Talkback Session
“The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Speech”
June 10, 2020
2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., or 8:00 p.m. on Zoom

“The Death and Resurrection of Sacred Speech” as shared by Jonathan Merritt. His talk explores the weight of our words and how we might talk about our faith in new and helpful ways. Speech is a good place to start when having weekly dialogue about difficult topics that need a faithful response from God’s people.

How will the talkback work?

Each week after you sign up, you will be emailed a link to a TheoEd talk or a TedTalk for you to listen to at your convenience. Then on Wednesdays, guided by facilitators, small groups of no more than 12 will meet via Zoom to discuss the topic at hand. You can select the time of day that best meets your needs, as three sessions will be offered each week: 2:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Topics:

You will be able to sign up the Thursday before.

  • June 17: “There’s Something Holy Out There” with Paul Wallace, astrophysicist who considers how science and faith lead us to divine mystery.
  • June 24: “Wishing for the End: Responding to America’s Suicide Crisis” with Mike McHargue, who de-stigmatizes suicide and converses with the church, addressing this crisis.
  • July 1: “The Double-Sided Pursuit of Racial Justice” led by Austin Channing Brown, as she offers a compelling look at journey towards justice.
  • July 8: “Jesus, Judaism, and Justice” led by Amy-Jill Levine will invite examination of Jesus’ claim to be “the way, the truth, and the life” from a interfaith perspective.

Sign up for June 10 below:


First time using Zoom? That’s okay!

  • Pre-download Zoom here (it includes links to download mobile apps for Apple and Android devices).
  • Unless you have a top notch internet connection at your home, it is recommended that other family members stay off internet during the Zoom (or at least do not stream video, play online games, etc.).
  • For the same reason, you will probably only want one connection in the house to the Zoom meeting. In other words, spouses should share the same phone or computer instead of being on separate devices.
  • If you lose your connection during the call, go back to the link provided above and log back in.
  • When you initially log in, mute your microphone and open up the chat feature to type questions and comments. After the initial greeting, we’ll have you turn your microphones back on for conversation.