This weekend, the campus ministry organization that employs yours truly is having our huge national conference, Jubilee. It’s really a fantastic and unique conference. The goal of Jubilee is to get Christian students to think about how their faith applies to every aspect of their life, not just their “spiritual” life. It’s designed to help future teachers, artists, scientists, politicians, social justice advocates and enviormentalists think through the implications of following Christ in their careers.
It will be my first national conferenence speaking engagement. I’ll be leading two seminars with my buddy, Steve, who, by the way, has an excellant post on his blog about how to get the most of Jubilee. We will be talking about being called to campus ministry and a seminar based on my upcoming book, Confessions of a Pirate Chaplain: My life among the Atheists.
Even more exciting than all of that, we will be a part of a panal discussion with Ashley Paramore and Hemant Mehta. You all know Hemant. He is the chairperson of the Secular Student Alliance and wrote a little book called, “I Sold My Soul on eBay.” Ashley is on the board of the Secular Student Alliance and my favorite atheist in the world. As far as I know, this is the first time this sort of thing has been attempted at a Christian student conference.
I’m nervous to say the least. This is basically my idea and I helped get Ashley and Hemant to Jubilee. I’m not really nervous because I think something bad will happen. I think it’s more of a general nervousness. Can’t really put a finger on it. Might be excitement. Might be worry I’ll say something stupid. Who knows?
The drawback is that I’m going to be missing some good seminars by people I would love to hear. We have a great lineup that includes Makoto Fujimura (internationally known artist), David Dark (fantastic writer), Denis Haack (cultural guru), Jim Belcher (fantastic church thinker), and the civil rights legend, John Perkins. I’m hoping all of these folks will be main session speakers so I won’t feel totally left out.
Yikes, looking on that list of speakers, no wonder I feel nervous. Can’t even believe I’m on the same website page as them. Sheesh.
I’m planning on blogging about the experience, and maybe having my talks up here on the Thomas Society. I think we are going to tape the Christian/atheist panal, so we will have video of that.
More to come as the weekend draws closer. Oh, and obviously, this means my replies to posts will be limited until next week. I wish it could be otherwise, but my life is a crazy train right now.