Conversations at the Heart of the Matter
During Fall 2017, we hosted an innovative gathering featuring music, communion, and conversations at the heart of the matter. We talked with pastors, authors, theologians, and activists about the lens through which they experience life and faith, followed by time for discussion with our guests. In 2018, we returned to our usual Saturday worship design, with sermon, communion, and contemplative music. But we saved recordings of the conversations, which were rich and well worth a view or listen.
Dec 2: Taylor Mertins: Advent Taylor Mertins is pastor of Cokesbury UMC in Woodbridge, Virginia. Taylor grew up at Aldersgate and is one of the hosts of the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast.
Nov. 25: Jim Noseworthy – Vocation and Discernment.
Nov. 18: Drew Colby – Sabbath as Resistance. Drew Colby is associate pastor for youth and outreach at St. Stephen’s Methodist Church in Fairfax, Virginia.
Nov 11: Lovett Weems – The Death Tsunami: What are the Real Challenges Facing the UMC? Lovett Weems is the Founding Director/Senior Consultant of Wesley’s G. Douglass Lewis Center for Church Leadership. He is the author of many books, including High Yield: Seven Disciplines of the Fruitful Leader (with Tom Berlin) (Abingdon Press, 2014).
Nov 4: Jace Broadhurst – Life, Loss, and Love. Jace Broadhurst is pastor of Poolesville Baptist Church in Poolesville, Maryland. A father of three teens, his wife died in 2015.
Oct 28: Marcia Carucci – God Grant Me the Serenity to Laugh at Life. Martha Carucci, a self-described soccer mom from Alexandria, has been sober and laughing at life since 2012. She doesn’t have a string of letters after her name but she does have a title she’s proud of, Recovering Alcoholic.
Oct 21: Martin Doblmeier – Christian Conscience in the Public Square. Martin Doblmeier is the founder and president of Journey Films, a television and film production company specializing in religion, faith and spirituality. His most recent film is An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story.
Oct 14: Fred Upton. Rep. Fred Upton has represented Michigan’s 6th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1987. He was a co-sponsor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which addresses many health issues and includes funding for the “Cancer Moonshot.”
Oct 7: Ryan Danker – Was the Reformation a Good Idea? Ryan Danker is Assistant Professor of History of Christianity and Methodist Studies at Wesley Theological Seminary. He has a passion for evangelical studies, in particular the early Wesleyan/Methodist movement under John and Charles Wesley.
Sept 30: Keary Kincannon – Becoming a Beloved Community. Keary Kincannon is lead pastor of Rising Hope Mission Church, established with the mission of bringing the “power of Christ” and the “support of the church” to the community living in poverty south of Alexandria, VA along the Route 1 Corridor of Fairfax County.
Sept 23: Zeyneb Sayilghan & Salih Sayilghan – Loving Our (Muslim) Neighbor Starts with Listening. Zeyneb Sayligan is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic Theology and Religious Pluralism, focusing on the intersection of Islamic theology and immigration. Salih Sylighan is chaplain in residence at Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service.
Sept 16: Frederick W. Schmidt – Becoming Fully Alive: Spirituality and Discipline. Frederick W. Schmidt holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Life in Hard Times (Abingdon Press: 2013).
Sept 9: Kerry Anderson – The Best and Worst of Religion. Kerry Boyd Anderson is a writer and political risk consultant with more than 13 years’ experience as a professional analyst of international security issues and Middle East political and business risks.