DISCIPLING KINGDOM CITIZENS
FOR FAITHFUL PARTICIPATION IN THE BODY POLITIC
April 8 – 9, 2016
Sponsored by City Ministry Initiative
Cost: $15 General Admission; $10 for students; childcare available with registration.
More Info/To Register: https://cmi2016.eventbrite.com
Dr. Vincent E. Bacote, Associate Professor of Theology and Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College
Dr. Bacote is the author of several books, including The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker, 2005) and The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (Zondervan Ordinary Theology Series, 2015). He has been a regular columnist for Comment; published articles in magazines such as Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian, and others; blogs for The High Calling and the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics; is a fellow of the Center for Public Justice; and is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics.
Dr. John D. Inazu, Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at Washington University in St Louis
Dr. Inazu teaches courses on criminal law as well as religion and politics. His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion. He is the author of Liberty’s Refuge: The Forgotten Freedom of Assembly (Yale University Press, 2012), and a frequent contributor to Christianity Today and the editorial pages of the nation’s leading newspapers. His new book, Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, will be published by the University of Chicago Press this spring.
In this election year, Christians will disagree with each other and with their neighbors about which candidates and policies best serve the health of our body politic. The United States is deeply divided politically, ethnically, and socioeconomically over issues like immigration, public education, abortion, police practices, mass incarceration, military spending, trade policy, and much more. It is timely to come together for a conference designed to equip Christians and churches for faithful public witness to Christ and the values of his Kingdom, including a love of neighbor and place that cultivates a healthy body politic of diverse opinions, policies, and public representatives for the common good. We have invited leading Christian scholars who have been called to study and articulate these issues carefully. Now, we are inviting you to join the conversation and learn with us.
Friday, April 8
10 – 10:45 a.m. — Chapel: “Heavenly Minded for Earthly Good” (Col. 3:1–17), Dr. Bacote
6 – 6:30 p.m. — Arrival and Registration
6:30 p.m. — Welcome and Introduction of Dr. Bacote
6:40 – 7:25 p.m. — “Our Place in Public as the King’s Image-bearers,” Dr. Bacote
7:25 – 7:30 p.m. — Introduction of Dr. Inazu
7:30 – 8 p.m. — “Respecfully Exercising our Freedoms Despite Deep Differences,” Dr. Inazu
8 – 8:15 p.m. — Break and Conversation
8:15 – 9 p.m. — “Pursuing Public Holiness for the Common Good”
9 p.m. — Dismissal
Saturday, April 9
8:30 – 9 a.m. — Continental Breakfast
9 – 9:45 a.m. — “Lament as Public Truth and Protest for Justice,” Dr. Bacote
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. — “Cultivating Mutual Respect and Public Partnership in the Wider Church Despite Differences,” interview with Dr. Inazu
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. — Break and Conversation
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. — “Humility, Suffering, and the Path of Cruciform Transformation,” Dr. Bacote
11:15 – 11:45 a.m. — Q&A Discussion
Before noon — Dismissal