All Pathways to Purpose events are FREE of charge and open to students, faculty, staff and community members!

*Note: Due to COVID-19, all Pathways to Purpose events for Spring 2021 are virtual through Zoom only.

Featuring: Rev. Tish Harrison Warren, February 2, 2021, 7:30pm, Virtual event on Zoom (Link here)

Rev. Tish Harrison Warren, priest and author, will be presenting on her latest book, Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep. Framed around the nighttime prayer of Compline, Tish Harrison Warren, author of Liturgy of the Ordinary, explores themes of human vulnerability, suffering, and God’s seeming absence. When she navigated a time of doubt and loss, the prayer was grounding for her. She writes: “It was this practice that gave me words for my anxiety and grief and allowed me to reencounter doctrines of the church—the church’s claims about reality—not as rational, tidy little antidotes for pain but as a light in darkness, as good news.” Where do we find comfort when we lie awake worrying or weeping in the night? This book offers a prayerful and frank approach to the difficulties in our ordinary lives at work, at home, and in a world filled with uncertainty.

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Featuring: Makoto Fujimura, March 16, 2021, 7:30pm, Virtual event on Zoom (Link here)

ILAS is excited to host distinguished artist, author and speaker, Makoto Fujimura. Fujimura is one of the world’s great abstract artists, and is the author of several books including “Silence and Beauty: Hidden Faith Born of Suffering”, “Culture Care: Reconnecting with Beauty for Our Common Life”, and “Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture.” Fujimura served as a presidential appointee on the National Council on the Arts and is Director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary.
His lecture will focus on his latest book “Art & Faith: A Theology of Making,” exploring what God calls Christians to co-create with him.
**This event is co-sponsored by the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts.

Pathways to Purpose Speaker Series – Ekemini Uwan, April 8th, 2021, 7:30pm, Virtual event on Zoom (Link Here)

As a public theologian and a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, Ekemini Uwan describes herself as having a “fierce commitment to biblical orthodoxy and its implications for issues pertaining to racial injustice, police brutality, and white supremacy.” Alongside Michelle Higgins and Dr. Christina Edmondson, she co-hosts the popular podcast, “Truth’s Table.” Recently, Christianity Today highlighted her and her co-hosts among the “10 new or lesser-known female theologians worth knowing.”  In this lecture, she provides a theological framework for us to understand God and us as it pertains to race and racism as well as things to consider to move forward.

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