Benson Great Hall
One of Bethel’s core values is to be salt and light in the world. Because political processes and ideological conflicts sometimes strain our abilities to be peacemakers, the Convocation Committee has adopted the theme of "convicted civility" for its invited speakers this year.
Monday, January 7
A Call to Transform Politics
Lisa Sharon Harper
- Director of mobilizing for Sojourners
- Author of Evangelical Does Not Equal Republican...or Democrat
- Co-author of Left, Right & Christ: Evangelical Faith in Politics
Are you a conservative Evangelical? Are you a liberal Evangelical? How about a Progressive Evangelical? Come hear Lisa Sharon Harper make the case for dropping all of these political frames for our Christian faith and instead to become Prophetic Christians who carry the full spectrum of God’s kingdom values into the public square.
Monday, January 14
Witness Beyond Clichés: Why Christians Need To Listen To Muslims
Rev. John Spaulding
- Former missionary in Senegal, West Africa
- Currently the director of the Christians Meeting Muslims ministry
Rev. John Spaulding thinks serious engagement with people of other faiths—perhaps especially with Muslims—is a salutary challenge for Christians today. It forces us to think more carefully, speak more truly, and live more faithfully. Hard questions may be the Holy Spirit's tools to prod Christians out of comfortable, clichéd faith into deeper discipleship.