John Pavlovitz 2022 F21 Speaker

Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 10:15 am

About the Event

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We are excited to welcome John Pavlovitz this fall for our annual Faith in the 21st Century (F21) weekend! Pavlovitz, a native of Winston-Salem, is a much sought-after speaker, writer, & activist who has been committed to equality, diversity, & justice—both inside & outside faith communities. 

His spiritual journey has taken him from being a youth pastor at a fundamentalist mega-church to one who proclaims a progressive viewpoint on issues from women’s equality to gender rights to an open & inclusive vision of the Gospels. 

In 2017, Pavlovitz started a blog called Stuff That Needs To Be Said. That year alone, the site received 23 million clicks. Since then, he has been featured on CNN & other major outlets, sharing a message that resonates with many progressive Christians, disaffected & ex-Christians, as well as those whose views are not always in the church mainstream. 

Pavlovitz professes a strong faith in Jesus and speaks to how these authentic teachings can be applied in practical ways to today’s issues and challenges. He doesn’t shy away from criticizing church practices that he believes are contrary to these authentic teachings. He is the author of A Bigger TableHope and Other SuperpowersLow, and Stuff That Needs to Be Said. Mark your calendars and join us for this weekend event that can sharpen and widen our understanding of faith as we rebuild community. 

October 8, 2022 - Morning Plenary | Heaton Hall, Myers Park Baptist Church
10:15 am Brunch and Check-In
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

A Theology of Empathy: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans 

Do you feel other people’s pain deeply? Compassionate people are profoundly affected by the suffering of others, and you may constantly feel a need to help in whatever way you can. But it comes at a cost to your own energy and emotional well-being. To give you the tools you need to embrace your compassionate self without hitting compassion fatigue or damaging your health, pastor and author John Pavlovitz will guide us through discussion, journaling, and reflection, so that we may discover.

  • The power of community to encourage and lift you, enabling you to be safely burdened by the pain of this world
  • Ways to craft a lifestyle of sustainable activism; and what to do when you’ve exhausted your resources
October 8, 2022 – Evening Plenary | Common Market SouthEnd
4:30 - 5:00 pm Check-In
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Cultivating Hope in Difficult Days: Overcoming Compassion Fatigue

When you step into dangerous spaces to work for healing and justice, or simply to hold others in the depths of difficult emotions, the trauma takes its toll. Join us for refreshments and beverages at one of our favorite off-site hangouts as John Pavlovitz discusses how to cultivate hope even when your inner hope is not reflected in the world around you, and how to find a sense of confidence and clarity amidst compassion in order to be the kind of person the world needs.


October 9, 2022 | Sanctuary, Myers Park Baptist Church
10:00 am

Worship Service 

Rev. John Pavlovitz preaching

11:15 am

Sermon Talk Back with Rev. John Pavlovitz 

This long-standing tradition at Myers Park Baptist Church is an opportunity for you to ask questions about the sermon. Curated by Rev. Tara Gibbs, Minister for Youth and College.