2010 Conference Archive

The News and The Good News

2010_CWTA_logoWEBPeople used to ask each other, “Have you heard the news?”  Or perhaps, “Have you read the news?” Now they ask, “Did you see the news?”

Is there a difference?  Theologians like Reinhold Niebuhr and Karl Barth encouraged preachers to hold the Bible (the Good News) in one hand and the daily paper (the news) in the other.  Has the paper now become the TV remote or an iPhone application?  Preachers do not need two hands anymore; with just one hand on a computer mouse they can access both the Bible and live streamed news videos.

For the church, rapid advancements in technology provide exciting possibilities for worship and communication, yet however helpful technology proves to be with communication, it also possesses a shadow side that overwhelms.  The easy availability of news and information is a luxury of our time, but like all luxury it comes with a spiritual warning.  Information overload can paralyze the will and dull the spirit.

How shall the church engage our technology-driven, media-saturated culture?  How shall the church help her people respond and live with attentiveness to the Spirit?  Can the embodiment of the Gospel live alongside disembodied communication?  Can the human heart and mind endure the barrage of media that swirls around this web-connected world?  Faith, Incarnation, Holy Spirit – how shall we speak these words without them being simply more words on top of the many words flying around?

We invite you to the 2010 St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology and the Arts with the theme, “The News and the Good News.”  We hope to consider with you these important questions facing the church, the next generation of the church especially and our own interior lives of faith.

Nationally recognized, wonderful theologians, scholars, teachers, musicians and artists will be our leaders for this conversation – people who address these questions on a daily basis.

  • Daily worship serves as the foundation of the week.
  • Thoughtful lectures, plenary addresses, seminars and experiential learning opportunities will further the discussion.
  • The fellowship of colleagues and friends add to the week’s richness.

Join us – let us think together about “The News and the Good News.”