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Reading Augustine in a Time of Crisis
Join us for a conversation with three interpreters of St. Augustine as they engage the questions posed by the multiple challenges of 2020. How can Augustine’s pastoral response to the sack of Rome speak to the fear and anxiety from the global pandemic? What political idolatry of today might Augustine diagnose? How might Augustine’s understanding of “exile” connect to the experiences of minority communities in the United States? How can Augustine’s thought be a bridge between different Christian traditions?

Panelists:
James K.A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin University and author of On the Road with Saint Augustine: A Real-world Spirituality for Restless Hearts.
Joseph Kelley is professor of religious and theological studies at Merrimack College and the editor of City of God: Abridged Edition.
Gregory Lee is Associate Professor of Theology and Urban Studies at Wheaton College, Senior Fellow of The Wheaton Center for Early Christian Studies and theologian in residence at Lawndale Christian Community Church in Chicago.

Moderator:
Dr. James Wetzel, Director of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University.
Respondents:
Rev. Kelly Fassett is an ordained minister with the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts and the Executive Director of UniteBoston, an ecumenical non-profit that unites Christians of all backgrounds in the Greater Boston area.
Dr. Elizabeth Smith Woodard is on the Leadership Council for The Initiative for Christian Unity and is the author of Cruciform Ecumenism: The Intersection of Ecclesiology, Episcopacy, and Apostolicity from a Catholic Perspective (Rowland & Littlefield).
Dr. Paul Camacho is the Associate Director of the Augustinian Institute and Assistant Teaching Professor in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program at Villanova University.

Nov 17, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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