A Public Forum

Have you noticed that in seasons of disappointment and unrest our tendency is to spiral in, feel sorry for ourselves, and even feel trapped in our own bitterness? Yet, there’s something about simple beauty that calls us out from the malaise of our current circumstances, from beyond ourselves.

Join us for an evening with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior who will reflect on how we were made to desire beauty and to be drawn to the One who is the source of all beauty. She will lead us through a discussion of recognizing what is truly beautiful. And if beauty matters, then so does distinguishing it from its cheap substitutes.

This forum is a part of the Center for Public Christianity’s 2021-2022 series, “Now What? Flourishing in Uncertain Times,” to help us reimagine the different dimensions of our life together following the challenges of the past year and a half.

Date and Time

Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 7:00-8:30pm


Vintage Church Downtown
118 S. Person Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

This event will take place in-person and indoors in Vintage Church Downtown’s sanctuary. Seating capacity will be limited, and masks will be required for all attendees.

About Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, Ph. D.

Dr. Prior is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos, 2018). She is co-editor with Center for Public Christianity director Josh Chatraw of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, First Things, Vox, Relevant, Think Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places.