Nomads & Nones: What the Church can Learn from the Spiritual But Not Religious

February 11, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Presenter: Mike Clawson

What if religious people saw the “Spiritual But Not Religious” phenomenon not as a threat, but as an opportunity to learn and grow? Come to this interactive workshop as we uncover the important insights and valuable critiques this growing demographic has to offer the church today.

Registration fee: $60 (lunch included)

Qualifies for .8 units of continuing education.

Recommended for pastors, educators, church leaders

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On the Road

March 5, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Shreveport, Louisiana

March 6, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Presenter: The Reverend Dr. Paul Hooker

Many communions turn for theological grounding not only to Scripture but also to confessional statements that arise from previous eras. Many of these statements reflect cultural assumptions that may not apply in the 21st century Church. What is the role these confessional statements play—or should play—in the process of deciding controversial issues before the life of the Church? As the Church faces issues of sexuality and morality, do these confessional statements help or hinder?

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MidWinter Lectures

February 2-4, 2015

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In keeping with tradition, the 2015 MidWinter Lectures will feature three dynamic speakers and a compelling conference preacher. During the three days of the series, Austin Seminary students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gather on campus to hear from leaders in church and academy and to enjoy the warmth of fellowship that distinguishes our community.

Dr. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Baylor University, will give the annual Currie Lectures. Her topic "When In Romans..." will be an exploration of the ways in which Paul's most powerful letter nvites us to hear the gospel's vastness and consider its implications for ministry in the 21st century.

Dr. Kimberly Bracken LongAssociate Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, will give the annual Jones Lectures. She will be considering the history of marriage and working toward a a biblical understanding of marriage that speaks to the realities of 21st century life in her lectures, entitled "From This Day Forward: Christians, Marriage, and the 21st Century Church."

The Reverend Dr. Jack Haberer, former editor of The Presbyterian Outlook and Pastor of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida, will be the Westervelt Lecturer. In his lectures, "Modi Apostolandi:  How Jesus’ First Followers Discerned God’s Will," Jack Haberer will examine the intuitive ways in which all believers adapt and approximate biblical moral teaching and connct thos adaptations and approximations to theology and practice of the apostles themselves.

The Reverend Paul T. Roberts Sr., is the President and Dean of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and will preach and lead worship during the lecture series.

2015 MidWinters Schedule

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