Jonathan Merritt to Deliver 2018 CAPPS Lecture

2018 CAPPS Lecture

On Thursday, October 18, Jonathan Merritt will deliver the 2018 CAPPS Lecture in Christian Theology, entitled “Speaking God: The Death and Rebirth of Sacred Speech.” Beginning at 6:00 pm in 101 Nau Hall, the event is free and open to the public, with seating available on a first come, first served basis. For those unable to attend, the event will be livestreamed on Theological Horizons’s Facebook page here.

Merritt will also offer an informal workshop “5 Trends Changing Everything in the Church Today” from 10:30-12:00 on October 18, the morning of the lecture. This workshop is open to the public. More information is available here.

Many of us struggle to talk about faith, discovering that old religious words like “sin”, “gospel” and “grace” fail to connect in today’s swiftly changing culture.  Award-winning religion, politics and culture writer Jonathan Merritt will address this dilemma in a lecture, Speaking God: The Death and Rebirth of Sacred Speech,” on October 18 at 6 p.m. in the University of Virginia’s 101 Nau Hall.

This annual series brings eminent Christian thinkers to the heart of the University of Virginia with public lectures that explore the relationship between faith and responsibility. These events are hosted by Theological Horizons and co-sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology. For more information, visit the Theological Horizons website here. Browse and listen to previous CAPPS Lectures in our resource collection here.

Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture and politics. Named one of 30 Young Influencers reshaping Christian leadership, Merritt is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and has published more than 3,000 articles in outlets ranging from USA Today, Buzzfeed and The Daily Beast, to The Washington Post and Christianity Today.   Jonathan’s newest book is Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing–and How We Can Revive Them.

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