Gustavus Faith Conference

“Doubt and Difference: Finding Faith Through Authentic Engagement”
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - Christ Chapel Doors Open 9:00 a.m. 

Don't doubt. Don't be angry. Grieve in secret. Fear those who are different. These are the unwritten "rules" of modern Christianity that Dr. Jacqueline A. Bussie calls out in her award-winning book Outlaw Christian. For Dr. Bussie, a faith governed by these rules was stifling, unsustainable, and dishonest and the only way to keep her faith in God that she loved was to start breaking the rules.

During this conference, Dr. Bussie shares insights from Scripture and real-life stories and testimonies of finding faith through authentic engagement. She calls for a faith that laments, loves, laughs, longs, and lives, but never lies. She offers hope and practical advice for how to love across difference in these troubled and broken times of division.

Bishop Emeritus Dr. Munib Younan has lived a life of service that has sought to engage community across deep differences. As bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land, Dr. Younan has seen firsthand the positive transformations that can happen when people of good will come together for heart-to-heart dialogue even when the issues are complex and the sense of divisions are great. He offers hope and relevant insights from his leadership experience in numerous faith organziations such as the Middle East Council of Churches, The Lutheran World Federation, and the Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches. 

Join us- if you are longing for an authentic faith that is bold, joyous, active, and unifying. We promise a morning of practical insights and inspiration. 

The conference begins with a festive opening ceremony in Christ Chapel at 9:30 a.m. featuring Gustavus student musicians.

  • IndividualTickets: $10/person*
  • Group Discount Rate: 5 tickets for $40, 10 tickets for $60

*All proceeds from the Faith Conference ticket sales benefit the John D. and Ruth Hogenson-Rutford Endowment for Church Relations at Gustavus 

Gustavus Faith Conference Schedule -- Christ Chapel:

  • 9:00 a.m. Doors Open – Enjoy coffee, treats and fellowship
  • 9:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Ceremony
  • 10:15 a.m. Featured Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline Bussie
  • 11:15 a.m. Featured Speaker: Bishop Emeritus Dr. Munib Younan 
  • 12:15 p.m. Faith Conference concludes

The 31st Annual Association of Congregations Business Meeting will begin immediately following the Faith Conference. Clergy and lay voting delegates from member congregations of the GACAC will gather in Alumni Hall for the business meeting luncheon from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

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