On Freedom’s Journey: A Conversation with Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. – The 21-year-old Tennessee State student was the drum major in the University marching band when, in 1961, he became involved in the Nashville Movement. Patton arrived in Montgomery, Alabama on Tuesday, May 23 to help reinforce the riders’ meeting at the home of Dr. Harris after the May 21 firebombing and siege of Montgomery’s First Baptist Church. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. took part in the May 24, 1961 Greyhound Freedom Ride to Jackson, Mississippi, where he was arrested and later transferred to Mississippi’s notorious Parchman State Prison Farm. Patton was one of 14 Tennessee State University students expelled for participating in the Rides. Following the Freedom Rides, Dr. Patton worked as a jazz musician, a long-distance truck driver, and a community leader. For the past three years, he has served as the Freedom Rider on an annual university-sponsored Civil Rights Tour of the Deep South.
Two Ends, One Stick: Serving God in Trades and Engineering – Does it make any difference that an engineer or a tradesman (tradeswoman) is a Christian? How does faith show up when an F-150 is being designed, or when someone brings a broken truck in to be maintained or fixed? Join Dennis Slevin, Senior Engineer for the Ford Motor Company and Walt Baptista, Fixed Operations Director at Stuckey Ford and Subaru for a conversation about what it
means to follow Jesus in the worlds of automotive engineering and maintenance. Dennis and Walt will also address the tension that often exists between those who design products and those who service them.
Can We Love Our Neighbors Through Politics? (Sho Baraka, Michael Gerson, Stephanie Summers, Katie Thompson, Michael Wear) Following one of the most divisive election years ever, many Christians are wondering if being politically engaged is something God’s people should do. Join the conversation with our panelists about why our citizenship matters—to God and for our neighbors.