His theological work in doctrinal fundamentals and theologico-literary interpretation is published in RenascenceLogos,New BlackfriarsNova et Vetera, and Scottish Journal of Theology.

Defining Love

How Do We Retain Virtues In a Modern Age?

Father Bruno M. Shah

University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas
 

Father Bruno M. Shah

University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas

Defining Love

How Do We Retain Virtues In a Modern Age?

Father Bruno M. Shah

University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas

Fr. Bruno M. Shah, OP is a Catholic priest of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), serving at the University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas (Charlottesville, VA). His pastoral work--especially with young adults--is committed to exploring the relationship between beauty and holiness. His theological work in doctrinal fundamentals and theologico-literary interpretation is published in RenascenceLogos,New BlackfriarsNova et Vetera, and Scottish Journal of Theology.

Fr. Bruno M. Shah, OP is a Catholic priest of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), serving at the University Parish of St. Thomas Aquinas (Charlottesville, VA). His pastoral work--especially with young adults--is committed to exploring the relationship between beauty and holiness. His theological work in doctrinal fundamentals and theologico-literary interpretation is published in RenascenceLogos,New BlackfriarsNova et Vetera, and Scottish Journal of Theology.

Stephen Mansfield

Author, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men
 

Stephen Mansfield

Author, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Reclaiming Masculinity

Stephen Mansfield

Author, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who coaches leaders worldwide. He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book The Faith of George W. Bush, an enormous bestseller that Time magazine credited with helping to shape the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone’s award- winning film "W.” Mansfield's The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly described his book, Killing Jesus, as "masterful." His recent Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men has inspired men’s events around the world. Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, the power of heritage, and the forces that shape modern culture. He is also an in-demand leadership coach whose firm, The Mansfield Group, offices in Washington DC just three blocks from the White House. Mansfield lives in Nashville and Washington DC with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer. For more information, log on to StephenMansfield.TV.

Reclaiming Masculinity

What Does it Mean to be a Real Man?

Stephen Mansfield

Author, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men
 

Stephen Mansfield

Author, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Reclaiming Masculinity

What Does it Mean to be a Real Man?

Stephen Mansfield

Author, Mansfield's Book of Manly Men

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who coaches leaders worldwide. He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book The Faith of George W. Bush, an enormous bestseller that Time magazine credited with helping to shape the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone’s award- winning film "W.” Mansfield's The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly described his book, Killing Jesus, as "masterful." His recent Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men has inspired men’s events around the world. Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, the power of heritage, and the forces that shape modern culture. He is also an in-demand leadership coach whose firm, The Mansfield Group, offices in Washington DC just three blocks from the White House. Mansfield lives in Nashville and Washington DC with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer. For more information, log on to StephenMansfield.TV.

Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author and a popular speaker who coaches leaders worldwide. He first rose to global attention with his groundbreaking book The Faith of George W. Bush, an enormous bestseller that Time magazine credited with helping to shape the 2004 U.S. presidential election. The book was also a source for Oliver Stone’s award- winning film "W.” Mansfield's The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, Pope Benedict XVI and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Publishers Weekly described his book, Killing Jesus, as "masterful." His recent Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men has inspired men’s events around the world. Stephen speaks widely about men, leadership, the power of heritage, and the forces that shape modern culture. He is also an in-demand leadership coach whose firm, The Mansfield Group, offices in Washington DC just three blocks from the White House. Mansfield lives in Nashville and Washington DC with his wife Beverly, an award-winning songwriter and producer. For more information, log on to StephenMansfield.TV.

Tripp Crosby

Comedian
 

Tripp Crosby

Comedian

Seriously

Tripp Crosby

Comedian

Tripp is mostly known as taller half of Tripp and Tyler, a world famous YouTube sketch comedy duo. Their work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN Headline News, Huffington Post, Mashable, The Jimmy Fallon Blog, and four times on the homepage of YouTube. Tripp is also the founder of Green Tricycle Studios in Atlanta, GA, an award-winning commercial, music video, and branded entertainment production company. Their work has been seen on multiple television networks and by millions on the world wide web. Most people don’t know this, but in 1991 Tripp invented the behind-the-back pool shot, and he was the first ever to use the phrase, “that’s what she said”. Tripp considers himself the most humble man on planet earth. In his own words, “No one will ever read your entire bio, so it’s okay to exaggerate a little at the end.”

Seriously

How Can We Like People We Don't Get Along With?

Tripp Crosby

Comedian
 

Tripp Crosby

Comedian

Seriously

How Can We Like People We Don't Get Along With?

Tripp Crosby

Comedian

Tripp is mostly known as taller half of Tripp and Tyler, a world famous YouTube sketch comedy duo. Their work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN Headline News, Huffington Post, Mashable, The Jimmy Fallon Blog, and four times on the homepage of YouTube. Tripp is also the founder of Green Tricycle Studios in Atlanta, GA, an award-winning commercial, music video, and branded entertainment production company. Their work has been seen on multiple television networks and by millions on the world wide web. Most people don’t know this, but in 1991 Tripp invented the behind-the-back pool shot, and he was the first ever to use the phrase, “that’s what she said”. Tripp considers himself the most humble man on planet earth. In his own words, “No one will ever read your entire bio, so it’s okay to exaggerate a little at the end.”

Tripp is mostly known as taller half of Tripp and Tyler, a world famous YouTube sketch comedy duo. Their work has been featured on the Today Show, CNN Headline News, Huffington Post, Mashable, The Jimmy Fallon Blog, and four times on the homepage of YouTube. Tripp is also the founder of Green Tricycle Studios in Atlanta, GA, an award-winning commercial, music video, and branded entertainment production company. Their work has been seen on multiple television networks and by millions on the world wide web. Most people don’t know this, but in 1991 Tripp invented the behind-the-back pool shot, and he was the first ever to use the phrase, “that’s what she said”. Tripp considers himself the most humble man on planet earth. In his own words, “No one will ever read your entire bio, so it’s okay to exaggerate a little at the end.”

Michael Cromartie

Ethics and Public Policy Center
 

Michael Cromartie

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Educating the Media

Michael Cromartie

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. His Faith Angle Forum programs were a major feature in the May, 2013 issue of Christianity Today. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the PBS news program The News Hour. The editor of fifteen books, he is a senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum. On September 20, 2004, Cromartie was appointed by President George W. Bush to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he was later twice elected chairman. He is a graduate of Covenant College (GA), and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Educating the Media

How Does Thoughtful Exposure Shape Perception?

Michael Cromartie

Ethics and Public Policy Center
 

Michael Cromartie

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Educating the Media

How Does Thoughtful Exposure Shape Perception?

Michael Cromartie

Ethics and Public Policy Center

Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. His Faith Angle Forum programs were a major feature in the May, 2013 issue of Christianity Today. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the PBS news program The News Hour. The editor of fifteen books, he is a senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum. On September 20, 2004, Cromartie was appointed by President George W. Bush to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he was later twice elected chairman. He is a graduate of Covenant College (GA), and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. His Faith Angle Forum programs were a major feature in the May, 2013 issue of Christianity Today. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including National Public Radio's All Things Considered and the PBS news program The News Hour. The editor of fifteen books, he is a senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum. On September 20, 2004, Cromartie was appointed by President George W. Bush to a six-year term on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where he was later twice elected chairman. He is a graduate of Covenant College (GA), and holds an M.A. in Justice from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Melissa Greene

GracePointe Church
 

Melissa Greene

GracePointe Church

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

Melissa Greene

GracePointe Church

Melissa has a deeply rooted history with church, music, singing, and performing.  After singing soprano with the gospel music group Truth, Melissa was invited to become a part of the Grammy nominated group, Avalon. Melissa was honored with the other members of the group to have won the 2002 American Music Award for Favorite Artist in Contemporary Inspirational Music. She spent almost seven years in Avalon belting out the lead to songs like “Everything to Me” which won the Dove Award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the year in 2004. In her career as an artist, Melissa has also written and recorded 2 solo albums. Her album Next Step, which was released in 2009, was a culmination of songs and lyrics birthed throughout a season of wrestling over the loss of her 32-year-old brother-in-law to cancer. As of 2009, Melissa has been further using her passions to continually grow and challenge herself and those around her in her current position as the full-time Pastor of Worship and Arts at GracePointe Church in Franklin, TN (http://www.gracepointe.net). In addition to her full-time position as a pastor, Greene continues her platform  speaking, singing and leading worship at other churches, conferences and venues, and writing with other artists and musicians. She is also the Hope Curator for Timothy's Gift (www.timothysgift.com) - an innovative prison outreach to both inmates and staff.  Melissa also is a mother of 2 wonderfully, demanding, and beautiful children. She is married to Ben Greene, her partner in this adventure of life and her best friend.

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Melissa Greene

GracePointe Church
 

Melissa Greene

GracePointe Church

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Melissa Greene

GracePointe Church

Melissa has a deeply rooted history with church, music, singing, and performing.  After singing soprano with the gospel music group Truth, Melissa was invited to become a part of the Grammy nominated group, Avalon. Melissa was honored with the other members of the group to have won the 2002 American Music Award for Favorite Artist in Contemporary Inspirational Music. She spent almost seven years in Avalon belting out the lead to songs like “Everything to Me” which won the Dove Award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the year in 2004. In her career as an artist, Melissa has also written and recorded 2 solo albums. Her album Next Step, which was released in 2009, was a culmination of songs and lyrics birthed throughout a season of wrestling over the loss of her 32-year-old brother-in-law to cancer. As of 2009, Melissa has been further using her passions to continually grow and challenge herself and those around her in her current position as the full-time Pastor of Worship and Arts at GracePointe Church in Franklin, TN (http://www.gracepointe.net). In addition to her full-time position as a pastor, Greene continues her platform  speaking, singing and leading worship at other churches, conferences and venues, and writing with other artists and musicians. She is also the Hope Curator for Timothy's Gift (www.timothysgift.com) - an innovative prison outreach to both inmates and staff.  Melissa also is a mother of 2 wonderfully, demanding, and beautiful children. She is married to Ben Greene, her partner in this adventure of life and her best friend.

Melissa has a deeply rooted history with church, music, singing, and performing.  After singing soprano with the gospel music group Truth, Melissa was invited to become a part of the Grammy nominated group, Avalon. Melissa was honored with the other members of the group to have won the 2002 American Music Award for Favorite Artist in Contemporary Inspirational Music. She spent almost seven years in Avalon belting out the lead to songs like “Everything to Me” which won the Dove Award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the year in 2004. In her career as an artist, Melissa has also written and recorded 2 solo albums. Her album Next Step, which was released in 2009, was a culmination of songs and lyrics birthed throughout a season of wrestling over the loss of her 32-year-old brother-in-law to cancer. As of 2009, Melissa has been further using her passions to continually grow and challenge herself and those around her in her current position as the full-time Pastor of Worship and Arts at GracePointe Church in Franklin, TN (http://www.gracepointe.net). In addition to her full-time position as a pastor, Greene continues her platform  speaking, singing and leading worship at other churches, conferences and venues, and writing with other artists and musicians. She is also the Hope Curator for Timothy's Gift (www.timothysgift.com) - an innovative prison outreach to both inmates and staff.  Melissa also is a mother of 2 wonderfully, demanding, and beautiful children. She is married to Ben Greene, her partner in this adventure of life and her best friend.

Timothy George

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
 

Timothy George

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

Catholics and Evangelicals

Timothy George

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University since its inception in 1988.  Trained in theology and church history at Harvard University, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Theology of the Reformers, John Calvin and the Church, and Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?  He also serves as the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a twenty-eight volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment.  He serves on the editorial advisory boards of First Things, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.  He is chairman of the board of the Charles W. Colson Center for Christian Worldview, a member of the board of Prison Fellowship Ministries, and a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College.  An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, he also chairs the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.  He is married to Denise Wyse George, a well-known author, and they have two adult children, Christian and Alyce.

Catholics and Evangelicals

What Divisions Are Being Overcome Theologically and Practically?

Timothy George

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University
 

Timothy George

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

Catholics and Evangelicals

What Divisions Are Being Overcome Theologically and Practically?

Timothy George

Beeson Divinity School of Samford University

Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University since its inception in 1988.  Trained in theology and church history at Harvard University, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Theology of the Reformers, John Calvin and the Church, and Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?  He also serves as the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a twenty-eight volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment.  He serves on the editorial advisory boards of First Things, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.  He is chairman of the board of the Charles W. Colson Center for Christian Worldview, a member of the board of Prison Fellowship Ministries, and a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College.  An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, he also chairs the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.  He is married to Denise Wyse George, a well-known author, and they have two adult children, Christian and Alyce.

Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University since its inception in 1988.  Trained in theology and church history at Harvard University, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Theology of the Reformers, John Calvin and the Church, and Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?  He also serves as the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a twenty-eight volume series of sixteenth-century exegetical comment.  He serves on the editorial advisory boards of First Things, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.  He is chairman of the board of the Charles W. Colson Center for Christian Worldview, a member of the board of Prison Fellowship Ministries, and a life advisory trustee of Wheaton College.  An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, he also chairs the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.  He is married to Denise Wyse George, a well-known author, and they have two adult children, Christian and Alyce.

Brian Hull

Puppeteer
 

Brian Hull

Puppeteer

The History of Marionettes

Brian Hull

Puppeteer

Brian Hull is a writer, director, animator, illustrator, puppeteer and musical actor. Starting in the 1980's, he worked for companies such as Opryland USA and the Tennessee Repertory Theater. He founded Wishing Chair Productions at the Nashville Public Library in 1997, continuing the library’s tradition of storytelling with puppets begun by award-winning puppeteer Tom Tichenor in 1938. Brian has written, produced, and performed in many original shows for WCP including John Updike's A Child's Calendar, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Frog Prince, Ellingtown,and String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry. Nearly 100,000 attend the puppet shows at the library every year. He has taken these shows to Germany, Italy and France , and is the artistic director for Nashville's International Puppet Festivals, attended by more than 21,000 people over a three-day period in 2013. Hull's library persona, “Professor U. B. Sharp,” was initially created for Opryland USA theme park in 1991, and for which he received two regional Emmys. He is also the writer and director for Dollywood’s award-winning Imagination Library shows. His website is: www.brianimations.com

The History of Marionettes

What Can We Learn From an Old Art Form?

Brian Hull

Puppeteer
 

Brian Hull

Puppeteer

The History of Marionettes

What Can We Learn From an Old Art Form?

Brian Hull

Puppeteer

Brian Hull is a writer, director, animator, illustrator, puppeteer and musical actor. Starting in the 1980's, he worked for companies such as Opryland USA and the Tennessee Repertory Theater. He founded Wishing Chair Productions at the Nashville Public Library in 1997, continuing the library’s tradition of storytelling with puppets begun by award-winning puppeteer Tom Tichenor in 1938. Brian has written, produced, and performed in many original shows for WCP including John Updike's A Child's Calendar, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Frog Prince, Ellingtown,and String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry. Nearly 100,000 attend the puppet shows at the library every year. He has taken these shows to Germany, Italy and France , and is the artistic director for Nashville's International Puppet Festivals, attended by more than 21,000 people over a three-day period in 2013. Hull's library persona, “Professor U. B. Sharp,” was initially created for Opryland USA theme park in 1991, and for which he received two regional Emmys. He is also the writer and director for Dollywood’s award-winning Imagination Library shows. His website is: www.brianimations.com

Brian Hull is a writer, director, animator, illustrator, puppeteer and musical actor. Starting in the 1980's, he worked for companies such as Opryland USA and the Tennessee Repertory Theater. He founded Wishing Chair Productions at the Nashville Public Library in 1997, continuing the library’s tradition of storytelling with puppets begun by award-winning puppeteer Tom Tichenor in 1938. Brian has written, produced, and performed in many original shows for WCP including John Updike's A Child's Calendar, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Frog Prince, Ellingtown,and String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry. Nearly 100,000 attend the puppet shows at the library every year. He has taken these shows to Germany, Italy and France , and is the artistic director for Nashville's International Puppet Festivals, attended by more than 21,000 people over a three-day period in 2013. Hull's library persona, “Professor U. B. Sharp,” was initially created for Opryland USA theme park in 1991, and for which he received two regional Emmys. He is also the writer and director for Dollywood’s award-winning Imagination Library shows. His website is: www.brianimations.com

Jeremy Blume

Bearings
 

Jeremy Blume

Bearings

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Jeremy Blume

Bearings

Since 2008, Jeremy Blume has co-developed Bearings, a digital lifestyle guide, focused on telling the stories of those who are making culture more intriguing, enriching and rewarding. In 2012, their team launched the Bearings Shop, which offers their original, hand-drawn illustrations – each letterpress print, screen print and wood engraving crafted in America.

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Why is Handmade Always Better?

Jeremy Blume

Bearings
 

Jeremy Blume

Bearings

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Why is Handmade Always Better?

Jeremy Blume

Bearings

Since 2008, Jeremy Blume has co-developed Bearings, a digital lifestyle guide, focused on telling the stories of those who are making culture more intriguing, enriching and rewarding. In 2012, their team launched the Bearings Shop, which offers their original, hand-drawn illustrations – each letterpress print, screen print and wood engraving crafted in America.

Since 2008, Jeremy Blume has co-developed Bearings, a digital lifestyle guide, focused on telling the stories of those who are making culture more intriguing, enriching and rewarding. In 2012, their team launched the Bearings Shop, which offers their original, hand-drawn illustrations – each letterpress print, screen print and wood engraving crafted in America.

Gary Haugen

International Justice Mission
 

Gary Haugen

International Justice Mission

Everyday Violence

Gary Haugen

International Justice Mission

Gary Haugen serves as President and CEO of International Justice Mission. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Mr. Haugen currently serves on the Human Rights Leadership Coalition and on the Board of the Overseers of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. In 2012, Mr. Haugen was honored with the Trafficking In Persons Report Hero Award - the U.S. State Department's highest honor for leadership in the fight against human trafficking.  Mr. Haugen is the 2007 recipient of Prison Fellowship's annual William Wilberforce Award, recognizing an individual who has made a difference in the face of formidable societal problems and injustices. Mr. Haugen and the work of IJM have been featured by the "Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline NBC," FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, Forbes Magazine and The New York Times. Mr. Haugen has authored numerous articles on foreign affairs, international law and human rights. He is the author of The Locust Effect, Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More and Just Courage. Learn more about Gary's most recent book, The Locust Effect, at www.thelocusteffect.com.

Everyday Violence

How Do We Confront the Greatest Oppressor of the Poor?

Gary Haugen

International Justice Mission
 

Gary Haugen

International Justice Mission

Everyday Violence

How Do We Confront the Greatest Oppressor of the Poor?

Gary Haugen

International Justice Mission

Gary Haugen serves as President and CEO of International Justice Mission. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Mr. Haugen currently serves on the Human Rights Leadership Coalition and on the Board of the Overseers of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. In 2012, Mr. Haugen was honored with the Trafficking In Persons Report Hero Award - the U.S. State Department's highest honor for leadership in the fight against human trafficking.  Mr. Haugen is the 2007 recipient of Prison Fellowship's annual William Wilberforce Award, recognizing an individual who has made a difference in the face of formidable societal problems and injustices. Mr. Haugen and the work of IJM have been featured by the "Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline NBC," FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, Forbes Magazine and The New York Times. Mr. Haugen has authored numerous articles on foreign affairs, international law and human rights. He is the author of The Locust Effect, Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More and Just Courage. Learn more about Gary's most recent book, The Locust Effect, at www.thelocusteffect.com.

Gary Haugen serves as President and CEO of International Justice Mission. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Mr. Haugen currently serves on the Human Rights Leadership Coalition and on the Board of the Overseers of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. In 2012, Mr. Haugen was honored with the Trafficking In Persons Report Hero Award - the U.S. State Department's highest honor for leadership in the fight against human trafficking.  Mr. Haugen is the 2007 recipient of Prison Fellowship's annual William Wilberforce Award, recognizing an individual who has made a difference in the face of formidable societal problems and injustices. Mr. Haugen and the work of IJM have been featured by the "Today Show," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Dateline NBC," FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio, Forbes Magazine and The New York Times. Mr. Haugen has authored numerous articles on foreign affairs, international law and human rights. He is the author of The Locust Effect, Good News About Injustice, Terrify No More and Just Courage. Learn more about Gary's most recent book, The Locust Effect, at www.thelocusteffect.com.

David Crowder

Singer/Songwriter
 

David Crowder

Singer/Songwriter

The New Genre (Panel)

David Crowder

Singer/Songwriter

David Crowder has been embraced for his lyrically powerful and musically elaborate and unpredictable songs that have found themselves being sung everywhere from churches to clubs all across the country. Crowder is set to release his first solo project, Neon Steeple, May 27, 2014. As part of the David Crowder*Band, they were named one of the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, garnering nine Dove Awards, 22 Dove nominations and two GRAMMY nominations. The band released their final collection of new music with the GRAMMY nominated project, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). The record entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 2 and gave the band their highest debut in their 12-year career. Continuing to perform as part of the Passion movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world, Crowder has also penned two books including his acclaimed release, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die.”

The New Genre (Panel)

Why Does Worship Music Resonate with the Soul?

David Crowder

Singer/Songwriter
 

David Crowder

Singer/Songwriter

The New Genre (Panel)

Why Does Worship Music Resonate with the Soul?

David Crowder

Singer/Songwriter

David Crowder has been embraced for his lyrically powerful and musically elaborate and unpredictable songs that have found themselves being sung everywhere from churches to clubs all across the country. Crowder is set to release his first solo project, Neon Steeple, May 27, 2014. As part of the David Crowder*Band, they were named one of the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, garnering nine Dove Awards, 22 Dove nominations and two GRAMMY nominations. The band released their final collection of new music with the GRAMMY nominated project, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). The record entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 2 and gave the band their highest debut in their 12-year career. Continuing to perform as part of the Passion movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world, Crowder has also penned two books including his acclaimed release, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die.”

David Crowder has been embraced for his lyrically powerful and musically elaborate and unpredictable songs that have found themselves being sung everywhere from churches to clubs all across the country. Crowder is set to release his first solo project, Neon Steeple, May 27, 2014. As part of the David Crowder*Band, they were named one of the “most thoughtful, progressive and exciting acts in contemporary Christian music” by The New York Times, garnering nine Dove Awards, 22 Dove nominations and two GRAMMY nominations. The band released their final collection of new music with the GRAMMY nominated project, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]). The record entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 2 and gave the band their highest debut in their 12-year career. Continuing to perform as part of the Passion movement, participating in university student gatherings in the US and around the world, Crowder has also penned two books including his acclaimed release, “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die.”

Joy Eggerichs

Love and Respect Now
 

Joy Eggerichs

Love and Respect Now

Relational Hope

Joy Eggerichs

Love and Respect Now

Joy Eggerichs is the Director of Love and Respect Now, serving her generation of 18-35 year olds with practical relationship insights she has learned from her parents, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs, founders of Love and Respect Ministries. Through writing and speaking, Joy is bridging the gap between generations and helping her peers think about relationships now, as opposed to 20 years into marriage. Joy is the creator of The Illumination Project—a series that serves as a mentoring tool for those who desire to share and seek wisdom in the areas faith, life, and relationships.  Additionally, Joy publishes her first book in August 2014 called, “Permanent Vertigo: How Life and Love Cause Us to Question Our Own Sanity and God’s Goodness.” (David C Cook).

Relational Hope

Is it Possible to be Fulfilled Without Getting Married?

Joy Eggerichs

Love and Respect Now
 

Joy Eggerichs

Love and Respect Now

Relational Hope

Is it Possible to be Fulfilled Without Getting Married?

Joy Eggerichs

Love and Respect Now

Joy Eggerichs is the Director of Love and Respect Now, serving her generation of 18-35 year olds with practical relationship insights she has learned from her parents, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs, founders of Love and Respect Ministries. Through writing and speaking, Joy is bridging the gap between generations and helping her peers think about relationships now, as opposed to 20 years into marriage. Joy is the creator of The Illumination Project—a series that serves as a mentoring tool for those who desire to share and seek wisdom in the areas faith, life, and relationships.  Additionally, Joy publishes her first book in August 2014 called, “Permanent Vertigo: How Life and Love Cause Us to Question Our Own Sanity and God’s Goodness.” (David C Cook).

Joy Eggerichs is the Director of Love and Respect Now, serving her generation of 18-35 year olds with practical relationship insights she has learned from her parents, Dr. Emerson and Sarah Eggerichs, founders of Love and Respect Ministries. Through writing and speaking, Joy is bridging the gap between generations and helping her peers think about relationships now, as opposed to 20 years into marriage. Joy is the creator of The Illumination Project—a series that serves as a mentoring tool for those who desire to share and seek wisdom in the areas faith, life, and relationships.  Additionally, Joy publishes her first book in August 2014 called, “Permanent Vertigo: How Life and Love Cause Us to Question Our Own Sanity and God’s Goodness.” (David C Cook).

Otis James

Designer
 

Otis James

Designer

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Otis James

Designer

Otis James is a designer and small business owner in Nashville, Tennessee. Following a stint in film school and a couple years traveling the country by bicycle, the last four years has seen Otis making a name for himself initially in handcrafted neckties but now also in bow ties, caps, and other accessories. The driving motive behind Otis's business model is connection. Each item is made by hand, on-site at his Nashville retail location. The small shop even has a large window where visitors can look in to the production studio and see the process in action. The idea is to rekindle an appreciation for source, quality, and uniqueness. Products are sold directly to the consumer both at the physical retail shop and online, as well as through limited partnerships with likeminded creative retailers. Otis believes there is something to be said about knowing exactly where was made, and by whom.

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Why is Handmade Always Better?

Otis James

Designer
 

Otis James

Designer

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Why is Handmade Always Better?

Otis James

Designer

Otis James is a designer and small business owner in Nashville, Tennessee. Following a stint in film school and a couple years traveling the country by bicycle, the last four years has seen Otis making a name for himself initially in handcrafted neckties but now also in bow ties, caps, and other accessories. The driving motive behind Otis's business model is connection. Each item is made by hand, on-site at his Nashville retail location. The small shop even has a large window where visitors can look in to the production studio and see the process in action. The idea is to rekindle an appreciation for source, quality, and uniqueness. Products are sold directly to the consumer both at the physical retail shop and online, as well as through limited partnerships with likeminded creative retailers. Otis believes there is something to be said about knowing exactly where was made, and by whom.

Otis James is a designer and small business owner in Nashville, Tennessee. Following a stint in film school and a couple years traveling the country by bicycle, the last four years has seen Otis making a name for himself initially in handcrafted neckties but now also in bow ties, caps, and other accessories. The driving motive behind Otis's business model is connection. Each item is made by hand, on-site at his Nashville retail location. The small shop even has a large window where visitors can look in to the production studio and see the process in action. The idea is to rekindle an appreciation for source, quality, and uniqueness. Products are sold directly to the consumer both at the physical retail shop and online, as well as through limited partnerships with likeminded creative retailers. Otis believes there is something to be said about knowing exactly where was made, and by whom.

Emil Congdon

Emil Erwin Leather Goods
 

Emil Congdon

Emil Erwin Leather Goods

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Emil Congdon

Emil Erwin Leather Goods

Emil Congdon is the founder, and lead designer/craftsman at Emil Erwin, a handcrafted carrygoods company formed in 2010, based in Nashville, TN.  He is a self-taught designer, pattern drafter, and craftsman.   Along with wife Leslie, Emil runs day to day operations of Emil Erwin with a small workforce of one employee.  Production is limited and quantities are kept low.  The driving force at Emil Erwin is to create a product that the maker can be proud to create and the owner can be proud to carry.

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Why is Handmade Always Better?

Emil Congdon

Emil Erwin Leather Goods
 

Emil Congdon

Emil Erwin Leather Goods

Craftsmanship in America (Panel)

Why is Handmade Always Better?

Emil Congdon

Emil Erwin Leather Goods

Emil Congdon is the founder, and lead designer/craftsman at Emil Erwin, a handcrafted carrygoods company formed in 2010, based in Nashville, TN.  He is a self-taught designer, pattern drafter, and craftsman.   Along with wife Leslie, Emil runs day to day operations of Emil Erwin with a small workforce of one employee.  Production is limited and quantities are kept low.  The driving force at Emil Erwin is to create a product that the maker can be proud to create and the owner can be proud to carry.

Emil Congdon is the founder, and lead designer/craftsman at Emil Erwin, a handcrafted carrygoods company formed in 2010, based in Nashville, TN.  He is a self-taught designer, pattern drafter, and craftsman.   Along with wife Leslie, Emil runs day to day operations of Emil Erwin with a small workforce of one employee.  Production is limited and quantities are kept low.  The driving force at Emil Erwin is to create a product that the maker can be proud to create and the owner can be proud to carry.

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Cognitive Neuroscientist and Communication Pathologist
 

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Cognitive Neuroscientist and Communication Pathologist

Mental Health

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Cognitive Neuroscientist and Communication Pathologist

Since 1985, Dr Caroline Leaf, a Communication Pathologist and Audiologist, has worked in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience. She specialized in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Learning Disabilities focusing on the Science of Thought as it pertains to thinking and learning. She developed a theory and did initial research  in the 1990’s showing how the mind can change the brain. She applied the findings of her research in clinical practice for nearly 25 years and now lectures globally. She is a prolific author with a passion to help people see the link between science and scripture as a tangible way of controlling their thoughts and emotions, learning how to think and learn and finding their sense of purpose in life. Caroline and her husband, Mac, live in Dallas, Texas with their four children.

Mental Health

How Do We Calm Our Anxious Brains?

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Cognitive Neuroscientist and Communication Pathologist
 

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Cognitive Neuroscientist and Communication Pathologist

Mental Health

How Do We Calm Our Anxious Brains?

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Cognitive Neuroscientist and Communication Pathologist

Since 1985, Dr Caroline Leaf, a Communication Pathologist and Audiologist, has worked in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience. She specialized in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Learning Disabilities focusing on the Science of Thought as it pertains to thinking and learning. She developed a theory and did initial research  in the 1990’s showing how the mind can change the brain. She applied the findings of her research in clinical practice for nearly 25 years and now lectures globally. She is a prolific author with a passion to help people see the link between science and scripture as a tangible way of controlling their thoughts and emotions, learning how to think and learn and finding their sense of purpose in life. Caroline and her husband, Mac, live in Dallas, Texas with their four children.

Since 1985, Dr Caroline Leaf, a Communication Pathologist and Audiologist, has worked in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience. She specialized in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Learning Disabilities focusing on the Science of Thought as it pertains to thinking and learning. She developed a theory and did initial research  in the 1990’s showing how the mind can change the brain. She applied the findings of her research in clinical practice for nearly 25 years and now lectures globally. She is a prolific author with a passion to help people see the link between science and scripture as a tangible way of controlling their thoughts and emotions, learning how to think and learn and finding their sense of purpose in life. Caroline and her husband, Mac, live in Dallas, Texas with their four children.

Jeremy Cowart

Photographer and Entrepreneur
 

Jeremy Cowart

Photographer and Entrepreneur

Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

Jeremy Cowart

Photographer and Entrepreneur

Jeremy Cowart is a photographer from Nashville, TN. Mostly known for his work as a photographer of celebrities and musicians, he also spends a lot of time on entrepreneurial ideas and humanitarian projects.  His first iPhone app, OKDOTHIS (http://OKDOTHIS.com), recently launched and he also founded a global photography movement called Help-Portrait that just had it's 5-year anniversary. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and 2 children and soon-to-be 2 more adopted children from Haiti.

Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

Can One Person Really Make a Difference?

Jeremy Cowart

Photographer and Entrepreneur
 

Jeremy Cowart

Photographer and Entrepreneur

Pictures Worth A Thousand Words

Can One Person Really Make a Difference?

Jeremy Cowart

Photographer and Entrepreneur

Jeremy Cowart is a photographer from Nashville, TN. Mostly known for his work as a photographer of celebrities and musicians, he also spends a lot of time on entrepreneurial ideas and humanitarian projects.  His first iPhone app, OKDOTHIS (http://OKDOTHIS.com), recently launched and he also founded a global photography movement called Help-Portrait that just had it's 5-year anniversary. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and 2 children and soon-to-be 2 more adopted children from Haiti.

Jeremy Cowart is a photographer from Nashville, TN. Mostly known for his work as a photographer of celebrities and musicians, he also spends a lot of time on entrepreneurial ideas and humanitarian projects.  His first iPhone app, OKDOTHIS (http://OKDOTHIS.com), recently launched and he also founded a global photography movement called Help-Portrait that just had it's 5-year anniversary. Jeremy lives in Nashville with his wife and 2 children and soon-to-be 2 more adopted children from Haiti.

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

eHarmony
 

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

eHarmony

The Science of Relationships

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

eHarmony

Dr. Warren is a clinical psychologist and author of eight books on love, marriage and emotional health. During 35 years of counseling thousands of married couples, Dr. Warren observed a set of characteristics that seemed to be present in all successful relationships. He called them the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility. After extensive research involving thousands of married couples, Dr. Warren confirmed that these dimensions were indeed highly predictive of relationship success and could be used to match singles. Ten years later, eHarmony's compatibility matching is responsible for nearly 4% of U.S. marriages.

The Science of Relationships

What Does The Data Show About What Makes a Healthy Marriage?

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

eHarmony
 

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

eHarmony

The Science of Relationships

What Does The Data Show About What Makes a Healthy Marriage?

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

eHarmony

Dr. Warren is a clinical psychologist and author of eight books on love, marriage and emotional health. During 35 years of counseling thousands of married couples, Dr. Warren observed a set of characteristics that seemed to be present in all successful relationships. He called them the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility. After extensive research involving thousands of married couples, Dr. Warren confirmed that these dimensions were indeed highly predictive of relationship success and could be used to match singles. Ten years later, eHarmony's compatibility matching is responsible for nearly 4% of U.S. marriages.

Dr. Warren is a clinical psychologist and author of eight books on love, marriage and emotional health. During 35 years of counseling thousands of married couples, Dr. Warren observed a set of characteristics that seemed to be present in all successful relationships. He called them the 29 Dimensions of Compatibility. After extensive research involving thousands of married couples, Dr. Warren confirmed that these dimensions were indeed highly predictive of relationship success and could be used to match singles. Ten years later, eHarmony's compatibility matching is responsible for nearly 4% of U.S. marriages.

Donna Freitas

Author, The End of Sex
 

Donna Freitas

Author, The End of Sex

Hookup Culture

Donna Freitas

Author, The End of Sex

Donna Freitas has written many books, both nonfiction and fiction. She is the author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Her follow up title, The End of Sex, came out from Basic Books this past April. Freitas has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek, and she has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, and other news media outlets discussing her work for Sex and the Soul as well as other research topics. Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is currently a non-resident Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Brooklyn.

Hookup Culture

How is Casual Sex Reshaping Millenials?

Donna Freitas

Author, The End of Sex
 

Donna Freitas

Author, The End of Sex

Hookup Culture

How is Casual Sex Reshaping Millenials?

Donna Freitas

Author, The End of Sex

Donna Freitas has written many books, both nonfiction and fiction. She is the author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Her follow up title, The End of Sex, came out from Basic Books this past April. Freitas has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek, and she has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, and other news media outlets discussing her work for Sex and the Soul as well as other research topics. Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is currently a non-resident Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Brooklyn.

Donna Freitas has written many books, both nonfiction and fiction. She is the author of Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America's College Campuses, published by Oxford University Press in 2008. Her follow up title, The End of Sex, came out from Basic Books this past April. Freitas has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Newsweek, and she has appeared on NPR, The Today Show, and other news media outlets discussing her work for Sex and the Soul as well as other research topics. Freitas has been a professor at Boston University in the Department of Religion and also at Hofstra University in their Honors College. She is currently a non-resident Research Associate at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Brooklyn.

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church
 

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church

Scott Sauls is husband to Patti and dad to Abby and Ellie, and is the proud owner of a Gibson J-45 guitar. Scott is also the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to Nashville Scott was a lead and preaching Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. He was also the founding pastor of two churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis. While in Saint Louis, he taught homiletics (preaching) to students at Covenant Theological Seminary. All these things considered, however, Scott’s primary ‘credential’ is that he is a connoisseur of all things BBQ.

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church
 

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Scott Sauls

Christ Presbyterian Church

Scott Sauls is husband to Patti and dad to Abby and Ellie, and is the proud owner of a Gibson J-45 guitar. Scott is also the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to Nashville Scott was a lead and preaching Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. He was also the founding pastor of two churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis. While in Saint Louis, he taught homiletics (preaching) to students at Covenant Theological Seminary. All these things considered, however, Scott’s primary ‘credential’ is that he is a connoisseur of all things BBQ.

Scott Sauls is husband to Patti and dad to Abby and Ellie, and is the proud owner of a Gibson J-45 guitar. Scott is also the senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to Nashville Scott was a lead and preaching Pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. He was also the founding pastor of two churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis. While in Saint Louis, he taught homiletics (preaching) to students at Covenant Theological Seminary. All these things considered, however, Scott’s primary ‘credential’ is that he is a connoisseur of all things BBQ.

Tom Douglas

Sony/ATV Music Publishing
 

Tom Douglas

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Country Music

Tom Douglas

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

With a lifelong passion for music, Tom Douglas signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a staff writer with his hit "Little Rock" as sung by Collin Raye. In 2010, Tom's song "The House That Built Me" won CMA Song of the Year, ACM's Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. A few of Tom’s major cuts in 2013 included: “Raise Em Up” and “Black Leather Jacket” by Keith Urban, “I Got A Car” by George Strait, “After The Music’s Stopped” by Jake Owen, and “One Mississippi” by Brett Eldredge.
 

Country Music

What Are the Ingredients for Making a Great Song?

Tom Douglas

Sony/ATV Music Publishing
 

Tom Douglas

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Country Music

What Are the Ingredients for Making a Great Song?

Tom Douglas

Sony/ATV Music Publishing

With a lifelong passion for music, Tom Douglas signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a staff writer with his hit "Little Rock" as sung by Collin Raye. In 2010, Tom's song "The House That Built Me" won CMA Song of the Year, ACM's Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. A few of Tom’s major cuts in 2013 included: “Raise Em Up” and “Black Leather Jacket” by Keith Urban, “I Got A Car” by George Strait, “After The Music’s Stopped” by Jake Owen, and “One Mississippi” by Brett Eldredge.
 

With a lifelong passion for music, Tom Douglas signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing as a staff writer with his hit "Little Rock" as sung by Collin Raye. In 2010, Tom's song "The House That Built Me" won CMA Song of the Year, ACM's Song of The Year and Single Record of the Year. A few of Tom’s major cuts in 2013 included: “Raise Em Up” and “Black Leather Jacket” by Keith Urban, “I Got A Car” by George Strait, “After The Music’s Stopped” by Jake Owen, and “One Mississippi” by Brett Eldredge.
 

Matthew Levering

Evangelicals and Catholics Together
 

Matthew Levering

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Catholics and Evangelicals

Matthew Levering

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Dr. Matthew Levering is Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary.  He previously taught at the University of Dayton and Ave Maria University.  In 2006-2007, he was the Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.  He serves as the co-editor of two theological quarterlies, Nova et Vetera and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.  He has authored sixteen books, including Christ’s Fulfillment of Torah and TempleScripture and Metaphysics, Sacrifice and CommunityParticipatory Biblical ExegesisBiblical Natural LawEzra and Nehemiah, and Predestination.  His fifteen edited books include such works as Vatican II: Renewal within Tradition, The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity, and Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas.  He directs book series at Baker Academic, the University of Notre Dame Press, and Catholic University of America Press.  Since 2007, he has been the Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology.  Since 2011, he has co-organized the Wilken Colloquium, a project for Evangelical-Catholic theological dialogue, held at Baylor University.  He has lectured widely at institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Princeton Theological Seminary, Gordon College, Wheaton College, Regent College, Oxford University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto.  Dr. Levering has been a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together since 2004.
 

Catholics and Evangelicals

What Divisions Are Being Overcome Theologically And Practically?

Matthew Levering

Evangelicals and Catholics Together
 

Matthew Levering

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Catholics and Evangelicals

What Divisions Are Being Overcome Theologically And Practically?

Matthew Levering

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Dr. Matthew Levering is Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary.  He previously taught at the University of Dayton and Ave Maria University.  In 2006-2007, he was the Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.  He serves as the co-editor of two theological quarterlies, Nova et Vetera and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.  He has authored sixteen books, including Christ’s Fulfillment of Torah and TempleScripture and Metaphysics, Sacrifice and CommunityParticipatory Biblical ExegesisBiblical Natural LawEzra and Nehemiah, and Predestination.  His fifteen edited books include such works as Vatican II: Renewal within Tradition, The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity, and Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas.  He directs book series at Baker Academic, the University of Notre Dame Press, and Catholic University of America Press.  Since 2007, he has been the Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology.  Since 2011, he has co-organized the Wilken Colloquium, a project for Evangelical-Catholic theological dialogue, held at Baylor University.  He has lectured widely at institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Princeton Theological Seminary, Gordon College, Wheaton College, Regent College, Oxford University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto.  Dr. Levering has been a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together since 2004.
 

Dr. Matthew Levering is Perry Family Foundation Professor of Theology at Mundelein Seminary.  He previously taught at the University of Dayton and Ave Maria University.  In 2006-2007, he was the Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.  He serves as the co-editor of two theological quarterlies, Nova et Vetera and the International Journal of Systematic Theology.  He has authored sixteen books, including Christ’s Fulfillment of Torah and TempleScripture and Metaphysics, Sacrifice and CommunityParticipatory Biblical ExegesisBiblical Natural LawEzra and Nehemiah, and Predestination.  His fifteen edited books include such works as Vatican II: Renewal within Tradition, The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity, and Reading Romans with St. Thomas Aquinas.  He directs book series at Baker Academic, the University of Notre Dame Press, and Catholic University of America Press.  Since 2007, he has been the Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology.  Since 2011, he has co-organized the Wilken Colloquium, a project for Evangelical-Catholic theological dialogue, held at Baylor University.  He has lectured widely at institutions such as the University of Notre Dame, Princeton Theological Seminary, Gordon College, Wheaton College, Regent College, Oxford University, Princeton University, and the University of Toronto.  Dr. Levering has been a member of Evangelicals and Catholics Together since 2004.
 

Sheryl Eberly

Author, 365 Manners Kids Should Know
 

Sheryl Eberly

Author, 365 Manners Kids Should Know

Manners

Sheryl Eberly

Author, 365 Manners Kids Should Know

Sheryl Eberly helps people pursue effectiveness in relationships—at work and in life—through principles of others-centeredness and respect. She is a certified leadership coach with North Group Consultants, Inc., author of top-selling and widely translated 365 Manners Kids Should Know, and former White House aide to First Lady Nancy Reagan. What makes her life rich? Spending time with the amazing man she married over 30 years ago, seeing a client live a better life, talking with her kids, finding an inspiring new author or poet, getting to the gym, dining with friends. Sheryl and her husband, Don, split their time between Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C and places international. They have three grown children and the world’s best daughter-in-law.

Manners

Where Did They Go and How Do We Get Them Back?

Sheryl Eberly

Author, 365 Manners Kids Should Know
 

Sheryl Eberly

Author, 365 Manners Kids Should Know

Manners

Where Did They Go and How Do We Get Them Back?

Sheryl Eberly

Author, 365 Manners Kids Should Know

Sheryl Eberly helps people pursue effectiveness in relationships—at work and in life—through principles of others-centeredness and respect. She is a certified leadership coach with North Group Consultants, Inc., author of top-selling and widely translated 365 Manners Kids Should Know, and former White House aide to First Lady Nancy Reagan. What makes her life rich? Spending time with the amazing man she married over 30 years ago, seeing a client live a better life, talking with her kids, finding an inspiring new author or poet, getting to the gym, dining with friends. Sheryl and her husband, Don, split their time between Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C and places international. They have three grown children and the world’s best daughter-in-law.

Sheryl Eberly helps people pursue effectiveness in relationships—at work and in life—through principles of others-centeredness and respect. She is a certified leadership coach with North Group Consultants, Inc., author of top-selling and widely translated 365 Manners Kids Should Know, and former White House aide to First Lady Nancy Reagan. What makes her life rich? Spending time with the amazing man she married over 30 years ago, seeing a client live a better life, talking with her kids, finding an inspiring new author or poet, getting to the gym, dining with friends. Sheryl and her husband, Don, split their time between Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C and places international. They have three grown children and the world’s best daughter-in-law.

Darren Whitehead

Church of the City
 

Darren Whitehead

Church of the City

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

Darren Whitehead

Church of the City

Originally from Australia, Darren Whitehead has lived in the United States for more than 15 years. For the last 8 years, Darren has been a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church sharing weekend service teaching responsibilities with Bill Hybels for all 6 campuses. In March 2013, Darren founded Church of the City, by planting churches in two neighborhoods of Nashville, Tennessee. These churches are the first of a network of neighborhood churches planned for the Nashville metropolitan area. Darren also recently released his first book, Rumors of God (Thomas Nelson) co-authored with his long time friend Jon Tyson. Darren lives with his wife, Brandy, and their 3 daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Darren Whitehead

Church of the City
 

Darren Whitehead

Church of the City

Pastoring A New Moment (Panel)

How Does the Church Lead In a Changing Context?

Darren Whitehead

Church of the City

Originally from Australia, Darren Whitehead has lived in the United States for more than 15 years. For the last 8 years, Darren has been a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church sharing weekend service teaching responsibilities with Bill Hybels for all 6 campuses. In March 2013, Darren founded Church of the City, by planting churches in two neighborhoods of Nashville, Tennessee. These churches are the first of a network of neighborhood churches planned for the Nashville metropolitan area. Darren also recently released his first book, Rumors of God (Thomas Nelson) co-authored with his long time friend Jon Tyson. Darren lives with his wife, Brandy, and their 3 daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Originally from Australia, Darren Whitehead has lived in the United States for more than 15 years. For the last 8 years, Darren has been a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church sharing weekend service teaching responsibilities with Bill Hybels for all 6 campuses. In March 2013, Darren founded Church of the City, by planting churches in two neighborhoods of Nashville, Tennessee. These churches are the first of a network of neighborhood churches planned for the Nashville metropolitan area. Darren also recently released his first book, Rumors of God (Thomas Nelson) co-authored with his long time friend Jon Tyson. Darren lives with his wife, Brandy, and their 3 daughters in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bassam Aramin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation
 

Bassam Aramin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Two Unlikely Friends (Panel)

Bassam Aramin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Bassam Aramin became involved in the Palestinian struggle as a boy growing up in Hebron. At 17, he spent seven years in Israeli prison. In 2005, he co-founded Combatants for Peace, an organization of former Israeli and Palestinian combatants leading a non-violent struggle against the occupation. Since then, Bassam has never picked up a weapon – not even when, two years later, his ten-year-old daughter Abir was gunned down and killed by an IDF soldier. He is the Palestinian Spokesperson of the Parents Circle – Families Forum.  

Two Unlikely Friends (Panel)

How Are Israelis and Palestinians Loving One Another Well?

Bassam Aramin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation
 

Bassam Aramin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Two Unlikely Friends (Panel)

How Are Israelis and Palestinians Loving One Another Well?

Bassam Aramin

Parents Circle - Bereaved Israelis and Palestinians for Reconciliation

Bassam Aramin became involved in the Palestinian struggle as a boy growing up in Hebron. At 17, he spent seven years in Israeli prison. In 2005, he co-founded Combatants for Peace, an organization of former Israeli and Palestinian combatants leading a non-violent struggle against the occupation. Since then, Bassam has never picked up a weapon – not even when, two years later, his ten-year-old daughter Abir was gunned down and killed by an IDF soldier. He is the Palestinian Spokesperson of the Parents Circle – Families Forum.  

Bassam Aramin became involved in the Palestinian struggle as a boy growing up in Hebron. At 17, he spent seven years in Israeli prison. In 2005, he co-founded Combatants for Peace, an organization of former Israeli and Palestinian combatants leading a non-violent struggle against the occupation. Since then, Bassam has never picked up a weapon – not even when, two years later, his ten-year-old daughter Abir was gunned down and killed by an IDF soldier. He is the Palestinian Spokesperson of the Parents Circle – Families Forum.  

Brian Fikkert

Chalmers Center
Author, When Helping Hurts
 

Brian Fikkert

Chalmers Center
Author, When Helping Hurts

First World Poverty

Brian Fikkert

Chalmers Center
Author, When Helping Hurts

Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (www.chalmers.org), a research and training center that is dedicated to helping churches and missionaries to declare the kingdom of God by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation to the poor (www.chalmers.org). Brian also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College. Brian received a Ph.D. in Economics with highest honors from Yale University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dordt College. Specializing in Economic Development and International Economics, Brian has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development. He has published articles in both leading academic and popular journals and has recently co-authored the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. He, his wife Jill, and their three children live in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he is an active member of New City Fellowship Presbyterian Church (PCA).

First World Poverty

Is Our Definition of Success Actually Making Us Poor?

Brian Fikkert

Chalmers Center
Author, When Helping Hurts
 

Brian Fikkert

Chalmers Center
Author, When Helping Hurts

First World Poverty

Is Our Definition of Success Actually Making Us Poor?

Brian Fikkert

Chalmers Center
Author, When Helping Hurts

Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (www.chalmers.org), a research and training center that is dedicated to helping churches and missionaries to declare the kingdom of God by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation to the poor (www.chalmers.org). Brian also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College. Brian received a Ph.D. in Economics with highest honors from Yale University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dordt College. Specializing in Economic Development and International Economics, Brian has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development. He has published articles in both leading academic and popular journals and has recently co-authored the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. He, his wife Jill, and their three children live in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he is an active member of New City Fellowship Presbyterian Church (PCA).

Dr. Brian Fikkert is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development (www.chalmers.org), a research and training center that is dedicated to helping churches and missionaries to declare the kingdom of God by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation to the poor (www.chalmers.org). Brian also serves as a Professor of Economics and Community Development at Covenant College. Brian received a Ph.D. in Economics with highest honors from Yale University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Dordt College. Specializing in Economic Development and International Economics, Brian has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development. He has published articles in both leading academic and popular journals and has recently co-authored the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor and Yourself. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector. He, his wife Jill, and their three children live in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he is an active member of New City Fellowship Presbyterian Church (PCA).

Stephen Rose

The Peach Truck
 

Stephen Rose

The Peach Truck

Family Farming

Stephen Rose

The Peach Truck

Stephen and Jessica Rose founded The Peach Truck in the Summer of 2012. The Peach Truck gives them the opportunity to share the story of their Aunt and Uncle's 5th Generation Georgia Peach Farm, along with other stories they find inspiring.
 

Family Farming

How Are Peaches Saving the Future of Agriculture?

Stephen Rose

The Peach Truck
 

Stephen Rose

The Peach Truck

Family Farming

How Are Peaches Saving the Future of Agriculture?

Stephen Rose

The Peach Truck

Stephen and Jessica Rose founded The Peach Truck in the Summer of 2012. The Peach Truck gives them the opportunity to share the story of their Aunt and Uncle's 5th Generation Georgia Peach Farm, along with other stories they find inspiring.
 

Stephen and Jessica Rose founded The Peach Truck in the Summer of 2012. The Peach Truck gives them the opportunity to share the story of their Aunt and Uncle's 5th Generation Georgia Peach Farm, along with other stories they find inspiring.
 

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Experiences

The Lone Bellow: Private Show

Music is a defining thread in the history of Nashville. It’s home to several well known venues like Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. Recently, the Brooklyn based artist and friends of Q, The Lone Bellow, have found their stride. This inspiring trio will be performing a full private concert exclusively for Q Nashville participants complete with a time of story telling, giving insight to the conviction behind their music. The Lone Bellow is one of the hottest new bands in the country and featured everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York City to The Jimmy Fallon Show. We are honored to have them contribute to this years Q experience.

Q Women Reception: The Governor's Tennessee Residence

Hosted by the First Lady of Tennessee, Crissy Haslam and Q co-founder Rebekah Lyons, 100 women will enjoy an exquisite evening at the Governor's "Tennessee Residence". This three-story, 16-room home was built in 1931 and has been a welcoming point for tens of thousands of Tennesseans, as well as host to official functions for distinguished guests, including Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Vice-President Al Gore; legislative leaders; numerous governors; religious figures such as Rev. Billy Graham; and other distinguished dignitaries from around the world.

Artists Circle Concert

Music is an essential thread of Nashville’s culture. The creative energy bubbling up from concert venues, honky tonks, nightclubs and studios into the musical ether of our culture finds its origins here. On a stage renowned for hosting the world’s most talented acts, watch Andrew Belle (Black Bear), Thad Cockrell (Leagues), Sandra McCracken (Desire Like Dynamite) and one additional artist, soon to be announced, as they play a few of their latest songs and share the meaning behind their art. Through this intimate experience, you will have a firsthand encounter with accomplished songwriters enjoying their craft.

Farm to Table Dinner

Thirty select participants will have the opportunity to enjoy food and conversation around the farm to table movement at The Capitol Grille inside Nashville's Hermitage Hotel. We've arranged a special three-course meal, inspired by the in-season produce from the local 245 acre Double H Farms, to be curated and explained by Executive Chef and Farmer, Tyler Brown. Enjoy amazing food, a relaxing atmosphere and great conversation in one of Nashville's most prestigious locations. *This Wednesday evening experience requires an additional $75 fee.

Praxis Pitch Night

For the third year in a row, Q Nashville will highlight 12 innovative organizations participating in Praxis, an accelerator program supporting entrepreneurs who are compelled by their faith to advance the common good. At Praxis Pitch Night, you will hear 12 entrepreneurs (6 for-profits, 6 non-profits) give 5-minute presentations on their new start-ups that are raising eyebrows and money from significant foundations and investors. Come and be inspired and challenged as you consider how to present your venture's solution to common good problems in our world.

Advanced Viewing Film Screening

This year at the Belcourt Theatre, Q will host an exclusive preview screening of The Good Lie, a feature-length film starring Reese Witherspoon releasing in September and created by the makers of The Blind Side. The story is based on true events about a Sudanese refugee who is relocated to the U.S. and taken in by a brash American woman who becomes an unlikely friend. One of the producers will be on site to discuss the film with participants at the Belcourt, one of the few theatres selected as a venue for the Sundance Film Festival USA Program.

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Q Nashville Schedule of Events

Come to Q ready to engage and interact throughout this fifty hour experience. Beyond the 30+ main stage presentations, time is allotted for participant interaction at round tables, Q&A with our speakers, conversation over meals, fun after-parties and engaging learning community experiences. Your experience will be personalized and packed with intentionality to ensure you find and engage with like-minded friends from all over the U.S. and global cities around the world.

Wednesday

April 23rd

Wednesday April 23rd

Thursday

April 24th

Thursday April 24th

Friday

April 25th

Friday April 25th

Wednesday April 23rd

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Session 1 Presentations
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
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Session 2 Presentations
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
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Participant Interaction
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
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Q & A Talkbacks with Presenters
Lunch
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Optional Conversation Groups
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
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Session 3 Presentations
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
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Participant Interaction
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
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Session 4 Presentations
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
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Q & A Talkbacks with Presenters
Dinner
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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Cultural Experiences
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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Q After Parties

Thursday April 24th

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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Session 5 Presentations
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
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Session 6 Presentations
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
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Participant Interaction
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
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Q & A Talkbacks with Presenters
Lunch
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
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Optional Conversation Groups
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
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Session 7 Presentations
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
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Participant Interaction
3:45 PM - 4:30 PM
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Session 8 Presentations
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
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Q & A Talkbacks with Presenters
Dinner
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Session 9 Presentations
9:00 PM – 11:00 PM
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Q After Party

Friday April 25th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Learning Communities
Select your experience taking place through Nashville and surrounding area

Wednesday

April 23rd

Wednesday April 23rd

Thursday

April 24th

Thursday April 24th

Friday

April 25th

Friday April 25th

Register Now!

On April 23rd - 25th, 2014 we invite you to be one of the 1000 remarkable leaders gathering to learn, engage and advance the common good together.

The Q Conference gathers church and cultural leaders annually in a new city to experience a forward-looking conversation that celebrates what’s right, imagines what’s possible and educates Christians on how they are meant to play a central role in God’s work to renew all things.

Learning Communities

In addition to main stage presentations, each leader selects an immersive or brainstorming Learning Community in an area of interest for a specific industry, channel of culture, or current issue. These opportunities encourage participants to go deeper into a specific topic by getting firsthand education from leaders with high levels of expertise and practical work. In addition, some experiences will include real-time collaboration, giving creative, strategic, and directional input to an area of cultural renewal needing ideation.

More Learning Communities Added Daily

Frequently Asked Questions

Lodging and Location

Venue

Q Nashville will take place at 301 6th Avenue North, Nashville TN, 37243, between Union Street and Charlotte Avenue.


Hotels

Due to high demand the weekend of Q because of the Music City Marathon we suggest that you book your hotel early. We have secured two different hotel blocks for attendees of Q Nashville.

DoubleTree Nashville Downtown
315 4th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37219

The DoubleTree is located two blocks away from the War Memorial Auditorium

To receive our group rate of $215/night, reserve online or call (615) 244-8200 and mention Q Ideas.

Sheraton Nashville Downtown
623 Union St
Nashville, TN 37219

The Sheraton is located across the street from the War Memorial Auditorium.

To receive our group rate of $189/night, reserve online or call (615) 259-2000 and mention Q Ideas.

The mission of Q

Stay Curious. Think Well. Advance Good.

We live in an age of “idea obsession.” Our culture seems to be saying all ideas are equal - equal in their weight, importance and truth. Consequently, many of the greatest, most profound ideas that ground civilization - and offer a better way - are in danger of being lost. Instead, the unfounded, disruptive, unreasonable, even incompatible ideas often win the day. Q is breaking through the noise by encouraging Christian leaders to practice our faith in the following three ways:

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