The Third Annual Divinity School Ministry Conference

Through a Glass Darkly: The Church and Popular Culture in the Media Age

May 4, 2007
10 am to 5 pm
Swift Hall, 1025 E 58th Street

This year's ministry conference, "Through a Glass Darkly: The Church and Popular Culture in the Media Age," will bring scholars, ministers, journalists, and community figures together to discuss the impact of a rapidly-changing media environment on the American church and the church's response to and use of the contemporary culture in cultivating discipleship.

The University of Chicago Divinity School Ministry Conference, now in its third year, will take place on Friday, May 4th between 10am and 5pm at Swift Hall, 1025 E. 58th St.

This year's keynote speaker is Lauren F. Winner, the former book editor for Beliefnet and the author of Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and, most recently, Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity. She has appeared on PBS and has written for publications from the New York Times Book Review to Christianity Today. Her appearance is cosponsored by Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Lutheran Campus Ministry of Hyde Park, and Brent House Episcopal Center.

This year's panelists will include Chicago Public Radio's Jason DeRose, who recently served as the chief religion correspondent for NPR news; Dr. Amy Black, associate professor of Political Science and International Relations at Wheaton College, a scholar of religion, politics, and mass media; Fr. Edward Foley, professor of liturgy and music at Catholic Theological Union and author of From Age to Age: How Christians Celebrated the Eucharist; Rory Johnson, a Ph.D. student in Psychology and Sociology of Religion and former Martin Marty Center Fellow, and Lois Smidt, cofounder and executive director of the Beyond Welfare project of Story County, Iowa.

There is no fee to attend. Interested persons can register by emailing Lunch will be provided to the first hundred registrants.

This year's conference will also have an online component; explore the interface between Christianity and pop culture on the conference blog, and follow the conversation with us over the next few months.


Benjamin J. Dueholm
The University of Chicago Divinity School
(773) 510-2956