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President’s Courageous Conversation Series: Effects of the Pandemic

September 17 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for the first President’s Courageous Conversation at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. The live-streamed event will focus on the Effects of the Pandemic. 

Photo of three students engaged in converation.

The monthly series brings together the Campbell community for conversations around vital topics that matter, and reflect Campbell’s commitment to graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service.  Conversations will range from explorations of leadership in underserved communities to important topics in Christian higher education and the global community.  

September’s Conversation: 
Effects of the Pandemic

This courageous conversation will revolve around the effects of the pandemic on communities, particularly those who are underserved. Panelists will also explore how pandemic has created isolation and effected how we gather and function within relationships and community. Time will be spent examining how we understand the research and science of pandemic. Finally, the conversation will invite participants to reflect on what freedom in community means and how we care for our neighbors. 

Featured guests

Campbell President Dr. J. Bradley Creed welcomes the following guests for the conversation:

  • Wes Rich, associate dean for Health Sciences in Campbell’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 
  • David Tillman, chair of Campbell’s Public Health department 
  • The Rev. Dr. Latonya Agard, pastor and licensed pastoral counselor

Join the conversation 

While you can livestream the conversation wherever they are, we are offering several locations to view the livestream in small, socially distanced gatherings across campus.  Each room is limited to nine participants and one room host.

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About the series

What is a courageous conversation?

A courageous conversation is being willing to sit with another person in order to listen generously, speak truthfully, and be willing to learn from the person sitting with you.

How we approach one another in conversation matters. The posture of a courageous conversation invites humility, grace and respect. We hope to create space that is hospitable and promotes a sense of welcome as we seek to engage in constructive, careful and meaningful conversation.

Our commitment 

A courageous conversation involves commitments from those participating. These are our commitments to one another:

  • Be fully present.
  • Listen with a view of wanting to understand.
  • Be vulnerable and courageous.
  • Honor silence, rather than using silence to gain an advantage.
  • Embody grace.

Our process

A courageous conversation involves a process. It may be different depending on the topic but process facilitates purpose and creates meaning and value in the conversation. 

  • Who is here for the conversation?
  • Introduce the topic and determine the purpose.
  • Ask good and helpful questions. What do we hope to learn about ourselves, others, and the topic?
  • Where do we go from here? What is our next faithful step?