Good Faith Media is hosting a series of virtual forums on public education during August.

The first Good Faith Forum on public education, produced in conjunction with Pastors for Children, took place Aug. 11. A recording of the event is available here.

Pastors for Children is a network of faith-based, state-level organizations working to support public schools in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

Cameron Vickrey, associate director of Pastors for Texas Children, is moderating each event, with the next forum livestreaming to GFM’s Facebook page at 1 p.m. CDT / 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Aug. 18.

Panelists Rev. Dr. Kevin W. Cosby and Rev. Charles Foster Johnson will discuss public education as a cornerstone for democracy.

Cosby has served as the president of Simmons College of Kentucky since 2005 and as senior pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville, Kentucky, since 1979.

He is the author of five books and has held administrative and teaching assignments at Kentucky State University, the University of Louisville, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary.

Johnson is a pastor and public education advocate, who has served churches in Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee and Texas during his 44 years of pastoral ministry.

He is founder and executive director of Pastors for Texas Children, the founder and pastor of Bread, a faith community in Fort Worth, Texas, and has served on the faculty of McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University and as a pastoral mentor for students at Perkins School of Theology and Brite Divinity School, where he currently serves on the board of trustees.

You can sign up for reminder emails related to the forums and can submit questions to the panelists in advance of the forum here; inquiries also can be submitted during the live event via Facebook chat.

GFM staff will curate questions submitted in advance and during the event. The moderator will present selected questions to the panelists.

The final public education forum will take place on Aug. 25, addressing public education funding and privatization efforts.

A recording of each forum will be made available on GFM’s Vimeo page and shared via GFM’s social media channels following the event.

In July, three Good Faith Forums focused on racial justice, engaging panelists from across the U.S. in discussing systemic racism, white privilege, white supremacy, Christian nationalism and policing.

Recordings of these forums are available for viewing via the GFM Facebook page and Vimeo channel.

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