|We convened at the Paramount Theater.|
Suffice to say, my brain was full after the few days we spent together, listening, and thinking, and wondering, and conversing around these challenging issues. I was glad I attended with several colleagues, and that we were able to take the time to discuss and debate together throughout each day.
|My fellow Reformed-folk might recognize Jamie Smith.|
He was the first presenter--setting a frame for the conference.
I am sure I will have more to say about the things I am thinking about after the conference--I took a whole legal pad full of notes throughout the conference--but for now, I just want to note two things that I took away as the overarching themes I saw:
- In a pluralistic culture that finds the Church increasingly irrelevant, we need to look for areas of common ground--not compromising what we believe, but looking for spaces where we can begin conversations, even with people with whom we might deeply disagree.
- Related to the first, we need to be very, very intentional about building relationships. We do not need to isolate ourselves from the World; instead, we need to wisely engage with our neighbors, even when we might disagree with them.
I fully recognize that both of these are easier said than done. I am still thinking about what this might mean for me individually, as well as what it means for the Church corporately.
I am grateful I had the chance to attend a conference so different form the ones I often attend, which are generally focused on issues related to practice. I love ideas. And I love questions that foster more thinking about challenging ideas!
|After some talks, Gabe Lyons, the emcee for the event, interviewed|
presenters, to further the conversation. Great way to keep thinking!