The Open-Door Challenge

A Weeklong Intensive Symposium for Youth To Honor the Life and Times of Robert Turner
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Robert Turner: A Portal to the Past and Future

Make yourself at home. You’re about to take a journey with your friends. Before you begin, please introduce yourselves to one another as members of a family.

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Opening the Door to a Life

The door of a Norfolk, Virginia farmhouse opened to the sound of a baby’s soft coos. Robert Chaittle Turner had entered the world.

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Opening the Door to New Light

“O friends! Be not careless of the virtues with which ye have been endowed, neither be neglectful of your high destiny....

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Opening the Doors of Our Hearts

Storytelling offers a doorway to empathy. It allows us to see into the hearts through understanding eyes.

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Opening the Doors of the Past

O Divine Providence! Perplexing difficulties have arisen and formidable obstacles have appeared. O Lord! Remove these difficulties and show forth the evidences of Thy might and power.

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Opening the Doors of Our Legacy

O Thou kind Lord! O thou Who art generous and merciful! We are the servants of Thy threshold and are gathered beneath the sheltering shadow of thy divine unity.

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Opening the Curtain

The tradition of “testifying” holds a place in many cultures and communities. What do you think it means? On the stage of life or on a real stage, how can we bring illumination to this darksome earth?

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