2018 Events

  • Race in America:  

    Does Christianity Help or Hinder Racial Equality?

    Jemar Tisby

    February 21, 2018, 6:30–8:30 PM


    Jemar (B.A. Notre Dame; MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary) is the president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, and culture. He is also the co-host of "Pass The Mic”, a podcast that amplifies dynamic voices for a diverse church. His writing has been featured in the Washington Post, CNN, Vox, and the New York Times. He has spoken nation-wide at conferences on racial reconciliation, U.S. history, and the church. Jemar is a PhD student in History at the University of Mississippi studying race, religion and social movements in the 20th century. You can follow him on Twitter @JemarTisby

    Lecture followed by Q&A and light refreshments. All are welcome.

    The presentation can be found on the Café Veritas website.



    Curt Thompson, MD

    April 12, 2018, 6:30–8:30 PM

    Thomas Harrison Middle School

    Curt Thompson, M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and the founder of Being Known, LLC, and The Center for Being Known, an organization that develops resources to educate and train leaders about the intersection between interpersonal neurobiology, Christian spiritual formation, and vocational creativity. He is the author of Anatomy of the Soul and The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. He graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine, completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital, and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is actively engaged in learning and education as he supervises clinical employees and facilitates ongoing education groups for patients and colleagues.  Throughout his career, along with treating adults, adolescents, and families, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality.  He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats.      

    He has specific expertise in the field of interpersonal neurobiology and how it reflects important tenants of Christian faith, providing opportunities to comprehend and experience that same faith in fresh trustworthy ways. Much of his work is now committed to training other professionals across cultures and in multiple vocational domains in the same material.  

    He and his wife Phyllis are the parents of two children and reside in Arlington, Virginia.  He serves as an elder at Washington Community Fellowship, a congregation of the Mennonite church, in Washington, D.C.  His duties there have included preaching, teaching, and involvement in the fellowship’s healing prayer ministry.  

    More information about this event can be found on the Café Veritas website.

  • An Evening with N.T. Wright

    "The World's Leading NEw Testament Scholar" (Newsweek)

    N.T. Wright, Phd

    November 13, 2018, 6:30–8:30 Pm

    JMU Memorial Hall Auditorium

    Looking at human aspirations toward beauty, truth, justice, freedom, power, relationships, and spirituality, and at our broken experiences with each of these aspects of the world, Prof. Wright ponders how these function as signposts, pointing us to God and especially to the new creation inaugurated through the cross of Jesus Christ.

    N.T. Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at University of St. Andrews, is an internationally respected New Testament scholar and eloquent spokesman for the Christian faith. He has published scores of books for both scholarly and general audiences