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Divinity School to host conference on “The Church and Popular Culture in the Media Age”

May 2, 2007

The University of Chicago Divinity School will host its 3rd Annual Ministry Conference, “Through a Glass Darkly: The Church and Popular Culture in the Media Age,” on Friday, May 4 between 10 am and 5 pm at Swift Hall, 1025 East 58th Street, Chicago.

The conference will bring together scholars, ministers, journalists and community figures to discuss the impact of a rapidly-changing media on the American Church and the Church’s response to and use of contemporary culture in cultivating discipleship. Lauren F. Winner, author of Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity will keynote. Ms. Winner is a former editor for Beliefnet, has appeared on PBS, and has written for publications from the New York Times Book Review to Christianity Today. Her appearance is co-sponsored by Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Lutheran Campus Ministry of Hyde Park, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Brent House Episcopal Center.

Panelists will include Chicago Public Radio’s Jason DeRose, former chief religion correspondent for NPR news; Dr. Amy Black, associate professor of Political Science and International Relations at Wheaton College; Fr. Edward Foley, author of From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist and professor of liturgy and music at Catholic Theological Union; Rory Johnson, Ph.D. student and former Martin Marty Center fellow in Psychology and Sociology of Religion; and Lois Smidt, co-founder and executive director of the Beyond Welfare project of Story County, Iowa. Dr. Douglas Sharp, Professor of Christian Theology at Northern Baptist Seminary, will preach at the conference’s worship service.

The conference is open to the public. There is no registration fee. Interested persons can register by emailing ministryconference@gmail.com. Lunch will be provided to the first hundred registrants. For more information, news about the speakers, and commentary and feedback on the topics, please visit http://throughaglassdarkly-uchicago.blogspot.com.

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