Invited to be an interlocutor with the esteemed theologian Jurgen Moltmann, and engaged him on his Theology of the Cross,
The Crucified God.
Led a workshop on rethinking how individuals and communities can approach-- and learn from-- failure.
Asked to present one of only five workshops at the 2010 EV Theological Conversation on Post-Colonial Theology, I shared my experience in curating an emergence community in 'Herding Cats: Non-Authoritarian Models of Leadership for a Post-Colonial World'
Contributing posts to this innovative, collaborative, and midrashic online community, beginning in late 2010.
Addressing the nurses and social workers of the Children's National Heart Institute on the subject of grief, loss, and bereavement at Children's National Medical Center.
A collaborative writing project to be published in the Spring of 2011. With authors like Phil Shepherd, Kathy Escobar, Lori Wilson, Brian Merritt, Carol Howard Merritt, Kimberly Knight, and Amy Moffitt.
I'll be enjoying this great gathering on justice, spirituality, and art with my whole family.
I'll be interviewing Mark Scandrette and facilitating a discussion at the East Coast release of his latest book, P
racticing the Way of Jesus at Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC.
I'll be joining old friends and new in the aptly named Glorietta conference center near Santa Fe, New Mexico for the Emergent Village Gathering October 5-7. I plan to lead a reading/response group there with content from
Force of Will, which will be published in Spring, 2013 by Baker Publishing.
"But that's the thing with certainty, it's got it's hooks in me, it just won't let me be" 'You & I' by Ryan Sharp and The Cobalt Season
What is certainty, and why does it have such a pull on us? Recent brain research suggests that 'certainty' is nothing more than a biochemical byproduct. But even if it is simply a psychological phenomena, we all know how powerfully people yearn to be certain. Even in emergence churches-- which typically embrace a kind of epistemic humility--there is a constant struggle for and against certainty. Indeed, many of us might be most sure about our desire to be uncertain.
For the November meeting of the Emergent Village DC Cohort, Mike Stavlund will lead us in a conversation on certainty. Is it detrimental to the formation of communities of faith, or is it a necessary part of being human, or is it both? How can we be sure?
Tuesday, November 8 at Nando Peri Peri (819 7 th Street NW DC 20001). Please email Sara at email@example.com if you plan to attend.
It's an honor to contribute to this robust, adventurous, midrashic community of preachers. I'll be posting on November 14 for Christ Our King Sunday later that week.
I'm honored to be an instructor at this important event for church planters in Minneapolis, MN May 3-5, 2012. I'll be speaking on the necessity of failure and on church leadership.
I'll be presenting on the integration of
loss into our lives at this exciting event in a beautiful setting crowded with tons of friends June 21 - 24.
I'm excited to be teaching an intensive introductory course on Emergence Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC during the first week of July.
Mike will be sitting on a panel of practitioners discussing the topic: "Connecting with Postmodern/Emerging Adults" at the Northeast Regional Mennonite Church Planting conference at Bethany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, VA on Saturday morning, September 22.
Attending this event centered around Phyllis Tickle and her book "Emergence Christianity", and giving a presentation on the integration of grief and loss into life. Also eating BBQ.
Teaching a course on Emergence Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC from January to May.
Joining Baker Publishing at the Justice Conference to promote the book along with Conspire! Magazine.
Mike's first book will be released by Baker Publishing in March of 2013.