“Practicing the Prophetic” 2019 Day of Common Learning

DOCL 2019

Seattle Pacific University and the Faculty Life Office present

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Keynote speaker at 10 a.m.

Seattle Pacific University
Royal Brougham Pavilion

Photo of Dr. James Smith

“Practicing the Prophetic: Liturgy, Formation, and Discernment for Public Life.”

Dr. James K.A. Smith
Professor of Philosophy, Calvin College
Editor-in-chief, Image Journal

What does it look like to offer hope in the midst of a world that breaks our hearts? The Christian social imagination is a dance between the now and not yet, between a broken creation we still experience and the kingdom-come for which we long and pray. This session will address why a Christian commitment to public life demands both prophetic critique and discerning participation. We’ll consider why a Christian liberal arts education is an apprenticeship for such public engagement.

Conversation: 10 a.m. 

Continue the conversation by choosing from a variety of 50-minute forums, seminars, and panel presentations led by faculty, staff, students, and community members. All are free to the public and offered at the following times:

Session 1: 1–1:50 p.m. | Session 2: 2–2:50 p.m.

[specifics available Oct. 1]

Talkback with Dr. James K. A. Smith: 3:30–4:20 p.m.

Eaton Hall 112

Any questions you would like to ask Dr. Smith? Join us for an informal time with our speaker as he closes this year’s Day of Common Learning.

About the speaker

James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher with a focus on contemporary French thought, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges among the academy, society, and the church.

About the Day of Common Learning

Now in its 18th year, the Day of Common Learning is a campuswide event in which students, faculty, staff, and people from the greater Seattle area have the opportunity to engage in deep thought and conversation around a topic of focus, interest, and concern.

All seminars, classes, and labs held before 3 p.m. are suspended, while classes and labs after 3 p.m. are held as usual.

All events are free and open to the public.

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