Brian McLaren is the elder statesman in a movement called the “emerging church.” He is a bridge builder and gifted teacher connecting what separates us from God and one another, while introducing us to the hope that something is trying to be born both in and among us. Suzanne Stabile is a retreat director, Enneagram master and seasoned teacher. Her teaching is centered in the notion that the first two stumbling blocks on the spiritual journey are dissatisfaction with self and disconnection from family and friends. Using an ancient spiritual tool, the Enneagram, and other spiritual disciplines, she connects individuals to both the best and worst of who they are, while introducing transformative practices to enhance the first and diminish the second. Together Brian and Suzanne stay true to Jesus’ message while posing thoughtful questions about the church of the past, the church now and the hope for the Christian community. We are in the midst of a paradigm shift in our churches, synagogues and mosques. Not since the Reformation have so many Christians come together to ask whether the church is in sync with their deepest beliefs and commitments. This is a week for questions, reflection, rethinking, re-creating and remembering who we are and whose we are and our purpose for walking side by side in these curious but exciting times. Perhaps we will come away with a new zeal for loving God, ourselves and our neighbors in response to the teachings and the Way of Jesus the Christ.
Suzanne Stabile is an Enneagram master. The work she does in introducing people to this ancient spiritual tool is designed to enhance self-knowledge, encourage spiritual growth and create new and better ways of participating in community. Following some foundational work early in the week, she will then lead participants in connecting what they are learning about themselves to all that is happening in the culture and in the church as Brian McLarne teaches about the history, content and hope of Emerging Christianity.
Brian McLauren is perhaps the leading voice in the global discussion of Emerging Christianity. He will bring to this event wise teaching that would only be possible from one who has been involved in this conversation and journey from the beginning. He is uniquely qualified to speak to the four tenants of this movement: The Historical Jesus, Social Justice, The Practice of Spiritual Disciplines and Authentic Living in Active Community.
Author, speaker, pastor and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers and activists, Brian McLaren is a frequent guest on television, radio and news media programs. His work has been covered in Time magazine (where he was listed as one of Americas 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, The Washington Post and many other print media. His 2004 release, “A Generous Orthodoxy,” has been called a “manifesto” of the emerging church conversation.
Brian is a popular conference speaker and guest lecturer across the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. His public speaking covers topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, evangelism, leadership, global mission, spiritual formation, worship, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, ecology and social justice.
In “A New Kind of Christianity” (HarperOne, 2010), Brian articulated ten questions that are central to the emergence of a postmodern, post-colonial Christian faith. His 2011 HarperOne release, “Naked Spirituality,” offers “simple, doable and durable” practices to help people deepen their life with God.
Visit his website: www.brianmclaren.net.
Week(s) 08/20/2012 – 08/26/2012
Instructor(s) Brian Mclaren;Suzanne Stabile Need more info? Call us at (505) 685 – 4333 ext 4152