Presented as part of the Theology in the City 2019 conference.
The panel discussion will focus on cities as places of unity and division where, for a variety of reasons, people both gather and disperse. Resilience and hope hold great potential to draw people together while suspicion and fear threaten to separate. Nevertheless, people are also frequently divided by their distinct and sometimes incongruous notions of resilience and hope and united around common suspicions and fears. As a result, most cities represent fragile and evolving spaces of consensus, community and cooperation when it comes to the fears and hopes of their citizens.
Richard Kearney, Chair of Philosophy, Boston College
Jeremy Wilkens, Associate Professor, Boston College
Natasha Blanchet-Cohen, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director in Youth Work, Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia
André Gagné– Associate Professor, Early Christianity, Religious Violence, Radicalization, Department of Theological Studies