2019 Willard Lecture: Becoming a Healer in an Ailing World

May, 7, 2019


Tickets are available now for the 2019 Willard Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Haidt, a New York Times best-selling author whose TED Talks have been viewed more than three million times.

Rise Above: Becoming a Healer in an Ailing World will be the topic when Dr. Haidt (pronounce it “hite”) speaks in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. The opening reception is at 6:15 p.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall.

What might happen if we stop seeing ourselves as good and those we disagree with as bad? Are we willing to consider, instead, living from a place of moral humility? Can we both celebrate and weave together our individual uniqueness? How could we acknowledge our common humanity and our shared fate in ways that defines us more broadly because of our differences?

2019 Willard Lecturer Dr. Haidt doesn’t offer simplistic answers to these complex questions. But he does offer key ideas that can help us attempt to answer these questions together in ways that could enable us to rise above the issues that divide us.

Dr. Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at the NYU-Stern School of Business. His research focuses on the emotional foundations and cultural variations of morality. He uses his research to help people understand and respect the moral motives of their enemies. His three TED talks have been viewed more than three million times. His three books are The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion, and The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.

Funded by the Charles R. Willard, Jr., Endowment Fund, the Willard Lecture creates opportunities for First Presbyterian Church to deepen and enrich the spiritual lives of its members and the Charlotte community. The yearly lecture focuses on matters of social justice, human dignity and inclusion, and other relevant issues of our time. These conversations of faith are open to all. They also reflect the common goal of nurturing and deepening our relationship with God and one another.

The cost is $10 and tickets may be purchased online.

Childcare will be provided for infants through children in the fifth grade. There is no cost for childcare, however, reservations are required.