Mockingbird Spring Conference

“I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.” –Franny Glass in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey

Is there any question that inspires more fascination and worry, creativity and fear, than ‘who am I?’ No matter where we are in life, the search for--and maintenance of--an identity seems to be as fundamental as it is irresolvable.

Join us this Spring as we delve into the subject that occupies an embarrassing amount of our waking hours—ourselves—and explore how the grace of God might fit in. To help us, we’ve enlisted seven quite disparate identities: a novelist/professor (Francis Spufford), a moral psychologist (Jonathan Haidt), a columnist/cartoonist (Tim Kreider), a children’s book author (Sally Lloyd-Jones), a Reformation historian (Ashley Null), an Episcopal minister/preacher (Paul Walker), and a mockingbird (David Zahl). We hope the event will shed some light and maybe even some calm on this most consuming of topics.

In addition to the main presentations, there will be a number of breakout sessions led by various Mockingbird writers and staff, covering a wide range of topics, from theology to literature, television to technology, psychology to humor. Our conference chaplain this time will be The Rev. John Zahl. If the past six years are anything to go by, the conference is sure to be a time of warmth, fun, and maybe even a little emancipation (not to mention delicious food). We hope you can come!

The event is open to anyone and everyone. Our emphasis and hope at Mockingbird is to keep things as down-to-earth as possible, so there should be something for everyone. Just be sure to pre-register below, as space is limited.



If you plan on attending the conference, we ask that you pre-register beforehand. There are a number of price options this year:

  1. 3 Days: With Meals $150, No Meals $100*
  2. 2 Days: With Meals $125, No Meals $75
  3. 1 Day (Friday): With Meals $100, No Meals $50
  4. 1 Day (Thurs or Sat): With Meals $50, No Meals $25
  5. 1 Meal or Talk: $20

As we have in the past, this year we are offering a special all-inclusive rate for students and seminarians of $100/person. Simply select your option according to price and select “seminarian/student rate.” For information about other scholarships, please contact us at

There are two ways to pre-register:

  1. Online, by filling out the form below (Names, Emails, Addresses and whether or not they’ll need childcare) and submitting payment via Paypal.
  2. Via post by sending a non-refundable check, payable to ‘Mockingbird Ministries’, along with the names of who will be attending to:

Mockingbird Ministries

100 West Jefferson St

Charlottesville, VA 22902


We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.