Anyone who has answered the call to ministry knows that it is a full-contact profession. Congregations, and by extension, their ministers, engage life at its most important thresholds and there engage powers that shape human lives and communities. The cross names Christian notions of power “love,” and resists all notions of power rooted in fear.
Streaming 2014 features two thinkers who have much to say about power and the cross of Jesus. We are pleased to have Greg Boyd and Richard Beck lead our thinking around the theme, “No Fear, Only Love.”
Richard Beck chairs the psychology department at Abilene Christian University. His interest in the psychology of religion combined with his appetite for good theology make Richard one of the liveliest voices in both fields. He is known to many readers from his award winning blog, Experimental Theology, and from his widely acclaimed book, Unclean. Richard will present at this year’s Streaming conference from his latest book, The Slavery of Death (Cascade).
Greg Boyd is the senior pastor for the Woodland Hills Church in St. Paul, MN, as well as an accomplished theologian with several publications to his credit, including the award winning books, Letters from a Skeptic and The Myth of a Christian Nation. Greg models what it means to be a theologian/pastor, bringing the best or theological scholarship to the life and concerns of the church. His writing is simultaneously insightful and pastoral. We are excited to welcome him to Streaming.
John Barton teaches philosophy and religion at Pepperdine University. Streaming participants know John as the former Provost of Rochester College where he served for 11 years. Before his time at Rochester College, John served for 8 years as a missionary in Jinja, Uganda. John’s passions range from hermeneutical philosophy to interfaith dialogue to the practice of missions. We are glad to have John back at RC for a few days.
Sara Barton is chaplain of Pepperdine University. Streaming participants know her as a former religion instructor and campus minister at Rochester College. Sara holds an M.A. in Spiritual Formation from Spring Arbor University and is currently completing the D. Min. from Lipscomb University. Sara served with her husband John as a missionary in Jinja, Uganda. She is widely known as a gifted speaker and author, including her thoughtful and timely book, A Woman Called.
Jennifer Rundlett, B.M., M.M., and adjunct professor of art and music Frederick Maryland Community College and Mount Saint Mary’s University, will be sharing a lesson from new materials she has developed using the “Seven Last Words” as her centerpiece. This is a multi-media presentation that will lead the viewer through a time of reflection using a blend of classic art and music. These works will span the centuries from Renaissance to Modern Era and will be blended with prayers and scripture readings for a new kind of meditative experience to show the beauty and wisdom of the Cross.
Her ministry of connecting with God thru the Arts, shares a message of how artists and composers have for centuries captured the drama of Christ’s birth and now his Passion.
Jennifer Rundlett, author of My Dancing Day: Reflections of the Incarnation in Art and Music, holds a Masters in Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester England and has lived and worked in the Frederick Maryland area for the past 12 years. She has been the pre-concert lecturer for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Frederick Choral Arts Society and a speaker at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures, Tulsa Workshop and Lipscomb Summer Celebration.
Other presenters include:
Ben Ries preaches for the Federal Way Church of Christ, Federal Way, WA.
Jenn Christy is the associate chaplain at Pepperdine University.
Thursday, Oct. 9
1 pm registration
2 pm-2:45 pm Opening Worship (Ben Ries, presenter)
3:00-5:15 Opening presentations (Mark Love, Richard Beck)
7:00-9:00 Entertainment: TBA
Friday, Oct. 10
8:30-11:50 am Presentations by Richard Beck, Sara Barton, panel discussion
1:30-5:30 Presentations by Greg Boyd, John Barton, breakout groups
Sat, Oct. 11
8:30-11:00 am Presentations by Greg Boyd, Boyd/Beck conversation
11:15-11:50 Closing Worship (Jenn Christy, presenter)