Dare We Speak of Hope?

Christian Theological Seminary Presents 2013 Saltsburg Distinguished Lectures

(February 8, Indianapolis, IN) – Anti-apartheid advocate, social justice activist and South Africa native, Allan Aubrey Boesak, will deliver two lectures that explore the concept of hope in conjunction with political progress, struggle and woundedness. Boesak will deliver the Saltsburg Distinguished Lectures on Thursday, February 28, at Christian Theological Seminary.

Boesak’s remarks will incorporate his experiences leading the formation of South Africa’s largest organized anti-apartheid movement, the United Democratic Front. He also will examine how political victories abroad and in America do not preclude dashed hopes, drawing attention to reliance on a fragile but resilient faith in healing disappointment.

During the afternoon lecture titled Speaking of Hope is Speaking of Woundedness, Boesak will reflect on how the way individuals speak about God can help create healing. Boesak’s evening lecture, Speaking of Hope is Speaking to Struggle, will reflect on how the fulfillment of hope is an unrealistic expectation for a single individual; even those holding the highest office.

Christian Theological Seminary President Matthew Myer Boulton said the 2013 Saltsburg Distinguished Lectures provide a forum to discuss some of the most significant social justice progress in the past two decades and how they have presented new questions about hope. “From the election of Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected president in South Africa to the election of Barack Obama as our nation’s first African-American President, we see that victory does not implicitly assure a continuing momentum of hope,” Dr. Myer Boulton said.

A dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 pm is included between the two lectures. The afternoon lecture is from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm and the evening lecture is from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Tickets are $20 and include dinner. Student and retiree tickets, including dinner, are $15.

Individuals may register by calling (317) 931-4224 or visiting www.cts.edu and clicking on “news and events”.

CTS is a fully accredited ecumenical seminary and is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It offers eight graduate-level degree programs, including theology, ministry and counseling, with specializations in ministries that emphasize the arts and programs for life-long learning. More than 30 denominations are represented among its faculty and students.

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