This Sunday: John M. Perkins speaks on the topic “Has the Dream Become a Nightmare? Prospects for Reconciliation in the Wake of the New Racism”

2015 Capps Lecture John M. Perkins

What does it look like to live a life of racial reconciliation? In an age of police brutality, mass incarceration, and even conflict on Grounds, we are searching for a means of healing. This Sunday as John M. Perkins reflects on the topic “Has the Dream Become a Nightmare? Prospects for Reconciliation in the Wake of the New Racism.” Perkins brings his life experience to explore the idea of New Racism and to consider how people of faith might respond.

The lecture is this Sunday, November 1st, at 4pm in Nau Hall 101, and is co-sponsored by U.Va.’s Project on Lived Theology and Theological Horizons. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and space is limited.

The lecture will be video recorded and posted under PLT Resources and on the new Theological Horizons website.

There will be a reception following the lecture. All are welcome.

Dr. John M. Perkins was born and raised in poverty as a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi. He fled to California after witnessing the death of his brother at the hands of a town Marshall. Though he’d vowed never to return, Perkins went back to Mississippi in 1960 to share the Gospel and work for equality, justice and economic development. His outspoken leadership on civil rights brought harassment, imprisonment and beatings.

Today, John M. Perkins is internationally known on issues of racial reconciliation, leadership and community development. Dr. Perkins and his wife, Mrs. Vera Mae Perkins, founded Voice of Calvary Ministries and the Christian Community Development Association.

Perkins’s books include Welcoming Justice: God’s Movement Toward Beloved Community, co-authored with UVa professor and PLT Director Charles Marsh, A Quiet Revolution, and Let Justice Roll Down.

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Patience: A Theological Experiment – Salon Evening with Paul Jones

20141028 Paul Jones headshotPlease join us for a salon evening with Dr. Paul Jones at the Bonhoeffer House, Thursday, November 6th at 7:30pm.

Paul Dafydd Jones is an associate professor of religious studies at U.Va. and co-director of the Virginia Center for the Study of Religion. He is currently working on a book in constructive theology focused on patience — divine patience and human patience, but also divine impatience and human impatience. It explores creation and providence, the incarnation, atonement, the nature of sanctification, and, last but not least, the intersection between Christian thought and political activity. It draws on a wide range of figures and intellectual movements including Karl Barth, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and Hans Frei and is an attempt to show how “classical” theology and liberation theology can be integrated.

Free parking is available at the Culbreth Road Parking Garage. Light refreshments will be provided. As always, friends welcome and encouraged. The event is co-sponsored by The Project on Lived Theology and Theological Horizons.

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Diana Butler Bass audio and video now available

Diana Butler BassLast November, Diana Butler Bass gave the 2013 Capps Lecture in Christian Theology and led an informal afternoon workshop at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Bass is a scholar of American religion and culture, and her lecture considered the rapidly changing religious and political landscape of the United States and its implications for the future of the church. You can watch her video or listen to her lecture.

Dr. Bass holds a PhD in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. She blogs for The Huffington Post and is a commentator for USA Today, Time, Newsweek and The Washington Post. Diana Butler Bass has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Macalester College, Rhodes College and the Virginia Theological Seminary.

The Capps Lectures are endowed by Dr. and Mrs. W. Jerry Capps and co-sponsored by the Project on Lived Theology and Theological Horizons.

Tonight: Diana Butler Bass gives the Capps Lecture at U.Va.

Diana Butler BassIf you can’t join us in person tonight, you can watch or listen to the lecture at a later date.

If you can join us in person, we’ll see you at the Rotunda. The lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. Seating is limited, so arrive early for a seat in the Dome Room. Overflow seating will also be available in the Lower West Oval Room.

For more information about Diana Butler Bass and the Capps Lecture, read this.

Leaving Church? Generation Next and the Future of Faith

Diana Butler BassNext Friday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m., Diana Butler Bass will give a lecture entitled, “Leaving Church? Generation Next and the Future of Faith” in the Dome Room of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Seating is limited, but the public is invited and admission is free. This lecture is part of the Capps Lecture Series in Christian Theology sponsored by Theological Horizons and the Project on Lived Theology.

Theological Horizons will also host a 1:00 p.m. brown bag lunch seminar with Diana at the Bonhoeffer House.

For more information on Diana Butler Bass and these events, read U.Va.’s press release here.