The papal encyclical, the Paris talks, daily news accounts of rising tides and lost species and, not least of all, the biblical injunction to Care for our Common Home, invite deeper reflection, understanding and action. The Edmonton Social Justice Institute is hosting an event April 8, 9 to provide an occasion for conversations to deepen commitments to Care for our Common Home. We invite you to save the date and join Jennifer Henry, Executive Director of Kairos, along with several other workshop leaders, for an informative and inspiring discussion about how we can better respond to the urgent challenges of Caring for our Common Home.
Take this moment to mark your calendars for March 27 & 28. We are pleased to announce our special guest speaker Scott Bader-Saye, Academic Dean and Professor of Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at Seminary of the Southwest. His book Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear (The Christian Practice of Everyday Life) sets the stage for this thought-provoking event hosted by the Edmonton Social Justice Institute at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, AB.
Instead of allowing your own or others’ fears to motivate you, you’ll be encouraged to forsake an “ethic of safety” for an “ethic of risk.” This new way of living manifests itself in hospitality, peacemaking, and generosity.
Conference: Doing Justice in a Culture of Fear
Friday March 27, 7:30pm & Saturday March 28, 9:00am – 3:00pm
Newman Theological College, 10012-84 Street Edmonton, AB
Tickets are Available Now! Early registration offer ends March 13th.
- $10 Friday only
- $25 Saturday only (including lunch)
- $30 Early registration for both Friday and Saturday
- $40 Both Friday and Saturday (after March 13)
- $10 Special Student Offer
Register in advance: Payment can be made by Mastercard or Visa via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 780-392-2450 Monday thru Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm. Payment by debit, check or cash can be made in person at the Newman Theological College reception desk Monday thru Friday from 8:30am-3:30pm
Here’s what people are saying about Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear:
“Bader-Saye has written a timely and provocative book concerning Christian resources of faith in a culture besot by fear. He draws upon compelling contemporary cases of such courageous action but shows, with equally compelling articulation, how such courage finally is deeply rooted in God’s providence. His book is a bold theological exposition that has immediate and rich pastoral derivatives, all in the interest of an intentional church community acting congruently with its confession of faith.”
—Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
“Could it be that an account of providence is the key if we are to escape the fear that possesses Americans? That is exactly what Bader-Saye argues. He does so by providing an account of providence that does not promise safety but rather something far more important, that is, a way to go on with courage when we are not always able to ‘make sense’ of what has happened. His ability to help us ‘see’ our world through film and literature is itself a display of theological intelligence as rare as it is necessary.”
—Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
“Scott Bader-Saye offers us Christian practical wisdom we desperately need. Through insightful examples as well as rich biblical and theological analysis, he beautifully seduces us to trust God and to risk hospitality, peacemaking, and generosity. This is a profoundly hopeful, and hope-filled, book.”
—L. Gregory Jones, author of Embodying Forgiveness
“What a marvelously lucid, engaging, and convincing book. Scott Bader-Saye singles out fear as the defining and largely self-imposed burden of our world. He diagnoses it with the aid of the great theologians and illustrates it from popular, personal, and political contexts. Not content with diagnosis, he offers a cure–cogent, compassionate, and Christian. This is an author who thinks with the practical wisdom of Aquinas and writes with an infectious zest. Here is a fresh voice to challenge and transform the anxieties of church and world.”
—Sam Wells, author of God’s Companions and Improvisation
Capital Region Interfaith Housing Initiative renews commitment to end homelessness – Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Edmonton City Hall in City Room. Interfaith’s partnership with the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness will be showcased. Guest speakers include Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander, Joe Roberts from Vancouver and Councillor Scott McKeen. 23 dedicated leaders of faith and spiritual communities pledged their public support 4 years ago. Now they are joining together again to renew their commitment to end homelessness in our city. Everyone welcome. The event is free; light refreshments and musical entertainment. For more information, check www.letsendhomelessnesstogether.weebly.com.
Or call Interfaith Housing chair Bob McKeon at 780.469.1010, ext. 2291.