Conversations on Race and Culture

As our country seeks a way forward to heal divisions around race and culture, Christ Church seeks to advance honest and constructive dialogue by inviting some leading voices in their field in the nation to share their insights and thoughts. The following events are open to all in the Diocese of Washington and local churches, as well as all parishioners of Christ Church and interested individuals from across the country.

Past Conversations

Click here for recordings of past conversations.


David Brooks

David Brooks On Sunday, February 28, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., parishioner Eric Motley will interview well-known commentator David Brooks during a session entitled At the Intersection: Reflections on Faith and Culture. Mr. Brooks is a New York Times columnist, a commentator on NPR and the PBS NewsHour, and the author of five books, including The Road to Character and The Second Mountain. He also serves as chair of the Aspen Institute’s Weave: The Social Fabric Project. @nytdavidbrooks @weavetheppl. If you would like to participate in the session, contact Tish Mills in the Parish Office.


Marc H. Morial

Marc H. MorialFor the second of our Conversations on Race and Culture, we were honored to have as our speaker Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. Discussion was facilitated by parishioner Rodney Hood, who serves as chairman of the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

Marc Morial, who has been described as one of the few national leaders to possess “street smarts” and “boardroom savvy,” is the current President and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s largest historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization.

He served as the highly successful and popular Mayor of New Orleans as well as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He previously was a Louisiana State Senator, and was a lawyer in New Orleans with an active, high-profile practice.

He is a leading voice on the national stage in the battle for jobs, education, housing, and voting rights equity.

A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Pennsylvania, he has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans by Ebony Magazine, one of the top 50 Non Profit Leaders by The NonProfit Times, and one of the 100 Most Influential Black Lawyers in America, and he has also been inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame in Atlanta, GA.


Stephen L. Carter

Prof. Stephen CarterOn Thursday, October 1, at 6:00 p.m., we were delighted to host Professor Stephen L. Carter of Yale Law School as the inaugural speaker in our discussion series “Conversations on Race and Culture.” Professor Carter is an expert in his field and a national figure. His impressive biography is at the link above. This conversation was facilitated by our own parishioner, Eric Motley, who is the Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the Aspen Institute.