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"Christian identity and mission tomorrow"


About the presentation & speaker

Brian McLaren is an author, speaker, pastor and networker among innovative Christian leaders, thinkers, and activists. His groundbreaking books include A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Secret Message of Jesus, and Everything Must Change. Named by Time magazine as of one America’s top 25 evangelicals, McLaren has appeared on Nightline and Larry King Live, and has been covered by The Washington Post and the New York Times. During his time at Trinity, McLaren will be presented with the Joseph A. Sittler Award for Theological Leadership.

McLaren’s overarching theme for Trinity Days is “Christian Identity and Mission Tomorrow.” He will explore this theme through the following presentations:

• Christian identity in a multi-faith world
• Christian mission in an unsustainable economy

Immediately following his presentations, McLaren will board a plane and fly to Washington, D.C., where he will lead an event at the National Cathedral with environmentally-oriented interdenominational and multi-faith partners. This event has been scheduled as a way to respond to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical on climate change, which calls attention to “the cry of the earth” and “the cry of the poor,” as well as the Pope’s speech to a joint session of Congress on the afternoon of September 24.

In his response to Trinity’s invitation to be the keynote speaker for Trinity Days, McLaren wrote: “I hope that in some way the link between Trinity Days and the National Cathedral event can enrich my time with you.” Given Trinity’s commitment to ecological stewardship and the growing gap between the rich and the poor, we welcome McLaren’s insights about the connection between Christian mission and care of the planet.

McLaren graduated with a master’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, and holds two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Carey Theological Seminary and Virginia Theological Seminary. In 1982, after eight years teaching college English, McLaren helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, a missional emerging church in Spencerville, Maryland. He served as their pastor from 1986- 2006, when he left to become a full-time author and speaker. 


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Rick Barger, President

Resurrection leadership sees the challenges the church faces today not as evidence that the church is dying, but rather as the birth pangs of God creating anew. Leadership for this church will be anchored in the authentic and ancient story in ways that abandon all schemes to “fix” the church and instead invite, grasp, and grow an increasingly unchurched and de-churched culture with what God is doing in the world.

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Julie Faith Parker, assistant professor of Old Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

This workshop combines drama, slides, clay, and lively discussion in a multi-sensory exploration of Abraham’s story. What was his culture of origin? Why is his background critical to understanding this ancestor of our faith? How can Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar guide us as Christian leaders?

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Brad Binau, Academic Dean and Professor of Pastoral Theology

What major metaphor guides our ministry in the 21st Century?  This workshop will reconsider the usefulness of the "shepherding" image for the missional work to which we are called.


Thursday, September 24

7:30-9:00 a.m.       Registration and coffee (Koinonia)
9:00 a.m. Opening worship and presentation of awards (Gloria Dei)
10:30 a.m. First Presentation, Brian McLaren (Gloria Dei)
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch and book signing (Koinonia)
1:00 p.m. Second Presentation, Brian McLaren (Gloria Dei)
2:30 p.m. Workshops
4:00-5:00 p.m. Alumni Reception (Koinonia)
5:00 p.m. Homecoming Dinner (Koinonia)

Bexley Seabury will host activities Wednesday evening,
September 23, on the topic of Faith After Ferguson.

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8:45-9:45 a.m.  Workshops repeated
10:15 a.m. Prayer at Football Field
10:30 a.m. Homecoming Flag Football Game Alumni vs. Students (Capital University)
12:00 p.m. Lunch (Christ the Teacher Courtyard, Trinity)


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