Past events


  • God and the Universe (2016)

    RELIGIOUS AND NON-RELIGIOUS RESPONSES TO RECENT ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERIES

    Do science and the Christian faith fit together? An astronomer examines this question in light of recent astronomical discoveries like exoplanets, galaxy formation, and dark energy. 


    Wine and Cheese, Presentation, Q&A


    Presenter: Deborah Haarsma earned a PhD in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. An experienced research scientist, she was Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College from 2009-2012, and Professor of Astronomy from 1999-2012. Her research has focused on very large galaxies (at the centres of galaxy clusters), very young galaxies (undergoing rapid star formation in the early universe), and gravitational lenses (where spacetime is curved by a massive object). Her work uses data from several major telescopes, including the Very Large Array radio telescope in New Mexico, the Southern Astrophysical Research optical and infrared telescope in Cerro Pachon, Chile, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory in orbit around the earth. Since January 2013, Dr. Haarsma has served as President of BioLogos, a serious academic dialogue between current world-class science and Christian faith. BioLogos was founded by Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institute of Health in the USA, and runs annual conferences for scientists and theologians.


    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • Ears to Hear (2013)

    LISTENING TO MUSIC IN A CULTURE OF DISTRACTION

    In his 2007 commencement address at Stanford University, poet Dana Gioia, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, told his audience: "I worry about a culture that bit by bit trades off the challenging pleasures of art for the easy comforts of entertainment." Join us as cultural critic and former NPR editor and producer Ken Myers examines why our habits of treating music merely as a sedative or stimulant is preventing us from receiving some of the greatest gifts of beauty and wonder.


    Wine & Cheese; Lecture; Q&A with the Audience


    Presenter: Ken Myers (Former arts and humanities editor for NPR, Morning Edition. Founder, Producer, Host of Mars Hill Audio.)


    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • For the good of the city (2013)

    "God is not Great, and religion poisons everything." This is the serious accusation of Christopher Hitchens, one of the most prolific and brilliant journalists of our time. At this Café Veritas we will explore ways various Christian traditions attempt to contribute to the good of society.


    Wine & Cheese; Lecture; Q&A with the Audience


    Presenters: Craig Bartholomew (H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario Canada; Principal of The Paideia Center for Publich Theology; and Writer-in-Residence for The Church of the Incarnation, Harrisonburg, VA) and Mark Thiessen-Nation (Professor of Theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary).


    Respondent: Gerald McDermott (Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion)


    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • broken BorderS (2012)

    HARRISONBURG, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, AND MENDING FENCES

    Illegal immigration is a complex issue affecting spheres of human dignity, community, economics, housing, job markets, prison systems and more. There are an estimated 10.8 million people in the United States illegally, and there are thousands of immigrants in the Harrisonburg area without valid documents. Join immigration lawyer Aaron L. Cook and pastor Paul Fiske as we discuss our response to these individuals and families who are living in our community.


    Lecture; Q&A with Audience


    Presenters: Aaron L. Cook (local Immigration lawyer, Cook Attorneys) and Paul Fiske (pastor of Aletheia Church)


    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • healing the lanD (2012)

    HEALING THE LAND: ONE BITE AT A TIME

    What do farmers and academics, republicans and democrats, vegetarians and meat lovers have in common? Food. Our food habits not only effect our bodies, but also have profound affects on the land. Join farmer Joel Salatin, and theologian Aubrey Spears in a discussion of healing the land one bite at a time.


    Lecture; Q&A with Audience


    Presenters: Joel Salatin (Author and self-described environmentalist, capitalist, lunatic farmer; proprieter of Polyface Farms) and Aubrey Spears (Rector of the Church of the IncarnationFellow in Practical Theology for the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology)


    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • As we forgive (2011)

    GENOCIDE, FORGIVENESS, AND RECONCILIATION. 

    WHAT HAS RWANDA TO DO WITH HARRISONBURG?

    How do we forgive the people who hurt us? Could you forgive the person who murdered your family? We will watch and discuss the student Academy Award-winning documentary As We Forgive which tells the story of two Rwandan women on a journey to reconcile with the neighbors who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide.


    Film Screening, Response by Gerrit Wolfaardt, Q&A with Audience


    Presenter: In the 1970s, Gerrit Wolfaardt was a white supremicist South African Afrikaner who avidly supported apartheid. Reading Alan Paton's beautiful book, Cry the Beloved Country, initiated a profound journey of change. Eventually, Gerrit left his law practice in South Africa to defend black South Africans. Over the past several years, he has worked in Rawanda with business, church, education, government, and healthcare leaders to implement practical reconciliation initiatives in order to nurture stable and thriving communities.


    More information can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • Urban Density (2012)

    FINDING A PLACE IN HARRISONBURG: URBAN DENSITY & THE FRIENDLY CITY

    The trajectory of Christian Scripture is from the "garden" of Eden to a city with a garden. The foremost purpose of a city is to enable its citizens to flourish. For the first time in history the world's population is predominantly urban. Many people associate cities with congestion, crime, pollution, and fear. How dense does a city need to be for humans to flourish?


    Wine & Cheese; Lecture; Q&A with the Audience


    Presenters: Eugene Stoltzfus (Former Chairman and President of Rosetta Stone, current President of Eugene Stoltzfus Architects) and Aubrey Spears (Rector of the Church of the IncarnationFellow in Practical Theology for the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology)


    Panelists: Randy Seitz (Co-Founder and President of Blue Ridge Architects, Adjunct Professor in the School of Art and Art History at James Madison University) and Matthew Robertson (President and CEO of The Stratford Companies)


    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • Is the Bible Accurate? (2011)

    ARE THE FOUR CHRISTIAN GOSPEL MANUSCRIPTS RELIABLE?

    The Christian faith requires belief in the Bible. This is a stumbling block for many people who believe the Bible is scientifically impossible, historically unreliable, and culturally regressive. This Cafe Veritas explored the evidence for and challenges against the historical accuracy of the Bible.


    Wine & Cheese; Lecture; Q&A with the Audience


    Presenter: Aubrey Spears (Rector of the Church of the Incarnation, Harrisonburg, VA and Fellow in Practical Theology for the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology)


    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.