Epiphany Explorations is a wonderful continuing education event for lay and clergy held annually at First Metropolitan United Church in Victoria. Well known speakers and musicians from across North America offer spiritual food for mind, body and soul.
This year K.U.C. has purchased an Epiphany Explorations “livestreaming” option so that we can see and hear various speakers projected “live” on a screen set up in our church. Come out to one or more of the sessions.
Please note that Phyllis Tickle is speaking three times – each of her sessions will build on the next, but come out to what you can. The sessions are free and will be held in the Maple Room downstairs. No registration required. All are welcome.
Available sessions include:
Friday, January 17: 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – Gary Paterson: Gamble Everything for Love (Rumi): The religious landscape in Canada is changing rapidly – what might a transformed church look like? An opportunity to wrestle with new insights and suggestions arising from the work of the Comprehensive Review Task Group of the United Church of Canada where ‘everything is on the table.’ Gary Paterson served in a variety of ministry positions in B.C. Conference before becoming the current Moderator of the United Church of Canada.((Comprehensive Review Task Group web link Unitedfuture.ca))
Saturday, January 18: 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – Phyllis Tickle: The Times in Which We Find Ourselves: Bishop Mark Dyer said that in order to understand what is happening to the Church right now, we need to understand that about every five hundred years we feel compelled to have a giant rummage sale – we are having one right now. We will look in some detail at exactly what he meant by it. Phyllis Tickle is the founding editor of the Religion Department of WeekThe Publisher’s Weekly. Phyllis is a leading voice on Emergence Christianity and the author of over two dozen books on spirituality.
Saturday, January 18: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Mike Piazza: Fifty Shades of Grace – Faithfully connecting Christ and Culture in the 21st Century: Mike will draw upon the transformative experience of the Cathedral of Hope and his recent consultations with diverse congregations in the USA and Canada. Mike Piazza, currently with the Centre for Progressive Renewal, served as the senior pastor of the Cathedral of Hope during a time of unprecedented growth. He is an adjunct professor with the Pacific School of Religion and Chicago Theological Seminary.
Saturday, January 18: 3:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Phyllis Tickle: Emergence Christianity – What It Is and Why It Matters: Whether we are traditional Christians coming from traditional communions or are Emergence Christians rising up from fresh expressions of church, we all are participants in one of the great and most formative eras of Christian history. We will look at not only how we got here, but also at why what we do next matters so much (See Phyllis Tickle’s bio above.)
Sunday, January 19: 2:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. – Phyllis Tickle: The Age of the Spirit – Where Now is Our Authority? There is one central question, along with other ones that we must answer before we can move on in this new, emerging Christianity. If the Great Schism led the western Church to place its authority in the papacy and the Great Reformation rested itself upon the authority of scripture, – where shall we, in our time, turn for the answer to the foundational questions of how now shall we live? (See Phyllis Tickle’s bio above.)
More Epiphany Explorations 2014 Sessions Available by Download until April:
In addition to the sessions being ‘livestreamed’ there are other Epiphany Explorations sessions that will be available as a download for groups to watch at KUC until April of this year. If you are interested in downloading a session to watch as a group, please contact Rev. Bruce Comrie or Rev. Teri Meyer. Other sessions for downloading include:
Harry Brechner: Truth, Doubt and Faith
Raheel Raza: Why the spiritual message of Islam is urgently needed today
Brian Paisley: Thinking about Eternity
Bob MacDonald: Recent Epiphanies in the Scientific World
Brent Hawkes: Why Churches such as Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto are Growing
Marie Wilson: Hopes Named, Steps Being Taken
Linnea Good – Concert: Get on the Jesus Bus!
Michael Dowd: Sacred Science: Big History, Human Nature, Death
For more information about Epiphany Explorations and any of the Sessions go to www.epiphany.firstmetvictoria.com