Welcome all wonders! Advent & Christmas
Nov
29
to Jan 5

Welcome all wonders! Advent & Christmas

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Scripture, poetry & art to celebrate the Incarnation.

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Welcome, all wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span!
   Summer in winter, day in night!

Heaven in earth, and God in man!
Great little One! whose all-embracing birth
   Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth.

--Richard Crashaw (1613-1649)

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Advent House Concert with Ordinary Time
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Advent House Concert with Ordinary Time

Please join Theological Horizons, All Souls Cville and Westminster Presbyterian for a contemplative evening of music to prepare us for the Advent and Christmas season. UVa student Dominique DeBose will open.

Ordinary Time is an independent folk acoustic trio rooted in the Christian tradition.  Comprised of Ben Keyes (guitar, piano, mandolin), Peter La Grand (guitar, banjo, dobro), and Jill McFadden (guitar, violin), Ordinary Time presents extraordinarily rich vocal harmonies, skillful instrumentation, and thought-provoking lyrics.  The band’s oeuvre seamlessly weaves the hymns of generations past with their own new songs—often indistinguishably—producing a sound that ranges from bluegrass-tinged Americana to sacred harp hymn arrangements.  The band has released three records and tours semi-annually.

Grounded in tradition, innovative in expression, and mature in musicianship, Ordinary Time offers an important and unique voice, gifting us with enduring tunes for the journey of faith.

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A Conversation with Ruby Sales
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

A Conversation with Ruby Sales

  • Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center (map)
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Charlottesville, Virginia – Civil rights leader Ruby Sales will visit Charlottesville at the end of November to participate in a public conversation on social justice and spirituality hosted by Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH).

 

The event, “Every One of Us: A Conversation with Ruby Sales on Race, Spirituality, and Public Life,” will take place on Wednesday, November 29, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center at 233 4th St. NW in Charlottesville. 

 

This conversation between Sales and Charles Marsh, professor of religious studies and director of the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, will engage Charlottesville community members on critical issues of race, spirituality, and public life. Justin Reid, director of African American Programs at VFH, will serve as moderator. This free, community event has been made possible by funding from the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost at the University of Virginia. 

Ruby Sales is a nationally recognized civil rights leader and public theologian who brings the wealth of African American spiritual traditions to her theological innovation and social activism. As a teenager in 1965, she participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Later that year, activist Jonathan Daniels, a white seminarian and recent VMI graduate, died while shielding Sales from gunfire. As founder and executive director of the Georgia-based SpiritHouse Project, Sales builds authentic communities to advocate for racial, economic, and social justice.  Her contributions as a freedom fighter are featured in the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture. While in Charlottesville, Sales will also meet with local community leaders and lead a master class for UVA undergraduates.

In a statement about the program’s selection by the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, vice president for academic affairs Archie Holmes said, “We sought creative programming, in partnership with the Charlottesville area community, that uproots the conscious and unconscious biases and misbeliefs that lead to racial tension. VFH’s event featuring Ruby Sales will do this in a unique and challenging way.”

Charles Marsh will speak from direct experience as a Christian raised in the heart of the segregated South. He is a leading thinker on the relationship between politics and religious life and the author of several books on the civil rights movement and Christian theology, including his most recent Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Moderator Justin Reid directs African American Programs at VFH, where he advances a complex and nuanced telling of African American history through the development of educational resources, including a database of historic sites. 

Matthew Gibson, VFH executive director, described the event as “an opportunity to reflect on the legacy of social, political, and religious movements in the South, as we work towards a more inclusive and just society through deepened understanding of the human experience. Ruby Sales embodies the weaving together of humanistic thought and civic engagement that VFH seeks to inspire.”

Registration for this free event is encouraged but not required

For more information and to register, visit: VirginiaHumanities.org/events/ruby-sales/

In addition to a grant from the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost at the University of Virginia, support for this free event has been provided by the Black Student Alliance at UVA, the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at UVA, the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at UVA, and the Project on Lived Theology at UVA.

In early 2018, VFH will host “upstander” training led by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities for students to learn about addressing racial biases, also funded by the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost at UVA. 


About VFH: The mission of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities is to connect people and ideas to explore the human experience and inspire cultural engagement. VFH reaches an estimated annual audience of 23 million through community programs, digital initiatives, grants and fellowships, radio programs, and the Virginia Center for the Book. To learn more, visit www.VirginiaHumanities.org.

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Faith & Work (& Poetry) Lunch with Kate Harris
Nov
16
12:30 PM12:30

Faith & Work (& Poetry) Lunch with Kate Harris

Come join us for a free lunch on the Lawn as we listen to Kate Harris speak on faith & calling & poetry in the workplace. 

Kate Harris most recently served as the Executive Director for The Fellows Initiative (www.thefellowsinitiative.org) and previously served as Executive Director for The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture.  A native of Colorado, Kate now lives in the Washington DC area, is wife to a good man and mother of their four young-ish children. 

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2017 Capps Lecture in Christian Theology with Stanley Hauerwas
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

2017 Capps Lecture in Christian Theology with Stanley Hauerwas

The Capps Lecture in Christian Theology is an annual series that brings eminent Christian thinkers to the heart of the university with public lectures that explore the relationship between faith and responsibility. 

Professor Hauerwas has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named "America’s Best Theologian" by Time magazine in 2001. Dr. Hauerwas, who holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.

His book, A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic, was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th century. Dr. Hauerwas recently authored The Work of Theology(Eerdmans, 2015), Hannah’s Child: A Theological Memoir, 2nd Ed. (Eerdmans, 2012)and War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity ( Baker Academic Press, 2011).

For more information on past Capps Lectures, see here.

 

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Vintage Lunch with Cary Umhau and Joey Katona
Oct
6
1:00 PM13:00

Vintage Lunch with Cary Umhau and Joey Katona

Unlikely Friends: Telling Stories over Lunch

October 6 from 1-2 pm

@ Common Grounds, 480 Rugby Road

JOEY KATONA grew up in a liberal Jewish home in Los Angeles.  During high school, Joey spent two summers at the Seeds of Peace International Camp in Maine, where he met Omar Dreidi, a Palestinian camper his age. 

As an undergrad at the University of Virginia, Joey raised nearly $100,000 to finance the cost of Omar's tuition at Earlham College.  The two friends graduated in 2010. Read the story of Omar and Joey's friendship in UVa Today here .

On October 6, Joey Katona returns to Charlottesville in the company of another unlikely friend, Cary Umhau, a Southern Christian grandmother with whom he founded Spacious, a Washington, DC-based movement of people taking chances on others outside their usual circles. 

Joey holds an MS in conflict resolution and has served on the board of Offender Aid and Restoration.  He currently leads Corporate Social Responsibility for Eagle Hill Consulting. Cary is a community builder and the author of Burning Down the Fireproof Hotel,  which includes stories of Cary's and Joey’s adventures and the genesis of SPACIOUS.

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN JOEY & CARY for a community lunch on Friday, October 6 from 1:00-2:00 pm at Common Grounds (480 Rugby Rd/the corner of Rugby & Gordon at the UVa IL Beta Bridge bus stop).  

Joey and Cary will tell of their own unlikely friendships--and talk about the power and the joy of friendships formed across lines and beyond expectations.  

The lunch is intentionally welcoming and open to one and all--so please come and bring friends.  We want to know you!  

Following lunch, a group of us will be hosting from 3-4pm public Flash Table down on the Corner by University Baptist.

We'll be setting up a beautiful revolving table of hospitality for 12 at a time - with linens, china and homemade pies. Invitations will be given for passersby to sit down, have some pie and talk with one another.  

Friday, October 6 comes at the beginning of the weekend celebrating the Bicentennial. After enjoying Pie, consider walking over to east of Brooks Hall across from the Corner between 4 and 6pm to see the future site of the Memorial for Enslaved Laborers at UVa.

RSVP karen@theologicalhorizons.org.  Need more info?  Email Karen Marshkaren@theologicalhorizons.org or text her at 434-466-1342.

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Solstice Sunset Walking Bible Study | Mark & the Path of Love with Karen Marsh
Aug
16
8:00 PM20:00

Solstice Sunset Walking Bible Study | Mark & the Path of Love with Karen Marsh

Join us as we read Scripture (Mark 10) and then walk up Observatory Hill as the sun sets, discussing Mark & the Path of Love as we go up the trail & walking in silent reflection as we walk down. This is a relaxed, noncompetitive event! All walkers are welcome. We'll meet in the parking lot of UVa's Slaughter Rec center.

PLEASE RSVP TO KAREN MARSH who will be leading the walking Bible study. Her cell is 434-466-1342; her email address karen@theologicalhorizons.org.

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Solstice Sunset Walking Bible Study | Moses and the Path of Love with Karen Marsh
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Solstice Sunset Walking Bible Study | Moses and the Path of Love with Karen Marsh

Join us as we read Scripture (Exodus 33) and then walk up Observatory Hill as the sun sets, discussing Moses & the Path of Love as we go up the trail & walking in silent reflection as we walk down. This is a relaxed, noncompetitive event! All walkers are welcome. We'll meet in the parking lot of UVa's Slaughter Rec center.

PLEASE RSVP TO KAREN MARSH who will be leading the walking Bible study. Her cell is 434-466-1342; her email address karen@theologicalhorizons.org.

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Mountain Movie Night | Silence with Chris Yates
Jul
8
7:00 PM19:00

Mountain Movie Night | Silence with Chris Yates

  • 4933 Sugar Hollow Road Crozet, VA, 22932 United States (map)
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Come out to Sugar Hollow to watch the 2016 historical period drama by Martin Scorsese Silence followed by a brief discussion led by philosopher Dr. Chris Yates.

Popcorn and drinks will be provided. 

RSVP to christy@theologicalhorizons.org 

Address is: 4933 Sugar Hollow Rd, Crozet, VA

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Solstice Sunset Walking Bible Study | The Creator's Way of Love with Karen Marsh
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Solstice Sunset Walking Bible Study | The Creator's Way of Love with Karen Marsh

Join us as we read Scripture (Genesis 1) and then walk up Observatory Hill as the sun sets, discussing the Creator & the Path of Love as we go up the trail & walking in silent reflection as we walk down. This is a relaxed, noncompetitive event! All walkers are welcome. We'll meet in the parking lot of UVa's Slaughter Rec center.

PLEASE RSVP TO KAREN MARSH who will be leading the walking Bible study. Her cell is 434-466-1342; her email address karen@theologicalhorizons.org.

 

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Goodwin Writing Prize
Jun
1
to Jun 2

Goodwin Writing Prize

WHERE ARE THE FINEST CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY PROFESSORS OF TOMORROW?  THEY ARE IN GRADUATE SCHOOL TODAY!

The Louise and Richard Goodwin Writing Prize for Excellence in Theological Writing was founded in 2001 to recognize upcoming scholars in the theological field. The writing prize is awarded by the Board of Directors of Theological Horizons, a non-profit corporation fostering reflection and responsibility in the church, the community, and the academy. Award are given to essays that demonstrate:

  • creative theological thinking,
  • excellence in scholarship,
  • engagement with the Christian tradition, and
  • commitment to the well-being of the church.

Submissions must be postmarked June 1st. Please email goodwinprize@theologicalhorizons.org for questions.

Click here for submission requirements.

2016 Prize Winners

The $2,500 prize has been awarded to Stephen D. Lawson of Saint Louis University for his essay, “Only Through Time/Time is Conquered: A Theological Reflection.”

The $1,000 prize has been award to Nadia Marais of the Stellenbosch University for her essay, "Lovelyn, Belhar, and Mary: Exploring the rhetoric of confession as resistance to injustice."

Brittany Fiscus of Columbia Theological Seminary has been awarded $500 for her essay, "The 'Sum of the Gospel' as Good News on the Street."

Past Goodwin Writing Prize Winners


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Women's Comm School Lunch
Apr
28
1:00 PM13:00

Women's Comm School Lunch

During her time as a UVa marketing major, Celeste Browning Zuch was a Pi Beta Phi and cheerleader (Go Hoos!).  Since graduation in 1991, she has worked as a consultant with technology firms, had three children and served as a nonprofit leader.  Come and hear her story!  On Friday, April 28 from 1-2 pm in Conference Room #305 at the UVa McIntire School of Commerce.  All women are welcome and Bellair Market sandwiches are included!  An RSVP is required.  Write to Karen Marsh at karen@theologicalhorizons.org

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Faith & Work Forum with Kace Luzar
Apr
20
12:30 PM12:30

Faith & Work Forum with Kace Luzar

  • Charlottesville, VA, 22903 United States (map)
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Born and raised in Williamsburg, VA, Kase earned a Spanish degree from UVA in 2003, and then received two Master’s degrees from the Curry School of Education.

Having spent the past six years in a variety of roles for Relay Foods, a healthy online grocery company, Kase transitioned to a new career path in January, where he now consults early-stage tech and tech-enabled businesses with three former Relayers. Prior to Relay, he worked in the UVA Athletic Department, first as a graduate assistant coach for the football team, and then helping to manage the program's recruiting operations. 

He and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, met in Stephen Macko's Oceanography class and have been married for 12 years. They are the super proud parents of two wonderful daughters, Adele and Virginia.

 


Theological Horizons sponsors the Faith & Work Forum, a three-part lunch series at a lawn pavilion that discusses the interplay between faith, work, and life. Each semester, we feature three guest speakers and leaders from across the business world who bring authentic stories about seeking a meaningful, purpose driven life within business. RSVP required. Email Peter Hartwig to learn more. 

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If C.S. Lewis met Stephen Colbert | On Religious Satire with Terry Lindvall
Mar
25
5:30 PM17:30

If C.S. Lewis met Stephen Colbert | On Religious Satire with Terry Lindvall

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book, Dr. Terry Lindvall will speak on his recent book, God Mocks: A History of Religious Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Steven Colbert, which received the 2016 Religious Communication Association Book of the Year Award.

Theological Horizons will host a reception in honor of Dr. Lindvall and that will follow the discussion, along with book sales and signing. All are welcome!

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Faith & Work Forum with Randy Caldejon
Mar
23
12:30 PM12:30

Faith & Work Forum with Randy Caldejon

Randy Caldejon is Founder & President of Fidelis Farm & Technologies, a business incubator in Crozet, VA that is focused on developing technology solutions for vineyards and small farms. An engineer and serial entrepreneur, he enjoys engaging in meaningful ventures that create social and economic value in light of God’s Kingdom.  As a lifelong student, he is pursuing a graduate certificate in Biblical and Liturgical Theology at the Theopolis Institute.

Randy received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and his Master of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  He served in the United State Marine Corps in both reserve and active components; and is a veteran of the First Gulf War.  He currently serves on the leadership council at Church of the Holy Cross in Crozet, VA.  Most importantly, Randy enjoys living on a farm in Crozet with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.


Theological Horizons sponsors the Faith & Work Forum, a three-part lunch series at a lawn pavilion that discusses the interplay between faith, work, and life. Each semester, we feature three guest speakers and leaders from across the business world who bring authentic stories about seeking a meaningful, purpose driven life within business. RSVP required. Email Peter Hartwig to learn more. 

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"Do Guns Make Us Free? A Christian Critique"
Mar
14
2:00 PM14:00

"Do Guns Make Us Free? A Christian Critique"

Firmin DeBrabander will deliver a guest lecture at the University of Virginia, Wilson Hall 301, on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm to discuss the “Christian” critique of the gun movement. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend and put on by the Project on Lived Theology.

Find more information on DeBrabander’s publication, Do Guns Make us Free?, here. Read his December op-ed in the Los Angeles Times here.

Firmin DeBrabander is professor of philosophy at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. He completed his graduate studies at the Katholieke Universities Leuven in Belgium, and at Emory University in Atlanta. His publications include Spinoza and the Stoics (Continuum Press, 2007) and Do Guns Make us Free? (Yale University Press, 2015). He has written articles on social and political commentary (notably on the gun debate) in a variety of national publications, including The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the New Republic and Salon.

For more event details and up-to-date event listings please click here to visit the PLT Events page. We also post updates online using #PLTevents. 

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On Martin Luther King, Jr. | A talk by Larycia Hawkins
Feb
28
2:00 PM14:00

On Martin Luther King, Jr. | A talk by Larycia Hawkins

Larycia Hawkins is the Abd el-Kader Visiting Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Her research engages the intersections of race/ethnicity, religion, and politics. Her writing, speaking, teaching, and scholarship are squarely animated by a conviction that political science should be relevant to the real world. Thus, the perennial questions that plague our polity are the questions that plague her: What does it look like to live out the stated constitutional commitment to justice? What does it mean to transcend theoretical solidarity with the oppressed and move to actual, embodied solidarity with the oppressed? What does conscientious citizenship look like?

Hawkins received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her MA and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. At the Institute, Hawkins will focus her research on the relationships between races and religions. She will also serve as a scholar on the Race, Faith, and Culture Project and on the Pluralism Project. 

Dr. Hawkins’ recent publications include “Prophetic and Priestly: The Politics of a Black Catholic Parish” (2015) and “Jesus and Justice: The Moral Framing of the Black Agenda” (2015). She previously founded and directed the Peace and Conflict Studies program at Wheaton College, where she served for 8 years as Associate Professor of Political Science.

You can follow Dr. Hawkins on Twitter at @LaryciaHawkins. 

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Faith & Work Forum with Cindy Brinker Simmons
Feb
23
12:30 PM12:30

Faith & Work Forum with Cindy Brinker Simmons

Come enjoy a free lunch and listen as Cindy Brinker Simmons shares about the interplay between faith and engagement in the business world. Cindy is a founding partner of Levenson Group which is a full-service strategic communications company that integrates advertising, public relations, marketing and social media.  She has been known for thirty-five years for her work as an expert communications specialist. Cindy serves on several non-profit and ministerial boards including the Virginia Athletic Foundation.  She graduated from UVa in 1979 with a bachelor of arts in communications and Spanish.  Cindy was a member of the varsity tennis team and cross country team and received the “Female Athlete of the Year” award. 

Cindy resides in Dallas and was married to her late husband, Robert (“Bob”) L. Simmons, Jr. for 15 years.  They have one son, William. Cindy is currently on sabbatical writing a book on hope.  Her first book, Little Mo’s Legacy: A Mother’s Lessons, A Daughter’s Story , was published in 2001. 

RSVP to christy@theologicalhorizons.org

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Lowland Hum CD Release Party
Feb
17
7:00 PM19:00

Lowland Hum CD Release Party

Come celebrate the release of our friends Lowland Hum’s new CD Thin. WNRN will be presenting the CD release party at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, February 17th at 9pm. Lowland Hum will be accompanied by very special guests Will Marsh of Gold Connections, Juliana Daugherty, and Kurt Schuler of Omen Moth

Doors 7:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show

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Vintage Lunch with Susan Yates - All Welcome!
Feb
10
1:00 PM13:00

Vintage Lunch with Susan Yates - All Welcome!

Risky Faith: Becoming Brave Enough to Trust the God who is Bigger than your World

How can we walk in the faith that keeps us focused on God in the midst of the hard circumstances life never stops throwing in our path? Where do you find faith like that? Author and speaker Susan Yates will share stories from her own life and ideas from her new book, Risky Faith, to give us a renewed understanding and vision to walk in the confidence of a God so much bigger than the challenges we often face. 

 All are welcome!

 

 

 

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Women's Tea with Author & Speaker Susan Yates
Feb
9
4:00 PM16:00

Women's Tea with Author & Speaker Susan Yates

How can we walk in the faith that keeps us focused on God in the midst of the hard circumstances life never stops throwing in our path? Where do you find faith like that? Author and speaker Susan Yates will share stories from her own life and ideas from her new book, Risky Faith, to give us a renewed understanding and vision to walk in the confidence of a God so much bigger than the challenges we often face. 

 

Women only. Please RSVP to christy@theologicalhorizons.org

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 "In Love with a Place I Tried to Avoid" with author Cary Umhau
Feb
3
1:00 PM13:00

"In Love with a Place I Tried to Avoid" with author Cary Umhau

Come join us for a home-cooked meal and a chance to hear from author Cary Umhau about her own journey into the Christian faith as well as the creation of a non-profit and movement called, Spacious. 

To learn more about Cary and her work with Spacious, see:

"What will be will be."

"God glory concentrate." 

Learn more about her 2015 memoir, Burning down the Fireproof Hotel.

All are welcome!

 

 

 

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Before the Rush Lunch
Jan
13
12:30 PM12:30

Before the Rush Lunch

Whether you are rushing or not, come enjoy a fresh lunch and cup of tea among other women at the University and explore questions like:

Who are my friends and what makes a real friend?
What is important to me?
Where do I find my identity?
Am I beautiful?
How do I deal with disappointment?
Where is God in all of this?

All women are welcome! RSVP to karen@theologicalhorizons.org

 

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Advent Concert with Claire Hitchins
Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Advent Concert with Claire Hitchins

Come enjoy a contemplative Advent concert with New City Artist in Residence, Claire Hitchins.  Common Grounds, 480 Rugby Road. All are welcome!

CLAIRE’S HOMESPUN MUSICAL SENSIBILITY WAS FASHIONED AMONG THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS OF VIRGINIA, FORMED AS MUCH BY THE DECIDUOUS FORESTS AND SWIMMING HOLES OF HER HOME STATE AS BY THE TRADITIONAL SONGS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH. HER SIMPLE, SOULFUL FOLK MELODIES WEAVE A MUSICAL FABRIC THAT IS AT ONCE SPACIOUS AND INTIMATE.

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