With the Lansing Lee Conference just months away, Kanuga is excited to reveal confirmed speakers for the event. Held March 16-18, this year’s conference focuses on the importance of civil discourse in America and is hosted in collaboration with the Washington National Cathedral, The Center for Speaking & Listening at Sewanee: The University of the South, and the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations.
Civil discourse is a growing concern among many, especially as recent data from the Pew Research Center reveals Republicans and Democrats are now further apart ideologically than at any point in more than two decades.
Welcoming Members from the Democratic & Republican Party
Conference speakers include members of the United States House of Representatives—including Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA). Both politicians express their excitement for the upcoming event.
“At this time, it is extra important we reclaim the ability to discuss and engage on issues in a civil way. The Anglican practice of relying on tradition, scripture, and reason is a perfect way to do that. The natural beauty, serenity, and deep spirituality of Kanuga is the perfect place to have this discussion,” says Congressman Byrne.
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene adds, “My faith has helped guide my commitment to community service, whether it was when I was a vestry member, a PTA mom, a Stephen Minister or serving in Congress.” She continues, “I’ve always fought for those who need a helping hand because our communities are stronger when no one is left behind. Those driving principles continue to serve me in my current role in Congress, and I look forward to joining fellow Episcopalians at the Lansing Lee Conference.”
Additional confirmed speakers include:
- The Rt. Rev. Robert C. Wright, 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta
- The Rev. Canon Jan Naylor Cope, Provost of Washington National Cathedral
- The Rt. Rev. Carl Walter Wright, Bishop Suffragan for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministries;
- The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson, Ph.D., Canon to the Presiding Bishop for Ministry Beyond The Episcopal Church
- Alan Yarborough, The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
A Time of Learning & Growth
The two-day event features plenary sessions with Congressman Byrne and Congresswoman DelBene and break-out workshops that dive into a variety of topics. The ultimate goal is to equip attendees to be agents of good in the world despite the current political divide.
This conference is expected to be in high demand so early registration is suggested. Scholarships are available. Register online now.