2016 Turner Memorial Lecture Series

Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community

October 3-5, 2016 in Yakima


Featuring Dr. Leah Gunning Francis

Dr. Leah Gunning Francis is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. She earned her Ph.D. in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009, her M. Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 2001, and her B.S. from Hampton University in 1993.  A passionate champion for changing the public narrative about young black men, Dr. Gunning Francis’ writing an teaching focuses on the role of faith communities as agents of justice and social change.  Previously, she was on the faculty at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where she also served as Associate Dean of Contextual Education. That unique vantage point on the events in Ferguson, Missouri, enabled her to write the well-received Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership & Awakening Community (Chalice Press, 2015). She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and children.




Event Schedule

Monday, October 3

1:00  Registration
1:30  Gathering Worship
2:30  Lecture I
3:30 Q&A with Dr. Gunning Francis
4:00 Turner Lectures Update
4:30  Dinner on your own
7:00  Meet & Greet, Oxford Suites Restaurant

Tuesday, October

8:45  Refreshments
9:00  Worship
9:30  Lecture II
10:30 Q&A with Dr. Gunning Francis
11:15 Regional Update
12:00 Catered Box Lunch
1:00 Workshops
2:15 Break
2:30 Workshops
3:45 Break
4:00 Worship
5:30 Free Evening

Wednesday, October 5

8:45 Refreshments
9:00  Lecture III
10:00 Q&A with Dr. Gunning Francis​
10:30 Break
10:45 Worship



Oxford Inn
1603 E Yakima Ave, Yakima WA 98901
Single Queen $95
Double Queen $99
Oxford Suites
1701 E Yakima Ave, Yakima WA 98901
Double Queen $119
Studio King $121

** Special rates good through September 12 **


About the Turner Memorial Lectures

The Turner Memorial Lectures are presented by the Northwest Regional Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Begun in 1964, the Lectures honor the memory of William Franklin Turner, who ministered in Washington state for almost 50 years.

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Englewood Christian Church, 511 N 44th Ave, Yakima, WA 98908