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Conversations That Matter

We Need to Talk…

The Reverend Charlie Curb Center for Faith Leadership at Belmont University offers a series of ongoing conversations that tackle topics that church leaders increasingly face. 

These conversations confront issues like LGBT and the local church, the divisiveness of caustic politics and gun violence at the local and national levels. The goal of our Conversations That Matter is to provide a safe context in which these conversations can be shared. Our agenda is not to write policy or argue a position but to gather leaders so we can learn together.

Hosted by Belmont’s own Dr. Jon Roebuck, these conversations are intended to help leaders gain wisdom, perspective and maybe even a little comfort along the way.



  • Gentrification
    05-10-2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    What is gentrification?  What are the positive and negative effects of gentrification on the life of a city?  Does the process exploit long-time residents?  Does it have any racial biases?  What role should the church play as member of the community?  We will take a look at how gentrification is changing the face and culture of our city.  Community leaders will join us as we consider ways to of bringing positive and effective change to our city.

  • The Problem of Pornography
    08-16-2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    The problem of pornography is bigger than you think… even among clergy.  According to recent data, 37% of pastors say it is a current struggle with 51% admitting that it is a possible temptation.  33% admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site.  In terms of the American public, 40 million people regularly visit porn sites.  25% of all search engine queries are related to pornography, or about 68 million search queries a day.  2.5 billion emails sent or received every day contain porn.  And finally, 47% of families in the United States reported that pornography is a problem in their home.  How can faith-leaders confront this issue?  What resources are available in terms of recovery?  What can each church do locally to deal with the issue in order to create a better culture towards human sexuality?  Let’s talk about it.

  • The Different Face of Family
    09-27-2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    For years experts have been describing the changing make-up of the American family.  The latest data reveals some interesting facts: The majority of America’s 73.7 million children under age 18 live in families with two parents (69%).  (2016 data from the U.S. Census Bureau.)  The second most common family arrangement is children living with a single mother, at 23%.  (This number has tripled between 1960-2016.)  Today 28% of households have just one person living in them.  In 2016, almost 1/3 of all adults have never been married.  About 62% of children have a mother who works outside of the home, slightly less than those with a father who works outside the home (66%).  Certainly all of these statistics should speak to the ways in which churches think about the composition of their membership.  How do churches deal with changing trends?  What type of support is being offered to single-parent families or to single-adults, both young and old?  We will discuss these issues along with many others in our conversation.

  • Aborting the Battle on Abortion?
    11-15-2018 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    It’s been 45 years since Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion in the United States and yet, the issue continues to stir bitter division within our nation and even in our churches.  Many conservatives voted for the Trump ticket in the 2016 election because of his promise to appoint a Supreme Court Judge who would uphold the rights of the unborn.  Others voted against him for that very same reason.  Obviously the issue is a red-hot topic among many Americans.  Should the church do more to protect the unborn?  Should the church do more to protect the rights of women to make a choice?  Should Row vs. Wade be overturned?  We will talk about this explosive issue and how it affects the life of local congregations. 

  • Ending the Cycle of Hunger in Middle Tennessee
    01-24-2019 | 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | McWhorter 409Register

    There are a lot of hungry people in Middle Tennessee.  Some reporting suggests that at least 1 out of every 6 people living in our state deals with perpetual hunger needs.  Huge percentages of school age children are reliant upon government subsidized breakfast and lunch programs to provide them with adequate nourishment.  Hunger exists among every population… children, senior adults, college students, etc.  How is the problem of hunger being addressed?  What are the best practices for helping those in need?  How can the church lean into the conversation?  We will hear from several non-profits who are making a difference in the hope that all of us can become more involved in finding solutions.  Join us for this important conversation.