Forum on Faith and Everyday Life: Restoring Relationship, Recovering Wonder
September 26-28, 2013
In today’s high-speed culture, most of us can relate to the feeling of having too much to do and not enough time for the people and things we value most. We feel fragmented, overwhelmed by busyness and the tyranny of gadgets. We live in a world where, in the words of Eugene Peterson, “the wonder has leaked out.”
Arthur Boers, the author of Living Into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distraction, will be in Franklin with us for three special events to guide us in hopeful, life-giving conversations about these issues. The overall theme of these events is not that we abandon technology, but that we understand the ways we engage and intersect by so we can live with that kind of integrity we long for and for which God has designed us.
One theme, three events:
An Evening of Story, Song and Conversation
Thursday Evening, September 26, 7-9 PM
Singers/songwriters Sandra McCracken, Jill Phillips, Andy Gullahorn and Buddy Greene join Arthur Boers and Kenny Benge for a “musical conversation” about how Christian practices and priorities not only center and enrich our lives but also graciously invite seekers looking for meaning and wonder. Register now!
Redeeming the Routines: Everyday Life as a Pastoral Concern
Friday Lunch Meeting, September 27, 11 AM-1 PM
Although this “lunch to learn” is designed for pastors and leaders, all are welcome as Arthur Boers will discuss basic observations from his work in Living Into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distraction and guide a discussion about the need for a “theology of everyday life.” The discussion will help participants explore the unique role and opportunities available to the Church for fostering spiritual maturity and human flourishing in an age of distraction, fragmentation and boredom. Register now!
Focal Practices Workshop
Saturday Morning, September 28, 9 AM-Noon
The first part of the morning will be an opportunity to interact practically with Arthur regarding how “focal practices” can center and enrich our lives and why they are important in our technological age. The second half of the workshop will be given to breakout sessions to discuss specific “focal practices” such walking and hiking, nature observation, art, family meals and hospitality, and others. Register now!
The Rev. Dr. Arthur Boers has written on the subject of the intersection of Christian faith and daily life for the past 30 years. His current interests include topics such as how faithful living impacts leadership and how technology is affecting daily life. He holds the R. J. Bernardo Family Chair of Leadership at Tyndale Seminary (Toronto, Canada). Dr. Boers previously taught pastoral theology at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Indiana).
A minister and Benedictine oblate, Dr. Boers served for more than 16 years as a pastor in rural, urban, and church-planting settings in the USA and Canada. He has written or co-written six books, including The Way is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago (IVP, 2007), reflecting on his 500-mile pilgrimage walked in Spain. His newest book is Living into Focus: Choosing What Matters in an Age of Distractions (Brazos, 2012.)
Dr. Boers’s hobbies include walking, hiking, canoeing, and kayaking. He is the oldest son of Dutch immigrants. He has been married to Lorna McDougall, a nurse practitioner, since 1980. They are the parents of two young adults.
This forum is sponsored by St. John’s Anglican Church, Christ United Methodist Church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Praxis Forum-Nashville, and Belmont Church.