Later this week I plan to hop in a car, drive south to Virginia Beach and attend “The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life Conference” that is being hosted by the Center for Renewal Studies at Regent University. It is a trip that I am excited about for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the conference aligns rather well with my doctoral research. As such it provides space for me to learn from and interact with scholars whose research is pertinent to my own. Second, my doctoral supervisor, Mark Cartledge, is in the states and at Regent University doing some research and writing. This means that he will be at the conference,1 and that I will have the rare treat to chat with him about life, pneumatology, research methodology, and ecclesiology in person. Third, the conference has some sessions that are of interest to me.2 I’m particularly keen to attend the sessions on the topics of “Renewing Protestant Theology;”3 ”Pluralism, Church and the Spirit;”4 and the plenary sessions by Bradley Nassif5 and Michael McClymond.6 Fourth. I have extended family that lives in the area. Not only does this provide a convenient and free place to stay. It should make for a nice visit, full of laughter.7 Fifth and finally, I need this. I am sorely in need of refreshment and renewal. 2012 and the start of 2013 have been incredibly trying and frustrating. My hope is that this one and one half day mini-conference will serve as a space for rest, renewal and mental stimulation.
- He’s chairing one of the parallel paper sessions on the topic of “Augustine and Affectivity.” ↩
- You can find the conference schedule here. ↩
- Papers slated to presented are: ”Monasticism: Instrument of the Holy Spirit in the Renewal, Revival, and Revitalization of Today’s Church” from Greg Peters of Biola University; ”Pentecostal Orthopathy and Pneumatological Transformation” from David Trementozzi of Regent University; and ”On Emerging from the Protestant Theological Cocoon: A Radical Reframing of the Biblical Message for Pentecostals and Charismatics” from Jon Ruthven of United Theological Seminary (Dayton, Ohio). ↩
- Scheduled presentations include: Fitzroy J. Willis, Ohio Christian University, ”Gifted to Love: Authentic Spirituality in Pluralistic Contexts;” Joshua Brockway, The Catholic University of America, ”One Body, Many Parts: Reclaiming the Ecclesial Context of the Spiritual Gifts;” Travis Judkins, Shaw University Divinity School, ”Ecumenic Pluralism as Transforming Catalyst in the 21st Century.” ↩
- Bradley will be talking about “Emotions and Life in the Spirit in the Eastern Orthodox Tradition.” ↩
- Michael will be presenting on the topic “Tears of Sorrow and of Joy: Conviction, Compunction, Compassion and the Continuity of Divine and Human Affectivity.” ↩
- Terry is quite the card. He’s written about the comic world of C.S. Lewis and Sarah (who he refers to as ‘The Mother of All Laughter’) and the genesis of comedy. His illustrated biography on the Virginia Wesleyan College website also serves as evidence of his sense of humor. ↩