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2018 NYC Conference Schedule!

Very, very excited to announce the schedule for our upcoming NYC Conference (April 26-28th)! A few details may change between now and then–a couple additions still in the works–but this is pretty close to fixed. For more info about the various speakers, visit the conference site. The final talk titles will be up in March. Click here to register!


7pm-ish — Special outing to Babette’s Feast, a new play based on the short story by Isak Dinesen, followed by a Q&A with the developers. Click here to read more about the wonderful source material and here for a review of this exciting new production. Tickets are limited so email today to reserve yours.


5:30pm  —  Registration
7:00pm  —  Opening Devotion and Worship – Sarah Condon & Sam Bush
7:30pm  —  RJ Heijmen
8:00pm  —  Dinner (catered by The Pixie and the Scout)


9:00am – Devotion by Sarah Condon
9:15am – Morning Talks

  • Chad Bird
  • Jamin Warren

10:45 – Breakouts A: Alissa Wilkinson, Aaron Zimmerman, Dave Johnson, Nick Lannon & Ethan Richardson
11:45am – Lunch
1:00pm – Jason Micheli in conversation with Fleming Rutledge
2pm – Breakouts B: Dorsey McConnell, Carrie Willard, Daniel Emery Price & CJ Green
3pm – Breakouts C: Duo Dickinson, Mischa Willett, Laurel Marr & Adam Morton
5:30pm – Drinks with Paul Zahl
6:30pm – Alan Jacobs speaks
7:30pm – Dinner catered by The Pixie and the Scout


9:00am  —  Devotion by Sarah Condon
9:10am —  Morning Talks

  • Timothy Blackmon
  • Charlotte Getz and Stephanie Phillips

10:45am  —  David Zahl speaks
12:15pm  —  Book table closes

SUNDAY, APRIL 29th (Post-Conference)

11am — Jacob Smith preaches at Calvary Episcopal Church

MONDAY APRIL 30th (Post-Conference)

Commonweal in conversation with poet Christian Wiman


P.S. There are some limited scholarship funds available for students and seminarians. Email us at for more details.

P.P.S. And while we’re at it, check out the trailer for this month’s Tyler Conference (2/23-24) #mattmagillismyhero #foolforchrist:

Mockingbird Tyler Conference 2018: The Wonder of Grace from Matt Magill on Vimeo.

Daryl Davis: Grace, Race, and the KKK

Very excited to share this talk from our recent conference in DC, featuring the incredible blues musician Daryl Davis. Here Davis talks about how, over the course of 30 years, he made meaningful friendships with some of his greatest antagonists…members of the Ku Klux Klan. Talk about grace in practice! (Also, you won’t want to miss that boogie-woogie piano at the end!)

Daryl Davis: Grace, Race, and the KKK from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Happy MLK!

We’ll be back with new posts tomorrow, but in honor of the day, you can peruse our MLK archive here. Also, as a reminder: today is the last day to take advantage of earlybird pricing for our Spring NYC Conference (4/26-28). All other tiers of registration open tomorrow.

Hopelessly Devoted: Ezekiel Chapter Forty Seven Verses One Through Ten

The second video from our DC conference is here! Adam Morton’s devotion that opened our session on Saturday. It’s a beautiful one:

Devotion on Ezekiel 47:1-10 ~ Adam Morton from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

No, Actually, I Don’t Work Out – Nick Lannon

The first video from our 500 Years of Grace event in DC is here! And it’s of Rev. Lannon’s fantastic talk from Friday night, AKA the one with the killer joke at the beginning:

p.s. Our big year-end newsletter & appeal goes out this week, and we’d love to send you a copy. Just sign up for our (physical) mailing list and we’ll take care of the rest!

Pre-Registration for our 2018 Conference in Tyler, TX, Is Now Open!

Very excited to announce that pre-registration for our upcoming 4th annual conference in Tyler, TX (2/23-24/2018) is now open at Our theme this year will be “The Wonder of Grace” and our plenary speakers will be John Zahl, John Newton and Charlotte Getz. On Friday, there will also be a special concert by Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper! Which is very exciting indeed. Watch this space for an announcement about breakout speakers in mid December.

For more details, or to pre-register today, click here.

And for a sense of what you can expect, here’s the round-up video from last year:

2017 DC Conference Recordings

2017 DC Conference Recordings

Thank you again to everyone who helped put on the “500 Years of Grace” event two weeks ago in DC, especially our friends at All Saints Chevy Chase! What a truly special time it was.

The audio from the event is now available on The Mockingcast feed and our Recordings page. As per usual, we are making the recordings available for free; we only ask that those who were not able to be there consider making a donation to help cover the cost of the event. Individual links are as follows:

No, Actually, I Don’t Work Out – Nick Lannon
Devotion on Ezekiel…

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This Weekend in DC: Talk Titles and Lineup! (T-Minus 4 Days and Counting)

This Weekend in DC: Talk Titles and Lineup! (T-Minus 4 Days and Counting)

For those who haven’t yet been wooed, take a look at the unbelievable lineup for our event this weekend in DC. Things kick off on Friday evening with a talk from Nick Lannon, dinner courtesy of Broad Branch Market (with Starr Hill beer & wine from Keswick Vineyards), and music by Mark Miller. The party continues Saturday morning with with coffee sponsored by our friends at Anchor Coffee Roasters, followed by talks from Jacob Smith, Sarah Condon, Daryl Davis (of Accidental Courtesy fame), and, post-lunch, David Zahl. We’ll have books for sale and cheer aplenty.

Pre-registration closes this Wednesday. Last minute…

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No, Actually, I Don't Work Out: Good News for Unwilling Hearts (A DC Conference Preview)

No, Actually, I Don’t Work Out: Good News for Unwilling Hearts (A DC Conference Preview)

I don’t have any acquired tastes. I don’t drink coffee, or smoke a pipe, or do anything else that I didn’t like the first time. And no, actually, I don’t work out, either. I used to think that I was just weak…but now I’ve realized that while I am weak, I’m not just weak. I am also human.

Thomas Cranmer, the English Reformer and first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, knew a lot about this connection between weakness and humanity. When he was formulating the theological expressions of the post-Reformational church in England, he realized that the old way—which, of course, remains the…

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Pobody's Nerfect: On Performance Anxiety and (Not) Giving Advice from the Pulpit

Pobody’s Nerfect: On Performance Anxiety and (Not) Giving Advice from the Pulpit

With both the Reformation’s quincentennial kickoff and our DC conference mere weeks away, we’ve put our feelers out for all things smacking of the reason for the season, that “harsh doctor,” Martin Luther. Today we were pleased to find just that from our friend Phillip Cary, who is featured in the latest issue of First Things. Below I’ve re-posted a handful of memorable excerpts from his piece “Luther at 500” (ht RS):

The great pastoral aim of Luther’s doctrine of justification is to free us from the kind of performance anxiety that arises whenever our salvation depends in any way on us, our hearts,…

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Liars, Madmen, and You: The Art of Narrative ~ CJ Green

Taylor Swift, Mary Karr, and the art of telling your life story…ready for it? From our conference in NYC this past April.

Liars, Madmen, and You: The Art of Narrative ~ CJ Green from Mockingbird on Vimeo.

Is There Any Comfort? Remembering the Reformation 500 Years Later

Is There Any Comfort? Remembering the Reformation 500 Years Later

We are now less than a month out from our upcoming conference in D.C.! Come celebrate 500 years of grace with us, October 27-29—you can register here.

With the Reformation on the brain, here is a fantastic piece written by our friend, Jonathan A. Linebaugh.

In 1519, Thomas Bilney sat in a small Cambridge college with a book in his hands. It had been two years since a German monk named Martin Luther was said to have nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg—hammer blows that were later remembered as the start of the Reformation and were rumored to have shaken…

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