October 10-13, 2023
“Practicing the Faith,” Kanuga’s Lansing Lee Conference, will be held October 10-13 and feature Dr. Catherine Meeks and poet David Whyte. The Rev. Winnie Varghese will serve as chaplain.
Dr. Catherine Meeks is Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Dr. Meeks brings four decades of experience in working to dismantle racism. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life.
Poet and writer David Whyte makes his home in the Pacific Northwest, where rain and changeable skies remind him of the other, more distant homes from which he comes: Yorkshire, Wales and Ireland. He has traveled extensively, including working as a guide in the Galapagos and leading trips into the Himalaya; much of his work chronicles a close relationship to landscapes and histories. He speaks to the suffering and joy that accompany revelation, and the necessity of belonging to families, people and places.
A national leader in The Episcopal Church, The Rev. Winnie Varghese is known for her inspired writing, teaching, and preaching. Before her current position as the 23rd rector of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, she served as Priest for Ministry and Program Coordination at Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.
The event will include ample time for contemplation, prayer, and holy listening to provide space for spiritual respite and growth.
Registration is expected to open in spring 2023.
The Lansing Lee Conference honors the memory of Lansing B. Lee, Jr. of Augusta, Georgia. Lee participated in many aspects of Kanuga’s programs and governance for more than 50 years. The Conference focus area is “Practicing the Faith,” and is meant to explore different dimensions of that topic in context of the world, nation, Church, and society. The Lansing Lee Conference is made possible by an endowment established by Natalie Lee with major support from the Buford L. Bowen endowment.