Michigan Avenue Forums

Michigan Avenue Forums at Fourth Presbyterian Church promote civic formation within the Chicagoland community by presenting a series of events that feature important thinkers and public leaders in live lecture or debate format, discussing current issues of civic and ethical priority.


About Michigan Avenue Forums

Hosted by our adult education Academy for Faith and Life program, Michigan Avenue Forums have featured Elaine Pagels on her book Revelations; Walter Brueggemann on ministry in the twenty-first century; a panel discussion, cohosted with WBEZ, on NATO in the twenty-first century; Nadia Bolz-Weber on her books Pastrix and Accidental Saints; and a mass incarceration series that included an evening of conversation with Iva Carruthers and WBEZ’s Natalie Moore.

Our most recent Forum, “Is the Church a Light in the City? Faith in the Twenty-First Century,” featured Lucy Forster-Smith moderating a discussion among Shannon Kershner; Pastor Emeritus John Buchanan; Felicia Davis Blakley, President and CEO of the Chicago Foundation for Women; and William Schweiker, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chicago Divinity School, exploring questions such as How is the church a productive citizen? What is the church’s responsibility to the community? What are the challenges that lie right before us in 2021 and beyond? We invite you to watch this thought-provoking program by clicking on the graphic below.

“Is the Church a Light in the City? Faith in the Twenty-First Century

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