Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg in conversation with Reverend Kat Banakis

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg and Reverend Kat Banakis will discuss On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World



We are delighted to host Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg and Reverend Kat Banakis for an in-person conversation in the lovely Bookends & Beginnings courtyard. These two Evanston luminaries will discuss Rabbi Ruttenberg’s new book On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World, which has been hailed by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley as “A must read for anyone navigating the work of justice and healing,” and by author Rebecca Solnit as “brilliant.”

Forgive and forget. Turn the other cheek. Be the bigger person. American culture continually asks victims to move on and avoid further confrontation, but the ethos of forgiveness-above-all often lets perpetrators off the hook without accountability. Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg offers a crucial new perspective to navigating conflict, applying an ancient framework to the country’s most painful contemporary issues—from systemic racism and the legacy of enslavement to the #MeToo movement and Native American land rights—as well as personal transgressions.

On Repentance and Repair is a book for anyone who cares about creating a country and culture that is more whole than the one in which we live, and for anyone who has been hurt or who is struggling to take responsibility for their mistakes.

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is an award-winning author and writer who serves as Scholar in Residence at the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW). She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Time, and many other publications. Her seven other books include Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting, which was a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and Surprised By God: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religion, nominated for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature.

Reverend Kat Banakis is the head priest of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston. Prior to beginning at St. Luke's, she was producer and host of the Holy Holy Podcast, which combines contemporary topics, secular experts, and an interfaith panel of Chicago-area faith leaders. Her book, Bubble Girl: An Irreverent Journey of Faith, provides an overview of Protestant, Orthodox, and Roman Catholic approaches to Christian thought. She holds two degrees in religion from Yale.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201