Mathison is a retired United Methodist clergy, holds degrees from Huntingdon College, Candler School of Theology, Princeton University and honorary doctorate degrees from Asbury Seminary and Birmingham Southern College. He was “Man of the Year” in Montgomery for 1978 and Citizen of the Year in 2006. Before retiring in 2008, he served 36 years as senior minister of Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery, AL; during his tenure the church grew from a membership of 400 members to more than 8,800.
Worthington is internationally known for his research on how to forgive, not just others but also ourselves. He became interested in forgiveness through his practice in couple counseling, and began conducting research on forgiveness in 1990. He has published over 35 books and over 400 articles and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, positive psychology, marriage, religion and spirituality. Currently, he works as a Commonwealth Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Dr. Suggs received a Master's in Education and a Ph.D. in Family Relations with a special focus in Social Gerontology from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She works with leaders in business, health and religious institutions. Her passion lies in working to transform conflict into healthy interactions. She runs teleclasses and trainings in the area of 'whole-istic' leadership, team-buildiing, communication skills and conflict/reconciliation issues.
August 9, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Reno Harrell is an award winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. His original songs and stories have been described as “Appalachian grit and wit” but, as his writing shows, Michael’s awareness is much broader than the bounds of his boyhood home or even the Southern Experience. Having toured throughout the British Isles and much of Europe, as well as most of the US, the songs he writes and the stories he creates reflect an insight into people’s experiences that catch the ear like an old friend's voice.