MARK YOUR CALENDARS – October 6-8, 2016
Thursday, October 6
2:00 Opening Worship (Naomi Walters)
3:00-5:30 Presentations by Jaime Smith and others
5:30-6:30 Dinner (provided)
7:00-9:00 Springsteen and Desire (Entertainment)
Friday, October 7
9:00-12:00 Presentations by Randy Harris, Jaime Clark-Sowles, and others.
12:00-1:30 Lunch (provided)
1:30-5:00 Presentations by Jaime Clark-Sowles and others
Saturday, October 8
9:00-11:00 Presentations by Jaimie Smith and others
11:00-12:00 Closing Worship (Stephen Johnson)
James (Jamie) Smith is a philosophy professor at Calvin College. He is particularly adept at bringing philosophy into meaningful dialogue with theology and ministry. His books, Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom, have become important in many conversations, including worship, theological education, and theological anthropology. His important voice in multiple conversations makes him a sought-out presenter at conferences like Streaming.
In Imagining the Kingdom, Jamie argues that we are desiring creatures. We worship what we love. More, he suggests that our desires are shaped by our bodily practices, especially worship. He will bring two presentations under the title, “You Are What You Love: Worship, Formation, and the Spiritual Power of Habit”
Jaime Clark-Soles has taught New Testament at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University since 2001. She was born in Pontiac, leaving at an early age and is eager to return to Michigan to see where her mother grew up and where she spent the early years of her life. She did her advanced training in ministry/biblical studies at Yale Divinity School where she received both her MDiv and DMin.
She is the author of Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer (WJK, 2010), Death and Afterlife in the New Testament (T&T Clark, 2006), and Scripture Cannot Be Broken (E.J. Brill, 2003). Dr. Clark-Soles enjoys speaking widely and writing for both academic and popular audiences. Her scholarly interests revolve around the Gospel of John. Appropriately, Jamie will bring two presentations under the title, “In Spirit and Truth: Worship and the Community of Love in John.”
Stephen Johnson is Vice President for Student Services for the Dallas campus of Abilene Christian University where he leads exciting new initiatives in education as Christian formation and vocation. Prior to his current responsibilities, Stephen taught preaching and worship for ACU.
Naomi Walters is the newest faculty member in the School of Theology and Ministry at Rochester College. She teaches Introduction to the Christian Faith, our cornerstone course for all RC students, as well as ministry courses. Naomi is the advisor and key architect for our new Worship Ministry degree.
Randy Harris teaches bible and ministry at Abilene Christian University. Randy is known widely, not only as an outstanding teacher and lecturer, but also as someone deeply engaged in contemplative spirituality. He cares deeply about the formation of ministers and the communities they serve