A Discussion with Rod Dreher and Friends!
Faithful Living in Troubled Times:
Christians and the Benedict Option?
The Trinity Forum and St. Cecilia Academy are pleased to invite you to a discussion with best-selling author Rod Dreher, theologian and Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) President Russell Moore, and Aquinas College professor Sister Mary Madeline Todd, O.P. for what promises to be a fascinating discussion on “Faithful Living in Troubled Times: Christians and the Benedict Option?” Dreher, Moore, and Todd will discuss strategies for faithful cultural engagement, and Rod’s argument in the best-selling The Benedict Option that the faithful may need to embrace a limited withdrawal from the world in order to more effectively shine God’s love into it.
In his book, Dreher presents a radical vision for the future of Christian life, and calls on American Christians to embrace an ancient way of life modeled by St. Benedict, a sixth century monk who built enduring and separatist Christian communities focused on prayer, hospitality, and spiritual practice. Such self-imposed exile from mainstream culture, combined with the construction of a resilient and creative counterculture, is, Dreher argues, a vital means of addressing challenging cultural and political issues.
Dreher is a journalist and writer who focuses on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. He is a senior editor at The American Conservative and the author of How Dante Can Save Your Life, Crunchy Cons, and The Little Way of Ruthie Leming. His work has appeared in numerous publications including the National Review, First Things, and The Wall Street Journal, and broadcast on NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC Radio.
Responding to Dreher will be Dr. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Prior to his election to this role in 2013, Moore served as provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also taught as professor of theology and ethics. Moore is the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches. He also hosts Signposts, a weekly podcast on the gospel and culture.
Also, responding will be Sister Mary Madeline Todd, O.P., an Assistant Professor of Theology at Aquinas College in Nashville, who entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in 1991. She earned her masters in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and her doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and her MA in English from the University of Memphis. She is a regular member of the Catholic Women’s Forum of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and an invited speaker for the International Seminar “Toward an Integral Feminine Theology” based in Rome. Her published writings include contributions to the books Promise and Challenge and Beautiful Mercy. She has contributed to the English, Italian, and French editions of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, and spoken on both theological and literary topics nationally and internationally, including presenting on the Thomistic understanding of friendship for the Thomistic Institute at Harvard University.
We hope you will join us for light hors d'oeuvres and conversation at St. Cecilia Academy. Please click on the link above to register!