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After a successful first year, Asbury is hosting its second annual Embrace Conference on Nov. 19 and 20.

This year the event will feature Bishop Leonard Fairley of the Kentucky Annual Conference as its keynote speaker. Fairley will lead the opening session Nov. 19 from 4-5 p.m. in the Cafeteria Gray Room.

The conference will begin with registration at 1 p.m. on Nov. 19 and a meet and greet in the Student Center, and continues with a screening of “If They Are Free, I Am Free” by Propaganda and Q Ideas in the Miller screening room.

Fayette County Clerk Shea Brown and Andrew Russell will be interviewed in the Student Center at 6:30 p.m., and the night closes with an evening social and student performances from 8-9 p.m.

After breakfast and the Embrace Conference chapel on Nov. 20, students and faculty will lead four breakout sessions from 11 a.m. to noon, and the conference will end with a lunch talkback session.

Seniors Caleb Norris and Madeline Smart will lead one of the breakout sessions titled “White But Not Quite.”

“Our theme this year is ‘Mutuality: Christians and Racial Reconciliation,’” said Norris. “We want to get the message across to every attendee that they are personally responsible to have this conversation.”

Registration is $50 for community members, but is free for Asbury students. Students can also receive excused absences from class for attending the conference at the discretion of individual professors.

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