Festival of Hope

In September 2020, House of Hope launched a new online conference that attracted over 1,000 participants and included speakers that ranged from a New York Times science columnist to a Grammy winner, a leader in the field of furniture design to authors who spoke to the pressing issues of systemic racism and the adverse impact of the evangelical church in our country.

See below for a full list of conversations:










Kristin Kobes Du Mez:“The Hope for the
Evangelical Church”

A professor at Calvin University, Ms. Kobes Du Mez will speak about her recent book: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation.

Aaron David Miller

Dr. Miller is a renowned organ improviser having won numerous international awards and given concerts across the country.  Dr. Miller’s performances have been heard on Pipe Dreams and numerous television programs. His orchestra works have been performed by such ensembles as the Seattle Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Zurich Symphony, and numerous new music ensembles.

Anjali Kumar: “The Hope of the Quest”

Ms. Kumar’s TED Talk based on her book Stalking God: My Unorthodox Search For Something To Believe In, has been watched by more than four million people. Kumar has worked as the Chief People Officer at Chedder, Head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker, and Senior Counsel at Google.

Marcus Hummon: “The Hope of Frederick Douglass”

Grammy winner, Hall of Fame songwriter, and composer of award-winning musicals, Mr. Hummon will speak on his new musical American Prophet that tells the inspiring story of Frederick Douglass.

Danjuma Gibson: “The Hope of Democracy”

Dr. Gibson is an expert on the black religious experience in the context of trauma. He is an author and professor of pastoral care at Calvin Theological Seminary.

David Livermore: “The Hope of a Multicultural World”

A social scientist devoted to the topics of cultural intelligence and global leadership and the author of ten award-winning books.

James Ludwig: “The Hope of Design”

Mr. Ludwig is a leader in the office furniture industry with a portfolio that includes architecture, furniture, and technology products.

Rob Wilson-Black: “The Hope of the Church”

Mr. Wilson-Black is CEO of Sojourners, a journal situated at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture.

Tom Hurwitz: “The Hope of Film”

One of America’s most honored documentary cinematographers, Mr. Hurwitz has won two Emmy Awards as well as Sundance and Jerusalem Film Festival Awards for Best Cinematography. Hurwitz has photographed films that have won four Academy Awards and several more nominations.

Dennis Overbye: “The Hope of Science”

Science Editor of The New York Times, Mr. Overbye’s reporting ranges from zero-gravity fashion shows and science in the movies to the status of Pluto, the death of the Earth, and the fate of the universe.