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POLITICAL CIVILITY
Gospel-driven discourse that promotes harmony and civic engagement.

May 20, 2020 | 9:00am – 3:00pm
Cedar Valley Church

featuring:

Rob Barrett, The Colossian Forum | Dr. Amy Black, Wheaton College | Justin Giboney, AND Campaign

In a shifting political climate, Christians are called to maintain a posture of the Church as the Body of Christ. Negative political discourse does not belong in the kingdom of God, yet the Church is mirroring society’s divisive partisanship.  

Moving from political discord to political civility extends far beyond the ballot box and requires listening, respect, and Christ-like love. What can the Church do differently during and after this coming election? How can we best participate in civic and community engagement while influencing culture as followers of Jesus? 

Join us as we learn to identify the core of the Church’s political dissonance, exercise civil discourse, and practically begin to implement change in our congregations. As a divided Church, we invite you to confront biblical truths with us and share a unified vision around God’s calling in each of our lives.

Rob Barrett | The Colossian Forum

Rob Barrett holds PhDs in Applied Physics from Stanford University and in Theology from Durham University (UK). He worked as a research scientist at IBM, a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany.
Rob’s publications and patents cover a wide range of fields from atomic-scale imaging to human-computer interfaces and Old Testament studies. He also earned degrees from Washington University (St. Louis) and Regent College (Vancouver). Rob is currently the Chief Programming and Innovation Officer at The Colossian Forum, where he develops the ideas and practices for transforming divisive issues into opportunities for discipleship. Rob produced The Colossian Way resources for such topics as origins, sexuality, and politics. Most recently, Rob finished the production (February 2020) of “Political Talk,” a 10-session Colossian Way small group curriculum.
Rob and his wife Crystal live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and have two children.

Amy Black | Wheaton College

Amy E. Black is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College (IL). She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at M.I.T. A specialist in American Government, her research interests include religion and politics, fostering civil dialogue, and Congress. She is a past president of Christians in Political Science and served as an APSA Congressional Fellow in the office of Representative Melissa A. Hart.
Most recently, she co-authored the report “Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders.” She is the editor of Five Views on Church and Politics (Zondervan, 2015). Dr. Black’s other recent books include Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason (Moody, 2012) and Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, (Pearson Longman, 2011). She has written for The Review of Faith and International Affairs, International Journal of Public Opinion, Christianity Today, and Books and Culture.
She lives in Wheaton, IL with her husband, theologian Dan Treier, daughter, and rescue dog.

Justin Giboney | AND Campaign

Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. He is also the co-founder and president of the AND Campaign, a coalition of urban Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative, and in 2012 and 2016 Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. Giboney also served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors and has written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.

Registration Opens on March 20, 2020 at 10:00AM CST

 

 

Cedar Valley Church

Located at: 8600 Bloomington Ave South
Bloomington, MN 55425

 

Need Directions?

 

Cedar Valley is wheelchair accessible; drop-off and parking is available at Door 1. Additional parking is available at Door 4.
Cedar Valley does have a private nursing mothers room available.

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Who are the featured speakers?

Our speaker line up for Political Civility is Rob Barrett, Amy Black, and Justin Giboney.


Will childcare be provided?

No, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate childcare for this event. We do have space available for mothers to tend to their nursing babies.


What should I bring?

We encourage you to bring a notebook, a friend, and a colleague.


What is the attire for the conference?

The attire will range from business professional to business casual. If you chill easily, please bring a light jacket.


Where is the conference located?

The conference is held at Cedar Valley Church – 8600 Bloomington Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55425.


Do I have to register now or can I do it at the door?

We highly recommend registering as soon as possible. We expect to sell out, but tickets will be sold at the door if available.


Will there be food, snacks or drinks for purchase?

Your registration includes a boxed lunch and a mid-morning snack. You will be able to request a gluten free or vegetarian meal, however if you have specific dietary needs, you are welcome to bring snacks and supplemental options with you.


 

HOME

In a shifting political climate, Christians are called to maintain a posture of the Church as the Body of Christ. Negative political discourse does not belong in the kingdom of God, yet the Church is mirroring society’s divisive partisanship.  

Moving from political discord to political civility extends far beyond the ballot box and requires listening, respect, and Christ-like love. What can the Church do differently during and after this coming election? How can we best participate in civic and community engagement while influencing culture as followers of Jesus? 

Join us as we learn to identify the core of the Church’s political dissonance, exercise civil discourse, and practically begin to implement change in our congregations. As a divided Church, we invite you to confront biblical truths with us and share a unified vision around God’s calling in each of our lives.

SPEAKERS

Rob Barrett | The Colossian Forum

Rob Barrett holds PhDs in Applied Physics from Stanford University and in Theology from Durham University (UK). He worked as a research scientist at IBM, a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany.
Rob’s publications and patents cover a wide range of fields from atomic-scale imaging to human-computer interfaces and Old Testament studies. He also earned degrees from Washington University (St. Louis) and Regent College (Vancouver). Rob is currently the Chief Programming and Innovation Officer at The Colossian Forum, where he develops the ideas and practices for transforming divisive issues into opportunities for discipleship. Rob produced The Colossian Way resources for such topics as origins, sexuality, and politics. Most recently, Rob finished the production (February 2020) of “Political Talk,” a 10-session Colossian Way small group curriculum.
Rob and his wife Crystal live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and have two children.

Amy Black | Wheaton College

Amy E. Black is Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College (IL). She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at M.I.T. A specialist in American Government, her research interests include religion and politics, fostering civil dialogue, and Congress. She is a past president of Christians in Political Science and served as an APSA Congressional Fellow in the office of Representative Melissa A. Hart.
Most recently, she co-authored the report “Christianity, Pluralism, and Public Life in the United States: Insights from Christian Leaders.” She is the editor of Five Views on Church and Politics (Zondervan, 2015). Dr. Black’s other recent books include Honoring God in Red or Blue: Approaching Politics with Humility, Grace, and Reason (Moody, 2012) and Religion and American Politics: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives, (Pearson Longman, 2011). She has written for The Review of Faith and International Affairs, International Journal of Public Opinion, Christianity Today, and Books and Culture.
She lives in Wheaton, IL with her husband, theologian Dan Treier, daughter, and rescue dog.

Justin Giboney | AND Campaign

Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. He is also the co-founder and president of the AND Campaign, a coalition of urban Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative, and in 2012 and 2016 Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. Giboney also served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors and has written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.
REGISTER

Registration Opens on March 20, 2020 at 10:00AM CST

 

 

LOCATION

Cedar Valley Church

Located at: 8600 Bloomington Ave South
Bloomington, MN 55425

 

Need Directions?

 

Cedar Valley is wheelchair accessible; drop-off and parking is available at Door 1. Additional parking is available at Door 4.
Cedar Valley does have a private nursing mothers room available.

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FAQ

Who are the featured speakers?

Our speaker line up for Political Civility is Rob Barrett, Amy Black, and Justin Giboney.


Will childcare be provided?

No, unfortunately we are unable to accommodate childcare for this event. We do have space available for mothers to tend to their nursing babies.


What should I bring?

We encourage you to bring a notebook, a friend, and a colleague.


What is the attire for the conference?

The attire will range from business professional to business casual. If you chill easily, please bring a light jacket.


Where is the conference located?

The conference is held at Cedar Valley Church – 8600 Bloomington Ave South, Bloomington, MN 55425.


Do I have to register now or can I do it at the door?

We highly recommend registering as soon as possible. We expect to sell out, but tickets will be sold at the door if available.


Will there be food, snacks or drinks for purchase?

Your registration includes a boxed lunch and a mid-morning snack. You will be able to request a gluten free or vegetarian meal, however if you have specific dietary needs, you are welcome to bring snacks and supplemental options with you.


 

Details

Date:
May 20
Time:
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Event Category:
Website:
https://transformmn.brushfire.com/events/463933

Venue

Cedar Valley Church
8600 Bloomington Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55425 United States