Quest hosted Lauren Winner – professor, author, and spiritual theologian – at our church tonight [and tomorrow] as part of our annual Learning Conference. I’m thinking we may rename this to “Learning Conversation.”
I have no problem with Big Conferences but our philosphy for our “Learning Conversation” is very simple: no fancy productions, no gifts, no big binders, no fancy bands, no fancy graphics, etc. Just provide good direct trade coffee, average pastries, a compelling culture engagin’ leader, and let people have good conversations. That way, we can keep the costs as accessible as possible to folks – as a way to bless both our church community and the larger city. $15/person and $10/student is a pretty kickarse deal. Next week, I have to decide if I am going to pay $400 + hotel + airfare for a conference in February. Geez.
Anyway, I thought I’d share one thought that Lauren shared tonight that I can’t get out of my head.
She briefly touched on the issue of Faith and Gender and the manner in which we treat our bodies. As she spoke about the practice of going to the gymnasium, people go to get healthy and take care of themselves. Yada yada yada. But she went on to share that [some] men go to the gym to firm up and get “bigger” but [some] women go to the gym to become slimmer and smaller…in essence, to “disappear.”
Can’t get the image out of my head…