We are excited to host author & peace theologian Michael Hardin for a coffee house conversation on "The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s theory of Non-violent Change and it's relevance today" as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington & MLK's electrifying "I have a Dream Speech" of 1963. We'll have some singing of the African-American Spirituals that defined the Civil Rights Movement and BBQ to boot!
We all know that MLK changed America (and really the world) with his unique non-violent approach to furthering the cause of Civil Rights, but the theology behind his methods are less well-known. We struggle to apply lessons from his life and methods to our own generation so instead we stop at praising King's courage. Michael Hardin has one of the most interesting takes out there on how we can live out some of MLK's ideas (and similar ideas rooted in the Bible) today. So this year, let's learn how to put some of MLK's ideas into practice!
About our conversation partner: Michael Hardin is co-founder and Executive Director of Preaching Peace, a non-profit based in Lancaster, PA. Preaching Peace's motto is "Educating The Church in Jesus' Vision of Peace." The organization's website brings together Hardin's intriguing scholarship and theological investigations into the question of how non-violence is woven into God's (and therefore the Christian) vision of a transformed world. Along the way, Hardin has studied the Bible's peace vision, just war theory, theories of the atonement, popular views of the end times, and the new scholarship/science on why we are violent and what we can do to transform our drive to act violently (destroying the world and others in the process). He's written many essays and books on this peace tradition, including Stricken by God?: Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ (Eerdmans, 2007) as co-editor; Peace Be With You (Cascadia, 2009); Compassionate Eschatology (Wipf & Stock, 2010), and Reading the Bible with Rene Girard (Wipf & Stock, 2013) as editor. He brought together these ideas in his popular and acclaimed, The Jesus Driven Life (JDL Press, 2010).
Book signing and purchases: Michael Hardin will have time after our Q & A to sign books, and you can buy books for your own use. If interested, please bring money to buy books. Buying books helps people sustain their speaking ministries! Thanks.
We are looking forward to seeing you! See you there!
Best, Glenn & Jen
Here's some more information on the evening and how you can Help out:
The Food & Wine: Since we are doing something special with food by having BBQ this month, please read the below details about what to bring or what kind of donation will help us pull this off. Basically, if you want some BBQ, we are asking for a $5 suggested donation to cover our costs on that item since it can add up. Here are the various options:
1. everyone should bring a salad or cole slaw or pasta salad or bottle of wine or salad toppings (crumbled eggs, crumbled bacon bits) and, if possible, contribute a $5 donation if they want a BBQ & salad meal.
2. for vegetarians just interested in a salad, just bringing a salad or bottle of wine (no donation requested).
3. for people who can't bring anything, we will ask for $5 contribution if they are just eating salad, and $10 if they are having a BBQ & Salad meal.
4. for those not interested in eating at all, no contribution is requested, you can show up at 7:45 for the talk.
If you list what you are bringing in your RSVP comment section by this Friday at 12 noon that would help me plan for the dinner. Any RSVP details listed after 12 noon Friday are always welcomed. If you are a last minute kind of person and it's 6PM on Saturday, just bring a bottle of red wine! We'll have a cup for donations near the food for folks to discreetly put in a few bucks (we don't monitor donations). If you genuinely can't afford the money and can't bring something (because you are a student, etc), you are welcome to the food of course. Our events and the food are always free. We just ask those who can help, to pitch in a few bucks to help us do this again.
The Singing: We'll keep having one of our resident musicians lead us in a few Spirituals. If you have suggestions, send them to me ahead of time.
More about the evening schedule: For the evening, we’ll try and start at 7:00PM and end at 9:00PM. We’ll start off with dinner around 7:05. At 7:30PM, we'll sing a few songs. At 7:45PM, we'll have our conversation. We’ll try and finish up everything by 9:00PM so folks can get to other parties they've planned for that night. If you are only interested in the talk, you should feel free to just arrive at 7:45. If you need to leave early, just sit at the back of the room and leave when you ready. We are very flexible about that sort of thing.
Directions from Metro: Church of the Pilgrims is about 2 blocks west of the Q Street Exit (that's the north one) of the Dupont Circle Metro Station. Once you hit 22nd street, go south a block to the sanctuary entrance at P St and 22nd.
About Parking: Church of the Pilgrims has a parking lot entrance on 22nd Street near the corner of Q St. and 22nd St.