Brian McLaren will be stopping by McLean, VA to give a book talk/workshop entitled, “Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Muhammad Cross the Road?” When these four religious leaders walk cross the road in McLaren’s book, it’s not the beginning of a joke. It’s the start of one of the most important conversations in today’s, post-9/11 world.
I'm not sure if I or any other leader of DC Theology Pub or An Emerging Christianity Conversation can make the event since it's out of DC, but I wanted to let anyone who missed Brian's 9/12 talk in DC last year to be able to hear him talk about these central interfaith issues (and the workshop will be about 6 hours so he'll go into greater detail with his materials).
You can register for the event at the Immanuel Presbyterian Church website (click here). Registrations are $20 or 25 depending if you register by Oct 15th or walk in the day of the event. (Lunch is included in the cost of registration). The event is open to the public, so feel free to forward this information to anyone who might be interested.
Themes of the book:
Simple yet profound, this groundbreaking book shows readers step-by-step how to reclaim this strong-benevolent faith, revealing:
• How a new understanding of key Christian doctrines can end religious rivalry and foster new relationships,
• How a fresh perspective of Christian and colonial history can replace our lingering “superior” attitudes with empathy and humility, and
• How by standing in solidarity with “the other” as Jesus did, we can become a force against injustice and inhumanity – fulfilling the Christian mission like never before
Blending history, narrative, and brilliant insight, McLaren challenges us to stop creating barriers in the name of God – and in doing so, he invites Christians to become more Christ-like.
More about Brian: Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. After teaching college English, Brian pastored Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington DC area. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors for over 20 years. He is a popular conference speaker and a frequent guest lecturer for denominational and ecumenical leadership gatherings in the U.S. and internationally.
Brian’s writing spans over a dozen books, including his acclaimed A New Kind of Christian trilogy, A Generous Orthodoxy, and his most recent title, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words (2011). A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, Brian is also an active and popular blogger, a musician, and an avid outdoor enthusiast. Learn more at his website, www.brianmclaren.net. Brian is married to Grace, and they have four adult children.
Location & Logistics: Check the above church website for all other information on directions, etc.