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ReNew: Conference Schedule

Monday, February 5
7:00 PM face2face with the topic "Sola Scriptura: An Ecumenical Conversation"
Tuesday, February 6 • Wrestling with Scripture
9:00–9:15 AM Opening Worship
9:15–10:15 AM Plenary Session – Tim Geddert (Professor of New Testament; Fresno Pacific University; Fresno, California)
10:15–10:40 AM Coffee & Fellowship
10:40–11:20 AM Plenary Session – 3 pastor stories of wrestling with Scripture
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Worship with CMU Community
12:00–1:00 PM Lunch
1:00–3:45 PM "Delighting in Scripture": A Festival

Scheduled in three 45-minute blocks – 1:00–1:45; 2:00–2:45; 3:00–3:45, with coffee times interspersed:
  • A Treasure Old and New:  Spoken Scripture as It Was, and Can Be Again – Ken Quiring (Pastor, Grace Mennonite Church; Brandon, Manitoba)
  • Reading Ourselves into Scripture – Vincent Solomon (Urban Indigenous Ministry Developer at Diocese of Rupert’s Land, Manitoba)
  • Scripture and Song – Christine Longhurst (Assistant Instructor of Music and Worship)
  • Scripture Unbound:  Participating in the Bible’s Drama – Allegra Friesen Epp  (CMU Student) and Arlyn Friesen Epp (Co-Director,  CommonWord Resource Centre)
  • Scripture, Prayer and Meditation – Wilma Wiens (Minister of Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Grace Bible Church; Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Scripture in Art over the Centuries –Rachel Baerg (Head of Education, Winnipeg Art Gallery)

Scheduled continuously through the afternoon:
  • Transcribing Scripture in a Scriptorium – Adelia Neufeld Wiens (Student Advisor, Calligrapher)
  • Open discussion of issues and questions vital in reading Scripture – Tim Geddert & Gerald Gerbrandt
  • An exhibition of Bible translations and specialty Bibles (anchoring the exhibition will be a copy of the Gospels volume of the Saint John’s Bible) – Paul Dyck (Professor of English): 
4:00–5:15 PM Plenary Session – Tim Geddert
  • Time will be allowed for discussion of questions like
  • What has struck us?
  • What have we learned?
  • What might we do differently?
5:30–7:30 PM Banquet and Communion
  • Recitation of Ephesians – Andrew Dyck (Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies)
Wednesday, February 7 • Teaching and Preaching Scripture
9:00–9:15 AM Opening Worship
  • Scripture (Jonah) presented by Meghan Good
9:15–10:30 AM Plenary Session – Gerald Gerbrandt (President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Bible)
10:30–11:00 AM Coffee & Fellowship
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Plenary Session – 3 pastor stories of teaching and preaching Scripture, along with discussion of what has been heard
12:00–1:00 PM Lunch
1:00–5:00 PM A half-day Preaching Clinic: "The Word Wore Red: Reimagining Biblical Preaching for the 21st Century World" – Meghan Good

Let’s face it: this is not an easy time to be a teacher of Scripture. People are busy, attention spans are short, and the Bible travels on the same device that carries Facebook and Pinterest. In this clinic, we’ll explore the power of preaching through story and image. We’ll discover creative techniques for unfolding ancient texts that capture the imagination and invite encounter with the living God whose grand Story is still going on.

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