• Audrey Cox Smith

    • Audrey is a graduate of the Soul of Leadership Program with Shalem and leads group spiritual direction cohorts.  She promotes dialogue between community members, residents, and interfaith partners to build a resilient Petersburg in her role as Director of the Petersburg Virginia Project, and she is co-author of the curriculum Virginia Roots, Race, and Discipleship offered through the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Experiencing the Beloved Community

Where did life begin for you? My life started in the womb of my maternal grandmother, Margaret Dunnivant Owens, born in 1908 in Giles County, Tennessee, the birthplace of the KKK. Participants in Shalem’s Heart Longings program listened to stories of my grandmother on January 9, 2021, as I honored her legacy, her struggles in […]