This October I’ll be joining twenty other voices at a groundbreaking conference in Minneapolis to discuss what Christianity looks like in the 21st century. If this is the first you’ve heard of C21, you should know that it really won’t be conference life as usual. Each of the 21 presenters is going to unpack just ONE idea, one idea they find most important for the future of the church, in the span of 21 minutes. It will be like firecrackers going off, one after the other, lighting up new hopes and dreams among us, spurring on really good conversation that will surely follow us all the way back home. A number of us will be sticking around until Sunday morning and preaching around Minneapolis and then going out to lunch with people afterward before heading home. It is going to be a full and fun-filled weekend. AND, you should also know that C21 will have yoga sessions in the morning and afternoon (bestill my heart!), spiritual direction sessions, and the fabulous and wise Shelley Pagitt to advise you on natural health- all complimentary! (That’s not even a complete list, just the ones I find most exciting. Check out the website for more offerings!)
As you can tell, I’m a little excited about it.
I’m thrilled to be in the lineup with these other fantastic people and am eager to hear what they have to say. I’m most excited about this conference because, admittedly, I’m an idea junkie. My idea of a perfect day is to be surrounded by creative people who share what they are thinking and provoke my own sense of wonder and imagination. I always come back from invigorating conferences like these brimming with hope and curiosity, which I consider two of the most essential ingredients to a well-lived, well-loved life. As if that weren’t enough, the in-between times at conferences that become opportunities for conversation and good food and strengthening old friendships and discovering new ones is enough to make my cup runneth over.
I’ll be using my 21 minutes to talk about the thesis of my forthcoming book- that God is a boundary-breaking God of hope and promise. I’m having a great amount of fun figuring out a way to span the entire story of Scripture in 21 minutes and highlighting all those places of hope and promise along the way. Dear reader, get thyself to Minneapolis in October and join the parade!