2002 Schedule

A Conspiracy of Friendship:
The 2002 Ekklesia Project Gathering

June 13-15, 2002
Techny Towers Conference Center
Techny, IL

Conference Program

Thursday, June 13

12:00-2:00 p.m.

ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION

2:00 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“With Friends Like These: Welcome to The Ekklesia Project,” by Michael L. Budde, DePaul University and Coordinator, The Ekklesia Project

2:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“Friendship With God and One Another: The Church as a Conspiracy of Friends,” by Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University Divinity School

3:15 p.m.

BREAK

3:30 p.m.

SMALL GROUP SESSION

“How Are Disciples Made?”
Facilitators in each of 4-5 groups lead a discussion in which participants reflect on: (1) the most profound influences, persons, and experiences that have shaped their sense of discipleship and Christian vocation; and (2) some of the most significant obstacles they have encountered along the way.

6:00 p.m.

DINNER

7:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“Fostering a Thirst for God,” by Michael G. Cartwright, Director of The Crossings Project, University of Indianapolis, and Rev. Jeff Van Kooten, Denver, CO

8:45 p.m.

EVENING PRAYER

Friday, June 14

8:00 a.m.

BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m.

MORNING PRAYER

9:30 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“What Kind of Friend Are You? Sorting Through the Claims on Christian Allegiance,” by William Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas

10:15 a.m.

BREAK

10:30 a.m.

SMALL GROUP SESSION

“Being Church in a Time of War”

12:00 p.m.

LUNCH

1:30 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“Economics and the Body of Christ,” by Kelly Johnson, University of Dayton, and Steve Long, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary

2:45 p.m.

BREAK

3:00 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“Preaching, Teaching and Listening: Communicating the (Dangerous) Gospel in Local Congregations,” by Rev. Kyle Childress, Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, TX; Wes Avram, Yale Divinity School; John Wright, Mid-City Nazarene Church, San Diego, CA, and Pt. Loma Nazarene University

4:30 p.m.

BREAK

4:45 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“Friendship, the Family, and Radical Discipleship,” by Margaret Lamberts Bendroth, Calvin College, and Jon Stock, Church of the Servant King, Eugene, OR

6:00 p.m.

DINNER

7:30 p.m.

INFORMAL RECEPTION/CELEBRATION of new and enduring ecclesial friendships

Saturday, June 15

8:00 a.m.

BREAKFAST

9:00 a.m.

MORNING PRAYER

9:15 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“Ecclesial Solidarity as Politics: A Living Experiment,” by Gene Stoltzfus and Kryss Chupp, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Chicago, IL

10:15 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION

“Bringing It All Back Home,” by Michael Budde and others. An overview of various projects and initiatives of The Ekklesia Project aimed at working with and for local congregations and Ekklesia friends; also a discussion of how individuals and congregations can join in the work of the Project.

11:15 a.m.

PROGRAM EVALUATION

11:45 a.m.

CLOSING PRAYER

12:00 p.m.

ADJOURN AND CHECKOUT