Denver Post Auditorium Denver, Colorado

Faith in the Public Square

Thursday, Mar. 14 6:30 p.m.



All words that describe our current cultural, political, and media climate. 

In this polarized age, how does God call Christians to steward their voices and influence in public life?

How can we demonstrate our faith through acts of love, justice, and humility to a skeptical world?

Can we leverage tools like social media without being jerks on Twitter?

Join Denver Institute for Faith & Work and a panel of media and communications experts at the Denver Post Auditorium to explore the challenges of life and work in the public square.


Curious about Denver Institute events? Take a look at our photo album from our last event at the Denver Post Auditorium, “Media, Marketing, and Storytelling” in 2015.


Angela Evans

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans is a senior editor at Boulder Weekly, where she writes news and feature stories about politics, immigration, public health and the environment. She focuses on humanizing the pressing issues of the day while giving voice to marginalized communities. She has received recognition for her work from the Society of Professional Journalists for her investigative/enterprise reporting on immigration and from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia for her music writing. Prior to moving to Colorado in 2015, she worked as a reporter and grant writer in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Linda Olson

City of Englewood

Linda has served as a City Council member for the city of Englewood since 2009 and assumed the role of mayor earlier this year. She is known for her collaborative leadership style and the relationships she has forged with the nonprofit and faith communities. In addition to her work as a civil servant, she serves as Executive Director of Learning Communities and Civic Engagement at the University of Denver and as Faculty Director of the school’s Pioneer Leadership Program. She has a PhD from the University of Denver, and an MEd and BA from the University of Minnesota.

Hilary Oswald

5280 Home and 5280 Health

As editor of two of 5280’s ancillary publications, Hilary Masell Oswald divides her time between two worlds: the vibrant design-and- architecture scene in the metro area for the quarterly 5280 Home and the always-changing field of health for the annual 5280 Health. In addition to contributing to 5280, she has written for national and regional publications including Consumer Reports Health, The Chicago Tribune, and Mountain Living. In 2012, Penguin Publishing released her full revision of Loren Pope’s Colleges That Change Lives, which lauds the value of liberal arts education in the 21st century. Oswald holds a BA in English literature and composition, magna cum laude, from Davidson College and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School.

Brian Gray

COO & Director of the 5280 Fellowship

Brian is the COO here at DIFW and also leads our 5280 Fellowship program.  Prior to landing at DIFW, he served in pastoral ministry for thirteen years and at Denver Seminary for four years. His vocation includes moving ideas out into life through relationships and conversation – whether that applies to God, work, the Church, good beer, or Liverpool Football Club. He married way out of his league, and spends most of his free-time being parented by his two daughters.

Jeff Haanen

CEO & Executive Director

Jeff Haanen is the Founder of Denver Institute for Faith & Work and the 5280 Fellowship. He contributes to various magazines and publications, including Christianity Today. He has previously served as a school administrator, a pastor and missionary. He holds a B.A. in International Economics and Spanish from Valparaiso University and a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. Jeff attends Littleton Christian Church with his wife and four daughters. Jeff has written for The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, The Gospel Coalition, and Christianity Today.

Joanna Meyer

Director of Events & Sponsorships

Joanna serves as Denver Institute’s Director of Events & Sponsorships and oversees the Women & Vocation Initiative. Prior to coming to the Institute, Joanna worked in global telecom, nonprofit consulting, and campus ministry with Cru. In addition to her work at DIFW, Joanna is associate faculty at Denver Seminary and teaches sewing at Fancy Tiger Crafts. A third-generation Coloradan, she appreciates both the state’s innovative culture and its cowboy roots. She has an MA in Social Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Dustin Moody

Director of Communications

Dustin oversees the marketing, publications, social media, and website as the director of communications for the Denver Institute of Faith & Work. He has previously served with the University of Colorado Boulder and Wycliffe Bible Translators. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and is pursuing his M.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado Denver. Dustin also serves on the board of the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. He and his wife, Laura, attend Storyline Fellowship in Arvada.


General Admission

Thursday March 14 6:30 p.m.

$20 USD/Ticket



For high school, undergraduate, and graduate students

6:30 p.m.

$10 USD/Ticket

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