2024 Conferences

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Join St. Andrew and the Center for Open and Relational Theology and Homebrewed Christianity for conversations around our perspectives of God.

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Persuade is to learn how to preach from an open, relational, and process perspective.

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God After Deconstruction discusses a new way to think about God after deconstructing harmful views.

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Both are open to anyone – God After Deconstruction is focused on discussion with congregants, neighbors, and those growing in their spiritual beliefs.

The Persuade conference is devoted to learning how to preach from an open, relational, and process perspective. The conference features discussions, sermons, and interviews exploring questions such as…

“How does Open/Relational/Process theology influence sermon preparation?” “What good news might Open/Relational/Process preachers proclaim?” “How does Open/Relational/Process Theology influence special day sermons?”

Speakers and preachers include Tim Burnette, Russ Dean, Mark Feldmeir, Jonathan Foster, Tripp Fuller, Beth Hayward, Michael Hidalgo, Chris Jorgensen, Thomas Jay Oord, Danny Prada, Janel Apps Ramsey, Vikki Randall, Loren Richmond, Pete Shaw, Casey Sigmon, Nichole Torbitzky, Jeff Wells, and others.

Check-in for Persuade starts at 1 pm at St. Andrew United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 11. The conference concludes at 5 pm on Friday, April 12.

The Center for Open and Relational Theology and Homebrewed Christianity, along with St. Andrew United Methodist Church, host this conference. Immediately following is the God After Deconstruction conference at the same location.

Tripp Fuller and Thomas Jay Oord describe the realities of deconstruction. Many are walking away from church and/or God… for good reasons. The old ways of thinking make little sense.

This conference proposes better ways to think about God. A sensible view is possible after deconstructing the irrational and harmful views so many are offered.

Fuller and Oord are joined by thought leaders such as Tim Burnette, Kathy Escobar, Mark Feldmeir, and Nichole Torbitzky for an exploration of deconstruction and the open, relational, and process God.

The event begins at 7 pm on Friday and concludes by 5 pm on Saturday. Conference participants are invited to an informal meal on Saturday evening.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Open and Relational Theology and Homebrewed Christianity and hosted by St. Andrew United Methodist Church. It is immediately preceded by a preaching conference on open, relational, and process theology at the same location.