What is a “theology of place”? What is the theology of the ground you are standing upon? How does the social, political and cultural history of place shape the ministry you do? How does a progressive theology fit into the values of your place and how does it push against them? What theological questions are you wrestling with as a result.

Join us in Charlotte, NC where we’ll gather to explore these questions as we build relationships with each other. Give yourself the space to learn from and dialogue with your fellow faith leaders from around the country as you consider what God is calling you to respond to in your community. We’ll learn from each other as we explore our own theologies and discuss the challenges of leading in our many diverse, progressive communities and contexts.


Rev. Dr. Peter Choi

2019 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

2019 Keynote Speaker

Ray McKinnon

2019 Keynote Speaker


2019 Speaker

Aaron P. Bailey

2019 Speaker

Tommy Allgood

2019 Speaker

Erin Edwards

2019 Speaker

Dawn Anthony

2019 Speaker

Dr. Willie Griffin

2019 Speaker

Greg Jarrell

2019 Speaker

Erin Law

2019 Speaker

Bishop Tonyia Rawls

2019 Speaker

Laura Truax

2019 Speaker

Mira Joyner

2019 Speaker

Rachael McClair

2019 Speaker

Chris Romine

2019 Speaker

John Thornton Jr.

2019 Speaker

Tonetta Landis-Aina

2019 Speaker

George Mekhail

2019 Speaker

Bree Stallings

2019 Speaker

Additional speakers to be announced.


November 6 | 3pm – 4pm

Through a Local Lens: A History of the Development of the Modern Civil Rights Movement

Included in your registration is admission to the exhibits and a lecture at the Levine Museum of the New South. Levine Museum builds a stronger, more equitable community by connecting people to Charlotte and to each other through history, culture, and celebration. We hope their exhibits and programs will foster empathy, ignite dialogue, and inspire action during our time together and beyond.

November 6 | 6pm – 9pm

A Theology of Charlotte: A Celebration of Faith & the Arts

As part of our gathering, we’ll worship with local musicians Greg Jarrell and Dawn Anthony. They’ll bring to life the stories of Charlotte through Greg’s book A Riff of Love in a 90-minute program that uses professional jazz musicians, readings, corporate singing, and visual art that will inspire us to create spaces of justice and belonging in our world.


This schedule will be filled with more detail as plans develop. It is subject to change without notice.



8:00AM | Registration Opens

9:00AM | Welcome/Prayer

9:30AM | Welcome Dialogue

11:00AM | Keynote: Peter Choi 

12:00PM | Keynote: Ray McKinnon 

12:45PM | Lunch

2:00PM | Tour Levine Museum of New South

3:00PM | “Through a Local Lens: A History of the Development of the Modern Civil Rights Movement,” Dr. Willie Griffin at Levine Museum of New South

5:30PM | Dinner and Dialogue 

6:30PM | “A Theology of Charlotte: A Celebration of Faith & the Arts”

7:00PM | Panel Conversation with local pastors, artists, and activists Greg Jarrell, Ray McKinnon, and Mia McClain 

7:45PM | “Riff of Love” Worship with Greg Jarrell, Dawn Anthony & Band



8:45AM | Light Breakfast at Watershed

9:00AM | Keynote: Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

10:00AM | Reflection Dialogue with Robyn & Erin C. Law

10:30AM |  Break

11:00AM | Explanation of Breakout Sessions

11:15AM | Breakout Session 1

  • Theology of Place & Embodiment – Erin C. Law
  • Theology of Place Liturgy Workshop – Gary, Hannah & Lenora Rand
  • Theology of Place-Making & the Artist – Lanecia & Ash Love

12:30PM |  Catered Lunch at Watershed

2:00PM | Prayer/Music/Welcome with Erin & Chelsea Edwards

2:30PM | Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Theology of Place & Multicultural Church – Mira Sawlani-Joyner
  • Theology of Place & the Workplace – John Thornton
  • Theology of Place in a Global Future – Tommy Garvin & Laura Truax

4:30PM |  Afternoon Breakout Sessions

  • Theology of Place & Church Planting – Tonetta Landis-Aina & Aaron Bailey
  • Theology of Place & Preaching – George Mekhail, Jenny Morgan & Erin Edwards



9:30AM | Breakfast at Watershed

10:00AM | Worship with The Many  & Bischop Tonyia Rawls

12:00PM | Closing Remarks


Join us for a pre-event on the evening of November 5th! Our board will host a meet & greet dinner for those who are new to the collective or who want to get to know people better. It’s the perfect opportunity to get to know each other on a deeper level before the gathering begins.


Watershed Church is one of the newest partner communities in our collective. They enjoy close proximity to Charlotte’s Uptown (which they call “downtown”), which includes numerous lodging options (both Airbnb and hotels). They are walking distance from three great breweries (with many more a short drive away) as well as numerous restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, and museums. W/ plans to take advantage of all the great progressive communities, artists, and cultural spots around Charlotte as we learn and grow together in this up-and-coming city in the Southeast. Learn more about the “Queen City” here.


Watershed Charlotte is a 20 minute Uber/Lift ride from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

W/ has reserved hotel blocks at nearby hotels. Please book before October 11th to secure our group rates:


Charlotte Uptown for $189 a night

Charlotte Uptown for $139 a night

Charlotte Uptown for $189 a night


Many thanks to our inaugural church partners and organizational sponsors who made our 2018 gathering possible and who continue to support us this year. Interested in partnering W/ us to make this event possible? We’re looking for sponsors, partner churches, and individual leaders who want to give time, resources or connections to help shape and make this event the best yet. We can’t do it without you.

To learn more, contact Rachael McClair.