Sheroes & Heroes Vintage Spring Lunch Series
Mar
1
to Apr 27

Sheroes & Heroes Vintage Spring Lunch Series

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

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Rebels with a Cause: Charles Marsh at Festival of the Book
Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Rebels with a Cause: Charles Marsh at Festival of the Book

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Rebels With a Cause

Fri. March 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

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  

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Field Day Friday with Lakisha Lockhart
Mar
29
1:00 PM13:00

Field Day Friday with Lakisha Lockhart

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!

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Rick Campanelli to speak at Faith & Work Lunch
Mar
30
12:30 PM12:30

Rick Campanelli to speak at Faith & Work Lunch

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

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The Goodwin Prize in Theological Horizon Submission Deadline
Jun
1
12:00 AM00:00

The Goodwin Prize in Theological Horizon Submission Deadline

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 goodwinprize@theologicalhorizons.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.”

Past Goodwin Writing Prize Winners

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Executing Grace: An Afternoon with Shane Claiborne
Feb
16
4:00 PM16:00

Executing Grace: An Afternoon with Shane Claiborne

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.

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Welcome Wagon Concert
Feb
7
7:30 PM19:30

Welcome Wagon Concert

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!

http://asthmatickitty.com/artists/the-welcome-wagon/

https://g.co/kgs/sgXvTa

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11am Documentary Screening | Hope for America's Most Segregated Hour
Feb
1
12:45 PM12:45

11am Documentary Screening | Hope for America's Most Segregated Hour

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.

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Calligraphy Quote Cards - Order yours today!
Jan
1
to Jan 9

Calligraphy Quote Cards - Order yours today!

14 5x7 cards feature the quotes by Vintage Sinner-Saints + a display easel

14 5x7 cards feature the quotes by Vintage Sinner-Saints + a display easel

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/.

to order Calligraphy Quote Cards, email beth@theologicalhorizons.org

to order Calligraphy Quote Cards, email beth@theologicalhorizons.org





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Faith & Work Lunch with Pamela Sutton-Wallace
Nov
29
12:30 PM12:30

Faith & Work Lunch with Pamela Sutton-Wallace

Come hear Pamela Sutton-Wallace share her story and tips for navigating career, faith & family! To reserve a spot, which includes lunch, please email christy@theologicalhorizons.org

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.

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Amy Julia Becker - Book launch for White Picket Fences
Nov
14
5:00 PM17:00

Amy Julia Becker - Book launch for White Picket Fences

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 WarrenPriest 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.

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Jonathan Merritt: 2018 Capps Lecture in Christian Theology
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Jonathan Merritt: 2018 Capps Lecture in Christian Theology

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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”.

THIS EVENT WILL BE LIVESTREAMED ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. CLICK HERE.

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 TodayBuzzfeedThe Daily BeastThe 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 Warsand has collaborated on or ghostwritten more than 40 additional books, with several titles landing on the New York TimesUSA 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.

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5 Trends Changing Everything in the Church Today - Community Workshop with Jonathan Merritt
Oct
18
10:30 AM10:30

5 Trends Changing Everything in the Church Today - Community Workshop with Jonathan Merritt

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 - christy@theologicalhorizons.org

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"Bernstein's Mass: A Crisis of Faith" A lecture by Michael Slon
Oct
12
3:30 PM15:30

"Bernstein's Mass: A Crisis of Faith" A lecture by Michael Slon

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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: info@theologicalhorizons.org 434.466.1342

Bernstein Mass Performance details:

https://www.theparamount.net/event/uva-presents-leonard-bernsteins-mass/

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

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Book talk with Patricia Hampl
Apr
24
2:00 PM14:00

Book talk with Patricia Hampl

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

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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on the Rule of St. Benedict
Apr
6
1:00 PM13:00

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on the Rule of St. Benedict

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.

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Karen Marsh - Virginia Festival of the Book Panel
Mar
25
1:00 PM13:00

Karen Marsh - Virginia Festival of the Book Panel

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

More info here.

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Reimagine Charity with Donell Woodson & Shawn Duncan
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

Reimagine Charity with Donell Woodson & Shawn Duncan

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 

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Faith & Work Lunch with Reggie Leonard
Feb
22
12:30 PM12:30

Faith & Work Lunch with Reggie Leonard

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 christy@theologicalhorizons.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.

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On Simone Weil by Chris Yates
Feb
8
2:00 PM14:00

On Simone Weil by Chris Yates

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. 

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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

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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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