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Refreshing Winds 2011 audio

Refreshing Winds, Here in This Place, Worship in Context

Brian McLaren’s plenary sessions on Naked Spirituality

Worship always takes place, some place, some where, at some time, in some location… The theme was inspired by the title of a well-known hymn based on Genesis 28:16-17. It reminds us that God is found in surprising places. “This place” is many places, and any place on our planet, wherever people are open to being surprised by God’s presence. And wherever that place is, we are called to live our faith mindful of the culture in which we are located.

Our goal is to recognize the importance of context and culture in our worship, to explore and understand how our culture impacts us, what culture means in our theology, and how worship is embodied in location.

Keynote Speaker: Brian McLaren
An author, storyteller and theologian. Primarily known as a thinker and a writer. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including postmodern thought and culture, Biblical studies, evangelism, leadership, global mission, spiritual formation, worship, pastoral survival and burnout, inter-religious dialogue, ecology, and social justice.

McLaren’s topic for Refreshing Winds was ‘Naked Spirituality,’ also the title of his next book. He suggested that personal spirituality typically develops in a cycle containing four stages – simplicity, complexity, perplexity, and harmony, which becomes the new simplicity as the cycle continues. For each stage, McLaren provided three spiritual practices that he thinks are particularly valuable in our experience of God. To hear Brian’s talks, listen to the audio files, below.

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:00pm
Plenary: Brian McLaren, Naked Spirituality, Stage 1: Simplicity
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Friday, February 4, 2011, 9:00am
Plenary: Brian McLaren, Naked Spirituality, Stage 2: Complexity
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Friday, February 4, 2011, 7:00pm
Plenary: Brian McLaren, Naked Spirituality, Stage 3: Perplexity
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Saturday, February 5, 2011, 9:00am
Plenary: Brian McLaren, Naked Spirituality, Stage 4: Harmony
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Saturday, February 5, 2011, 4:00pm
Plenary: Brian McLaren, Naked Spirituality, Part 5: Conclusion
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JJ Thiessen Lectures audio – Dr. Belden Lane

J.J. Thiessen Lecture Series
October 19-20, 2010 From Desert Christians to Mountain Refugees: Fierce Landscapes and Counter-Cultural Spirituality
Guest Lecturer:
Dr. Belden Lane, Saint Louis University

Lecture 1:  October 19, 2010  11:00 AM
Places on the Edge: The Power of Desert/Mountain Terrain in Christian Thought
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Lecture 2:  October 19, 2010  7:30 PM
The Counter-Cultural Spirituality of the Desert Fathers for Today
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Leture 3:  October 20, 2010  11:00 AM
Fire in the Desert: Learning from the Desert Mothers
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Lecture Topic: In the history of Christian spirituality, desert and mountain terrain has often been the source (and refuge) of counter-cultural movements. The Desert Christians in the fourth century went into the desert beyond the Nile, reacting after Constantine to the church’s support of a prosperity theology, gospel of success, and militarism. In sixteenth-century Switzerland, Anabaptists hid in barns and fled to caves in the Jura Mountains, questioning the magisterial Reformation in similar ways. These lectures will explore some ways in which the appeal of fierce landscapes in the Christian life is closely related to its prophetic witness to the dynamism of faith on the margins.

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Winter Lectures audio – Dr. Romand Coles

Winter Lectures Series
January 25-26, 2011 Resonance, Receptivity and Radical Reformation
Guest Lecturer:
Dr. Romand Coles, McAllister Chair in Community, Culture, & Environment at Northern Arizona University.

Lecture 1: January 25, 2011, 11:00 AM
The Wild Peace (not) of John Howard Yoder

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Lecture 2: January 25, 7:30 PM
Mirror Neurons, Receptive Resonance,and Radical Democracy

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Lecture 3: January 26, 11:00 AM
Radical Education Reform: Resonance and Engaged Pedagogical Practice

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Dr. Romand Coles Biography: Romand Coles is the Frances B. McAllister Endowed Chair and Director of the Program for Community, Culture, and Environment at Northern Arizona University. After teaching political theory for twenty years at Duke University, driven by Adorno’s claim that ‘to want utopia is to want substance in cognition’, Coles ventured to NAU in a last-ditch effort to learn how to think in relation to many of the specific challenges, opportunities, and peoples in his new home on the Colorado Plateau. He is the author of many books and articles at the intersection of political theory, philosophy, theology, and political practice.  Among his works are, Self/Power/Other:  Political Theory and Dialogical Ethics;  Rethinking Generosity:  Critical Theory and the Politics of Caritas;  Beyond Gated Politics:  Reflections for the Possibility of Democracy; and (with Stanley Hauerwas) Christianity, Democracy, and the Radical Ordinary:  Conversations between a Radical Democrat and a Christian.

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Gordon Matties – Holy Land Tour Reflections 2010

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“About meeting Jesus in the Holy Land”

This interview aired originally in February 2010 on the Sunday@CMU radio program, just prior to Gordon’s sixth tour to the Holy Land.  See the tour blog http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com. Gordon’s next Study Tour will take place in April-May 2012 (exact dates TBA).

Dr. Gordon Matties is Professor of Biblical Studies & Theology.

Gordon grew up in Abbotsford, B.C. He studied at Briercrest Bible Institute; the University of British Columbia; Regent College in Vancouver; and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D.

Gordon and his wife Lorraine have two children. The family attends River East Mennonite Brethren Church, where Gordon serves on the Faith and Fellowship Commission. He is also a member of the Editorial Council of the Believers Church Bible Commentary.

Contact: gmatties@cmu.ca

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Gordon Matties – Holy Land Study Tour and the Meaning of Stones

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“Ancient stones, living stones:  The Holy Land in perspective”

This interview aired originally in February 2010, just prior to Gordon’s sixth tour to the Holy Land.  See the tour blog http://cmustudytour.blogspot.com. Gordon’s next Study Tour will take place in April-May 2012 (exact dates TBA).

Dr. Gordon Matties is Professor of Biblical Studies & Theology.

Gordon grew up in Abbotsford, B.C. He studied at Briercrest Bible Institute; the University of British Columbia; Regent College in Vancouver; and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D.

Gordon and his wife Lorraine have two children. The family attends River East Mennonite Brethren Church, where Gordon serves on the Faith and Fellowship Commission. He is also a member of the Editorial Council of the Believers Church Bible Commentary.

Contact: gmatties@cmu.ca

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Irma Fast Dueck – A Passion for Teaching

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“An H1N1 teaching moment…”
Irma is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at CMU and was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been a university chaplain and a pastor before beginning her teaching career at CMBC (a predecessor college of CMU) in 1991. She received her Doctorate of Theology from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, a Masters of Divinity from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo.

When not hanging around CMU or travelling, Irma hangs out with her two favourite guys, husband Ken and son Zachary—who, among other things, love canoeing and wilderness camping. In addition, she enjoys cycling, is an avid novel reader, quilts with her sisters and unabashedly loves all food and social functions (preferably together). She and her family are actively involved with the saints at Bethel Mennonite Church.

Contact:  ifdueck@cmu.ca

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Cheryl Pauls – Piano Performance as Worship

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“Music performance as worship”

Dr. Cheryl Pauls is Associate Professor of Music and incoming President of CMU.  She  joined David Balzer on the Sunday@CMU radio program in June 2010 for a conversation about music theory, faith and teaching.

Cheryl holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of British Columbia. She completed undergraduate degrees in Religious Studies and Music at Concord College, University of Winnipeg and University of Manitoba and a Master of Music degree at the University of British Columbia. At UBC she studied extensively with Jane Coop, Douglas Finch, John Roeder and Robert Silverman.

Cheryl and her husband, Bryan Harder, are kept busy with their two young sons, Nicholas and William. Cheryl is also actively involved in music and worship at her home congregation, River East Mennonite Brethren Church in Winnipeg.

Contact: cpauls@cmu.ca

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Proclaiming the Unique Claims of Christ 2010 audio

Proclaiming the Unique Claims of Christ Lecture Series
Negotiating the Christian-Muslim Interface
March 15 – 16, 2010

March 15, 11:30 am – 12:10 pm: Session 1 – Is Jesus only for Christians?

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March 16, 11:30 am – 12:10 pm: Session 2 – Do the Unique Claims of Jesus Make a Difference?

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