Where we hold each other in body, mind, and spirit to live, thrive, love, and create the world we long for.

Conversations on community, organizing, and resilience with Lisa Anderson and Macky Alston from Auburn Seminary who interview pairs of friends on what gives them life and how they are finding resilience in this moment and over the long haul.


Season 2: Episode 4

S2E4: Risk and Cake: Friendship and Accountability with Melvin Bray and Sharon Groves 

The beauty of cake, sunshine, planting, and keeping ourselves open. Melvin Bray and Sharon Groves, longtime colleagues and beloved friends of both Lisa and Macky, join us for a beautiful conversation about accountability and consciousness of power inside a friendship across race, class, gender. We explore the role and opportunity of risk in a relationship….and the importance of caramel cake!  Be sure to follow our ‘Friends For Life: Songs Getting Us Through’ Playlist!


Our Guests Today:

Melvin Bray is an Emmy® award-winning storyteller, author, and social entrepreneur, who lives with his wife, three kids, and the dog in southwest Atlanta, GA.  In his primary work, Melvin helps communities, cohorts, and organizations correct inequalities, repair the damage done while inequalities were allowed to persist, and reimagine systems for how we relate to one another (collabyrinthconsulting.com).  Melvin also makes time to write.  He is author of BETTER: Waking Up to Who We Could Be (Chalice Press, 2017) and editor and contributor to several other projects.  In his spare time, Melvin joins forces with other storytellers and storylovers to disrupt narratives of anti-blackness and elevate perceptions of Black humanity, through the project BeautifulVentures(.com).

Dr. Sharon Groves is Vice President for Partner Engagement at Auburn Seminary.  In that role she engages with movements, leaders, and organizations doing spirit-rooted justice work. Sharon leads or co-leads a number of projects at Auburn, including Being in Relationship which supports people of faith and spirit as they move away from toxic forms of religious identity and are looking for faith expressions that promote human flourishing; spirit-rooted engagement with reproductive health, rights and justice; and faith community engagement with economic justice. She serves as a lead liaison with major policy and movement partners, including the Women’s March, the Center for American Progress, national faith denominations as well as regional and local faith communities.  Prior to coming to Auburn, Sharon directed the Religion and Faith Program at the Human Rights Campaign.  She received her PhD in English Literature in 2000 from the University of Maryland.

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