What does it look like to make music to the glory of God in a culture of three-minute and 30-second radio-friendly pop songs? In a Kiss-FM world, new songs rise to instant popularity overnight and disappear just as quickly. In a K-LOVE world, songs often stay vague, shallow, and devoid of true authenticity. In this workshop, Joy will share a bit of her journey in music-making as a daughter of Nigerian immigrants, a publicist, an untrained musician, and as someone who wrestles to find connections between the sacred and secular while navigating the art world through a Christian worldview. Joy will also discuss the Christian’s obligation to excellence in art for the glory of God and for the souls of man.
Trauma & Grace: Engaging the heartache and disorder of living in a fallen world
We all have stories of pain and heartache that have shaped us, stories that range from seemingly minor to those that are deeply traumatic and bring a kind of shattering. How do we make sense of these painful stories as followers of Jesus? What does healing look like, especially if what’s left in the wake is anxiety, depression, despair, and other symptoms of PTSD?
How do I have an effective quiet time? Is it even that important? I mean, the Bible doesn’t require it! Yet, a healthy devotional life is one of the ways in which we grow to love Jesus intimately. But “doing devotions” often feels like stale religious routine and can feel empty. Not to mention the fact that it is incredibly difficult to find time for God–especially during college. In this workshop, we’ll get into the Scriptures together. We’ll explore the importance of a robust devotional life and we will talk about practical ways to have meaningful time with God as we actually practice together! This workshop is for the young and experienced Christian alike.
Justice That Restores: Christians and Criminal Justice Reform
Louis Arnold, Jeremiah Mosteller, Eugene Schneeberg, Katie Thompson
The United States incarcerates more men and women each year than any other country on Earth. The criminal justice system is often described as broken and is plagued by vast racial disparities and other systemic injustices. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that reform is needed. In this workshop, an expert panel will discuss the factors that have contributed to the current state of the criminal justice system and will explore the role of the government, the Church, and other civil society organizations in seeking innovative reforms that lead to restoration and flourishing.
What does it mean to be white? Examining the role of cultural identity in the work of racial reconciliation
Michael S. Chen, Rachael Clinton, Billy Riley & Michael Thornhill
In the broader conversation of race issues, little space has been created for white students to explore how their own race factors into the role they play in racial reconciliation. This workshop will explore the question of white racial identity in America and how Christians understand that aspect of identity in light of the Gospel. By examining Scripture, the history of race relations in America, and other stories, we will seek to understand the role of white Americans in the process of racial reconciliation today. We will explore frameworks for entering into, with humility, the often polarizing conversations that remain entrenched in defensiveness, detachment, complacency, or even victimhood.
Explore the biblical mandate of seeking justice and reflect on the following questions: What does it mean to seek justice? How is seeking justice relevant to the work of lawyers today? What does seeking justice look like in the daily grind of a lawyer? How can we stay faithful to God’s call to our legal profession?
Whether you are a new Christian, a student leader, or not sure what you believe, you will come away from this session with concepts, metaphors, and an overview of basic Christian theology to help you apply, share, or simply understand the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Join us for a conversation with Sho Baraka and Propaganda about various topics, including compassion, unity, ethics, race, faith, and the church. Our hope is that by bringing these conversations to the forefront, we can move past Twitter rants and Facebook debates to a place where people are no longer disillusioned, but inspired and equipped to step back into their communities with fresh eyes, compassion in their hearts, good news on their lips—ready to live as lights in a dark world.
From Snapchat and Instagram, to Uber and AirBnb, Reach Records, Teach for America, TOMS and Krochet Kids—entrepreneurs play a critical role in forming how we as a society think, what we value, and who we are as humans. We often find ourselves suggesting that the future of culture is largely dependent on the worldview of the next generation of entrepreneurs. So what’s all the hype about, and how do we as followers of Christ engage in this sphere? Jon Hart from Praxis— a faith-motivated Venture Group with a portfolio of over 100 ventures around the globe, including businesses, nonprofits, and social enterprises—will offer his unique perspective on redemptive startups that are re-imagining culture with Christ at the center.
Scott Erickson and Justin McRoberts believe we pray because we’re human, not because we’re religious. Using stories from their own processes, visual art, music, and a few surprises, Scott and Justin will help you sift through the oddities and struggles often experienced in the practice of prayer.
In 2014, only 16% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 were married, which means that many of us are experiencing a season of singleness. How can we thrive in this season rather than wishing it away, as many do? There are very real pressures in culture, the Church, and our own expectations that cause us to doubt the goodness of singleness. Paul calls singleness a gift, but what does that mean when I’m lonely on a Friday night? What are the opportunities and invitations from God for this time of life? How can we address some of those pressures and challenges? Seasons of singleness can be some of the most fruitful, fun, and vibrant times in our lives. Come join us for breakthrough principles for living whole as a single person.
On Freedom’s Journey: A Conversation with Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. – The 21-year-old Tennessee State student was the drum major in the University marching band when, in 1961, he became involved in the Nashville Movement. Patton arrived in Montgomery, Alabama on Tuesday, May 23 to help reinforce the riders’ meeting at the home of Dr. Harris after the May 21 firebombing and siege of Montgomery’s First Baptist Church. Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. took part in the May 24, 1961 Greyhound Freedom Ride to Jackson, Mississippi, where he was arrested and later transferred to Mississippi’s notorious Parchman State Prison Farm. Patton was one of 14 Tennessee State University students expelled for participating in the Rides. Following the Freedom Rides, Dr. Patton worked as a jazz musician, a long-distance truck driver, and a community leader. For the past three years, he has served as the Freedom Rider on an annual university-sponsored Civil Rights Tour of the Deep South.
Two Ends, One Stick: Serving God in Trades and Engineering – Does it make any difference that an engineer or a tradesman (tradeswoman) is a Christian? How does faith show up when an F-150 is being designed, or when someone brings a broken truck in to be maintained or fixed? Join Dennis Slevin, Senior Engineer for the Ford Motor Company and Walt Baptista, Fixed Operations Director at Stuckey Ford and Subaru for a conversation about what it
means to follow Jesus in the worlds of automotive engineering and maintenance. Dennis and Walt will also address the tension that often exists between those who design products and those who service them.