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Q Commons Plans to Advance Hope and Leadership in Oxford Community

By Pepper Taylor
HottyToddy.com contributor

Oxford community members have the opportunity attend Q Commons, a live event with both local and national speakers educating Christians on how to bring hope and leadership to communities. The event is Thursday, Oct. 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Oxford Conference Center.

Q Commons is an event that brings Q National to local communities to engage in conservation about cultural movements shaping the world. National speakers of this event include Bob Goff, author of “Love Does”, Jo Saxton, author, leadership coach and church planter, and Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO of charity:water. Local leaders within the community that will be speaking include Mayor of Oxford, Robyn Tannehill, Associate Pastor at Oxford First UMC, Laura Gillom, and pastor and counselor, Pat Ward.

Chris McAlilly, associate minister at Oxford University United Methodist Church, said he’s glad the community is embracing the mayor in the conversation.

“It means that the leadership of our community is interested in bringing together faith-based organizations and people across the denominational spectrum to have a different kind of conversation about what it means to be committed to the common good here in Oxford,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity for discussions,” said Mayor Robyn Tannehill. “Often, we talk about the things that divide us. This event is a great opportunity for us to talk about the things that really bring us together as a community.”

This event is co-sponsored by Listen First Project and Chick-Fil-A. Attendees will get the opportunity to have cultural conservations with fellow community members on different topics.

Speaker Pat Ward thinks that Q Commons is a great opportunity to practice the art of being a good neighbor to help benefit the community.

“I think we have to create some places where people can come together and sit in front of a canvas and say, ‘let’s create something new, let’s try something different, and let’s see what we can add to our community because of it.’”

“I am definitely excited to hear three wonderful local speakers and three national speakers, but most exciting is the conversations we will have the evening of Oct. 25,” said Graham Bodie, chief listening officer at Listen First Project and professor of integrated marketing communication at the University of Mississippi. “We will gather together, get to know each other, and model what it means to listen first to understand; and through the connections we make, start to wrestle with what exactly it means to be a “we” in the city of Oxford.”

To purchase tickets and to learn more about this event, please follow this link.

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