Week Two :: July 4–11

Forces Unseen: What Shapes Our Daily Lives

We like to think we have ultimate freedom of choice. Yet every product or experience we can possibly consider has been carefully selected for us by a mostly invisible class of societal gatekeepers and tastemakers. Our choices are not only limited, but also affected by everything from explicit advertisements and an industry of “influencers” to secretive campaigns and algorithms.

  • Who are these shapers of modern life? How do they decide what trends to push?
  • Who are they accountable to, and how can we as individuals recognize and contend with them?

Interfaith Lecture Theme :: Forces that Shape Our Daily Lives: The Contemporary Search for Spirituality

The recent studies are countless: organized mainstream religion is on the decline, and we have an emerging class of “nones,” referring to those who assign themselves to no faith tradition at all. But other assessments tell us that while many don’t identify with a mainstream religion, many more are indeed on a journey seeking spirituality and meaning. In this week we look at the evolution of modern faith traditions and ask: How might the “nones” unite with the mainstream to shape a better future?

  • Sunday, July 05, 2020 | 10:45am EDT

    The Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon

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    "We, Too, Sing of Freedom" | The Rev. Traci deVon Blackmon is the Associate General Minister of Justice and Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. 

    Location: CHQ Assembly Video Platform


  • Sunday, July 05, 2020 | 03:30pm EDT

    Free Sunday Reading with Jacob White and Mary Biddinger

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    Jacob White is an assistant professor at Ithaca College. His story collection Being Dead in South Carolina was published by Leapfrog Press in 2013. Mary Biddinger is the author of six full-length poetry collections, including a new book of prose poems, Partial Genius (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). 

    Location: Virtual Porch