The 2014 Remind & Renew Conference was built around this topic: "I would be helped if clergy would be better informed or would more often address matters of faith and [family, money, relationships, work, workplace ethics, raising children, sexuality, politics, how to be a good neighbor]. And here is my story that will indicate why this subject is important to me."     


Below you will find seven responses to the topic. Each response is approximately 20 minutes in length. Additionally, Dr. David Miller from Princeton's Center for Faith & Work keynoted the public, evening session. The sermons from the two conference worships events are also included.                



The Rev. Dr. Nancy Claire Pittman           

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean 

Phillips Theological Seminary


Listen to Nancy's homily:


Kurt Gwartney

Phillips Alum 

Regional Spokesperson American Red Cross, Tulsa, OK

Former News Director KGOU, Norman, OK

"Create safe & respectful spaces where faith, politics & public policy issues can be discussed."


Listen to Kurt's presentation:  

Pat Hoerth            

Adjunct Instructor of Spirituality at Phillips Theological Seminary 

Retreat Leader & Spiritual Director at Turtle Creek Rock Farm, Red Rock, OK  

"Address issues of climate change & sustainable living."



Listen to Pat's presentation: 


Anthony James

Colonel, US Army Reserves

Deacon, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Tulsa, OK

General Manager, Packing Corp. of America, Muskogee, OK

"Consider how clergy picture and relate to laity."


Listen to Anthony's presentation:  



Dr. David Miller

Director of Princeton University's Faith & Work Initiative



Listen to Part I of David's presentation: 

Listen to Part II of David's presentation:   



The Rev. Dr. John L. Thomas, Jr. 

Associate Dean for Contextual Education & Church Relations

Director of the Supervised Ministries Program

Director of Baptists Traditions Denominational Formation

Phillips Theological Seminary



Listen to John's homily: 



Christine Vitt

Administrative Assistant, South Broadway Christian Church, Denver, CO 

"Appreciate what it is like to play the 'innkeeper' to the pastor's Good Samaritan work." 




Listen to Chris's presentation: 


Courtney Fowler

Conference Lay Leader of the Great Plains United Methodist Church Conference

Media Coordinator

Member of the Muscogee-Creek Nation

Advocate for global health initiatives

"Challenge me to live a life of risk-taking faith that connects the local and the global."


Listen to Courtney's Presentation


Dr. Eleanor Hubbard

Lay Leader, Cairn Christian Church, Lafayette, CO

Retired Sociology Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder, specializing in
gender, race, class, sexual orientation, age & ability.

"Address issues of faith & gender more often."



Listen to Eleanor's presentation:


Richard Perry

Semi-retired health care consultant

Member of Faith United Methodist Church, Tulsa, OK 

"Encourage & support laity when we have questions and doubts."




Listen to Richard's presentation:

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