“The Risk of Grace”
October 17-18, 2014
Grace works without requiring anything on our part. It's not expensive. It's not even cheap. It's free.-- Robert Capon
The grace of God does not play it safe. It is imprudent, risky, foolish. Try as we might to contain it, grace moves beyond deserving, pushing the envelope of forgiveness and dispersing the shadows of shame and guilt that drive so much of our daily lives. God, “whose property it is always to have mercy”, does not flinch from reality—not from our hopes and dreams, our hurts and disappointments, our proudest moments or most embarrassing failures.
To those struggling under the burden of self-reliance—exhausted by the rat race of comparison and performance—the Gospel is more than good news, it is the best news, a doorway to both freedom and peace.
This October, at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Houston, TX, we invite you to explore “The Risk of Grace” with us, how the Gospel fearlessly addresses and liberates the control freak in us all. Our keynote speaker will be Tullian Tchividjian, noted pastor and author of One Way Love: Inexhaustible Grace for an Exhausted World (not to mention grandson of Billy Graham). He will be joined by a host of Mockingbird contributors, including David Zahl, Sarah Condon, Aaron Zimmerman, and RJ Heijmen. The Rev. David Browder will serve as the conference chaplain. Our good friends The Magills will be on hand to lead music, and we've even enlisted one of our favorite Texas singer-songwriters, Slaid Cleaves, to play a concert!
As always, the emphasis will be on where the freedom of the Gospel touches down in places that matter (and some that don’t), from romance and parenting to pop culture and social media, theology and literature, and lots more. If the conference anything like past ones put on by Mockingbird, it will be a time of genuine comfort, inspiration, and good humor.
The event will run all day on Friday (9am-3:30pm, 6:30-9:30pm) and half day on Saturday (9am-12:30pm). Click here to view the schedule. The conference fee is $60, which covers the full program, plus lunch and dinner on Friday (which will be delicious). Childcare is provided for all the main sessions.
If you plan on attending, we ask that you pre-register beforehand.
There are two ways to pre-register:
1. Via post by sending a non-refundable check, payable to ‘Mockingbird Ministries’, along with the names of who will be attending to:
100 West Jefferson St
Charlottesville, VA 22902
2. Online, via the form below