Learning directly from a contemporary leading thinker can be exciting and inspiring. At Five Oaks we are thrilled to be able to offer this caliber of programming at least once a year that features a distinguished speaker who will offer lectures on contemporary theology, biblical studies or the practice of ministry in changing times.
The upcoming Distinguished Speaker at Five Oaks is Phyllis Tickle who will offer lectures titled: Being Christian Today…what it means and why it’s not as easy as we used to think it was.
Almost four decades ago, the late theologian and liturgist, Robert Webber, coined the phrase, “the Ancient-Future,” as a way of naming the destination toward which it seemed to him Christian practice and Christian spirituality were moving as they approached the 21st century.
Over the years since, Webber’s words have proved to be as accurate as they were colorful and descriptive. We are indeed in a time of re-assessment and of enormous change in every part of Christianity. And those shifts and those questions, along with the answers they are generating, are deeply effecting us both as individual believers and as communities of belief.
During our time together at Five Oaks, we will look at many of these changes, at where they have come from, at what they mean and, most particularly, why they matter to each of us in our own lives as Christians.
About Phyllis Tickle – www.phyllistickle.com
In addition to lectures and numerous essays, articles, and interviews, Phyllis Tickle is the author of over two dozen books in religion and spirituality, most recently The Great Emergence, How Christianity is Changing and Why and The Words of Jesus, A Gospel of the Sayings of Our Lord. She is also the author of the notable and popular The Divine Hours series of manuals for observing fixed-hour prayer.
Tickle began her career as a college teacher and, for almost ten years, served as academic dean to the Memphis College of Art before entering full time into writing and publishing. In September 1996 she received the Mays Award, one of the book industry’s most prestigious awards for lifetime achievement in writing and publishing, and specifically in recognition of her work in gaining mainstream media coverage of religion publishing. In 2007 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Christy Awards “In gratitude for a lifetime as an advocate for fiction written to the glory of God.” In 2004, she received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the Berkeley School of Divinity at Yale University. In 2009 she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from North Park University.
Tickle is a founding member of The Canterbury Roundtable, and serves now, as she has in the past, on a number of advisory and corporate boards. A lay eucharistic minister and lector in the Episcopal Church, she is the mother of seven children and, with her physician-husband, makes her home on a small farm in Lucy, Tennessee.
Group Facilitation for this program will be offered by Kim Uyede-Kai, Hamilton Conference staff and Robin McGauley, Program Director at Five Oaks.
A Silent Retreat is schedule following this program for those who wish to stay at Five Oaks for further integration of new learnings. Registering for both results in a reduced rate of $600 for the two programs. Please register for this option below.
Distinguished Speaker & Silent Retreat
Start: Oct 26, 2012 @ 5:30 PM
End: Oct 30, 2012 @ 3:00 PM
For those who wish to stay on at Five Oaks following the Distinguished Speaker program to further integrate new learnings during a Silent Retreat.
Your time at Five Oaks will begin with supper on Friday and end at 3pm on Tuesday.
register for this event
Distinguished Speaker: Phyllis Tickle
Start: Oct 26, 2012 @ 5:30 PM
End: Oct 28, 2012 @ 12:30 PM
includes tuition, meals and accommodation. Please note that this program begins with supper on Friday and ends with lunch included on Sunday.