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Faith and Culture 2017

The Fourth Annual Faith and Culture Symposium, sponsored by the College of Theology and Christian Ministry will be held at Belmont University, Feb. 6-10, 2017.

This year’s symposium theme, Contemplative Activism, highlights our college’s dual emphases on spiritual formation and social justice. This theme suggests that the contemplative and active dimensions of spirituality need one another and must be integrated for the renewal and transformation of persons and communities.

Our annual symposium works to sustain an ongoing conversation relating to faith and culture. By inviting speakers who shape and participate in the national conversation on religion and public life, the university-wide conversation is carried forward and informed by academic and congregational dynamics.

Symposium speakers represent this integration as their own devotional and worship practices have shaped them to see more clearly things about ourselves and our world in need of healing. Their work holds up to us a kind of mirror to help us see as well. This theme also raises questions about what a contemplative presence in the world looks like and how we can bring such a posture into spaces of brokenness to make a difference with compassionate and just action, bearing witness to Christ and God’s loving presence around and within us.

Events & Speakers

Miguel De La Torre: Embracing Hopelessness | Monday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre presently serves as Professor of Social Ethics and Latina/o Studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. The focus of his academic pursuit is social ethics within contemporary U.S. thought, specifically how religion affects race, class, and gender oppression.

Faith in Dialogue: Sharing Stories of Nashville | Tuesday, Feb. 7
Panel at 6:15 p.m. & Appetizers at 5:30 p.m.
JAAC 4094 Conference Room C
Panelists: Radha Babu, Pat Halper, Hasina Mohyuddin, Bruce Morrill, Tallu Schuyler Moderator: Reverend Gordon Peerman, D.Min.

Marcia Mount Shoop, Golden Silence, Annihilating Silence: Embodying Resistance   Wednesday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Dr. Shoop writes & consults on reconciliation & dialogue around issues like race, political polarization, & religious differences. She is Pastor of Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC.

The Jane Hinshaw Lecture on Faith and Culture: Nathan Schneider: Activism and Inwardness
Thursday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m. | JAAC 4094 Rooms C & D
Nathan Schneider is a scholar in residence at the University of Colorado Boulder and a journalist who writes about economy, technology and religion. Join us for a reception at 4:30 p.m.

Micky Scott Bey Jones: (R)evolutionary Salvation | Friday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. | Chapel
Micky Scott BeyJones is a womanist contemplative activist, healer, nonviolent direct action organizer and consultant who facilitates conferences, workshops, pilgrimages, and on-line conversations.