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Southern Comfort(able) Words and Faulkner’s Go Down, Moses

Of all the wonderful things Paul Walker said at the recent Birmingham Conference, this in particular stands out in my mind. Please forgive me as I paraphrase from memory: I know people who are just beside themselves over trying to get their kids into just the right preschool, because getting into just the right preschool […]

Birmingham Conference 10/28-29: Happening Today!

Our Birmingham Conference is less than two days away! We couldn’t be more excited about how things have come together. A few new details to share:

1. Primary talk titles have been finalized:

  • Talk 1. Friday Evening. “Why We Always Lose When We Keep Score” – Paul Walker
  • Talk 2. Saturday Morning. “Game Over: The Foolish Wisdom of God’s Grace, Pt 1” – Paul Walker
  • Talk 3. Saturday Morning. “The Curse of Autonomy and the Hope of a New Word” – David Browder
  • Talk 4. Saturday Morning. “You’re Not Wrong, Walter: Love in a Time of Argument” – David Zahl
  • Talk 5. Saturday Afternoon. “Game Over: The Foolish Wisdom of God’s Grace, Pt 2” and Q&A – Paul Walker

In addition to these talks, there will be several devotions and presentations. For the fully updated schedule, go here.

2. Sam Bush of The Hill and Wood (and Christ Church C’ville) will be our conference musician, leading both the opening and closing worship. And Gil Kracke has graciously agreed to be our conference chaplain, giving short devotions before each of Paul’s talks. These are amazing developments; our cup runneth over!

3. The conference will close on Saturday afternoon with a special Mockingbird reception at The Redmont Hotel, a mere two blocks away, from 3-5pm. The reception will double as a launch party for the new Mockingbird resource, Paul Zahl’s The Merciful Impasse: The Sermon on the Mount for Those Who’ve Crashed (and Burned) audio collection. Dr. Zahl will be on hand to sign copies and talk briefly about the release.

4. Finally, if you have run into trouble finding an affordable/appropriate place to stay, we may be able to help. No guarantees, but do email us at and we’ll give it our best shot.

Online pre-registration is now closed. While last-minute walk-ins will of course not be turned away, we cannot guarantee them food or childcare. Hope you can join us for any part of the program.

BONUS TRACKS: To give you a better sense of our main speaker, Paul Walker, we’ve uploaded a trio of recent sermons (in reverse chronological order).

Mockingbird Fall Conference in Birmingham, AL – Registration Now Open!

Grace, Rest and the End of Scorekeeping

October 28-29, 2011
Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL

The great theologian Robert Capon once wrote, “Grace cannot prevail until law is dead, until moralizing is out of the game…, until our fatal love affair with the law is over — until, finally and for good, our lifelong certainty that someone is keeping score has run out of steam and collapsed.”

A bold sentiment, perhaps, but also a true one. Keeping score is what we do, either consciously or not: in our work, in our friendships, in our marriages, yes, even in our spiritual lives. Who’s winning and who’s losing? Who’s pulling ahead? Who’s falling behind? Who owes us and to whom are we indebted? Where does it all end?! Scorekeeping in life is as exhausting as it is prevalent. But the Gospel is Good News to people who aren’t measuring up, a word of relief for those in need of one.

Join us in Birmingham this Fall as we explore what Christ meant when he said, “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). With the healthy dose of humor, cultural fluency and psychological acuity you’ve come to expect from Mockingbird.

Our main speaker this time will be none other than Paul Walker, rector of Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, VA and founding board president of Mockingbird. He will be aided and abetted by David Zahl and David Browder.

The cost of the event, which includes dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday, is $50. Childcare is available during the event for children ages 5 and under. If you are planning on coming, we ask that you pre-register beforehand, so we can plan accordingly.


Registration Opens This Monday 8/15!

More details to be announced after the weekend. If you’d like to receive the snazzy snail-mail invite, going out next week, be sure to sign up for our mailing list. And to request extra invites for your church/community/etc, email us at