Saving Paradise: The Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock

Saving Paradise
The Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock

Saturday, Feb. 23 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
$35, includes lunch
Please bring a Bible if you have one.
Register: Contact Adrienne Clements ( or 216-774-0418)

The Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock (co-author of Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire) will offer a new lens on the history of Christianity, from its first centuries to the present day, asking how its early vision of beauty evolved into a vision of torture, and what changes in society and theology marked that evolution.

Through art, liturgy, biblical texts, theology, and poetry, Dr. Brock will explore a this-worldly, life-affirming, earth-based faith that dominated Christianity’s first millennium and explain how that faith was compromised by holy war and the worship of crucifixion in Europe beginning in the second millennium. “We will look at how an ancient spirituality that found God in beauty and in ministries of justice and healing was rediscovered in the Protestant Reformation, in the Social Gospel, and in the liberation movements of the twentieth century,” she says. “Finally, we will explore how Christian spirituality can be developed for life in the twenty-first century.” To learn more about the author, click here.

Rev. Brock will also be the Dean’s Forum guest on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10:10 a.m.