Communities Seeking Justice

green-dividerLansing Lee Conference

March 22–24, 2019

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This year’s Lansing Lee Conference will focus on how communities of faith can find their roots in God’s hope and work of justice for the world. By participating in the radical love of God and following the teachings of Jesus Christ, we can join in the work of restoring and championing the dignity and fulfillment of marginalized people. In a time where political groups are competing to see how they can separate our society into obedient supporters, we hope to explore a new way where our identity transcends division and we know ourselves as interconnected Children of God who strive towards seeking and serving Christ in all people.


Dr. Catherine Meeks, Founding Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center for Racial Healing

Author, Community and Wellness Activist and Mid-wife to the Soul

Educational  Background: BA in Speech Education from Pepperdine University(Calif.) , Master in Social Work, Atlanta University (Ga.), Ph.D. Emory University( Ga). MSW Thesis focused upon Jung, Afro Centrism and Oncology. Ph.D focus was on Jungian Psychology, African and African American Women’s Literature. Dissertation: The Mule of the World: An Exploration into Sexist Oppression with Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker

Vocational Highlights: Taught African American Studies at Mercer University for 25 years where an interdisciplinary approach to issues of race, gender and class raised the consciousness of many students. In addition to this there were many opportunities to engage other issues as a professor in the Freshman Seminar Program, Senior Capstone Program, Human Services and Psychology Departments.

Following the Mercer tenure two years were spent serving as a Loaned Executive to the Mayor’s Office in the City of Macon directing the Mayor’s Youth Violence Task Force. During this time the high profile nature of this volunteer job led to an invitation from Wesleyan College to join their faculty as an Endowed Chair as the Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies. This position was held for nine years until retirement in 2008.

The Rev. Ed Bacon has been a regular guest host on Oprah Winfrey’s Soul Series, on Oprah & Friends Radio, and a guest panelist in the Spirituality 101 segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show’s “Living Your Best Life” series. Ed is an Episcopal priest and a national voice on issues of the Oneness of all creation; rethinking Christianity as non-bigoted, science-friendly, and love-based; as well as promoting faith and justice for all regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. His energies focus on leadership in anxious times; living a love-based life as opposed to a fear-based life; peacemaking; interfaith and inter-spiritual relations; and, contemplative practices and their impact on relationships, creativity, and brain functioning.

The Reverend Marcus George Halley serves as the Rector of Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis and Missioner for Evangelism for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota. In both spheres of his vocation, Fr. Halley seeks to make disciples, share the Gospel, speak the truth, and invite people to follow the compassionate way of Jesus. He holds degrees from Johnson C. Smith University, Interdenominational Theological Center, and the School of Theology at the University of the South. He is a Doctor of Ministry student at the University of the South. He speaks and facilitates conversations around the intersection of race, sexuality, and faith. His work has appeared on Grow Christians, The Logos Project, Lent Madness, Forward Day-by-Day, and Thirty Seconds or Less. He is published in the Sewanee Theological Review and in the forthcoming book Dialogues On: Sexuality. 

The Rev. Dr. Stuart Higginbotham serves as rector of Grace Episcopal Church, in Gainesville, GA. He was part of the initial gathering of The New Contemplatives Exchange, a global network of young contemplative scholars and practitioners convened by Thomas Keating, Richard Rohr, Tilden Edwards, and Laurence Freeman in Snowmass, Colorado.  He is particularly drawn to exploring the ways the Christian contemplative tradition can shape, nurture, and challenge the institutional church.  Fr. Stuart did his initial theological studies at Columbia Theological Seminary then studied at the School of Theology at the University of the South for his Diploma in Anglican Studies and his Doctor of Ministry. He has worked and studied for years with the Shalem Institute of Spiritual Formation and with the World Community for Christian Meditation.

Music Provided By

Fran McKendree

River Guerguerian


About The Conference

The annual Lansing Lee Conference honors the memory of Lansing B. Lee Jr. of Augusta, GA. Lee participated in many aspects of Kanuga’s programs and governance for more than 50 years. The conference focuses on the theme “Practicing the Faith” and explores different dimensions of that topic in the context of the world, nation, the Church and society. The Lansing Lee Conference is made possible by an endowment established by Natalie Lee and with major support from the Buford L. Bowen Endowment.

In collaboration with the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.



Rates are per person

Double Occupancy (shared room): $425
Single Occupancy (private room): $535
Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $205
Non-Participating Guest (meals and facility fees only): $295

Payment and Cancellations

Deposit: A $100 deposit, per person, is required at the time of registration. This nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit is deducted from the total fee. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Echeck.

Balance due: Payment in full is required beginning 30 days before the event start date, which is also the Balance Due date for those only paying the initial deposit when registering.

Adult Cancellations: Cancellations and refunds are provided in a tiered system based on proximity to the event start date. Any cancellation made at least three weeks (21 days) before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 15-20 days before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 50% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 8-14 days before the event start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 25% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made within 7 days of the event start date are not eligible for a refund.

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For more information, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at or 828-692-9136 Ext. 2745.