St. Olaf College will present a Symposium on Religious and Political Disagreement on April 20 and April 21. The program will be livestreamed and will be shown at Grace so interested members do not have to travel to the college. Here are the presentation titles and times:
♦ Negotiating Difference Without Sacrificing Identity: Religion, Pluralism, and Globalization
Thursday, April 20, 3:45 p.m. — Miroslav Volf
Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School and the founder and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.
♦ Evangelicalism and Politics in the Trump Era: Definitions and Debates
Thursday, April 20, 7:00 p.m. — Amy Black
Amy Black is a professor of political science at Wheaton College.
♦ Religious Diversity, Political Conflict, and the Spirituality of Liberation: The Voice of a Palestinian Christian
Friday, April 21, 3:15 p.m. — Mitri Raheb
Mitri Raheb is the founder and president of Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem in addition to being the president of the Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land.
♦ Trying to Live as a Christian in a Polarized Society: Friendship, Church, and Political Life
Friday, April 21, 4:30 p.m. — Robert Benne
Robert Benne is the Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion Emeritus and research associate in the Religion and Philosophy Department of Roanoke College.
Alan Lightman’s book “Mr g: a Novel About the Creation” combines the latest scientific ideas in cosmology with contemporary views of God and faith. Before time existed, Mr g lived in the Void with his Aunt Penelope and Uncle Deva. After waking up from a nap, he decides to create universes, beginning with time, space, and matter. Eventually, in one of his universes intelligent beings appeared with unexpected moral dilemmas. Interested members can get a copy, enjoy the thoughtful and often humorous story, and then join the conversation led by Pastor John and Chuck Swanson.
Do you remember studying Luther’s Small Catechism in your confirmation class? Can you recall Luther’s explanations for any of the ten commandments? Most of us can recall a few things we learned when we were that young but it’s time to refresh our understanding. In this five week adult study––led by Pastors John and Andrea––we will look at our basic Christian beliefs as they appear in places like the commandments, creeds, and sacraments.
Faith/Life Forums are monthly presentations about faith as experienced in contemporary life. Topics will be chosen from areas including religion, current events, politics, science, health, and family life.