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How Then Shall We Live? A Conversation Series

How Then Shall We Live? A Conversation Series

How Then Shall We Live? A Conversation Series

“How Then Shall We Live?” is a series of conversations that examines critical issues shaping how humanity lives together today: the environment, polarization and artificial intelligence. Experts will share their perspectives on the path forward for society. These discussions will prompt participants to consider their own lives in the light of climate change, divisiveness and technological development. 

Our host Ken Chitwood is the Scholar-in-Residence at First Lutheran Venice and an affiliated scholar with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.

First Lutheran Venice
815 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
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Co-sponsored by the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, which advances the understanding of religion and society, and supports faith and community leaders in becoming full partners in the work of positive social change. 

How Then Shall We Live?
When the Earth is On Fire 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 at 7 pm

The reality of climate change is becoming evident in weather patterns and natural disasters. Join us for a conversation with Bekah Estrada of California Interfaith Power & Light about how we can care for the environment while adapting to a hotter world.

Bekah Estrada, who grew up on a farm in Earth, Texas, became USC’s first eco-chaplain before joining California Interfaith Power & Light. As Southern California Director, she works with congregations to meet the ecological needs of their neighborhoods.

How Then Shall We Live?
When Nobody Gets Along

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 7 pm

Whether it’s conflicts in other countries, political divides closer to home, or arguments between family members and friends, tension is part and parcel to life in the modern world. How can people of any faith or none contribute to peace in a world of violence and polarization? 

Drawing on his reporting and research across the globe, scholar, journalist and theologian Ken Chitwood shares practical and conceptual tools to help the community attend to some of the most contentious issues of our time. 

How Then Shall We Live? When AI Takes Over 

Monday, July 15, 2024 at 7 pm

Artificial Intelligence can make our everyday lives easier and speed along innovation. It also looms as a sci-fi threat that can be weaponized against people, endanger livelihoods, squash human creativity and exacerbate divisions. Join us for a conversation about what it means to be human in an age of rapidly transforming technologies.