Hello from Whitworth University!
I am on continuing education this week at my alma mater. I am at the same pastor’s conference that I attended last year. This year the evening speaker is the Rev. Luke Powery. He is dean of Duke University chapel and is a professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Luke is going to focus on preaching and worship. I hope to continue to learn and grow in these areas so that I can bring these gifts back to Unity. I will also be attending a workshop each day titled “Creativity, Innovation & Change in the Church.”
Here is an excerpt from the description:
“The problem is that the best ideas take time to grow. We’re so afraid of distraction, we’ve made almost every great church the same: singing, preaching, praying, eating.
Creative experimentation doesn’t only generate beautiful ideas, but beautiful people also. The very process forms and funds our understanding of Christian spirituality, catalyzing both our personal development and our missiological future. If we don’t start experimenting now, it will be too late once we wake up and realize we’re irrelevant.
God’s plans to heal the world may include more than these components. We can still sing, preach, pray and eat, but why not tinker with the formula to see if—maybe—God is still in the business of making things up and making things new?”
I hope to come back with some fun, new ideas to enhance the worship experience at Unity. Rev. Joan Martin will be preaching this week so we will take a one week break from the “Let There Be…” creation series.
See you next Sunday!