April 6 at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston
“Being Church Today” is the theme of this year’s Festival of Faith, a day of learning opportunities, fellowship and worship that will be held Saturday, April 6, at First Presbyterian Church, Charleston. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with worship at 9:30 a.m., followed by a keynote presentation.
Brian McLaren – author, speaker, activist, public theologian, and leading figure in the emergent church movement – will be the keynote presenter on the theme “Being Church in a Time of Division.” The early church began in a time of tension and arguments: Do we pay taxes to Caesar? Do we observe Kosher laws? Do we forgive those who deny Christ when threatened with martyrdom? The church in America has had to function in similarly fractious times and issues – regarding slavery, segregation, equality for women, and more. What are our options for handling divisive situations? How can we wisely and safely pilot our churches through turbulent times?
There will also again be a wide variety of workshops to select from, several of our mission/ministry partners to hear from, a Presbyterian Publishing Company bookstore, Fair Trade coffee and more. Some of Brian McLaren’s books will be available for purchase; at the end of the day, he will be signing his books.
Complete information and registration will be sent – primarily by email this year – to pastors, clerks of session, Christian education contacts, and the recipients of the newsletter in late January. If you don’t receive an email or you or someone you know would like to receive a copy by snail mail, please let the Presbytery office know.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS and PLAN TO BE PRESENT for this EXCITING EVENT!