Now What? Friendship in a Time of Loneliness

A Conversation on Relationships in the Changing Seasons of Life

There is a real and felt need that is pervasive in our culture today. Simply put, people are lonely. This is true even of those who are aren’t “alone” and have human interaction throughout their day. They describe themselves as feeling isolated and sensing a lack of depth in their relationships. Loneliness is now being described as an “epidemic in late capitalist societies.”

What should our response be as a community? What might the church’s role be in addressing the epidemic of loneliness? What does Christianity have to do with friendship?

Hear four TED-like talks from New City Fellows alum, each of whom brings a unique perspective on the role relationships play in their lives as a mother, a single woman in the professional world, a young father juggling work and home responsibilities, and a community leader with friends across cultural divides. By exploring the particulars of friendships and combining practical theology with lived experience, “Friendship in a Time of Loneliness” invites us into a life intentionally invested in communities of love.

This public forum was the third in the Center for Public Christianity’s four-part series for 2021-2022, “Now What? Flourishing in Uncertain Times,” to help us reimagine the different dimensions of our life together following the challenges of the past two years. It took place on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 7:00-8:30pm, at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • 0:02 – Rev. James Sutton, Associate Pastor, Christ the King
  • 1:10 – Dr. Joshua Chatraw, Executive Director, Center for Public Christianity
  • 9:48 – Margaret Duke
  • 22:03 – Gary Freeman
  • 34:18 – Melissa Thornton
  • 44:10 – Tyler Graybeal
  • 57:00 – Q&A
  • 1:13:50 – Closing Remarks by Sam Pierce