Evolving Faith 2019
Friday, October 4, 2019, at 8:00 AM - Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 6:00 PM University of Denver, Denver, CO Following on the heels of the wildly successful 2018 conference (the event sold out in 2½ weeks!), we are moving our 2019 gathering to Denver, Colorado! This year’s event will be held in the Magness Arena in the Ritchie Center on the beautiful campus of the University of Denver.
Evolving Faith Is for You
Are you sorting through your faith, trying to figure out what you believe now?
Do you feel as if you are in the wilderness, unable to find your way forward spiritually?
Have you had your safe and tidy answers upended by life?
Do you feel like you don't belong in your church or tradition anymore?
Do you want to better reimagine the role of scripture and theology?
Are you searching for answers at the intersection of faith and sexuality? Justice? Scripture? Church?
Do you wonder if there is still room for you in the Church?
Are you at a loss as to how to act justly and love mercy in this world?
Do you want to begin to reimagine, rebuild, and resurrect a faith worth living?
Evolving Faith is a gathering of kindred spirits, an opportunity to learn, wrestle, worship, laugh, and commiserate as we navigate this journey through the wilderness together. Sarah Bessey, Jeff Chu, Jen Hatmaker, Lisa Sharon Harper, Barbara Brown Taylor and an extraordinary line-up of speakers in conversations around everything from the Bible to politics to justice to human dignity and much more. So come as you are! Doubters and dreamers, parents and singles, pastors and church drop-outs, LGBTQ friends and Bible nerds, post-evangelicals and “happy-clappy” Pentecostals—all are welcome at the Table. We hope you will leave feeling a little more inspired and a little less alone.
Church Leadership & Evolving Faith: Navigating Healthy Change for Your Staff & Congregation – Thursday, October 3, 2019, from 9 AM to 4 PM, University Park United Methodist Church, 2180 S. University Blvd. Denver, CO 80210
Navigating our evolving faith can be a lonely journey, especially for those called to leadership. As we move toward a more inclusive gospel and our theology shifts, this may have significant effects on our relationships and on our faith communities. How do we take these steps of faith in a way that honors our journey and the journeys of others? What is the balance between inviting and challenging others to join with us? How do we share our stories with others in a manner that brings peace even as we ask tough questions and explore our doubts? We invite you to join with fellow sojourners to share with and learn from pastors, who have lived this journey and found joy and hope in the midst of it.
This conference is for you if...
You have anxiety about the next steps in your process of change
You want to invite others toward a more generous theology but feel stuck
You are uncertain about how to lead a community of faith toward full inclusion
You feel isolated and alone as your own faith continues to evolve
You are serving and guiding others as they navigate their faith journey
Engage with leaders from four churches who have successfully navigated the Evolving Faith journey with their own congregations.