July 30, 2015
Racial Unity: A Testimony to the World
An Inter-Racial Panel Discussion Led by Moderator Johanna Fisher
Recent events have surfaced the underlying tension and distrust between races in the United States. How can we as believers become peacemakers? How can we support our brothers and sisters? Join our interactive discussion with an interracial panel of guests led by Moderator Johanna Fisher.
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Johanna Fisher — Moderator
Johanna Fisher has been part of Dallas culture for over 30 years, with 23 of those years spent at Christian radio KCBI as the popular host of The Johanna Fisher Show and “Johanna Live”. She was born and raised in New Jersey, and finally found her way to the southwest during the hot summer of 1980. Previously, she worked with the American Bible Society in Philadelphia and in New York.
She has been associated with Women in Christian Media, is a founding board member of Fellowship of Professional Women Dallas, and is on the Advisory Council of FPW Dallas. She has also served on the board of Dallas Arboretum. Johanna is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, with a BS in Communications/Psychology and an MA in Worship Leadership.
Johanna has had opportunity to speak to various groups throughout Dallas/Ft.Worth and in other areas. Her particular interests include the study of worship, personal revival, music as ministry and promoting racial understanding.
Her membership at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship has provided the joy of participating in developing the Music Ministry, directing the choir and helping to establish the orchestra.
Dorothy Burton is a former four-term City Council member for the City of Duncanville and is the first African-American elected to the Council. She served as the city’s first At-Large representative and was twice elected Mayor Pro Tem. Dorothy is a former member and former Chairman of the Dallas Central Appraisal District Board of Directors having been unanimously appointed to the board by the Dallas County Commissioners Court to represent Dallas County. Dorothy was twice elected Board Chair by board peers and is the first African-American to serve as Chairman of the Board. Dorothy is the author of the book, “Why We Fall: How Not to Sabotage Your Career, Your Relationships – Your Life!” — and is President & CEO of Christians in Public Service, Inc., which she founded in 2013.
Dorothy earned her B.A. in Journalism and M.A. in Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington; an M.A. in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary; a Graduate Teacher Diploma from the Evangelical Training Association; and, is a charter graduate of Dallas Blueprint for Leadership, a graduate of Leadership Southwest and the prestigious Leadership Texas.
Maria Dixon, MDiv, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Communication at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
She is an academic, consultant, and theologian that believes that strategic communication is at the heart of every successful endeavor. A self-described “vocational mutt”, she holds a BS/Marketing from the University of Alabama; Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theology from Candler School of Theology/Emory University; and a PhD in Organizational Communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Passionate about helping organizations and non-profit leaders answer the question: “How can we communicate in a way that creates results, community, and transformation?” She has been a frequent speaker and consultant to organizations and leaders across the country. Her clients have included: Southwest Airlines, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Ugandan American Partnership Organization, The Open Door Pre-School, The Lydia Patterson Institute, and the General Commission on Communication of the United Methodist Church.
A huge fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Maria is married to Rev. Jeff Hall and they are the proud parents of their 8 year old American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier, Ms. Eddy.
Dr. Sandra Glahn is Associate Professor in Media and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). She also serves as editor in chief of the award-winning Kindred Spirit magazine. She holds a Master of Theology degree from DTS and a Ph.D. in The Humanities—Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas. The author or coauthor of nineteen books, Dr. Glahn is a frequent retreat speaker whose areas of expertise are in Bible books and backgrounds, women’s issues, the history of ideas about gender, and writing for publication.
Susie Hawkins lives in Dallas and has been actively involved in women’s ministry as a pastor’s wife, teacher and volunteer. She has also served as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. She has taught a weekly Bible study for business women in downtown Dallas and speaks at women’s conferences and retreats. She is also a contributor to various publications, such as Voices Behind the Veil and the soon to be released “Women’s Evangelical Library Commentary.”
Susie has an MA in Christian Leadership from Criswell College as well as an MA in Theology. She is married to O. S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention (formerly the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention) and is the mother of two married daughters, Wendy and Holly, as well as a grandmother of five.
Her favorite things to do are bargain hunting, lunching with friends and playing with her grandchildren!
Sonja Jackson graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor. She served as the Director of Counseling at the Urban Alternative and Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. While at OCBF she helped develop the peer counseling ministry, recovery support groups, and couples retreats, while also providing individual and couples’ counseling. For the last several years in a full-time homemaker role, Sonja also served on the OCBF Women’s Ministry Council as a Titus Two Discipleship group leader and as a Ladies’ Bible Study Group leader. Sonja has been married to Les for twenty-six years, and they have three college age sons.