Richard Brogan Lecture Series


The Richard Brogan Lecture Series is sponsored each year since 1987  by the Christian Formation Team.  The series is dedicated to the memory of Rev. Richard Brogan, a long-time pioneer in race relations and advocate for human rights through his ministries with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, his friendships and cooperative ministries with the National Baptist Convention, and his pastorates in Mississippi.  He served as President of Mississippi Baptist Seminary, led the CBF initiative of Delta Dawning in the state, and served as a chaplain for Hospice Ministries.  Speakers for the Saturday-Sunday program have included Nancy Hastings Sehested, Frank Stagg, James M. Dunn, K. Hollyn Hollman, and Bill Leonard.  The Christian Formation Team also sponsors opportunities during each Lenten season for spiritual growth.  These range from book studies in small groups and/or large groups with discussions to follow, light luncheons with a variety of speakers, etc.

The Power of Vulnerability

October 15, 22, and 29, 2020

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

                Suggested Reading: Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown

            See No Stranger by Valerie Kaur

Suggested TED Talks by Brene Brown: The Power of Vulenerability

                                                  Listening to Shame

The Brogan lecture series will be different this year. It will consist of three zoom meetings. The theme is “The Power of Vulnerability”. Stan Rushing will lead a discussion of Brene Brown’s book, Braving the Wilderness. Participants are encouraged to read the book prior to the zoom meetings. Participants are also encouraged to read See No Stranger by Valerie Kaur. Participants may also want to watch her TED Talks on  topics of ‘The Power of  Vulnerability” and “Listening to Shame”.  Information on how to login to the Zoom calls will be provided via email prior to the start of the lecture series.












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Stan Rushing is a native of Drew, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Cleveland High School, Mississippi College (B.A. and M.S.), and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D. and Th.D). He also completed a year long Chaplaincy Residence program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Stan has pastored Baptist churches in Mississippi and Tennessee. He has also served as a marriage and family therapist at the Shepherd’s Staff Counseling Center and as a hospital chaplain at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. Stan is married to Lucy Simmons Rushing, and they have two daughters, four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Stan and Lucy were members of Northside Baptist Church for twenty two years before moving to Maryville, TN in 2007. Shortly after moving to Maryville, Stan was asked to serve as an Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care for New Providence Presbyterian Church. He continues to serve in that capacity. Unfortunately, Lucy has been a resident of a memory care unit at Asbury Place of Maryville for the past year and a half .