Theological Horizons creates rich opportunities for the broader community to hear speakers explore the connections between vibrant faith and social engagement.

Wherever our guests are on their spiritual journey, authentic spiritual conversations are intellectually rich inquiries about honest faith in a complex world. These conversations can be in the form of a book talk, a salon, a house concert or a film night and address a wide range of topics: poverty, art, missions, business, politics and more.

In the warmth of the Bonhoeffer House, there is space to ask questions and test ideas. Our guests include members of the Charlottesville community, faculty from the University of Virginia, and students.

All are welcome. 

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“When is the last time that you had a great conversation, a conversation which wasn't just two intersecting monologues, which is what passes for conversation a lot in this culture? But when had you a great conversation in which you overheard yourself saying things that you never knew you knew, that you heard yourself receiving from somebody words that absolutely found places within you that you thought you had lost and a sense of an event of a conversation that brought the two of you onto a different plane, and then…a conversation that continued to sing in your mind for weeks afterwards? …They're like, as we would say at home, they are food and drink for the soul.” - John O’Donohue

“God has willed that we should seek and find his living Word in the witness of a brother, in the mouth of a person. Therefore, the Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Welcome is one of the signs that a community is alive. To invite others to live with us is a sign that we aren’t afraid, that we have a treasure of truth and of peace to share.” -Jean Vanier

Past Faith & Life Forums

“Friendship at the Margins”
Chris Heuertz, International Executive Director of Word Made Flesh Ministries, speaks on his experience ministering with the poorest of the poor.

Listen  /  For a navigable breakdown of his talk, click here

"Ordinary Saints: Facing ourselves, each other and the Beloved."
Artist Bruce Herman, who holds the Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in Fine Arts at Gordon College, shares about his exhibit opening in Charlottesville at First Presbyterian Church.


“Telling Our Healing Stories”
Prof. Kate Burke and Ms.Terri Powers–both cancer survivors–tell the stories of their illness and discuss the role of faith in healing.


“Beat The Rush”

Led by experienced counselors, alumni, a pastor and other women from the community.

An annual lunch for all UVa first year women during the sorority rush season.  We address some big questions: Where do I find my value as a person?  Am I beautiful?  Who are my friends?  How do I cope with disappointment?  What does it mean to judge someone else?  Where does God fit in? 

“God and Money”

Prof. Karin Bonding, UVa McIntire School of Commerce. speaks on faith and finances in the real world.

“What Do I Do With My Life?!”

Dennis Doran, Director of the Fellows Program at Trinity Presbyterian Church, offers wisdom for students.

“Freedom in the Red Light District”

Shelia Yoder, of the Sari Bari Project

Motivated by the love and justice of God, Shelia equips women previously working as prostitutes in red light districts of Kolkata, India, to experience a free and healthy life through Sari Bari a business  project that employs women leaving prostitution.