Collaborators Conference

for the

Flourishing of
Nonviolent Christianity

June 8-11, 2020
Scarritt Bennett Center
Nashville,Tennessee

The Collaborators Conference
for the Flourishing of Nonviolent Christianity
is an annual event fostering learning, empowerment,
and community.

This conference is presented by The Raven Foundation and Theology & Peace.

Who is Collaborators Conference for?

  • Seekers
  • Believers and doubters
  • Pastors
  • Christian educators
  • Students of religion or theology

What can I expect from the Conference?

The Collaborators Conference combines keynotes, panels, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities to empower you with actionable tools and resources to help make positive changes in your community and strengthen your faith.

This year’s highlights include:

Who is presenting at the Conference this year?

Keynote speakers and panelists include members of the mimetic theory community and nonviolent Christianity movement who are actively enacting change in their spheres of influence. Confirmed keynote speakers for the 2020 conference include…

Kevin Miller

Award-winning filmmaker, author, and educator, and the director behind the documentary J.E.S.U.S.A.

David Dark

Christian author, who teaches at the Tennessee Prison for Women, Charles Bass Correctional Facility, and Belmont University where he is assistant professor in the College of Theology.

Julia Robinson Moore

Historian and religious scholar, is associate professor of Religious Studies and Faculty Affiliate in the Department of History and Africana Studies at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Tickets available now.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! The Collaborators Conference is for anyone who wants to make a difference in their community through mimetic theory and nonviolent Christianity! This includes (and is not limited to) seekers, believers, doubters, pastors and ministry workers, Christian educators, and students of religion and theology.

The Collaborators Conference will be recorded and made available to attendees online through the Raven Foundation so you can have access to the keynotes and panels to give you resources and tools you can use!

If you are unable to physically attend, we will also be offering a livestream passes to view the conference live online! Stay tuned for more details!

75% percent registration refunds are offered on a case-by-case basis.

Given the uncertainty of the developing COVID-19 situation, if the live event must be canceled for the safety of attendees and to follow government guidelines, the Collaborators Conference will become an online summit. You will receive a 75% registration refund and be given total access to the online summit.

The meals are included in the registration price. You will enjoy two lunches, two dinners, and two receptions.

Lodging in not included in the registration price. On campus housing is available. Many other housing options are within walking distance of the conference center.

The hosts of the Collaborators Conference are taking the necessary measures and precautions to create a safe and healthy environment for the event. Our intention is to keep the conference attendance small to foster a more connected and safe experience for attendees. 

Given the uncertainty of the developing COVID-19 situation, if the live event must be canceled for the safety of attendees and to follow government guidelines, the Collaborators Conference will become an online summit. You will receive a 75% registration refund and be given total access to the online summit.

Mimetic theory is the biggest idea to hit the social sciences in the last sixty years! Mimetic theory is a way of thinking that turns conventional wisdom about some pretty essential facts of life on its head:

  • Our desires are not original or unique to us but are acquired through imitation.
  • We come into conflict because we are alike, not because we are different.
  • God has nothing to do with violence.

For more on mimetic theory and nonviolent Christianity, check out this post by Raven Foundation Co-Founder, Suzanne Ross.