I'll be honest, I don't know much about this conference -- just read about it in today's Iowa City Press Citizen -- but one event during the weeklong conference caught my eye, a Nonviolent Atonement Seminar. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at First Mennonite Church, 405 Myrtle Ave., in Iowa City. Cost is $20, which includes a light lunch. Here's the description. "Explore new trends in understanding the death of Jesus from a peace perspective. Speakers include J. Denny Weaver (author of The Non-Violent Atonement Willard Swartley (author of Convenant of Peace: The Missing Peace in New Testament Theology and Ethics) and Michael Hardin (editor of Stricken By God? Non-Violent Identification and the Victory of Christ)."
Local sponsors of the conference, which runs tomorrow through Feb. 3, are Faith United Church of Christ, First Christian Church (Disciples), First Mennonite Church, New Song Episcopal Church, St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Soul Friends Ministry, Trinity Episopal Church and Zion Lutheran Church.
You can find a full schedule for the week by downloading a Word document here.
You can kinda find more information on the organization offering the conference -- Preaching Peace -- here.