The Candler Foundry and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta will host a fresh round of TheoEd Talks on Sunday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. EST, featuring presenters Olu Brown, Neichelle Guidry, Doug Shipman, and Chanequa Walker-Barnes. The online event is free and open to the public with advanced registration encouraged. Register for TheoEd Talks here.

TheoEd Talks will be broadcast live on the TheoEd Talks website, and The Candler Foundry Facebook page.

An ecumenical speaker series where leaders in the church and the academy share “the talk of their lives” in 20 minutes or less, TheoEd Talks aims at sparking conversations that change the way people think about God, religion, and the power of faith to change lives.

In the month following TheoEd Talks, The Candler Foundry will also host a series of “Talk Parties,” where attendees will able to continue the conversations sparked by the four speakers and explore how the talks connect to participants’ lives and ministries. Register for one or more TheoEd Talk Parties here.

brown-story.jpgOlu Brown, “Embracing Uncertainty.” Brown is the lead pastor of Impact Church, a multicultural gathering located in Atlanta which he planted in 2007. In 2016, Impact Church was named one of the fastest growing churches in America. He is the author of multiple books, including 4D Impact: Smash Barriers Like a Smart Church (Abingdon Press, 2019).


guidry-story.jpgNeichelle R. Guidry, “What It Means to be Human.” Guidry is Dean of the Chapel and the Director of the WISDOM Center at Spelman College. She is the founder of shepreaches, a virtual organization which aims to support African American millennial women in ministry, and the host of Modern Faith, a womanist podcast.



shipman-story.jpgDoug Shipman, “Is Reconciliation Right for America?” Shipman is the Founding CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a cultural institution in Atlanta which connects the U.S. civil rights movement with today’s human rights struggles. He is the former president and CEO of the Woodruff Arts Center, and today works toward promoting racial justice in the arts.


walker-barnes-story.jpgChanequa Walker-Barnes, “Pathological Whiteness: Diagnosing the Hidden Wound.” Walker-Barnes is a clinical psychologist, public theologian, ecumenical minister, and professor of practical theology at Mercer University. In her work, Walker-Barnes advocates for justice in the church and beyond, especially for women of color. She is the author of multiple books, including I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation (Eerdmans, 2019).


Past TheoEd Talks are available to view online for free, including presentations from Austin Channing Brown, Shane Claiborne, Mike McHargue, Lauren Winner, Pete Enns, Diana Butler Bass, and Wil Gafney. Also available are discussion guides designed to help Bible studies, small groups, and Sunday School classes engage, explore, and respond to the topics addressed by TheoEd speakers.