Faith in the Future Conference Saturday


Fifteen Forum is a two-day gathering of young adults listening, creating and fostering conversation around faith & formation. 
“Since young adults live in a Twitter world, we are planning a Ted-Talk -inspired retreat with a half-dozen topics rather than a keynote type of format,” shares Rev. Michael Jarboe, associate pastor of Memorial Drive UMC. The upcoming Fifteen Forum, named for its fifteen-minute presentation time limit, will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29 and conclude Saturday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the contemporary worship space called the Well (13186 Memorial Drive) and is open to attendees between the ages of 18-30, at a cost of $15.

We came up with an event providing a change of scenery and an interactive environment featuring a wide range of topics for discussion that will be in their vernacular and voice.

“We are living in chaotic but interesting times,” adds Jarboe, “which makes it even more challenging for young adults to live out their faith or even know what that means. It will only get crazier in the next 5-10 years, so we encourage young adults from all over the Houston area, and beyond, to join the conversation at this event. We will hear business speakers, creators, artists, psychologists, clergy and lay give mini presentations on the future of our faith in the context of social media, relationships, finances, and the Church.”

It will probably feel like a whirlwind kind of event with a lot going on in a short time, but the good news is that we can really dive in and discuss our faith heading in the future – and there will still be a good bit of weekend left for other activities.

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Have you heard about the new and experimental church in Houston called GastroChurch? Started by Rev. Meredith Wende Mills, this congregation is for people who really love to eat, be in community, and learn about how the food on their plates got there. Hear her story and have a conversation with her Saturday morning on food & faith at The Fifteen Forum.  Childcare is available!