Monday, August 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us in the Cascades for an enriching and inspiring four days focused on the place of artistic expression within the life of the church. Dialogue with pastors, artists, worship directors, and theologians as they come together to explore the role of the arts in the kingdom of God.
- Learn from nationally-recognized scholars and speakers on faith and the arts.
- Hear from Christian artists as the share their reflections on their own vocations and place within the church.
- Take advantage of periods of free time to study or write.
- Make use of studio space on campus to engage in some art making of your own.
- Rest, reflect, and explore God’s beautiful creation in the heart of the Cascade Mountains.
Our Featured Speakers are:
Alissa Wilkinson is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at The King's College, Editor of QIdeas.org, and Chief Film Critic at Christianity Today. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. She has taught courses in writing, literature, postmodern theory, Christian cultural anthropology, Christianity in art history, and film. Alissa regularly publishes on film, art, books, politics, and religion in a variety of publications including Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and the Marginalia Review of Books, and has three chapters published or forthcoming on theology in the work of various filmmakers. She was on staff for two years at International Arts Movement, where she launched and edited The Curator, and worked as an editor at Comment Magazine for four years. She's given invited lectures on film, art, and theology at a number of academic and popular conferences. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Tom, a fine art photographer, and loves to get creative in the kitchen, read epic stacks of books, and go on long runs around New York City.
William Dyrness is Professor of Theology and Culture and a founding member of the Brehm Center for Worship Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. His teaching and research interests include modern art and aesthetics, art in worship, global theology, and most recently interfaith aesthetics. His recent work on aesthetics and worship include "Primer on Christian Worship" (2009, "Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life" (2011) and "Senses of Devotion: Interfaith Aesthetics in Buddhist and Muslim Communities" (2013). Along with his wife Grace, an anthropologist and consultant in development, he enjoys traveling and contributing to graduate programs in seminaries in Africa and Asia. Bill and Grace have three adult children, and one especially bright granddaughter.
Edward Yang enjoys looking at art and reflecting on how it is one of God's good gifts. He began his undergraduate studies as a studio art major before graduating with a degree in biochemistry from UCLA. After spending a year in Mombasa, Kenya, he pursued graduate studies in theology with a MA from Talbot Theological Seminary and a ThM in Christianity and the arts from Regent College. He teaches adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary where he is completing his PhD with a focus on theology and art of worship space. He and his wife, Sunnie, live in Pasadena with their three energetic boys: Ethan, Eliot and Hunter.
When & Where
Sponsored by The Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture
The Mission of The Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture is:
- To explore the unique cultural challenges and opportunities for Christianity in the Northwest.
- To cultivate rich theological discussions about those challenges and opportunities.
- To connect Christian leaders in the church, academy, and society who share a mutual commitment to embodying the gospel in the Pacific Northwest.
- To equip Christian leaders with a theological understanding of their calling to contribute to the renewal of the Pacific Northwest.