Very flattered to be interviewed by Carla Hinton of The Oklahoman about the *free* conference we’re hosting in Oklahoma City this coming Friday and Saturday (10/28-29).
Click here to read the article, which I think does a nice job of explaining what we’re trying to do. If you’ve got friends in the area who might be interested in dropping by, definitely forward it their way.
There’s still/always room for last-minute walk-ins, but please, if you are planning to eat with us on Friday evening, we ask that you register over at mbirdokc2016.com ASAP.
P.S. The first one hundred people through the door will receive a complimentary copy of the mental health issue of The Mockingbird!
Hard to believe that the 2017 Spring Conference will be our 10th annual get-together in New York City. It happens April 27-29, 2017 and you are warmly invited. Registration is now open! We’re so excited we produced a video about it:
We would love to see you there. Get your tickets here!
Earlybird prices expire at the end of the year.
With just over a month until our Fall Conference in Oklahoma City (10/28-29), we are excited to announce the final schedule, including talk titles, below. We’ll be exploring the theme, “Grace in the Grind: The Gospel in Contemporary Culture”, and we hope the weekend will provide rest and respite from the stress of daily life. As a reminder, thanks to the generosity of The Anglican Foundation and All Souls Episcopal Church, this conference is completely free! Just please be sure to pre-register ASAP so that we can plan accordingly.
Friday Oct 28th
12:30 – Registration opens
1:00pm – Welcome and “Falling Into Grace, Pt 1” – John Newton
2:15pm – “The Gospel Monday thru Friday: Glimpses of Grace in Relationships” – Alex Large
3:15pm – Breakouts
- “Lazaretto, or Where Is That Moral Progress I Was Promised?” – Scott Johnson
- “The Kingdom of Heaven According to Hollywood: It’s Not Where You Think It Is” – Carrie Willard
- “Repentance as an Act of Rebellion” – Jonathan Mitchican
- “Grace All the Way Down” – Mac Stewart
6:00pm – “Falling Into Grace, Pt 2” – John Newton
6:45pm – Anglican Foundation presentation
7:00pm – Dinner and Drinks! (menu coming soon)
Saturday Oct 29th
8:30am – Doors open
9:00am – “Sacraments, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Pop Culture and the Loss of the Enchanted Imagination” – Jonathan Mitchican
9:45am – “A View from the Back Pew: Grace in the Grind of Family and Church” – Carrie Willard
10:45am – “Things Done and Left Undone: Hope Beyond the To-Do List” – David Zahl
11:30am – Concluding service
12:30pm — Book Table closes
Here’s the magnificent second part of Ted Peters’ presentation from our New York Conference last April. Find Part 1 here!
The never-ending bustle of the 24/7 workplace. The three-places-at-once gymnastics of the after-school carpool. The siren’s call of the smartphone screen. The ever-quickening treadmill of doctors’ appointments. Whatever the stage of life, our daily grind has become inescapably breathless. There are simply not enough hours in the day!
We invite you to take a breather with us this October (28-29) in Oklahoma City as we explore how the Christian faith addresses a world overfilled with expectation and obligation, hurt and division. The emphasis, as always, will be on where the comfort and reprieve of the Gospel meets us where we actually live–in places that matter (and some that don’t).
To help, we’ve assembled a truly wonderful group of speakers. The conference kicks off at 1pm on Friday, October 28th at All Souls Episcopal Church, extends through dinner that evening, ending just before lunch on the Saturday the 29th. We’re putting the final touches on the full schedule, so check back in soon for that update. If past events are anything to go by, it is sure to be a spirit-lifting time, jam-packed with grace, laughter, and delicious food. We hope you’ll join us.
Best of all, like the grace of God, this conference is entirely free! Just be sure to pre-register ASAP so we can plan accordingly.
Only if it’s not another thing to stress over, that is.
Just when you thought the NYC Conference videos were finished!
Don’t think we’ve posted the wonderful on-stage conversation that took place in NYC between PZ and Scott Jones:
Sad to say, we’re nearing the end of our NYC Conference videos. Before we get there, though, here’s a great one from the inestimable Rev. Benham, who serves at (the wonderful) Village Church in Atlanta:
Here’s the next breakout video from our NYC Conference, in which Macon’s favorite son takes us out of our comfort zone to deliver, well, comfort (as only he can). Enjoy:
Very excited to present the next breakout session video from NYC, from long-time contributor and friend Lauren R.E. Larkin. Just wish the digital version came with candy too:
The NYC Conference video train keeps chugging! With a wonderful breakout session from our good friend Professor Garcia.