Please join us for a lecture by author Terry Lindvall on his forthcoming book from NYU Press: God on the Big Screen: A History of Hollywood Prayer from the Silent Era to Today.
Film history meets church history through the ritual of prayers.
Moments of prayer have been represented in Hollywood movies since the silent era, appearing unexpectedly in films as diverse as Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, Frankenstein, Amistad, Easy Rider, Talladega Nights, and Alien 3, as well as in religiously inspired classics such as Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments. Here, Terry Lindvall examines how films have reflected, and sometimes sought to prescribe, ideas about how one ought to pray. He surveys the landscape of those films that employ prayer in their narratives, beginning with the silent era and moving through the uplifting and inspirational movies of the Great Depression and World War II, the cynical, anti-establishment films of the 60s and 70s, and the sci-fi and fantasy blockbusters of today. Lindvall considers how the presentation of cinematic prayer varies across race, age, and gender, and places the use of prayer in film in historical context, shedding light on the religious currents at play during those time periods.
God on the Big Screen demonstrates that the way prayer is presented in film during each historical period tells us a great deal about America’s broader relationship with religion.
Terry Lindvall has been a part of the Festival since Bob Gazzale's first years. In fact, when film critic Roger Ebert became too ill to attend the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville in 2006, Terry was drafted to present a mediated lecture presentation on prayer in film. He gathered hundreds of clips to show the unexpected presence of such moments of piety, irony, drama, and general mischief.
The book, God on the Big Screen, has a companion documentary in the works. You can see the trailer here.
Come join Theological Horizons in New York City!
Summer Sangria & Simple Supper
and a conversation with Kate Fowler Harris & Karen Marsh
“Saints of New York: Dorothy Day, Theodore Wright, Mabel Ping-Hua Lee & Dietrich Bonhoeffer”
Hosted by Theological Horizons & friends.
Any and all are welcome, so bring a friend or two.
Pleas RSVP to email@example.com
Claire Holley grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and enjoyed singing ever since she was a little girl. She began writing songs in college and has released seven full length records + two EPs. Her music has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition as well as in films & TV shows. She lives in Los Angeles.
“…simultaneously powerful and light as a feather.”
“The charm of Holley’s hummable melodies, imagistic lyrics and vocal prowess suggest she’ll keep bringing crowds in from the cold…”
“She owes much to the southern tradition of storytelling, and just as much to the southern tradition of charm…”
“Holley’s vocal is lovely, and her poignant lyrics impart a wonderful sense of yearning born on a quiet strength.”
“A highly skilled instrumentalist, Holley … has a way with a melody as well, writing strong hooks into every one of the songs on the new album.”
“Claire Holley is an observer, a romantic reporter from the backyards and front porches of the heartland”
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. Awards 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.
Papers are judged through blind submission by three separate readers.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Click here for submission requirements. Deadline is June 1st.
2018 Prize Winners
The $2,500 prize has been awarded to Joseph McCrave (Boston College) for the essay, "Forgiveness as a Virtue for Transitional Justice Contexts: Towards a Constructive Account." McCrave’s faculty advisor receives an award of $500.
The $1,000 prize has been awarded to Bryan Ellrod (Emory University) for the essay, “The New Romantics: Authority, Authorship, and the Fragment’s Place in Christian Ethics”.
Chris Hazlaris (Yale Divinity School) has been awarded $500 for the essay, “Redeeming a Sinful Theology of Nature.”
An Honorable Mention of $200 goes to Matthew Wiley (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) for the essay, “Sacramental Theology in a Secular Age: Charles Taylor and the Evangelical Church.”
The Faith & Work Forum is a lunch series at a lawn pavilion that discusses the interplay between faith, work, and life. Each semester we feature guest speakers with leadership experience from across a wide range of vocations, who bring authentic stories about seeking a meaningful, purpose driven life.
Richard Campanelli is a thought leader at the intersections of social policy, science and technology, human rights, and religious freedom. Rick has a wide ranging career in the private and public sectors, including service as the Director for the Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services). He teaches the core course, “Integrating Ethics in Public Policy,” at the UVa Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Join us for an intimate conversation with Rick as he shares his professional, personal and faith journeys — and reflects upon current ethical debates -- from disruptive technologies to First Amendment issues.
All are welcome. Bring a friend!
Email Karen Marsh to learn more and to RSVP
With everything going on in life, school, and work sometimes we keep the intellectual and the physical separate...but God created us to be fully embodied, holistic beings.
Let's celebrate Friday and make some time to play, to hold things a bit more lightly and to remember our God-given bodies.
Come ready to engage in embodied playful practices guaranteed to bring fun--and even help you reflect on your vocation in new and exciting way that you can take home and do yourself!
We will be led by the effervescent Lakisha Lockhart, PhD. Dr. Lockhart works with the Forum For Theological Exploration., coordinating the Lilly Endowment’s initiatives with campus ministries. She builds community among programs to strengthen their capacities to help young adults explore their call. She also loves to play games!
Rebels With a Cause
Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Hal Crowther (Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers: A Gallery of Memorable Southerners) and Charles Marsh (Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith & Justice) discuss their collections of biographical essays on unexpected and underappreciated leaders in struggles for justice and equality.
Why should you attend?
“Crowther’s inimitable voice either soothes like bourbon or burns like whisky throughout this clear-eyed collection.” —Publisher’s Weekly
“This [Freedom Fighters and Hell Raisers] is a book we need right now. Not only because it is beautifully written, entrancing, and funny, but perhaps even more so because it is a book of complexity and truth. Very often it is about people fighting the good fight, whether that be through activism, prayer, or—most often—the arts.” —Silas House, author of Southernmost
“Marsh enters the religion-and-politics fray in this provocative, and even prophetic, manifesto.” —Publishers Weekly
Who wears the cape? Heroes and Sheroes: a Vintage Lunch Series
Who’s your hero? Your most important role model, your inspiration, your person of influence? It may be one of the she-roes among us! This spring, Theological Horizons is tracing the stories of Christian sheroes and heroes: Jesus-followers who have lived faithfully in the world, whatever the cost.
Each week as we gather for Vintage Lunch (now a 16 year old tradition), university leaders come as guest speakers, holding up a favorite Hero or Shero of the faith who has shaped their own lives, character and scholarship. It’s a double blessing to get to know our own local “living legends” even as we learn about eminent Christians from the past. We’re grateful to the UVa Parents Fund and all of you who are generous Theological Horizons supporters--you’re the heroes and sheroes who make this series possible. Do join us any Friday at 1:00!
Spring schedule below:
Jan 25 Christy Yates on John M. Perkins
Feb 1 "11a.m." film with David Bailey
Feb 8 Hildegard von Bingen with Karen Marsh
Feb 15 Martin Luther & Katharina von Bora with Karen Marsh
Feb 22 Francois Fenelon with Winn Collier (author & pastor)
March 1 Coretta Scott King with Maurice Wallace (English & African-American Studies)
March 8 John Chrysostom with Karen Marsh
March 15 spring break
March 22 Pandita Ramabai with Karen Marsh
March 29 "Get Out & Play!" Field Day with Lakisha Lockhart (Virginia Union University)
April 5 Marian Wright Edelman with Patrice Grimes (Office of African American Affairs & Curry School)
April 12 Heather Warren (Religious Studies)
April 19 Fleming Rutledge and Good Friday with Karen Wright Marsh
April 26 Oscar Romero with Tony Lin (Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture)
May 1 Reading Day Picnic at the Bonhoeffer House
Please join Christ Community Church, the Vineyard Church and All Souls church for an afternoon with Shane Claiborne and friends around his new book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and why it’s killing us.
Jesus was wrongfully convicted and unjustly sentenced to death. Is it possible we're making the same mistake in America today? Join Shane Claiborne as he reflects on justice, retribution, and redemption in our criminal justice system. He will share stories of horrific pain and heroic grace from victims of violent crimes, survivors of death row, lawyers, experts, and even an executioner. Shane will explore the contrast between punitive justice and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution.
These stories raise questions like: Should we kill those who kill to show that it's wrong to kill? Is anyone beyond redemption? What does it look like when grace gets the last word? Regardless of the conclusions each of us reach, we hope this will be an opportunity to think together around an important question, with a posture of listening and grappling, that is faithful to the way of Jesus.
Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.
You are Warmly Invited to a Concert by Asthmatic Kitty Recording Artist the Welcome Wagon
With Very Special Guest Joseph Holm
When: Thursday, February 7, 2019. Doors open at 7:30pm, Show Begins at 8pm.
Where: Common Grounds, 480 Rugby Road Charlottesville, VA, 22903
The event is free but donations gladly accepted.
Their First Appearance in Charlottesville in 7 or 8 Years!
Bring the Whole Family!
Special Prizes for Lucky Listeners!
In partnership with the Christian Study Center and RUF (Reformed University Fellowship), we’ll be hosting a screening of 11AM, a documentary put out by Arrabon.
About the film: In the wake of increased racial tensions, an organization in Richmond, VA, steps into the fray with a fresh, bold vision: Raise up and train a new generation of artistic leaders to write a new narrative in the former Capital of the Confederacy. With such a challenging diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences, could this group of young musicians really bring hope for change to America’s most segregated hour?
Free lunch provided. All are welcome. Film will start around 1pm followed by a brief discussion.
Theological Horizons friend Ginger Oaks has created a series of calligraphy art cards featuring favorite quotes from Christian figures Vintage Saints and Sinners: 25 Christians Who Transformed My Faith by Theological Horizons director Karen Wright Marsh.
The set of 14 5x7 cards comes with a wooden display easel, wrapped and ready to give!
Calligraphy Quote Cards are $24.00 plus shipping. Please contact us for bulk orders.
To order your cards, click https://www.theologicalhorizons.org/shop/.
Come hear Pamela Sutton-Wallace share her story and tips for navigating career, faith & family! To reserve a spot, which includes lunch, please email email@example.com
Sutton-Wallace joined the Medical Center in July 2014. She oversees the strategic direction and operations of all inpatient and ambulatory services of the medical center.
Prior to arriving at UVA, Sutton-Wallace served as senior vice president of hospital operations at Duke University Hospital from 2011-2014. Since 1997, she has held several leadership positions with the Duke University Health System including the oversight of ambulatory services, inpatient operations and surgical services. She has a diverse health care background with experience in the pharmaceutical, insurance and research industries.
Sutton-Wallace is married to Maurice Wallace, and they have two daughters — Sage and Amaya.
Read an Excerpt of White Picket Fences Here.
Praise for White Picket Fences:
I want to read every word Amy Julia Becker writes. No one I know captures so completely the ache and the joy of being human. White Picket Fences is her most compelling book yet, tackling one of the thorniest topics of our time and illuminating it with honesty, humility, and hope. Privilege so often involves a conspiracy to forget, and this book gently, unflinchingly insists that we remember. But it also helps us believe that in a world so often torn by violence and indifference, love can still have the last and best word. – Andy Crouch, Author
Beautifully and elegantly written in a prose that does not allow us to shrink from a painful reality, Becker challenges us to move out of the stagnant state of “benign” racism. Without “white-explaining,” Becker presents a convincing story of everyday privilege, a disruption of that privilege, and a necessary transformation. – Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Professor, North Park Theological Seminary, Author of The Next Evangelicalism and Prophetic Lament
Discussing the reality of privilege is both uncomfortable and essential. In White Picket Fences, Amy Julia Becker explores this critically important topic without being heavy handed or didactic…White Picket Fences is compelling, wise, and vital. – Tish Harrison Warren, Priest in the Anglican Church of North America and author of Liturgy of the Ordinary
A Gentle Invitation into the Challenging Topic of Privilege
The notion that some might have it better than others, for no good reason, offends our sensibilities. Yet, until we talk about privilege, we’ll never fully understand it or find our way forward.
Amy Julia Becker welcomes us into her life, from the charm of her privileged southern childhood to her adult experience in the northeast, and the denials she has faced as the mother of a child with special needs. She shows how a life behind a white picket fence can restrict even as it protects, and how it can prevent us from loving our neighbors well.
White Picket Fences invites us to respond to privilege with generosity, humility, and hope. It opens us to questions we are afraid to ask, so that we can walk further from fear and closer to love, in all its fragile and mysterious possibilities.
Amy Julia Becker is the author of White Picket Fences: Turning toward Love in a World Divided by Privilege (NavPress, 2018). She is also the author of Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most (Zondervan, 2014), A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations and a Little Girl Named Penny (Bethany House), named one of the Top Books of 2011 by Publisher’s Weekly, and Penelope Ayers: A Memoir. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, her essays about faith, family, and disability have appeared in the Washington Post, USA Today, Christianity Today, the Christian Century, and online for The New York Times, ABCNews, the Atlantic, Vox, and The Huffington Post. Amy Julia is a member of INK: A Creative Collective. She lives with her husband Peter and three children, Penny, William, and Marilee in western CT.
Join us for the 2018 Capps Lecturer by Jonathan Merritt on October 18, 2018 in Nau Hall 101 at the University of Virginia.
The theme of Jonathan Merritt lecture will be “Speaking God: the Death and Rebirth of Sacred Speech”.
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.
Jonathan Merritt is an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics. He currently serves as a contributing writer for The Atlantic, contributing editor for The Week, and senior columnist for Religion News Service. Jonathan has published more than 3000 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Daily Beast, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. As a respected voice, he regularly contributes commentary to television, print, and radio news outlets and has been interviewed by ABC World News, NPR, CNN, PBS, MSNBC, Fox News, CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The New York Times.
Jonathan is author of three critically-acclaimed books, including Jesus is Better Than You Imagined and A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars, and has collaborated on or ghostwritten more than 40 additional books, with several titles landing on the New York Times, USA Today, or Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists. Additionally, he trains hundreds of young writers through his revolutionary Write Brilliant course.
Named one of “30 young influencers reshaping Christian leadership“ by Outreach Magazine, Jonathan is a sought after speaker at colleges, conferences, and churches. He holds a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
He resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Through his years of research and writing on faith in America, Jonathan Merritt has identified "5 Trends Changing the Church Today.“ If you're a churchgoer or are a cultural observer, you know the American church is changing--especially in a post-Trump America. Perhaps these changes thrill you. Or maybe they frustrate you. Regardless, you know they are important and you're curious to know more.
Come join us for a workshop co-sponosored with the Project on Lived Theology and hosted at St. Paul’s Memorial Episcopal Church to explore these trends more.
RSVP - firstname.lastname@example.org
Leonard Bernstein’s Mass opened the Kennedy Center in 1971, and since that time has been a lightening rod for conversations on what Bernstein himself called, "the crisis of our century, a crisis of faith.” In preparation for performances of Mass at the Paramount on Oct. 13th & 14th, join UVA conductor and Bernstein scholar Michael Slon, along with lead soloist Kevin Vortmann (who has recorded the work with the Philadelphia Orchestra) for a lecture and panel discussion on the this extraordinary and transformative work.
Friday, October 12th - 3:30 pm in the UVa Minor Hall Auditorium
(Parking at the Central Parking Garage)
Refreshments to follow
FOR MORE INFO: email@example.com 434.466.1342
Bernstein Mass Performance details:
Tickets available at the www.theparamount.net, the box office, or 434 979-1333
Free UVA student tickets available in person at the UVA Arts Box Office
Please join the Project on Lived Theology for a lecture & book signing with Patricia Hampl, author of The Art of the Wasted Day. She is the author of four New York Times Notable Books, a MacArthur Fellow, and celebrated writer and teacher.
- Lecture, Q&A - 2pm Nau 211
- Book talk & signing - The Bonhoeffer House, 1841 University Circle (parking available next door at the International Center)
For more information, got to livedtheology.org
Between now and May 31st, we need to raise $80,000 to do our work at the intersection of faith, thought and life. Please join us by giving today! Generous donors will be the perfect pair to your dollar by matching it, dollar for dollar.
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Come join our weekly Vintage Lunch with special guest speaker, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove. Jonathan is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he lives with his family at the Rutba House, a Christian community and house of hospitality, in Durham, North Carolina, where he directs the School for Conversion. Jonathan is an Associate Minister at St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. His most recent book is Reconstructing the Gospel: Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion.
Diana Butler Bass (Grateful), Karen Wright Marsh (Vintage Saints & Sinners), and Adrian Shirk (And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy) explore the transformative powers of gratitude, faith, and shared stories.
Why should you attend?
“In an acquisitive and success-driven culture, too many people spend a lot of time thinking about what they want and don’t have, instead of being conscious of what they do have and being thankful for it. [Grateful] seeks to remedy that.” —Publishers Weekly
“The winsome brilliance of Karen Wright Marsh’s ability to encapsulate gorgeous little vignettes of history’s greatest contemplative mystics and fierce justice advocates makes Vintage Saints and Sinners a timely work. From the most spectacular to the uttermost undramatic conversions, each hero and shero Karen introduces highlights an embodied example of vocational fidelity that is both inspiring and inviting.” —Christopher L. Heuertz, cofounder of Gravity, a Center for Contemplative Activism, author of The Sacred Enneagram
“Shirk writes with sincerity as she calmly details events, observations, and conjectures. In these stirring vignettes, she mixes historical accounts, interpretations, and fictionalized encounters to provide insight into her personal journey tracing the steps of American women who have sought out an alternative spirituality.” ―Publishers Weekly
with Donell Woodson & Shawn Duncan
How do we help people without creating dependency? How do we in- clude those we serve in their own solutions? How do caregivers and non-profits avoid becoming overwhelmed or frustrated with the level of need? This talk will be a distillation of 40 years of on-the-ground wisdom and extensive research about what does and does not work to lift up people caught in the spiral of poverty. co-sponsored by InterVarsity & Theological Horizons studycenter.net/lectures/reimagine-charity
Come here Reggie Leonard share about his own story and tips for navigating career & calling after college! To reserve a spot, which includes lunch!, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Assistant Director for the Data Science Institute, Reggie is responsible for providing specialized career support to the M.S. in Data Science students through the Data Science Institute. He is especially interested in the intersection of technology and education, and enjoys employing creative and cutting-edge resources in his work with students and colleagues.
Prior to joining the UVA Career Center in June 2015, Reggie was the Washington Fellowship Placement Coordinator at Liberty University where he prepared students to intern in Washington, D.C., while establishing relationships with various organizations around the city. He also served as a Career Counselor and an Adjunct Instructor at Liberty University. While in Lynchburg, Reggie co-founded a community lifestyle brand that highlighted Lynchburg's local economy, and also served on the board of the Young Professionals of Central Virginia.
Reggie graduated from Liberty University with an M.A. in Professional Counseling, and a B.S. in Psychology from Bowie State University. Currently, he serves on the board of Dream With Hope Foundation (a STEAM non-profit focused on underserved minorities), and on the board of New City Arts in town. Reggie enjoys traveling, watching foreign films, exploring new cuisine, roasting coffee, and listening to bossa nova in his free time.
Come listen to a talk on Simone Weil's classic "Reflections on the right use of school studies with a view to the love of God." Chris Yates is an assistant professor with the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts and author of The Poetic Imagination in Heidegger and Schelling.