Cynicism and Hope: Reclaiming Discipleship in a Post-Democratic Society

02/11/2007 - 06:00
03/11/2007 - 21:00

We're writing on behalf of a group of young people from Reba Place Church in South Evanston and Living Water Community Church in Rogers Park. Tim Nafziger and I, Charletta Erb, spent time at the London Mennonite Peace Centre not so long ago.

We are planning a conference the first weekend of November 2007. The title of the conference is 'Cynicism and Hope: Reclaiming Discipleship in a Post-Democratic Society'. Boiled down, this event will be an investigation of how we as Christians can faithfully interact with our culture. Some of the topics discussed will include evaluating economic systems, sustainability in Christian activism, pacifism and just war theory, sharing between generations, and taking honest stock of our failures. We'll also look at the role of art, prayer, and daily practices in transforming our lives and sustaining our hope.

Our speakers include:
Peter Dula, Eastern Mennonite University
Ric Hudgens, Reba Place Church
Ralph Wood, Baylor University
Tim & Patty Peebles, Parents
Molly Sabourin,
Greg Clark, North Park University
Chris & Cassie Haw, Camden House
Roy Jiminez, Mennonite Central Committee
Dale Suderman, Therapist
Tom Finger, Mennonite theologian & author

We want to bring together Christians of different denominations, generations and political persuasions to discuss and learn more about these issues.

You can check out our website at or see our page on Reba Place Church's site,