Many of us struggle to talk about faith, discovering that old religious words like “sin”, “gospel” and “grace” fail to connect in today’s swiftly changing culture. Award-winning religion, politics and culture writer Jonathan Merritt will address this dilemma in a lecture, “Speaking God: The Death and Rebirth of Sacred Speech,” on October 18 at 6 p.m. in the University of Virginia’s 101 Nau Hall.
Named one of 30 Young Influencers reshaping Christian leadership, Merritt is a contributing writer for The Atlantic and has published more than 3,000 articles in outlets ranging from USA Today, Buzzfeed and The Daily Beast, to The Washington Post and Christianity Today. Jonathan’s newest book is Learning to Speak God from Scratch: Why Sacred Words Are Vanishing--and How We Can Revive Them.
Merritt will also offer an informal workshop “5 Trends Changing Everything in the Church Today” from 10:30-12:00 on October 18, the morning of the lecture.
The event, co-sponsored by U.Va.’s Project on Lived Theology and Theological Horizons, is the 2018 annual Capps Lecture in Christian Theology, a public forum for Christian leaders and thinkers whose work investigates the relationship between faith and social responsibility.
Both the lecture and the workshop are free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and space is limited.