COVID-19, climate change, inequality, inequity and many more crises are washing over us – now, more than ever, we need people who can speak truth to power without flinching!
Who are the prophets of the 21st century?
What can we learn from prophetic voices in the past?
The “jeremiad” is the strong prophetic voice that draws its name from the ancient Hebrew prophet Jeremiah. The Bible is filled with prophets who spoke truth to the political and religious powers of their day. More recently, in the US and Canada, people have invoked the prophetic voice in the public square.
Drawing from her research in U.S., Cathleen Kaveny will offer keen insights into true and false prophets in history and also today’s political terrain. After an initial presentation, she will join in conversation with Michael Shapcott, Executive Director of the Sorrento Centre. Then, the lines will be opened to engage participants in this important conversation.
Prof Cathleen Kaveny is author of Prophecy Without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square (2016: Harvard University Press). She focuses on the relationship of law, religion, and morality. She serves as the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, with appointments in theology and law.