Q Commons Memphis

qcommons Author: Leslie Garrote | MTR Coach and Professor

Last April, I had the chance to attend Q:Nashville, a conference whose flashy online promo video and tag-line to “Stay curious; Think Well; Advance Good” caught my eye a few months earlier. Even though flashy isn’t really my style, I had a hunch that this gathering of Christians engaged in business, government, education, science, media, arts and entertainment and the church would serve as a great place to find resources for the Cultural Foundations class in our graduate program.

The best way I can describe my experience at Q:Nashville is through an old SAT-styled analogy:

Leslie: QNashville :: kid: candystore

For two days, I sat in the War Memorial auditorium in downtown Nashville and heard well-crafted presentations from musicians, theologians, economists, nuero-scientists and politicians who were all working in their areas of influence for the Glory of God and for the good of others.  I heard from academics like Brian Fikkert and Anthony Bradley, whose works on poverty and exile had already heavily influenced my thinking about education. I was also introduced to new ideas from writers and thinkers like Shauna Niequist, Paul Lim and Donna Freitas, who’s presentations brought insight into the need to give discriminately, the role of idea-generators to change culture, and the hegemony of hook-up culture on university campuses.

I came back to Memphis inspired and re-energized to think Christianly in my work as an educator and instructional coach and with a desire to share all that I learned with friends and co-workers. I was also excited about a new opportunity that I had heard about at the conference to share the Q experience with others in Memphis: Q Commons.

On Thursday, October 9, Q Commons will link 60+ cities and 10,000+ people for an important conversation about how we as Christians can advance good in our cities and communities.

Tim Keller (Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City) Ann Voskamp (Bestselling Author, One Thousand Gifts) and Andy Crouch (Christianity Today) will lead off the evening with 3 nationally broadcasted talks, and they will be followed by local presenters Dr. Robin Henderson (MTR), Dr. Todd Richardson (Crosstown Development Project) and Alan Barnhart (Barnhart Crane).

MTR is excited about co-hosting this event with Second Presbyterian Church, as it is a way to serve our community by gathering neighbors to hear and discuss thought-provoking presentations on issues that matter to Memphis. You can learn more about the presentations and register at the official event website: www.QCommons.com/Memphis It is open to all so please consider bringing yourself, family, colleagues, bible study, book club, you name it. Part of the Q inspiration comes from Chuck Colson’s statement, “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals.” Come take part in this vision.

I’m looking forward to gathering with neighbors, friends and colleagues to be educated and inspired to advance the common good in Memphis. I hope you’ll consider joining in!