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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion

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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove: Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion


Dimensions of Faith presents Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Finding Freedom From Slaveholder Religion

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer, noted  speaker and co-founder of Rutba House. Jonathan will lecture at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church about content within his new book,  “Reconstructing the Gospel”, which traces his journey from the religion of the slaveholder to the Christianity of Christ. Reconstructing the gospel requires facing the pain of the past and present, from racial blindness to systemic abuses of power.


Tickets are free for this event, althought we offer optional lunches for $12-$15. If you order a lunch, your seat is automatically saved for the lecture so there is no need to also reserve a free ticket.


9:30a Sign-in and light breakfast

10a Public lecture

11:30a Lunch and book signing


In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless share community with the formerly housed. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a popular education center that works to make “surprising friendships possible.” He is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church.

Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including Reconstructing the Gospel, Strangers at My Door, The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism. He is also co-author, with Reverend Dr. William Barber II, of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement.

An evangelical Christian who connects with the broad spiritual tradition and its monastic witnesses, Jonathan is a leader in the Red Letter Christian movement and the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. He speaks often about emerging Christianity and faith in public life to churches and conferences across the denominational spectrum and has given lectures at dozens of universities and seminaries, including Calvin College, MIT, Bethel, Duke, Yale, Princeton, Jewish Theological, Perkins, Wake Forrest, St. John’s, DePaul, and Baylor.



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