Public Symposium: Love in A Time of Fear

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – 9-3:30 pm
Chicago Theological Seminary + Online

The InterReligious Institute at Chicago Theological Seminary welcomes Dr. Cassie J. E. H. Trentaz (PhD ’10) on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, for a day of interactive learning, skill building, and artistic activism based on Trentaz’ book and film project, Love In a Time of Fear. Our time together includes plenaries and breakout sessions to help us take love from a good idea to a concrete force that can speak to our fears, reach across divisions, and just might heal our world. The symposium is designed so participants gain increased capacity and skills as change agents. This day is intended for religious leaders, lay leaders, community activists, educators, students, and everyone who longs for a world of extravagant welcome. See Registration and Event Flyer below.

Dr. Cassie J. E. H. Trentaz
Dr. Cassie J. E. H. Trentaz (PhD ’10) is Associate Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Church History at Warner Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Theology in the Age of AIDS & HIV: Complicity and Possibility (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and is a parent, partner, neighbor, teacher, minister, activist, and low-key rascal committed to inching, stumbling, and leaping toward glimpses of shalom in the world today following the lead of those often excluded.


Michelle Lang
Michelle Lang
Artist, Minister, Activist, Composer
Uzma Jamil
Uzma Jamil
Fellow of Muslim Studies

Speakers & Moderators

Rachel Brown, Executive Director of OverZero

Rabbi Menachem Cohen, Mitziut Jewish Community

Nora Gaines, Adjunct Professor of Africana Studies and Organizer and Trainer with Chicago Regional Organizing for Antiracism.

Sana Syed, Inner-City Muslim Action Network

Dr. Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology, activist, author

Christophe Ringer, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics in Society, CTS

W. Scott Haldeman, Associate Professor of Worship, CTS


9am-10:15 – Opening Plenary featuring Art of Tough Talks

10:30-11:45 – Morning Breakout Sessions:

“Death by Design: Confronting Immigration Policy from the Borderlands” / Rose & CTS students
“Naming and Addressing Micro (and Macro) Aggressions” / Nora Gaines
“Implications of Oppression: Going Deeper with“The Guitar Section.” / Cassie Trentaz & Michelle Lang
ONLINE ONLY SESSION: “Inciting Peace” / Rachel Brown / Moderator: Scott Haldeman

11:45-1pm – Lunch and Lunch Session

1:15-2:30 – Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

“INDIVISIBLE Working Across Geographies & Identities” / Sana Syed
“Conflict Mediation”/ Cassie Trentaz
“Cheats for Authentic Presence Across Divisions” / Rabbi Menachem Cohen
ONLINE ONLY SESSION: “Why They Come” / Miguel de la Torre / Moderator: Christophe Ringer

2:45-3:30 – Closing Session

3:30-4pm – Networking


PDF Flyer Download

Pre-symposium Community Film Viewing

In advance of the symposium, all are encouraged to join the CTS community in watching the four short films which accompany the book Love In A Time Of Fear by Trentaz. The films give those being misrepresented or marginalized within our current sociopolitical climate a chance to speak for themselves. They explore the subject’s whole person rather than reducing them to a set of issues. Viewers have the opportunity to spend some time getting to know someone, that due to the divisions in our society, they might not have a chance to connect with in person.

Host a viewing party with your friends, or watch on your own before April 10. Find the Videos at