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General Session SPEAKERS AND MUSICIANS

Speakers

In addition to leading the Learning Tracks, we are excited to have each of our track leaders speak during the General Sessions.

Vance Blackfox

Vance Blackfox

Other + Wise webpage

Peggy Hahn

Peggy Hahn

Way to Lead webpage

Bishop Leila Ortiz

Bishop Leila Ortiz

Leila M. Ortiz webpage

Rev. Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy

Rev. Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy

Native Theologian webpage  Facebook  

Reframing Our Stories webpage

Kara Haug

Kara has always asked the big questions - looking for connections to our world and the way people interact. Through her experiences in human services, working with youth and in ministry, she quickly recognized most of her time was spent helping people reframe stories they’ve told themselves about sex and relationships.

In 2015, Kara created Grace Unbound, a resource for teaching comprehensive sexual health without the shame or guilt, but with excitement, engagement, compassion, and the invitation to be vulnerable. Reframing our Stories launched in 2020 and through these companies, Kara has worked in homes, with schools, churches, and community groups domestically and abroad speaking on various topics of sexuality.

She has her BA in Psychology from Hope College in Holland, MI., a Masters in Theological Studies from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA, Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health Education and Counseling from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is a Certified Sexuality Educator. Kara lives in California with her husband and her two children.

Emcee

Anthony Eder

After spending several years in Southern California working at a Lutheran Bible Camp full time, Anthony is back in the Midwest. He is living life with intention, hope, and curiosity. He is passionate about mental health care, advocating for our voice & purpose, and creating a dance party anywhere we go. Anthony is in the process of getting trained as Peer Support Specialist for folks in recovery and will soon be certified as an Enneagram Practitioner with The Art of Growth.

Anthony finds joy in knitting, music, laughing, road trips, and connecting with people on a deep level. He is always searching for new music, so send him ALL your suggestions!

Musicians


The Many

The Many is a creative collective who have come together around their shared love of music and their commitment to honest expressions of faith, worship and the pressing issues of our times. In just a few years, they have become a significant creative voice in the movement for inclusion, justice and mercy across a diverse church landscape. They have led music and worship at The Wild Goose Festival, at denominational Annual Conferences, the Sojourner Summit, the Progressive Youth Conference and they have shared the platform with a long list of prominent speakers, including Brian McLaren, Lenny Duncan, Nadia Bolz-Weber and William Barber III. Their recent work has included a collaboration with The BTS Center, creating online gatherings and resources to help the church reflect and lament and give thanks for the earth in this time of climate change.

The Many includes: Darren Calhoun, Hannah Rand, Christa Sangster Monroe, Jonathan Ulanday, Kristina Sinks, Lenora Rand, Gary Rand.

Learn more about The Many

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