Hope is Here: Clergy Dinner with Dr. Luther Smith (2/23/24)


Friday, February 23rd, 2024


6:00 pm – 8:30 pm


St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118

Hope is Here by Dr. Luther Smith

Two years after his popular talks at the 2021 Clergy Conference in Cape May, Dr. Luther Smith returns for an evening of conversation and community with DIOPA clergy. We’ll consider together how hope enlivens us and the communities we serve to live into the God’s dream of justice and beloved community. The evening will include time for informal conversation among colleagues and friends, dinner, a reflection by Dr. Smith, and substantial time for discussion with Dr. Smith and other clergy. Dinner is provided free of charge through the generosity of the Philadelphia Theological Institute.


About Dr. Luther Smith

Luther E. Smith, Jr. PhD is Professor Emeritus of Church and Community at the Candler School of Theology of Emory University.  His current research focuses on the writings and correspondence of Howard Thurman, advocacy on behalf of children, and a spirituality of hope. An ordained elder in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Dr. Smith retired from Candler in 2014. He has authored influential books on Howard Thurman, Christian community, and spiritual practice. His latest book is, Hope Is Here! Spiritual Practices for Pursuing Justice and Beloved Community.