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University of Chicago Divinity School explores ‘The Temple in the Marketplace’

The complex relationship between the church and the economic structure of wider society will be the topic of a conference at the University of Chicago Divinity School on Friday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The Temple in the Marketplace: The Challenges of Faith in this Economy” is the second-annual conference organized by ministry students at the Divinity School. Speakers from a variety of Christian traditions and academic disciplines will address questions of how churches and Christians interact with a for-profit economy, how churches shape, and are shaped by, the economy, and what opportunities and limitations this economy offers for Christian ministry.

The Rev. Lillian Daniel, author and pastor of First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, will preach at the opening worship service and Kathryn Tanner, the Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology in the Divinity School, will deliver the keynote address. Panels of clergy and scholars will address other topics such as “The Church as an Economic Participant” and “The Individual as Economic Participant.”

The conference will take place in Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St. on the University of Chicago campus. It is free and open to the public and lunch will be provided to the first 100 people who register by emailing

Featured speakers include:

Lillian Daniel, senior pastor of First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, the author of Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony and a frequent contributor to The Christian Century.

Kathryn Tanner, Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology in the Divinity School. Her writing and teaching have focused on understanding God’s relation to the world and using interdisciplinary methods to meet contemporary theological challenges. Tanner’s latest book, Economy of Grace, explores the intersections between theology and economics.

Deborah Kapp, professor of urban ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the seminary faculty, Kapp served extensively as a pastor and a denominational official.

Richard Taub, Paul Klapper Professor in Social Sciences, Chair of the Committee on Human Development, and Professor in Sociology at the University of Chicago. Taub has written on entrepreneurship in urban and rural communities, both in the United States and abroad. His latest book, Doing Development in Arkansas: Using Credit to Create Entrepreneurs Outside the Mainstream, was published in 2004.

Luther Holland is the pastor of Congregational Church of Park Manor, and the former co-minister of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ. He currently is an officer of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice, a United Church of Christ advocacy group. Holland is a former member of the editorial board of Catalyst, an independent magazine reporting on Chicago school reform.

Dwight Hopkins, Professor of Theology in the Divinity School. A constructive theologian and ordained American Baptist minister working in the fields of black and liberation theologies, Hopkins is interested in multidisciplinary approaches to the academic study of religious thought, including cultural, political and economic. His most recent book, Being Human: Race, Culture, and Religion, was published last year.

Larry L. Jackson, pastor of Jackson Boulevard Christian Church on Chicago’s west side and a director of a local Christian credit union.
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