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Many of our nation’s cities possess the same challenges: racial division, chronic homelessness, and social isolation. For most of our history, churches, businesses, clubs, and voluntary organizations have been the most effective in addressing our nation’s major ills. This still holds true today.

Join us for a time where we will examine thoughtful and innovative models meant to heal our fraught racial history, help those experiencing homelessness, and patch our fraying social fabric. It is through the institutions of civil society that we will see our communities truly restored.

Registration Deadline: January 20, 2020 - Hurry, seats are limited!

Anthony Bradley
Anthony B. Bradley, Ph.D.
The King's College, New York City

Professor of Religious Studies

Anthony B. Bradley, Ph.D. is associate professor of religious studies at The King's College in New York City where he also serves as director for the Center for the Study of Human Flourishing. Since 2002, Dr. Bradley has been a research fellow at the Acton Institute. Dr. Bradley holds Bachelor of Science in biological sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary, a Masters in Ethics and Society from Fordham University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. As a research fellow, Dr. Bradley lectures at colleges, universities, business organizations, conferences, and churches throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Bradley's writings on religious and cultural issues have been published in a variety of journals, including: the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Examiner, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Detroit News, Christianity Today, and World Magazine. Dr. Bradley is called upon by members of the broadcast media for comment on current issues and has appeared on NPR, CNN/Headline News, and Fox News, among others. He studies and writes on issues of race in America, mass incarceration and overcriminalization, youth and family, welfare, education, and ethics. His dissertation explores the intersection of black liberation theology and economics. From 2005-2009, Dr. Bradley was Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he also directed the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute.

Dr. Bradley is the author of several books including The Political Economy of Liberation: Thomas Sowell and James Cone on the Black ExperienceBlack and Tired: Essays on Race, Politics, Culture, and International Development, Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America, and co-editor of John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement: Justice As Unfairness.

James Whitford
James Whitford
Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission


James Whitford received his doctorate from the University of Kansas Medical Center and practiced physical therapy and wound care before he and his wife founded Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission in Joplin, Missouri in 2000. He also founded and directs the True Charity Initiative, calling communities to effective charity and freedom from welfare through connecting non-profits, educating leaders and advocating for improved public policy. His work has appeared in Heritage Foundation’s Index of Culture and Opportunity, Patrick Henry College’s Newsmaker Series, World, The Blaze, The Christian Post and The Hill.

John Wilsey
John D. Wilsey, Ph.D.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Associate Professor of Church History

John D. Wilsey, Ph.D. is Affiliate Scholar in Theology and History at the Acton Institute. He is Associate Professor of Church History at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and author of One Nation Under God: An Evangelical Critique of Christian America (Pickwick, 2011) and American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea (IVP Academic, 2015); he also edited Alexis de Tocqueville’s famous work, which recently appeared under the title Democracy in America: A New Abridgment for Students (Lexham, 2016). Wilsey is 2017-18 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is doing research for a new biography of John Foster Dulles, scheduled to appear in Eerdmans’ Library of Religious Biography series.

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The Ramble Hotel
1280 25th Street
Denver, CO 80205
United States


8:30am Breakfast

9:15am Session 1: "The Vital Role of Civil Society" - John D. Wilsey, Ph.D.

10:45am Session 2: "Transitional Justice: Civil Society Solutions to America's Race History" - Anthony B. Bradley, Ph.D.

12:00pm Lunch

12:45pm Session 3: "Restoring People & Community" - James Whitford

2:00pm Conclusion


Complimentary - Normal cost would be $50/person. This event is being underwritten by Acton’s generous supporters.


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