The Christian Unity Committee of the North Carolina Council of Churches invites you to attend “Christian Conviction and Cultural Accommodation,” a one-day conversation on public witness in the public square. The event will focus on The Barmen Declaration, a theological protest against the Nazi captivity of the Church in Hitler’s Germany, and on lessons that can be learned from Barmen and applied in our time and place.
The Reverend Dr. Robert T. Osborn, who taught in Duke University’s Department of Religion and who has written extensively on The Barmen Declaration, will focus the assembly’s attention on Barmen during the morning. Following lunch and during the afternoon, conversation will focus on Barmen and its relevance for us today.
“Christian Conviction and Cultural Accommodation” will take place on Monday, February 21 (Presidents Day) at
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Greensboro, NC. Registration and coffee will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the program will start at 10:00 a.m. By 3:00 p.m. the event will conclude. The cost of the event will be $10.00, which can be paid at the door.
“Christian Conviction and Cultural Accommodation” is the third event of The Common Good Project, which is sponsored by the Council’s Christian Unity Committee. Earlier events took place in Raleigh in 2007 and in Greensboro in 2008. The Common Good Project strives to gather Christians with diverse views on theology and public policy to one table, to engage in respectful moral and political discourse on matters related to the common good. Pastors, politicians, journalists, and public-policy activists are invited to participate in the conversations of this project. This project assumes that the common good involves much more than partisan slogans that test well in focus groups.
Click here to register on-line or call (919.828.6501). Directions to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church will be sent to you when we receive your registration. Also, please read The Barmen Declaration, which can be found at www.sacred-texts.com/chr/barmen.htm before February 21.
We sincerely hope that you will join us for “Christian Conviction and Cultural Accommodation.” To attempt to increase the depth and vitality of the conversation, we will limit the number of participants to the first 40 who accept this invitation and register.
Thank you for prayerfully considering this invitation to engage in theological, moral, and political conversation. We hope that you can and will join us in our commitment to the common good and to a civil discourse that is consistent with the common good.
Rev. Rollin Russell
Christian Unity Committee
North Carolina Council of Churches (NCCC)