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The Power of Sabbath: A Community Conversation on Rest and Renewal in Anxious Times

December 2, 2021 @ 4:30 pm6:30 pm EST

The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square presents an interactive, interdisciplinary panel discussion on:

The Power of Sabbath: A Community Conversation on Rest and Renewal in Anxious Times

Thursday, December 2 at the Kaiser Chapel (Hamilton Campus)
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Refreshments and Snacks
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion with Q&A


  • Autumn Ridenour, Mockler Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Natt Gantt, Mockler Center Visiting Fellow, Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies
  • Jeffrey Hanson, Mockler Center Senior Research Fellow, and Senior Philosopher for The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science

We will begin with a moderated discussion between three distinguished researchers and educators, followed by an interactive question and response with the audience. Please come prepared to participate in discussion. Light snacks and drinks will be served.

This is a community conversation focused on the Biblical idea of sabbath, building on the Mockler Center’s C-Suite Sabbath initiative for business leaders, and turning our attention to students, faculty and staff to ask: how can the power of “the sabbath,” as a Biblical principle and truth, be translated into daily practices that can help address the current crises of stress and anxiety, fear and trauma, we all have experienced with the pandemic, and in parallel, as the research shows, the effects of our overreliance on technology and the frenetic pace of life it engenders?

Join us to explore the theological, philosophical, ethical, and scientific ideas and arguments for an embodied practice of sabbath. Engage in a community conversation on beliefs, rituals and actions that ground a Christian identity in sabbath, where rest is a form of resistance, and time and space are reclaimed for improved well-being, balanced physical and spiritual health, and a renewed capacity to love your neighbor as yourself.

The Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square exists to explore and promote biblical ethics, values, and insights for today’s workplaces and to bring helpful insights and experiences from workplace laity to the church and its leadership. We have expanded our scope and team as we adapted to respond to the global pandemic (click here for updates). For more information, please contact Sara Minard, Associate Director of the Mockler Center: [email protected]


December 2, 2021
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm EST
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