All classes are in the Lounge and meet from 9:15 to 10:15, unless otherwise noted.

November 2017

"Being Church in a Secular Age"

There are thriving congregations, but the big picture is all too clear: more and more people are happy to live their lives without any connection to church. The church is much more than numbers, though. And the crisis of secularization runs deeper than numbers can measure. As deep as this crisis goes, it does not outrun the wily, persistent love of God for the world. Emory University’s Rev. Dr. Ted A. Smith will lead us in thinking about the sources of this situation, the nature of the challenges we face, and some faithful ways forward.

Dr. Smith works at the intersections of practical and political theology, tracing connections between everyday church life and basic questions of politics and culture. He is the author of two books, The New Measures: A Theological History of Democratic Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Weird John Brown: Divine Violence and the Limits of Ethics (Stanford University Press, 2014), and has written numerous essays for both scholarly and popular publications. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Institute and on the editorial boards of Political Theology and Practical Matters. 

  • November 5: Rev. Dr. Ted A. Smith will lecture.
  • November 12: We will continue to discuss the ideas that Dr. Smith presented in his lecture.
  • November 19: TBD
  • November 26: No Adult Education (Thanksgiving Break)