January 18-20, 2016
Find out how spiritual practices, tools for resilience and sacraments can help you and your congregation survive and thrive.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” + Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
The ancient poetry of the Christian tradition understands and recognizes seasons of longing and fulfillment, repentance and mercy, violence and love, death and life, wilderness and oasis. Using scripture, song, worship, photography, and short films, Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton and Rev. Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton will explore how the ancient rhythms of the Christian year can provide us distinctive opportunities to name and mourn the barren places in our lives, in our churches, and in the world – all the while searching, creating, and proclaiming the manifold ways God provides experiences of oasis: peace, reconciliation, and genuine joy.
Keynote One: Seasons of Longing
Keynote Two: Seasons of Repentance
Keynote Three: Seasons of Celebration
Rev. Elizabeth Myer Boulton
Elizabeth Myer Boulton is the President and Creative Director of the SALT Project (www.saltproject.org), a not-for-profit project dedicated to reclaiming and sharing the beauty of Christian life through film, photography, music, poetry, and ideas.
Ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Rev. Myer holds degrees from Trent University and the University of Chicago Divinity School, is a two-time Emmy Award Winner, and the proud mama of Jonah Myer Boulton and Margaret Beatrice Boulton.
Rev. Matthew Myer Boulton
Named the sixth president of Christian Theological Seminary, Matthew Boulton was most recently Associate Professor of Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
In his teaching and research, Boulton has explored ways in which Christian worship founds and forms Christian life. This exploration draws together his interests in the history and practices of Christian liturgy; theology and public life; biblical interpretation and proclamation; and the performing arts, including theater, music, and film.
He has published on Reformed liturgical theology in dialogue with social science and Christian lamentation in dialogue with biblical studies, and he is the author of God Against Religion: Rethinking Christian Theology Through Worship (Eerdmans, 2008) and a co-editor and contributor to the volume Doing Justice to Mercy: Religion, Law, and Criminal Justice (University of Virginia Press, 2007). He has recently completed a book on John Calvin and spiritual formation entitled Life in God: John Calvin, Practical Formation, and the Future of Protestant Theology (William B. Eerdmans, October, 2011).
Boulton is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).