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Yes, Video Games and Slam Poetry Count in Evangelism
Perkins’ Fall Convocation to focus on “The Power of the Story” in creative communication
What do video games and slam poetry have to do with spreading the Gospel? Come explore these and other creative avenues for evangelism at “The Power of the Story: 2017 Fall Convocation on Creative Communication,” hosted by Perkins School of Theology on Nov. 13-14.
Plenary addresses from best-selling author Anne Lamott, seminary president Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle, biblical scholar Rev. Dr. N.T. Wright, Perkins professor Dr. Alyce McKenzie and playwright Will Power headline the conference, which will take place at Perkins and Highland Park UMC.
Dr. Priscilla Pope-Levison, assistant dean of External Programs at Perkins, said the variety of ways that individuals receive information is making it essential to think beyond the traditional worship experience.
“What I hope is that registrants will think outside of the box about the way they’re communicating the Gospel,” Pope-Levison said. “The Good News is something very special, and we all should be open to thinking of ways to share it creatively.”
The draw, certainly, will be Lamott, an author of seven novels and three collections of autobiographical essays on faith. Her lecture on Nov. 13, to take place in McFarlin Auditorium, is free and open to the public; registration information for this lecture is available at http://www.smu.edu/perkins/events/fallconvocation2017.
Dr. McMickle is president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and previously was a professor of Homiletics and pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland. A prolific author of nearly 80 books, Dr. Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews and has served in multiple positions within the Church of England.
The diversity of theological thought and experiences also will provide unique perspectives for conference attendees.
“McMickle brings the intimate knowledge of being a leader and preacher in the local church, whereas Lamott is primarily a writer and writes for an audience that is disaffected or not interested in the church,” Pope-Levison said. “I think people will connect with both because they are so honest about the lives they have led.”
Full-conference registrants will choose from seven workshops focusing on creative communication as it applies to preaching, writing, storytelling and sharing the gospel in this age of soundbites.
This year’s convocation is the third major event hosted by Perkins’ Office of External Programs since Pope-Levison joined the staff in August 2015. In addition to three lectures delivered by Wright in November 2016, Old Testament scholar Dr. Walter Brueggemann was on campus for a series of lectures in February 2016.
The caliber of the speakers has had a significant impact both at Perkins and in the community.
“The response has been really amazing, and not just in terms of numbers,” Pope-Levison said. “We have reached out to new constituencies and have been able to build on those connections, which we have seen filter into our other programs.”
Early registration costs $185 and ends Oct. 27. For more information: http://www.smu.edu/perkins/events/fallconvocation2017