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Monday, August 10

Keynote: “Deconstructing Deconstruction” by Kevin Miller

8:00am ET (Available for On-Demand Streaming)

Are we living through unprecedented times? Or are we going through a cycle that has happened before? Drawing on Watchmen, cold war history, Richard Rohr, René Girard, the musical Hamilton and the Bible, Kevin offers insights into what it will take for real change to happen.

Facebook Live Icebreaker

2:00pm ET (Facebook Live in The Collaborators Facebook Group)

We’ll be hosting a Facebook Live in The Collaborators Facebook Group for attendees to connect, to go over the program experience and expectations, and answer any questions you may have about the conference.

Welcome from Suzanne Ross & Preston Shipp | Q&A with Kevin Miller

8:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

Suzanne Ross (Raven Foundation Co-Founder) and Preston Shipp (Head of Theology & Peace) welcome attendees and kick off the first annual Collaborators Conference!

The Welcome will be followed by a live Q&A with Kevin Miller, moderated by Shannon Mullen.

Tuesday, August 11

Screening: J.E.S.U.S.A. Documentary

8:00am ET (Available for On-Demand Streaming)

J.E.S.U.S.A. is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between Christianity and American nationalism and the violence that often emerges from it. Far from a new phenomenon, this documentary traces the co-opting of Christianity by the state all the way back to the age of Constantine, when the Christian faith became the official religion of the Roman Empire. Through interviews with a diverse group of scholars, pastors, historians, and activists, this film shows how specific readings of the Bible have led many Christians to confuse their devotion to Jesus with their dedication to the state. The film helps viewers rediscover and restore long-held Christian beliefs regarding nonviolence, inspiring Christians to become purveyors of peace rather than enablers of conflict and violence.

Attendees will be emailed a one-time use coupon code to stream the documentary through Vimeo.

Workshop: “Toward A Girardian Reading of Revelation” with James Alison

2:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

Girard himself never attempted a sustained reading of the Book of Revelation. Nevertheless his insights, furnished with the ever greater understanding we have of the “codes”, or “imaginary world” proper to those associated with the Jerusalem Temple in the years leading up to and surrounding its destruction in 70AD, do give us a sense of how misleading it has been to read our sense of what is “apocalyptic” into the world of the “Apocalypse of St John”. I will hope to explore this a little, before turning to some considerations of how the vision shared with John can help us read the violence of our own times.

For anyone who wants to prepare for this workshop, James Alison’s recent text on Girard and Revelation is available.

Panel with Kevin Miller & James Alison

8:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

A live Zoom Panel with Kevin Miller and James Alison, moderated by Sue Wright.

Wednesday, August 12

Keynote: “The Church Has Left the Building: Racism & Religion in the time of COVID-19″ by Julia Robinson Moore

8:00am ET (Available for On-Demand Streaming)

What does a Christ-centered conversation around structural inequality and systemic injustice look like? With the complexities of the COVID-19 pandemic as its context, this talk presents a model of non-violent Christianity for those in the Body of Christ who seek solutions to societal injustice and healing from abusive forms of Christianity.

Workshop: “What is ‘Good’ or ‘Loving’ Mimesis? Understanding Different Models of Mimetic Desire for Creative Outcomes” with Rebecca Adams

2:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

Although Rene Girard is known primarily as a theorist of violence, his Mimetic Theory contains resources for imagining beneficial forms of mimesis. We will discuss Girard’s concept of Mimetic Desire–it’s history, controversies, and the implications around what Girard calls “positive” Mimesis. Then we will look at some further constructive models of Mimetic Desire that Girard does not explicitly discuss but which actually strengthen the claims of his theory, concluding our time by discussing real life examples in small groups.

Panel with Julia Robinson Moore & Rebecca Adams

8:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

A live Zoom Panel with Julia Robinson Moore and Rebecca Adams, moderated by Lindsey Paris-Lopez.

Thursday, August 13

Concert Performance by Audrey Assad

8:00am ET (Available for On-Demand Streaming)

Acclaimed musician and 2019 Raven Award Winner Audrey Assad shares an exclusive concert performance (including “Your Peace Will Make Us Whole” and a brand new song) interspersed with her personal experiences and stories.

A Conversation with Rahim Buford

2:00pm ET (Facebook Live in The Collaborators Facebook Group)

Preston Shipp will be hosting a Facebook Live interview with Rahim Buford in the Collaborators Facebook Group.

Panel with Audrey Assad & David Dark

8:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

A live Zoom Panel with Audrey Assad and David Dark, moderated by Preston Shipp.

Friday, August 14

Keynote: “Beloved Community, Guilty Pleasures, and Robot Soft Exorcism” by David Dark

8:00am ET (Available for On-Demand Streaming)

David Dark uses story and humor to illuminate a path into beloved community. Taking on toxic images of God, David invites us to be more merciful to ourselves and to find the grace to extend that mercy to others, even those we consider obstacles to beloved community.

Workshop: “Crashing Into the Future: The Church and Technology Beyond COVID-19” with Adam Ericksen

2:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

Worshiping not physically together is weird and hard for people. But this is part of the future of the Church. Adam will walk us through how I use Facebook for worship and to get the message of nonviolent Christianity out to the public. The breakout sessions will discuss the following: Does your congregation us social media for worship? What has been most effective? What hasn’t worked? What might you do differently? How do you do communion?

Closing Remarks

8:00pm ET (Livestream via Zoom)

Closing remarks with Suzanne Ross and Preston Shipp.

Saturday, August 15

Facebook Worship Service

TBA

Pastor Adam Ericksen & Julia Robinson Moore will lead a worship service via Facebook Live. The live broadcast will be hosted on the Raven Foundation Facebook Page and shared in The Collaborators Facebook Group for viewing. More details to come!