Ira Murray

Associate Director, Vanderbilt University Initiative for Race Research and Justice

Ira Murray is associate director of research and development at the Vanderbilt University Initiative for Race Research and Justice. His work focuses on the intersection of race, racism and society in partnership with communities to co-create tools and resources to address issues of racial justice.

Murray has served as a nonprofit executive in Jackson, Mississippi, and has worked with several historically Black colleges and universities throughout his professional career. He is a native of South Carolina and a third-generation HBCU graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University. He holds a master’s degree from Vanderbilt and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Check out the Zeteo Resource Guide for Advent to find links to a number of different Advent series ideas: 

  • Topical Advent series like “Follow the Star” and “Advent Waiting”
  • Lectionary-based worship plans for year B
  • An Advent art video meditation series
  • Advent candle series about faith stories, peace, and more
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