Convocation on Creative Communication
In less than the time it took to write this sentence, 7,785 tweets were published. There were 62,973 Google searches, 1,097 YouTube videos viewed. (Internet Live Stats, n.d.) In a world inundated with information, it is more important than ever before for clergy and lay leaders to harness the power of creativity to share the gospel.
The Fall Convocation on Creative Communication is a wonderful opportunity for Tx UMC leaders to develop creative communication skills. The conference is offering a variety of impactful workshops, as well lectures by some of the most inspiring voices in their fields.
Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, seminary president, will speak Monday afternoon to begin the conference. Dr. McMickle draws from his rich career in both academia and ministry. He is also an accomplished writer. He is a contributor to newly published preaching commentaries- Feasting on the Word, and Preaching God’s Transforming Justice. He is the author of fifteen books.
Best-selling author Anne Lamott joins the conference to share from her lifetime of creative work, and journey of personal faith. Ms. Lamott is the author of seven novels, and several books of non-fiction, including her acclaimed book on writing and the creative life, Bird by Bird. Ms. Lamott has also penned several books of essays in which she reflects on faith and the power of grace. She is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, and has taught writing at The University of California-Davis, and at writing conferences throughout the United States.
Dr. N.T. Wright will wrap up the conference on Tuesday evening. Dr. Wright is an esteemed theologian, and former bishop of the Anglican church. Dr. Wright is the professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews. He has also taught at Oxford, McGill, and Cambridge universities. Dr. Wright is the author of almost 80 books.
Anne Lamott’s Monday evening lecture discussing her most recent work, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, is free and open to the public along with Dr. Wright’s Tuesday evening lecture, “Jacob and the Bishop: Where Faith and Art Meet.” Registered participants will have access to the full offering of events.
For registration information, a full listing of workshops, presenter bios, and more please visit the conference page at http://www.smu.edu/Perkins/Events/FallConvocation2017. Perkins School of Theology encourages churches to share the information with their congregations.
Events Open to the Public
Anne Lamott- Monday, November 13, 2017, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, SMU, 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205
RSVP required. See website.
Dr. N.T. Wright, Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 7:30 to 9 pm.
Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205
No RSVP required.