Suffering and dark nights of the soul produce particular challenges that really require a community of believers, explains Dr. Kelly Kapic (Covenant College) in this lecture titled, “Faith, Hope, and Love: Why Christians Need Others Amid Our Suffering.” Using chronic pain as a particular example, we will see how the flame of individual faith weakens when it is alone, but in true community the fire of faith illumines the night.
This talk was delivered on Thursday, February 2 at Exploring Personhood: Human Formation. The conference began with the authority of the Scriptures and Christian theology. We then invited perspectives from the sciences (counseling and psychology), humanities (ethics, biblical studies, philosophy, and theology), and pastoral ministry. Our aim was to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on the Imago Dei and embodiment — all for the glory of God and the good of the world.