Events

WORDS MATTER: A Civility Café
Monday, October 29, 7:00–9:00 p.m. — Charlotte Congregational Church, Vermont

Our Social Justice team, in partnership with the Charlotte Library and Rokeby Museum, welcome Middlebury College professor of ethics and Christian studies James Calvin Davis to the Charlotte Congregational Church on Monday, 10/29/2018 at 7 PM for dessert and conversation. At a time in our country when incivility in our national politics is setting an example of incivility for our local communities, and even for our own homes, we will take time to engage the question of civility for the good of us all. FREE.  This café takes place at the Charlotte Congregational Church, 403 Church Hill Road, Charlotte. Dessert and beverages available as we begin our conversation. Free

The Colossian Forum Annual Conference
September 20-22, 2018 ~ Holland, MI

Workshop: Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church
This workshop will explore an understanding of the idea that goes beyond resigned tolerance. Together, we will consider the virtues that contribute to forbearance, as well as how forbearance reshapes other important Christian commitments, like the defense of truth, the pursuit of justice, and our public witness to the faith.

Wednesday, April 4 | 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environmental Center, Middlebury College

James Davis, Professor of Religion, will give this week’s Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture:
“Is Civility Dead? Religion, Political Virtue, and Deliberative Democracy in the Age of Trump”

Since the 2016 presidential campaign, many pundits have lamented the death of anything that resembles civility in American politics. But other observers argue that the idea of civility is unproductive or even dangerous, because it demands that we minimize our differences in the name of public nicety. In this talk, we will consider what it means to talk of civility as something more than politeness, but rather as a set of moral norms for political culture that is compatible with the honest negotiation of difference—and with social protest. We also will explore the potential for religious communities to serve as “schools of civility” for the larger society.

~~Free and open to the public~~

Faculty on the Road: Insight and Conversation with Middlebury Professors

A lecture by James Calvin Davis sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Middlebury Alumni Association
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

“Is Civility Dead? Religion, Political Virtue, and
Deliberative Democracy in the Age of Trump”

A lecture with Middlebury Professor of Religion James Calvin Davis sponsored by the D.C. Chapter of the Middlebury Alumni Association

Thursday, January 25, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Middlebury in D.C. Office
1400 K Street, NW
Suite 1225
Washington, DC

Advance registration is required ~ Space is limited
RSVP to alumni@middlebury.edu

Book Discussion

What: Discussion of Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church
When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Where: Congregational Church of Middlebury, Unity Hall

Come participate in a book signing and discussion with James Calvin Davis. Books will be available to purchase from the Vermont Book Shop, and light refreshments will be served!