January 18-20, 2016
What will it take for YOU and your congregation to survive and thrive?
Peace, reconciliation and genuine joy – where do you find them? In the desert of church and cultural divisions and contentious discussions we envision an oasis for pastors and other church leaders – a place of rest, renewal and hope. Join us to hear stories of faith in adversity, learn helpful spiritual practices and remember the value of church sacraments. Develop resilience in your spiritual life, find refreshment for your soul and renewed energy for your ministry.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” + Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
The ancient poetry of the Christian tradition in Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 understands and recognizes seasons of longing and fulfillment, repentance and mercy, violence and love, death and life, wilderness and oasis. Using scripture, song, worship, photography, and short films, Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton and Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton will explore how the ancient rhythms of the Christian year can provide us distinctive opportunities to name and mourn the barren places in our lives, in our churches, and in the world – all the while searching, creating, and proclaiming the manifold ways God provides experiences of oasis: peace, reconciliation, and genuine joy.
Keynote Speakers- Matt and Liz Myer Boulton
Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton is the President and Creative Director of the SALT Project (www.saltproject.org), a not-for-profit project dedicated to reclaiming and sharing the beauty of Christian life through film, photography, music, poetry, and ideas.
Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rev. Myer holds degrees from Trent University and the University of Chicago Divinity School, is a two-time Emmy Award Winner, and the proud mama of Jonah Myer Boulton and Margaret Beatrice Boulton.
Rev. Matthew Myer Boulton, named the sixth president of Christian Theological Seminary, was most recently Associate Professor of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In his teaching and research, Boulton has explored ways in which Christian worship founds and forms Christian life. This exploration draws together his interests in the history and practices of Christian liturgy; theology and public life; biblical interpretation and proclamation; and the performing arts, including theater, music, and film.