Saturday, February 20, 2021

Confrontational Faith and Beloved Community: Rekindling Hope and Restoring Trust

Hope and trust are difficult virtues to foster and sustain in America today. A resurgence of blatant acts of racism and racial injustice as well as a long history of racial oppression and deep systemic racial inequities greatly contribute to this difficulty. The Reverend Dr. Guy Nave believes that despite America being in the midst of a painful and long overdue period of racial reckoning, hope and trust are still possible. Not only are they possible, but they are also prerequisites for establishing "Beloved Community"—a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one's fellow human beings. Nave asserts there is a specific role people of faith must play in rekindling hope and restoring trust. People of faith need to demonstrate what Nave calls, “confrontational faith”—faith that actively challenges racial inequities and injustices. Confrontational faith is rooted in and motivated by a strong conviction that Beloved Community is not only possible, it is a divine imperative. In this seminar, Nave will explore the role and function of faith and the power of hope and trust for creating Beloved Community.

Two presentations on Saturday, February 20—9:00am and 11:00am [MST] with a 30-minute break in between.
Each presentation will be 45 minutes, with 30 minutes of Question and Answers.
One presentation will be focused on "Rekindling Hope" and the other on "Building Trust."
Cost $15.00

Rev. Dr. Guy Nave is professor of religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, focusing on the topics of Christianity, the New Testament, and race. He received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Yale University. He also blogs for Luther College's Ideas and Creations page as well as the website Clamoring for Change where some of these posts also appear.



Hope, Hard Times and the Human Possibility

Join Carrie Newcomer (award-winning songwriter, performer, recording artist, performer), Parker J. Palmer (bestselling author, teacher, activist, and founder of The Center for Courage and Renewal), and Gary Walters (musician, recording artist, composer, educator) in a dynamic interweaving of music, poetry, prose, personal story, and audience participation.