Better Together is a one-day event that seeks to create space for prayer, learning, and dialogue centered on the important work of Christian racial reconciliation. On February 28, 2019, we will have guest speakers, open forums, and a variety of opportunities for authentic and respectful conversations with one another during this pivotal time in our history. Our confirmed speakers include Joy Moore, Donna Covington, Rocky Shack (Jackson, Mississippi), the producers of Left Turn 2 (Evansville, Indiana), Myron Pierce (Omaha, Nebraska), and Tre Calvin (Wilmore, Kentucky). Worship will be led by Kunal Onkar.
Please complete the form if you are interested in joining us. The registration cost is $12.00. The first 50 registrants receive a free pass to the People's Supper, an opportunity to escape our echo chambers, and to connect deeply and build meaningful relationships with folks of different backgrounds, different traditions, different racial and ethnic identities, different worldviews, and yes, maybe even different voting habits.
Location: The Foundry, 209 E Main Street, Wilmore, KY 40390
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019
10:30 am | Registration
11:00 am | Asbury Seminary Chapel with Dr. Joy Moore
Noon | Lunch & Learn
1:30 pm | Main Session 1 [Recognize]
3:00 pm | Break
3:15 pm | Main Session 2 [Understand]
4:45 pm | Break
5:00 pm | Main Session 3 [Prepare]
6:00 pm | People’s Supper
7:30 pm | Main Session 4 [Commit]
Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rev. Donna Covington
Rev. Donna Covington serves as the Vice President of Formation at Asbury Theological Seminary. She is a highly accomplished senior leader with experience in both corporate and higher education with a heart for ministry. Corporately, she has extensive proficiency and expertise in organizational development, strategic planning and change management. She has a proven track record for problem solving and bringing organizations and groups together. Rev. Covington has led global organizations and traveled extensively including over 30 countries in her various roles at IBM and Lexmark International, Inc. She brings a global perspective along with knowledge and understanding of diversity and cultural complexities to her work.
Rev. Covington’s experience also extends into executive church leadership and higher education where she has been a change agent and innovator. She served as executive director for several churches, interim Dean of the College of Business and Computer Science at Kentucky State University and most recently, Dean of the College of Business at Delaware State University (DSU) where she was able to establish partnerships with business and economic leaders, community organizations and students to increase student retention, mentorship and career placement.
Rev. Covington has held a number of board positions and has been recognized both locally and nationally with several leadership awards, most recently a 2018 prestigious award from Girls, Inc of Delaware. She has also conducted numerous workshops and conferences locally and internationally. She was Ordained an Elder at First Pilgrim Baptist Church. She possesses a BS degree in Chemistry from Centre College, MS in Analytical Chemistry from Miami University and MA in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary.
Rev. Covington is the mother of three children and grandmother to three beautiful girls.
Dr. Joy Moore
Dr. Joy Moore is currently Lead Pastor and Ecclesial Story Teller at Bethel United Methodist Church in Flint, Michigan. Moore’s resume is rich and extensive. She served as Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. She taught at Fuller Theological Seminary in California where she established the William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies and served as its first Associate Dean. Fuller Seminary recruited her to provide vision for the center from the Divinity School at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where she served as Associate Dean for Church Relations, Associate Dean for Black Church Studies, and Visiting Professor of Preaching. Previously the director of Student Life at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and chaplain and director of Church Relations at Adrian College in Michigan, she has held pastorates in the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church.
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Moore’s desire to teach led her to earn a BA in Education and Mathematics from National-Louis University in Evanston, Illinois; a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, also in Evanston; and a PhD in practical theology from London School of Theology/Brunel University, London, England. Moore has focused on cross-racial ministry in urban, rural, and suburban congregations. As a pastor, she has called local congregations to recognize their vocation of glorifying God as a peaceable community—practicing hope, hospitality, and honesty.
Rocky Shack currently serves as the Young Adults and Outreach Minister at Christ United in Jackson, MS. He has served as a campus minister at the Ole Miss Wesley Foundation under the leadership of Rev. Eddie Willis. Rocky received his B.A. in Psychology at Ole Miss and Master of Divinity at Asbury Theological Seminary.
He is passionate about the discipleship of young emerging leaders between the ages of 18-35 who will be the next round of leaders within a multicultural context that he believes to be ripe for change.
Rocky is also passionate about seeing local churches reflect the demographics of their respective immediate communities. He believes that if we the Church remain connected to Jesus and committed to His way, then our oneness through Christ will send a credible message of the Gospel to a world that desperately needs to know Jesus.
Above all, Myron Pierce first is a family man, married to his wonderful wife Kristin. Together they keep life busy and exciting as they raise four beautiful children, Jericho, Judah, Jayce, & Presley.
Myron previously worked with Abide and was a Pastor at Bridge Church in Omaha, Ne. Myron currently leads a new church plant in inner-city Omaha called Mission Church .
He graduated from Grace University with a degree in biblical studies, and business leadership, and is currently working on his Master's degree at Pillar Seminary. He's written two books, planted six churches, three businesses, and a nonprofit entrepreneurial incubator. His life's mission is to inspire hope in the heart of every person he meets. He's taken the life transforming power of Christ and, his message of hope to to thousands of people.
Roy “Tre” Calvin is an entrepreneur and aspiring missionary to the deaf from El Paso, Texas. He graduated with a BA in Corporate Communication from West Texas A&M University in 2016. Tre is currently finishing up an MA in Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary with plans to create a deaf ran coffee shop and deaf church plant in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Tre is married to Emily Calvin and they currently live in Wilmore, Kentucky along with their Australian Shepherd, Sheila.
Kunal is from Mumbai, India, and currently a student at Asbury Seminary, Wilmore, KY. He is studying Master of Divinity with a concentration in Church Planting. He runs a music recording studio with evangelism as a byproduct of his company's initiative. He is passionate about using this model of business to enhance entrepreneurial skills in people to generate social capital, spiritual capital and social change within communities, leveraging upon their gifts and abilities for the growth of the kingdom of God.