Discerning Together, Shaping the Future
January 20-22, 2014
May wise discerners increase! The goal of SLT 2014 is to offer both theory and practice, examples and opportunities of the many lights we can shine in the fog and discern how to find our way in our time. Church leaders, lay persons….all are welcome.
Our full and rich program includes keynote addresses from two writers who offer conclusions in their recent books: Ruth Haley Barton and Ervin Stutzman. A practitioner from the Center for Justice & Peacebuilding at EMU, David Brubaker, guides us through three actual case studies and invites our thoughts. Eastern Mennonite Seminary faculty put themselves in the fishbowl as we watch them wend their way through a current issue. The SLT worship team guides us in naming the “elephant in the room” and seeking Spirit-comfort. Seven workshop leaders help us explore scripture, personal experience, spiritual disciplines and family systems as resources for our discernment.
Come be with us! Learn…Contribute…Worship…Mingle…Practice being the church at its discerning best.
Ruth Haley Barton, president of The Transforming Center, a spiritual formation ministry to pastors and Christian leaders in Wheaton, Ill, and the author of Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups will offer two keynote addresses – “Pursuing God’s Will Together: Prerequisites” and “Pursuing God’s Will Together: Practice.”
Ervin Stutzman, executive director of Mennonite Church USA and author of Discerning God’s Will Together: Biblical Interpretation in the Free Church Tradition will open the institute with his Monday evening keynote presentation: “Discerning God’s Will Together.”
Registration now open.
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