Dean Culpepper talked to Diana Butler Bass this week regarding the Mercer Preaching Consultation. She discussed her enthusiasm with him about using this event as a "think tank" where the audience would engage in open discussion about her latest research.
Dean Culpepper said, "She is working on a new book and wants to hone some of her material with us, so she is hoping for some probing questions and good discussion. Her topic is "Grounded: Finding the Spirit of God in the Spirit of the Age." She says it will be a systematic theology for those who are "spiritual but not religious." Sunday evening she will lay out her thinking about this book and her reasons for writing it. Monday morning she will give us one of the chapters, perhaps one entitled "Roots," and Tuesday morning she will share her thoughts on "Preaching and Religious Language in Our Own Time." What a great opportunity to hear Diana and talk with her about cutting edge issues that all of us are facing in our places of ministry and service!
In addition to Diana, we will be treated to music by Joe and Suzanne Hopkins (School of Performing Arts, Birmingham, AL) and presentations by Jim King, Andrea Dellinger Jones, Charley Reeb, Ronald Handlon, Chris George, and David Hull. What a strong line up! Monday afternoon you will need to choose between golf, the beach, rest, or discussion of coming lectionary texts with Peter Rhea Jones and me, and Monday evening we will worship at First Baptist Church. Daniel Vestal will preach, the First Baptist Church choir will sing, and then we will have the finest dessert reception anywhere (as you know, if you have been with us recently)."
About the Consultation
Dates: September 28-30, 2014
Location: The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simon's Island, GA
Sponsors: Co-Sponsored by James and Carolyn McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Georgia
Click here to download the registration form. You can fill it out, print it, and send it to the address provided. For more information call 678-547-6470.
About Diana Butler Bass
She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening(HarperOne, 2012). Her other books include A People's History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story(HarperOne, 2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith(2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.