Control and Freedom. Two words that dominate the emotional, spiritual and cultural landscape. Also two words that many of us spend our lives chasing after, mistaking one for the other, or believing they go hand-in-hand. Yet how friendly are these terms? What is the actual relation between freedom and personal control? Please join us this Spring in NYC as we explore how God’s grace calms our fears, upsets our controls, and inspires freedom in the way we live, work and love.

Our keynote speaker this year will be Mark Galli, Senior Managing Editor of Christianity Today. Other speakers include Jady Koch and David Zahl of Mockingbird, with a series of devotions from conference chaplain Paul Zahl. There will also be eight breakout sessions, from a number of other Mockingbird contributors, covering a wide range of topics, from film, music and literature to parenting and aspects of life in local churches. Full schedule coming Feb 1st.

If the past three years are anything to go by, the conference is sure to be a time of warmth, fun and maybe even a little emancipation. Needless to say, if you enjoy our site, you will love our conference! It is open to anyone and everyone – our hope at Mockingbird is always to keep things as down-to-earth as possible – just be sure to pre-register ASAP, as space is limited.

For information about cost, accommodations and to pre-register visit

Also, we’ll be sending out the hard-copy invitations next week to everyone on our mailing list. If you would like extras, to distribute at your church/Whole Foods/street corner, please email us at

Hope to see you in NYC!