Like Martin Luther King, Jr. forty years ago, we go ”to Nashville not to bring inspiration, but to gain inspiration from the great movement that has taken place in this community.”
MIMETIC THEORY, as articulated by René Girard, offers profound insight into human nature, desire, rivalry and the tendency to create.
Martin Luther King’s BELOVED COMMUNITY offers an antidote to the disease that mimetic theory diagnoses.
Desmond Tutu‘s UBUNTU, coming out of the context of apartheid South Africa, helps us understand our inter-dependence as a fundamental truth of being human, namely, that “I AM ONLY BECAUSE WE ARE.”
The Beloved Community invites us to move beyond our tribal tendencies and the scapegoat mechanism that infects our hearts, our communities, our political institutions and even our churches, and to enjoy inter-dependence and inter-dividuality in the spirit of Ubuntu. JOIN US!
KEYNOTES: Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu & Very Rev. Michael Battle Ph.D. / MIDRASH ON BELOVED COMMUNITY: Sandor Goodhart Ph.D. / ENGAGED MIMETIC THEORY: Rev. Thee Smith Ph.D. / PANELISTS: Rev. Janet Wolf, Rahim Buford, Julia Robinson Moore, Ph.D., Micky ScottBey Jones & James Alison / MIMETIC THEORY 101: James Warren
In partnership with AMERICAN BAPTIST COLLEGE, Nashville, TN
Since 2018 American Baptist College has been our partner in hosting the Theology & Peace Annual Conference. The mission of ABC is educating, graduating and preparing a predominantly African American student population for Christian leadership, service and social justice in the world. The school offers a quality educational program with a liberal arts emphasis, equipping diverse students intellectually, morally, spiritually, socially and theologically.