McCormick Days 2009 takes on the timely topic of “Religion and Violence” with two of the country’s leading experts, the Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock and Dr. Thomas R. Mockaitis.
Scheduled for October 29-30, the event affords attendees a rich and provocative perspective on the co-existence and, at times, co-dependence of religion and violence from theological and historical perspectives, addressing centuries-old roots of contemporary problems and offering critical yet hopeful responses for persons of faith. Keynote speakers Brock and Mockaitis will give the 4th Annual Lane Seminary Lectures in Church and Society at 7 p.m., October 29, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. Dr. Brock’s lecture is “How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire,” and Dr. Mockaitis will deliver “New Threats and the Moral Danger of Perpetual War.” On the following day, Drs. Mokaitis and Brock will delivery plenary addresses “Security with Integrity” at 11 a.m., and “Saving Paradise: A Christianity of Justice, Peace, and Joy” at 3:30 p.m., respectively. Both addresses will be given in Augustana Chapel, 1100 E. 55th St.
Rita Nakashima Brock has been recognized as one of the leading scholars of our time in the area of religion and women’s studies, having taught and published widely on the subject for more than 20 years. She is author or co-author of several award-winning books including Journeys By Heart: A Christology of Erotic Power, Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States, and Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us. Her most recent book is Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire with co-author Rebecca Parker.
A frequent media commentator on terrorism and security matters, Dr. Thomas Mockaitis regularly appears on television and National Public Radio. His books include Iraq and the Challenge of Counterinsurgency, The “New” Terrorism: Myths and Reality, The Iraq War: Learning from the Past, Adapting to the Present, Preparing for the Future, and co-author of Grand Strategy in the War on Terrorism. He is also an editor of the journal, Small Wars and Insurgencies. Dr. Mockaitis earned his Ph.D. in Modern British and Irish History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
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