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At long last, some details about our upcoming 9th Annual New York conference (4/14-16). Thank you for your patience! We’re excited to announce that the theme this year will be “Relief! The Boldness of Grace in a World of Expectation”, and we can confirm that the slate of breakout sessions will include:

  1. I’m New Here! What’s Going On? – Melina Smith and Bryan Jarrell
  2. Performancism 101: Achievement Culture and the Golden Calf of College – CJ Green
  3. Good Enough? Where Positive Psychology and the Gospel Meet – Sasha Heinz and Jacob Smith
  4. Grace Stinks: When the Healer Carries a Sword – Stephanie Phillips
  5. An Episco-Disco Primer: Exploring the Oddball World of Leftfield Christian Music (1975-1985) – John Zahl
  6. Good News at World’s End: Grace in Eschatology – Will McDavid
  7. Blessed Are Those Who Mourn: The Relief of Grief – Lauren Larkin
  8. Cheap Grace? A Fresh Look at Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Javier Garcia
  9. A Just Relief: How the Gospel Inspires Justice and Mercy – Raleigh Sadler
  10. The Most Foolish Job in the World: Planting a Grace-Centered Church – Jonathan Adams and Curt Benham
  11. Impossible is Nothing… and Everything – Nick Lannon
  12. Grace-based Healing Prayer – Laurel Marr and Ben DeHart
  13. The Future’s Past: Time Travel and Justification in Fiction, the Bible and You – Adam Morton

1cf32dc0b32ac7254af47125729237cbOther Special Events include: A Mockingbird at the Movies panel, the first-ever Friday night Episco-Disco (courtesy of DJ JAZ), and a live taping of The Mockingcast in which Scott Jones sits down with Paul Zahl to talk about the 10th anniversary of Grace in Practice, among other things.

We’re still waiting to hear from a couple of potential speakers (sorry!), but we can tell you that the line-up for the “main stage” already includes theologian Ted Peters, sociologist Eric Klinenberg, musician Derek Webb, comedienne-priest Sarah Condon, wannabe gentleman farmer Ethan Richardson, and blizzard enthusiast David Zahl. Our chaplains this year will be The Rev. Dave Johnson and The Rev. Nancy Hanna. Watch this space, and conference.mbird.com, for more details as they emerge.

Earlybird discounts expire this coming Monday, Feb 1st, at which point all other price options will be available. Again, thanks for your patience. We are really, really excited about this event. I mean, who doesn’t need a little relief?!