Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann highlights the distinguished presenters who will explore “Mercy, Not Sacrifice” at Rochester College’s 2nd annual Streaming conference from June 18-20.

Brueggeman is tha author of nearly 60 books, hundreds of articles and numerous commentaries on scripture. “Brueggemann’s work has noted clearly the creative tensions between the themes of justice and purity as they appear throughout the biblical testimonies,” said Dr. Mark Love, director of the Resource Center for Missional Leadership. “His passionate and compelling voice calls us to honor a God whose way with the world is centered in justice and mercy.”

Streaming gathers academic and biblical scholars to engage in Biblical conversations from the missional frontier. “Go and learn what this means,” Jesus urges. “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” Christian communities of hospitality—missional churches—take this admonition, and the learning that goes with it, seriously.

Designed to be an in-depth exploration of the adventure of ministry, this year’s Streaming conference will invite participants deeper into the missional life of “mercy, not sacrifice,” Love said.

Presenting in addition to Brueggeman is psychologist Richard Beck, whose recent book “Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality and Mortality” describes the effects of the psychology of purity upon the life and mission of the church.

Streaming will also present live art performances by Rolando Diaz and Caryl Parker. Diaz, a Dallas-based Cuban/American artist, believes art is the expression of life. Caryl “Mack” Parker is a nationally renowned singer/songwriter, recording artist and worship leader from Nashville.

“Streaming is committed to the notion that faithful interpretation of biblical texts is a full-sensory enterprise,” Love said. “We don’t interpret the text at a safe remove from the world, but precisely through our deep engagement with creation. And we let artists lead the way.”

Streaming: Mercy, Not Sacrifice will take place from June 18-20 at Rochester College, 800 West Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. It begins at 1 p.m. on June 18 and ends at noon on June 20, with a performance by artists Diaz and Parker scheduled for June 18 at 7:30 p.m. The conference costs $200, and attendees can register or get more information at www.rc.edu/streaming.