Wake Divinity Dialogue Series

Annually, Wake Forest University School of Divinity hosts The Wake Divinity Dialogue Series (WDDS) in the spring. These conversations engage the community in critical discussions regarding intersections of identity, as well as, other pressing issues. This year’s theme is “Shepherding Divided Flocks: Community Leadership amid Partisan Strife.” The conversations are designed to offer individuals an opportunity to engage with other individuals who have a different and distinct perspective.

Participants are asked to participate in both sessions.


Shepherding Divided Flocks:

Community Leadership amid Partisan Strife

February 26 and March 5, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.




Guest Co-Facilitator

Bradley B. Burroughs, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Leadership and Character in Religious Life, Wake Forest University


Guest Co-Facilitator

Elizabeth Whiting Pierce, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Leadership and Character in the Professional Schools, Wake Forest University



Shonda Jones, Ed.D.

Senior Associate Dean Strategic Initiatives and Integrative Learning Assistant Teaching Professor of Intercultural Theological Education, School of Divinity

How it works:


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The “Call to Conversation” model involves 1-3 rounds of open-ended questions, which everyone answers. Then, it’s followed by a facilitated discussion, wherein the leader draws out themes, key tensions, and notes lingering questions. The model aims to build social familiarity and cohesion among the group by allowing them to share experiences in a structured, and hence relatively low risk, way

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It’s a conversation, not a debate. Sessions require no expertise or unique knowledge, just a willingness to share, listen and respond. This is not an exercise in problem-solving, but an opportunity to explore ideas and enjoy a sense of connection.


  1. Identify exemplars in each students’ life who handle conflict well

  2. Recognize and begin to develop skills and virtues for healthy navigation of moral conflict within a religious community

  3. Understand at a basic, introductory level the relationship between race and political polarization within American Christian congregations

Key Questions:

  1. How do we navigate moral conflict in religious communities?

  2. How can faith leaders lead with integrity in the midst of polarization?

Application to Participate

24 participant spots available