Dan Kimball, Maggi Dawn Speak at Oregon Seminary Near Portland

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George Fox Evangelical Seminary hosts “A New Creation: The Fusion of Ministry and Creative Arts,” which examines how Christ-followers have used art media through the ages

How can art forms function as theological media, conveying spiritual realities in ways words cannot? The question will be the topic of a George Fox Evangelical Seminary seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the seminary’s Portland Center location.

Author Dan Kimball and author and theologian Maggi Dawn will speak at the event, the latest installment of the Oregon seminary’s Ministry in Contemporary Culture Seminar series. The half-day event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in Room 155 at the Portland Center, located near Tigard at 12753 S.W. 68th Ave., in Portland.

The seminar, entitled “A New Creation: The Fusion of Ministry and Creative Arts,” will address the ways in which Christ-followers have used media throughout the ages and present some new ways these media can be used today.

“Protestant Christianity was largely shaped by Enlightenment ideals,” said Charles J. Conniry, Jr., vice president and dean of the seminary. He observes that the age of reason valued word-based propositions more than art media, which in the centuries prior served as the primary vehicle of theological expression. Conniry says, “That’s all changing today, as a growing number of churches are beginning to realize that art in its many forms has more power to capture the mystery and wonder of the gospel than words alone.”

Kimball is the author of several books on church leadership and culture, including “They Like Jesus, But Not The Church” and “The Emerging Church.” He is also on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Dawn started out as a singer-songwriter, but turned to writing books after completing a PhD in theology. She is currently based at the University of Cambridge, where she is chaplain and Fellow in Theology at Robinson College. Dawn recently published a book, “The Writing on the Wall,” which explores some of the most influential stories and ideas from the Bible and the ways they have been woven into Western culture.

The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. with Dawn’s lecture on “The Intersection of Theology and the Arts in Historical Perspective.” It will continue at 10:15 a.m. with Kimball’s lecture, entitled “The Intersection of Theology and the Arts in Contemporary Ministry.” A pastor’s panel response will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will follow.

Individual registration is $30 per person. For groups of two or more, the fee is $25 each, and George Fox alumni and students pay $20. The lunch is optional and costs $10.

Online registration is available at seminary.georgefox.edu and can be found by clicking the “News and Events” link on the left side of the screen.

More information about the seminar is available by contacting Jean Oehm Miller at 503-554-6150.

George Fox Evangelical Seminary offers a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in leadership and spiritual formation, global missional leadership, and semiotics and future studies. Also offered is a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts degrees in theological studies, spiritual formation and ministry leadership. Students also may earn a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Contact:
Jean Miller
George Fox Evangelical Seminary
503-554-6150

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