Workshops

Workshops were held at Gathering 2010 on the following topics.

Steal This Word: Discipleship as Protecting, Reclaiming and Subverting Language

How we use words affects many things, including how powerful institutions use words to use us. This workshop explores the contested politics of language and its role in Christian discipleship. Mike Budde teaches religion and politics at DePaul University in Chicago. Kyle Childress is Pastor of Austin Heights Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, TX.

Ed Phillips, Randy Cooper: Worship Words (Church-Centered)

Randy Cooper is pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Martin, Tennessee. He has served congregations in Tennessee, Kentucky and New York. He is an elder in the United Methodist Church.

Blogging (God-Centered)

Halden Doerge is the book review editor for The Other Journal, works in editorial with Wipf and Stock Publishers, and is a member of the Church of the Servant King in Portland, Oregon. He blogs at http://inhabitatiodei.com about theology, culture, and the mission of the church.

Jana Bennett is assistant professor of theological ethics at the University of Dayton, and is the author of Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness (Oxford, 2008) and co-author with Melissa Musick Nussbaum of Free to Leave, Free to Stay: Fruits of the Spirit and Church Choice (Cascade, 2009). She also teaches 3-6 year olds in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Program at her parish. She is married and has a 2.5 year old daughter, and she regularly “does” theology online.

Living Shalom: Extending Hospitality to the Stranger and Embracing the Other

This workshop will range widely as we explore the ways in which fear of the stranger serves as a barrier to opening ourselves to “the other” that we might practice Shalom hospitality. John and Susan will speak out of their work on friendship with persons journeying into dementia while Jamie speaks of his efforts to practice “border hospitality” in Friendship Park, at the bi-national border which separates San Diego from Tijuana. Participants will also have the opportunity to continue the conversation begun on the “Hope of All the World” blog concerning President Obama’s Nobel speech.

John McFadden serves as workplace chaplain for Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin. Susan McFadden is professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. They are co-authors of Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities, currently in press with The Johns Hopkins University Press. Jamie Gates is professor of cultural anthropology and director of the Center for Justice and Reconciliation at Point Loma Nazarene University. Jamie is co-author of Living Justice: Revolutionary Compassion in a Broken World, a work aimed at bringing young people into conversation with moral theology.