Kitchen Table Talks are virtual gatherings where we can come together as a community to talk about tough issues facing us as a society and as Christians. It is CIVA’s goal to end each Talk with viable solutions and steps toward action. Kitchen Table Talks are operated in a webinar format. Each Talk will host panelists who are relevant voices on each topic. Due to the virtual format, spaces are limited. Registered participants will have an opportunity to submit questions prior to each session. Find more information and registration links for each session below.

Upcoming Talks

Colors of Character

April 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm CST

A conversation with CIVA member and painter Steve Skipper. We’ll explore Steve’s journey to faith, his path to becoming the painter he is today, and the movie Colors of Character: An Artist’s Journey to Redemption, a documentary of his life.

Moderator: Rev. Ralph Basui Watkins

Panel: Steve Skipper & Fig Tree Media (Don Keith, Chris Danielson, & Warren Callaway)

Panelist information.

Find low-cost streaming options and a movie discussion guide for Colors of Character at colorsofcharactermovie.com.

Watch the Trailer


About the Moderators

Rev. Ralph Basui Watkins is the Peachtree Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Seminary. His work focuses on building bridges between young adults and the church in order to develop future leaders for the twenty-first century church who work for justice.  As a scholar, professional photographer, documentarian, pastor, sought after speaker, and workshop leader Dr.  Watkins seeks to help the churches live into the new networked world. 

With over 20 years of pastoral, teaching, and administrative experience, Watkins is an active teaching scholar with over 250 publications and conference presentations to his credit.  Dr. Watkins is a television producer and documentarian.  His show Talk it Out with Dr. Ralph Basui Watkins was one of the top-rated shows on the Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasting network for over four years.  He is also the producer/director, cameraman, and editor of three full-length television feature documentaries:  She Is The Pastor  (2012) and  Our Journey to Palestine: A Story of the 43rd Delegation of Interfaith Peace Builders  (2013) and Africana Theology and the Roots of Our Faith:  A Journey Through Egypt (2018). 

Steve Prince

Steve A. Prince serves as the Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at William and Mary.  Prince is a printmaker, sculptor, and graphite artist who takes his message to the streets. He uses black-and-white language to preach and teach an original and innovative vision. He spreads a message of hope and renewal to the global community through his art and philosophically through the cathartic nature of the Dirge and Second Line, a funerary tradition from New Orleans. He received his BFA from Xavier University and MFA in printmaking and sculpture from Michigan State University. To Steve, “we are all living epistles, whether we want to be or not.” He has conducted workshops, created community based projects, designed public commissions, and shown his art across the U.S. and internationally.


Past Talks

Being Black in America: Part 1, June 23, 2020
Being Black in America: Part 2, August 4, 2020
Authority & Influence in America, September 22, 2020

Image Credit: Leviticus: Burnt Offering, Steve Prince