Athletics, Race, and Christianity (ARC) Talks

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February 10, 2022

In 2022, ARC Talks speakers will travel to Waco and participate in several events and conversations on the Baylor University campus. They will also be recording a roundtable discussion focused on their own experiences and journeys related to the ARC Talks themes. If you would like to ask the speakers a question and/or receive a link to a recording of their conversation, please register below.

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FEATURED SPEAKERS

Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver is a retired NBA player who currently serves as a player development coach for the Brooklyn Nets. Over his 17-year career, Korver was one of the most prolific and accurate three-point shooters in NBA history. Prior to his NBA career, he graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in visual communications.

Korver's life has been strongly shaped by the church. Born into a family of ministers—his grandfather, father, and a brother are all pastors—Korver lived in both the big city environment of Los Angeles and the small-town context of Pella, Iowa. Those experiences, as well as his time in the NBA, have inspired him to write and speak about issues related to race and justice in American society. You can learn more about his journey and his reflections from his widely-read Player's Tribune article, “Privileged,” or in his podcast conversations with Sports Spectrum and Race and Redemption.

*Photo provided by photographer A.J. Olnes, used courtesy of Creighton University Athletics.

John Onwuchekwa

John Onwuchekwa

John Onwuchekwa is an Atlanta-based pastor, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. As a deep reader and world traveler, John brings an informed and global perspective to all his pursuits. He is one of the founding pastors of Cornerstone Church and co-founder of Portrait Coffee—both in the Historic West End of Atlanta. These endeavors are ways in which he hopes to restore a sense of family, dignity, and hope to their neighborhood.

John is also a Baylor University graduate who served as a student manager for Scott Drew’s basketball program in 2005. He holds a master's degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Church Leadership & Community Witness from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. John has authored several books. His most recent book, We Go On: Finding Purpose in All of Life's Sorrows and Joys, was published in January 2022 with Zondervan.

Christina Edmondson, PhD
Christina Edmondson, PhD

For over a decade, Christina Edmondson served in a variety of leadership roles in higher education, including recently as Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin University. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Tennessee State University, as well as a master's degree in Family Therapy from the University of Rochester and a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hampton University.

As a Certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator and mental health therapist, Dr. Edmondson frequently consults with and serves churches, universities, and other organizations seeking assistance with leadership development, anti-racism, and mental health issues. She is one of the co-hosts of the Truth's Table podcast, and her forthcoming book with Chad Brennan, Faithful Antiracism: Moving Past Talk to Systemic Change, will be published with InterVarsity Press in March 2022.


ABOUT THE ARC TALKS

A joint venture between the Faith & Sports Institute, Baylor Athletics, and Truett Seminary’s Black Church Studies Program, the Athletics, Race, & Christianity (ARC) Talks launched in 2021. We bring in thought leaders and prominent voices from the church, academy, and sports world to spark meaningful dialogue in the Baylor community and beyond. The end goal is transformation that leads to greater unity and justice.


QUESTIONS?

Baylor AthleticsJohn_Maurer@baylor.edu

Black Church Studies ProgramMalcolm_Foley@baylor.edu

Faith & Sports InstitutePaul_Putz@baylor.edu


Past ARC Talks

George W. Truett Theological Seminary