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Dickinson Conference

The Massachusetts Bible Society

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (EDT)

Dickinson Conference

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There is a 15% discount for Students, Seniors (65+), Groups (4+), Dickinson Series Alumni, MBS Members (Current), Members of MBS Partner Church (Current)- Please email for discount code.

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8:00-8:30  -  Registration, Refreshments, Exhibits Open

8:30-8:45  -  Welcome and Overview of the Day

9:00-10:30  -  Session 1

Bob Craigue  -  Video Production for Everyone

Charlotte Gordon  -  Forgiveness: God in the Old and New Testaments

Nimi Wariboko  -  Good Economic Projects Do Not Start With Money: Key Strategy Perspective from Mark 6:30-44

Rand Peabody  -  Turkey, the Cradle of Christianity

Sarah Hubbell  -  A Little Child's Book Shall Lead Them: Using Children's Stories to Teach Biblical Literacy

10:45-12:15  -  Session 2

Bert Marshall  -  Biblical Storytelling for Just About Everyone

Bob Craigue  -  I Know I Need to Do Social Media, But . . .

Charlotte Gordon  -  From Abraham to Hagar: One Story, Three Religions

Rand Peabody  -  Turkey, the Cradle of Christianity

Sarah Hubbell  -  Dr. Seuss and The Bible: Horton Hears a Who

12:30-1:30  -  Lunch

1:30-3:00  -  Session 3

Bob Craigue - When the Barbarians are at the Gate: A Public Relations Primer

Charlotte Gordon  -  Forgiveness: God in the Old and New Testaments

Nimi Wariboko  -  Good Economic Projects Do Not Start With Money: Key Strategy Perspective from Mark 6:30-44

Rand Peabody  -  Turkey, the Cradle of Christianity

Sarah Hubbell  -  Dr. Seuss and Caring for Creation: The Lorax and Bartholomew and the Oobleck

3:15-5:15  -  Final Presentation

Bert Marshall  -  The Gospel of Mark, Alive!

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Bert Marshall 

Biblical Storytelling for Just About Everyone (9:00-10:30 am)

Some practical ideas and methods for telling stories from the Bible  -  through presentation, practice, and participation.  A little background in the ways of oral tradition.  Music and memory.  Release your inner storyteller for worship, adult education, youth group meetings, potlucks, and most gatherings in and out of the church!

The Gospel of Mark, Alive! (3:15-5:15 pm) 

A rousing storytelling performance of the whole Gospel of Mark from memory by Rev. Bert Marshall.  Through spoken word, music, drumming, movement, and audience participation, he has spun this extraordinary story straight into the hearts and minds of audiences all over the country.  if you haven't heard the Gospel of Mark out loud all the way through, all at once, you haven't heard it.  Listeners have called it "unforgettable," "stunning," "sacramental," and "amazing."

Bob Craigue

Video Production for Eveyone (9:00-10:30 am)

Everyone keeps telling you your message is not complete without an engaging video.  But how do you get one of those, exactly? Emmy award winning producer, editor, and camerman, Bob Craigue, will teach you how to shoot, edit and distribute video to the Internet, DVD, and your website.

I Know I Need to do Social Media, But . . .  (10:45-12:15 pm)

Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter can be both scary and overwhelming to those who didn't grow up in a digital age.  But effective communicators all utilize this important tool.  We will use the book Click to Save by pastor Keith Anderson to look at the scope of social media outlets and why you should not be afraid to plug in.

When the Barbarians are at the Gate: A Public Relations Primer  (1:30-3:00 pm)

Your church burns down; the director of your organization is involved in a public scandal; the unexpected happens and the press is suddenly and very literally on your doorstep, recording comments by your least favorite person to air on the evening news.  What do do?

In the world we live in it often seems we ara all just one step away from a disaster.  We will look at the realities of newsrooms and help leaders in churches and other non-profits make a plan to help guide you through a crisis, should one occur.

Charlotte Gordon

Forgiveness: God in the Old and New Testaments  (9:00-10:30 am, 1:30-3:00 pm)

A staple of anti-Semitic rhetoric is that the God of the Old Testament is a cruel and unforgiving God, whereas the God of the New Testament is a loving God.  However, when one reads both Scriptures, one can find many examples that contradict this truism.  What are the origins of this mis-reading of the Bible?  What effect has it had on Jewish and Christian relations?

From Abraham to Hagar: One Story, Three Religions  (10:45-12:15 pm)

How can one story be the foundation of three different religions?  An examination of the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar from the perspectives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Nimi Wariboko

Good Economic Projects Do Not Start With Money: Key Strategy Perspectivefrom Mark 6:30-44  (9:00-10:30 am, 1:30-3:00 pm)

Theology of money - not personal stewardship or analysis of the monetary system - depends on developing a robust framework on how to meet needs of people of neighborhoods in support of the mission of Jesus Christ.  Using the combined lenses of financial strategy and development economics, we will learn to craft a framework to inform a church's practical theology of money.

Rand Peabody

Another Holy Land: Turkey, the Cradle of Christianity  (10-10:30 am, 10:45-12:15 pm, 1:30-3:00 pm)

Did you know that Asia Minor, today's Turkey, was the 'other' Holy Land, where apostolic faith found fertile rood after the Roman destruction of Palestine?  Turkey was the cradle of Christianity long before the struggling faith became the religion of Constantine's Roman Empire.  Ancient cities like Ephesus on the Aegean Coast ring with memories of the apostles Paul and John, and of Jesus' mother Mary.  Beyond Ephesus, the 'Churches of Revelation' sprang up in cities like Smyrna (modern Izmir) and Pergamum (now Bergama).  Plus, there are evocative remnants of later Christianity, such as Istanbul's splendid Hagia Sophia and the frescoed cave churches of Cappadocia.  Come gain a new sense of this compelling story.

Sarah Hubbell (All of Rev. Hubbell's workshops are part of the children's program.)

A Little Child's Book Shall Lead Them:  Using Children's Stories to Teach Biblical Literacy (9:00-10:30 am)

Great children's stories have a way of hooking the interest of all ages.  In this workshop, adults and children will hear stories like "The Little Engine that Could" and learn ways to link those stories to Bible stories that have lasting impacts on people's lives.  The workshop will include story telling and activities to do together.  For adults and children.

Dr. Seuss and The Bible: Horton Hears a Who (10:45-12:15 pm)

Using the movie "Horton Hears a Who" and Dr. Seuss's book of the same title, children will make connections to specific Bible stories where God hears and responds faithfully to us.  Listening, some role playing, and activities will be joined with story telling.  This workshop is designed for elementary aged children.

Dr. Seuss and Caring for Creation: The Lorax and Bartholomew and the Oobleck  (1:30-3:00 pm)

Using Dr. Seuss's The Lorax and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, participants will make connections with God's love for all of creation and our call to care for it.  Some hands-on activities will be involved along with story telling and movie clips.  This workshop is designed for elementary aged children.



Bert Marshall was pastor of the First Congregational Church, UCC, in Lee, MA from September 1997-October 2006, and is now New England Regional Director for Church World Service - the international disaster relief and economic development agency.  A life-long singer/songwriter, he still writes songs and creates music for worship and other venues.  He committed the Gospel of Mark to memory while on a three-month sabbatical in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2003.  He and his wife of 34 years raised two children who are now young adults.

Bob Craigue is the Director of the Massachusetts Bible Society Media Center at Andover Newton Theological School.  He came to the Media Center in 2009 after a thirty-year career with WBZ-TV in Boston where he won multiple Emmy awards.  Bob was a major contributor to news programs which won some of the most prestigious national awards in broadcasting.

It was his experience with Liz Walker filming and editing a documentary about the Rev. Gloria White-Hammond's work in support of women and girls in the village of Akon in South Sudan that made him decide to accept the challenge of starting a media program at Andover Newton.  The Media Center has grown to include video production, social media, web design, and public/crisis media training.  Bob has also consulted with churches and non-profits across New England as an impartial advisor of video production, web and social media, as well as public and crisis communications.

Charlotte Gordon has published the biography Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Story of America's First Poet (Little, Brown) and, most recently, The Woman Who Named God: Abraham's Dillemma and the Birth of Three Faiths (Little, Brown).  Her new book, Mary and Mary: The Lives of Mary Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft (Random House), will be published in 2013.  A graduate of Harvard College, she received a master's degree in creative writing and a Ph.D. in history and literature from Boston University.  She has been a frequent guest on NPR and the CBC, including spots on Weekend Edition, The Current and New Dimensions.  She has been the recipient of many awards for her work as a writer.  Most recently, she was selected as the 2012 Rose Thering Fellow by the Lubar Institute for the Study of Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Currently, she is an Associate Professor of English at Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

Nimi Wariboko (Ph.D, Princeton Theological Seminary) is Katharine B. Stuart Professor Christian Ethics at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA.  He holds an MBA (finance and accounting) from Columbia University and worked as an investment banker.  He has authored or edited more than fourteen volumes, including God and Money: A Theology of Money in a Globalizing World (2008).

Rev. Dr. Rand Peabody has served as an Interim Pastor in fifteen separate congregations of the United Church of Christ in Massachusetts and Maine.  He received his Doctor-of-Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling from Andover Newton Theological School in 1993.  He currently works with his wife, Sally, to lead en-spirited tours in France, Turkey, and Spain.

Rev. Sarah Hubbell is an ordained UCC pastor who has served in three suburban Boston churches and as a hospice chaplain.  Prior to ordination, her other careers included working as an archaeologist, a National Park Ranger, a stay-at-home mom while living in the Netherlands, and as a part-time children's library clerk while attending seminary.  She loves stories and sharing the joy of Bible stories with people of all ages.

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When & Where

Andover Newton Theological School
199 Herrick Road
Newton, MA 02459

Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 5:15 PM (EDT)

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