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Creating community online might seem daunting, even impossible. Learn from two leaders about how they are doing it and creating nurturing, impactful communities.
Join Rev. Brandan Robertson and Rev. Elle Dowd for a one-hour program that will take you through practical steps for building online community from two leaders who have been doing it for years.
Elle Dowd (she/her/hers) is a bi-furious recent graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Elle is the author of Baptized in Tear Gas, an account her conversion experience from a white moderate to prison abolitionist, available for pre-order now through Broadleaf Books.
Elle has pieces of her heart in Sierra Leone, where her two children were born, and in St. Louis where she learned from the radical, queer, Black leadership during the Ferguson Uprising.
She was formerly a co-conspirator with the movement to #decolonizeLutheranism and currently serves as a board member of the Euro-Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice, does community organizing in her city as a board member of SOUL, writes regularly as part of the vision team for the Disrupt Worship Project, and facilitates workshops in both secular conferences and Christian spaces.
Brandan Robertson (he/him/his) is a noted author, activist, and theologian, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal.
A prolific writer, he is the author or contributing author to twelve books on spirituality, justice, and theology. He writes regularly for Patheos, and has bylines in TIME Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune, The Huffington Post, NBC, and The Washington Post. As a trusted voice on progressive faith and politics, Robertson is a regular commentator in national and global media outlets including National Public Radio, The Independent UK, The New York Times, and POLITICO.
Named by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top faith-leaders leading the fight for human rights, Robertson has worked with political and social leaders around the world to end conversion therapy and promote LGBT+ rights. He has worked as a national organizer of people of faith on a wide array of social and political issues for respected organizations such as Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and Faith In Public Life, and is a respected convener of religious leaders from across the social and political spectrum. Most recently, Robertson served as the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA from 2017-2021.
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