Where & Where


September 25, '09
7:00 p.m. (pst)


Saddleback Church
Main Auditorium

General Event Information

We’re honored to welcome President Kagame of Rwanda and Yale professor Miroslav Volf to our campus on Friday, September 25 as they talk about the transformational power of reconciliation and how it reunified their people after a debilitating genocide.

Dr. Rick Warren is a pastor, author, global strategist and philanthropist. His book, The Purpose Driven Life, has sold more than thirty million copies in English, and is published in more than fifty languages. In 1980, Warren and his wife Kay founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Today it is one of America’s most influential congregations, with more than 20,000 members.
Paul Kagame was sworn in as President of the Republic of Rwanda for a seven-year term on September 12, 2003 following the country’s first ever democratically contested multi-party elections held in August 2003. In 1990, Paul Kagame returned to Rwanda to lead the Rwandan Patriotic Front’s (RPF) four-year struggle to liberate the country from the autocratic and divisive order established since independence. Led by Kagame, the Rwanda Patriotic Army defeated the genocidal government in July 1994 and the RPF subsequently set Rwanda on its current course towards reconciliation, nation building, and socioeconomic development.
Dr. Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale Divinity School, and Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. A native of Croatia, Professor Volf has forged a theology of forgiveness and non-violence in the face of the horrendous violence experienced in Croatia and Serbia in the 1990s. While he maintains active interest in many aspects of faith’s relation to culture, his primary work has focused on theological understandings of work, the church, the Trinity, violence, reconciliation, and memory.