Faithful Discourse with Chris Henry

Conversations at the intersection of religious faith and public life.

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Episodes

My Neighbor’s Keeper

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Wednesday Jun 05, 2024

Tony Mason, President and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League, joins Chris for a candid conversation about our shared humanity, the rifts that threaten to divide us, and the power of building coalitions of servant leaders to address our neighbors’ needs.  “All of this comes down to us taking ownership, leaning on our faith, and working toward solutions.”

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Innovation. Education. Conservation. Attorneys Anne Nobles and David Johnson have invested their lives in the City of Indianapolis since their days as a young married couple. Their careers have taken them into different but complementary worlds while drawing on their shared faith, interests, and convictions. The common thread through their extensive list of leadership roles has been their desire to be good citizens and use their voices to convene, protect, restore, and innovate.    

Common Ground for the Common Good

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Wednesday May 08, 2024

Join us for this treasure trove of stories from a prolific life. Jim Morris, current Vice Chairman of Pacers Sports and Entertainment, has served in local, national, and global leadership roles, his path crossing with some of the most well-known world-changers of the 20th and 21st centuries. In this episode, he shares what he has learned, and what he hopes to pass down, from these profound friendships.

Compassion and Commitment

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Compassion is the substance of Dr. Anita Joshi’s leadership. Her calling to a life of care and compassion led her to practicing pediatric medicine and serving her community through nonprofits and public office. Listen in as she and Chris discuss the imago dei, what it means to be a servant to the public, and the tribalism that holds us back from good conversations and good ideas.

Restoration and Repair

Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

Wednesday Apr 10, 2024

Tikkun olam—repairing of the world. Rev. Chris Henry and Rabbi Brett Krichiver are friends and colleagues, leading congregations just over one mile apart. In this episode, they discuss the place where faith and works are woven together, generosity that moves us toward justice, and the restorative power of Sabbath. “Care for the soul leads us to care for society.”

A Reflection on Resurrection

Wednesday Mar 27, 2024

Wednesday Mar 27, 2024

A special Holy Week episode with Rev. Chris Henry

Wednesday Mar 20, 2024

Joy in learning begins with joy in relationship. In this episode, Chris and The Oaks Academy CEO Andrew Hart discuss transformational learning in the context of relationships—both interpersonal relationships and relationship with ideas and knowledge—and the intentionality behind forming diverse learning communities, practicing habits, and fostering joy.

The Power of Belonging

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

Wednesday Mar 06, 2024

From pastor’s kid to national leader, Dr. Karissa Niehoff shares her stories of faith and her wisdom stemming from decades of leadership in scholastic athletics and activities. She and Chris discuss the shift from a formative to a performative approach within institutions like athletics, the impact this trend has on kids and entire communities, and what we can do to encourage joy, wellness, civility, and belonging, no matter our age.

Wednesday Feb 21, 2024

In this episode of Faithful Discourse with Chris Henry, Wheeler Mission President and CEO Perry Hines shares his story of becoming the self-described “most unlikely leader” for a faith-based social services organization and addresses several myths about emergency shelter services and the people experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis and beyond.

Becoming a Good Community

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

Wednesday Feb 07, 2024

What defines a good community? How can we develop rich, mutually transformative relationships with our neighbors? This episode delves into these questions as Chris Henry and Amar Patel discuss collective community responsibility, equitable access to excellent education, and sufficiency and sustainability as basic building blocks for a better future.

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Rev. Christopher Henry

Chris Henry, Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, is a gifted preacher, strategic leader, and devoted teacher who believes in the power of faithful discourse—bringing together voices from different professions, backgrounds, and beliefs to explore the intersection of faith and civic life. Chris lives out his call to congregational ministry and leads out of his conviction that churches have both the capacity and the mandate to be places of transformation in individual lives, the broader community, and the world.

 

Chris is a graduate of Duke University (BA in Religion) and Columbia Theological Seminary (MDiv). He served churches in Atlanta, GA, before his call to Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis in 2018. Chris is married to Rev. Sara Hayden, who serves as Director of Apprenticeships, Residencies and Leadership Cohorts for the 1001 New Worshipping Communities movement of the PC(USA) and hosts the New Way podcast. Sara and Chris met as students at Columbia Seminary and were married in 2008. They are the parents of two sons, Samuel and Benjamin.

 

Chris loves running long distances, coaching his sons’ sports teams, cheering for Duke basketball, reading biographies and novels, exploring the mountains of Colorado and North Carolina, and spending time with Sara, Sam, and Ben.

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