Listen & Learn

Listen & Learn: Guest Preachers, Speakers & Musicians

Sunday, September 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: Rodnie Bryant will be our guest musician and lead a workshop on African American music after the service. An Indianapolis native, he has had an illustrious career as a director, producer and music arranger. The founder of the Christian Community Mass Choir, Rodnie has been nominated for Grammy, Stellar and Soul Train awards and has helped produce a number of albums that have been influential in the gospel music world.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:00 p.m.: Shelly Fitzgerald will be our speaker at Pub Theology at Green Street Pub (911 N. Green Street, Brownsburg). Shelly was the Co-Director of Guidance and was employed for 15 years at an Indianapolis Catholic school before being told that her marriage with her wife Victoria was a violation of her contract. Administrators gave her three options: dissolve her marriage, resign, or keep quiet and work the rest of the school year without receiving a renewal of her contract. Shelly chose to fight. This decision was not to fight just for herself, but for all people who face discrimination. Shelly, and the students of Shelly’s Voice, have become a beacon of hope shining light on the dark shadows of selective discrimination and unequal treatment of LGBTQ+ individuals in our schools, the workplace and our community at large.

Sunday, September 22, 2019: The Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis will be our guest preacher and lead a conversation time after worship. She is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is also the author of the book Ferguson and Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community (Chalice Press, 2015). She interviewed more than two dozen clergy and young activists who were actively involved in the movement for racial justice in Ferguson and beyond. Ferguson and Faith is a collection of stories of courage and hope. Dr. Gunning Francis gleaned from these stories seeds of possibilities that, if nurtured, could serve us well into the future. These are the stories that were rarely imaged on television, yet they are integral to the fight for justice in Ferguson and resonate with the struggle for human dignity around the country.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m.: The Rev. Winterbourne LaPucelle Harrison-Jones will be our guest for Pub Theology at Green Street Pub (911 N. Green Street, Brownsburg). Harrison-Jones is a scholar, author, ecclesial leader, and distinguished churchman out of the lineage of Dr. William Augustus Jones, Dr. James Forbes, Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson and Dr. Howard Thurman. He is the Pastor of the historic Witherspoon Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. His credo is shaped by words of the noted scholar, theologian and 1926 graduate of Rochester Theological Seminary, Dr. Howard Thurman; “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive!”

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: Ana Hernandez will be our guest musician and liturgical leader. Ana is a composer/arranger, workshop facilitator, author, and mischief maker. She works with people to create beautiful liturgies in many different styles; from early music to contemplative, to drummy and participatory. She facilitates meaningful conversations using the Art of Hosting modalities. Lately she’s been working with groups to practice listening at deeper levels, dismantle racism, and to remind people they are beloved of God. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:00 p.m.: Dr. Scott Shoemaker will be our speaker at Pub Theology at Green Street Pub (911 N. Green Street, Brownsburg). A member of the Miami Nation of Indiana, Shoemaker is a leading figure in the study and recovery of the Miami language and preservation of the traditional art of Miami ribbon work. He lectures frequently at scholarly meetings and cultural gatherings and serves on boards for the Myaamia Foundation, Miami Nation of Indians of Indiana, and as director for the Historic and Cultural Preservation Office of the Miami Nation of Indiana. With this expertise, Shoemaker leads the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis in becoming a center for the understanding of Native peoples of the larger Indiana and Great Lakes regions.

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m.: The Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort will be our guest preacher and lead a conversation time after worship. She is a Presbyterian minister, agitator, speaker, writer, and slinger of hopeful stories about faith and church. Her writing and commentary can be found at TIME, BBC World Service, USA Today, Huffington Post, Christian Century, On Being, Sojourners, and Faith and Leadership. She is a PhD student in Religious Studies at Indiana University where she and her Presbyterian minister- spouse live with their three kids in Hoosier country. Mihee recently authored Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith (Fortress Press, 2018). 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 6:00 p.m.: Dr. Terri Jett will be our speaker at Pub Theology at Green Street Pub (911 N. Green Street, Brownsburg). Dr. Jett is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Special Assistant to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusivity at Butler University. Dr. Jett is also an affiliate faculty member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program. She teaches courses on U.S. politics with a focus on the experiences of African Americans and other ethnic minorities such as Black Political Thought and The Politics of Alice Walker.


Sunday, February 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m.: Allison Victoria will be our guest musician and then share about the musical and cultural traditions in her church after the service. Allison is a soulful singer/songwriter and the leader of an Indianapolis based band. She’s been on WFYI’s Small Studio and Curious Mix. In addition to her own work, Victoria has also been featured on tracks with diverse local artists such as Baby Ebony, Diop, James Daytona, Karte Carter, Willis, and Woogie. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 6:00 p.m.: Rosie Bryant, LSW will be our speaker at Pub Theology at Green Street Pub (911 N. Green Street, Brownsburg). A Community Organizer for Faith in Indiana, Bryant works to build coalitions among marginalized people and people of faith in the central Indiana area to act collectively for racial and economic equity. Her work includes identifying issues, training leaders and connecting them to direct action with policy- and decision-makers at the local and statewide levels. Faith in Indiana provides opportunities for diverse communities to work together to resolve problems – helping our state to become the best it can be for all of its citizens.

Sunday, February 23, 2020, 10:00 a.m.: The Coro Latinoamericano from Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis will join us for worship. A lively and joyful expression of the Anglican worship tradition in a new way, the Coro will bring a different dimension to our worship and help us see and explore different images of God from another culture. Director Yuri Rodríguez will facilitate a conversation on cultural competency and Latinx music following the service. Ms. Rodríguez, a native of Costa Rica, is the Leader of the Coro Latinoamericano at Christ Church Cathedral and is well known in the Episcopal Church for her leadership in developing multicultural hymnody. She is an award-winning vocalist in both classical and popular styles with recent performances with the IU-Latin Jazz Ensemble, Reimagining Opera for Kids and the Costa Rica National Lyric Opera.

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m.: The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows will make her formal visitation to Good Samaritan as Bishop of Indianapolis. She will help us understand how our work and focus on growing in reconciliation, seeing and confronting systemic racism, and seeking healing fits in with the larger mission of our sister congregations in the Diocese of Indianapolis and throughout the Episcopal Church and Anglican Communion in the world. At the time she was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis in 2016, Jennifer was the Director of Networking in the Diocese of Chicago. 


Sunday, March 8, 2020, 10:00 a.m.: Joyce Johnson will be our guest during worship and afterwards for conversation. Joyce is a Master Certified Biblical Storyteller. She serves in Christian Education Ministries at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Indianapolis. Joyce is coordinator and teacher of Discipleship Studies and leader for the Scripture by Heart Biblical Storytelling Ministry. She is co-presenter of Biblical Storytelling and Story-Learning Workshops at Indiana Women’s Prison. She received her Masters in Christian Education from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 6:00 p.m.: Dr. Shariq Siddiqui will be our speaker at Pub Theology at Green Street Pub (911 N. Green Street, Brownsburg). Dr. Siddiqui serves as the visiting director and assistant professor of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Shariq authors research on Muslim philanthropy and the Muslim nonprofit sector. He’ll help us make the connection between spirituality and giving, and offer a non-Christian perspective that might help us understand and renew our own faith.