The University of Richmond Annual Weinstein-Rosenthal Forum on Faith, Ethics, and Global Society will feature performances focusing on the theme hope in hard times.

“What We Need is Here: Hope, Hard Times, and the Human Possibility” will be held Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Modlin Center for the Arts, Alice Jepson Theatre. Performers include:

Carrie Newcomer is a Grammy-winning songwriter, recording artist, performer, and educator. Her work explores social and environmental justice, interfaith dialogue, and a new political conversation.

Parker J. Palmer is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist who addresses community, spirituality, and social change. Palmer is the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal.

Gary Walters is a performing and recording musician, composer, and educator. He composes jazz, as well as pieces for chamber groups and orchestras incorporating elements of post-Modernism and improvisation.

Each will explore activating the power of human heart and community to address contemporary challenges.

“This year’s theme, ‘Hope, Hard Times, and the Human Possibility,’ acknowledges that we are living in difficult days,” said Rev. Dr. Craig Kocher, University Chaplain and organizer of this year’s forum. “Our communities and wider cultural life are fragmenting, and our aspiration is that this forum might offer space for reflection and inspiration towards a common healing. Parker Palmer, Carrie Newcomer, and Gary Walters, have dedicated their lives to serving the common good and helping others to do the same.”

This event is free and open to the public. More information is available online.

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About the Artists:

Carrie Newcomer is a Grammy-winning songwriter, recording artist, performer, and educator. Her work explores social and environmental justice, interfaith dialogue, and a new political conversation. Boston Globe described her as a “prairie mystic,” and the Rolling Stone presented her as one who “asks all the right questions.” Carrie has released 16 albums, including The Beautiful Not Yet, A Permeable Life, and Everything is Everywhere. In 2014, Newcomer also wrote two companion books of poetry and essays, including A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays and The Beautiful Not Yet: Poems, Essays, and Lyrics.

Parker J. Palmer is a world-renowned writer, speaker, and activist who addresses community, spirituality, and social change. Palmer is the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. He has authored nine books, including award-winning titles such as Healing the Heart of Democracy, The Heart of Higher Education (with Arthur Zajonc), The Courage to Teach, In 2010, Palmer was given the William Rainey Harper Award, whose previous recipients include Margaret Mead, Elie Wiesel, and Paolo Freire. In 2011, he was named an Utne Reader Visionary, one of “25 people who are changing your world.”

Gary Walters is a performing and recording musician, composer, and educator. He composes jazz, as well as pieces for chamber groups and orchestras incorporating elements of post-Modernism and improvisation. Walters has performed with many of Central Indiana’s finest musicians, including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Gary has released two solo recordings, Moments in Time and The Way Through, reflecting his varied musical influences and original compositions.

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