“Soong-Chan Rah leads us beyond a shallow understanding of peace as the absence of conflict and a one-sided understanding of sin that fails to acknowledge the suffering of the victim. In doing so, he prophetically calls us to examine the work of reconciliation between those who live under suffering and those who live in prosperity.”

—Christena Cleveland, Duke Divinity School

In his latest book, Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, Soong-Chan Rah writes: “The American church avoids lament. But lament is a missing, essential component of Christian faith. Lament recognizes struggles and suffering, that the world is not as it ought to be. Lament challenges the status quo and cries out for justice against existing injustice.”

In conversation with Scot Sherman, Soong-Chan Rah will discuss the role of prophetic lament in reforming American Christianity.

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019
    – 6:30pm: wine & hors d’oeuvres reception
    – 7:00pm: interview
    – Book signing will follow; copies of book will be available for purchase.
  • 1337 Sutter Street (Lighthouse Church)
  • Tickets: $20.00

About the Speaker

Rev. Dr. Soong-Chan Rah is professor of church growth and evangelism at North Park University and the author of Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times (2015), Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (2010), and The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (2009).

Soong-Chan is formerly the founding senior pastor of the Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC)—a multiethnic, urban ministry-focused church committed to living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He has previously been part of a church planting team in the Washington, D.C. area, worked for a number of years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston (specifically at MIT), and mobilized CCFC to plant two additional churches. He currently serves on the boards of World Vision, Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), and the Catalyst Leadership Center.


Scot Sherman is the executive director of Newbigin House of Studies, and host of Conversations for the Common Good—public conversations with writers, artists, musicians and leading thinkers about the issues that divide us and the ideals that bring us together.


We are pleased to co-sponsor this event with City Church San Francisco.