(Formally Faith & Leadership Institute)
You are invited to engage community leaders as they tell the story about how their faith undergirds and inspires their leadership, and their work to build a better world. Learn from business leaders, scientists, professors, and community activists as we share a meal, listen, and engage in conversation.
We are a diverse community here at the U, and these conversations are meant to be ecumenical and interfaith in nature. We strive to reflect this in our speakers, and in the conversation partners that we engage with around tables, as we share food and conversation.
2018-19 FAMILY DINNERS
Free Meal // Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. CMU Mississippi Room
Join Austen Hartke, author of Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians for a conversation about gender diversity in Christian communities. Hear Austen’s story about growing up as a bisexual, transgender person of faith, and bring your questions for a time of compassionate and respectful discussion.
2017-2018 FAITH & LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE DATES & TOPICS
Wed., April 11; 7pm // Food and Faith with Dan Guenthner & Margaret Pennings
Join the farmers who own and operate Common Harvest Farm to talk about the connections they experience between food, farming, and faith!
These events are partially SSF funded.
PAST FAITH & LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE EVENTS
Wed., Jan. 31; 7pm // Faith, Disability and Making Sense of Scripture
Join Professor Mary Lowe to talk about how our faith intersects with disability and mental illness, and how to “think theologically” about what wholeness and healing look like for every person.
Wed., Oct. 11; 7-8pm // Faith, Politics and our Vocation of Citizenship
In October, we will hear from Senator John Marty (DFL, member of Mt. Olivet Lutheran in Mpls). He will share how his faith informs his vocation as an elected official, and then we’ll have a conversation about what shared values inform their work together.
Wed., Nov. 8; 7-8m // Faith, Science & Healing
In November, we will be joined by Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing, Connie Delaney. She will explore how she’s navigated the intersections of faith, science and healing throughout her life, and how she understands her vocation as the Dean of the School of Nursing.
Matthew 20: 26-28
26 …whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”