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July 23, 2019

Seeking First the Kingdom Announces Keynote Speakers for 2020

The Spiritual Renewal Committee is pleased to announce two internationally known speakers for the 4th annual Seeking First the Kingdom retreat scheduled for March 21 & 22, 2020. Around the theme, Living Simply in a Complex World, Saturday, March 21, will feature Dr. Ronald J. Sider. Ron is an ordained minister in the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ Churches and a Senior Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry, and Public Policy at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. He is the author of 30 books including Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger, lauded by Christianity Today as being among the top 100 books in religion in the 20th century. Ron will provide two keynote addresses and lead one seeking session on a related topic.

On Sunday, March 22, a combined worship service is being planned with Shane Claiborne as the speaker. Shane is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author, who worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.”

Shane’s books include The Irresistible Revolution, Jesus for President, and Beating Guns (2019, forth-coming), among many others. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has presented academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.

After the third successful Seeking First the Kingdom event this past March with increased attendance and financial support, the committee is now seeking Patron Support for 2020. Having internationally known speakers does mean added cost, so please consider contributing using the form on page 9. Complete and return it to the church office with your contribution.

If you have been a supporter in the past, we thank you and ask that you give again. If you have not supported in the past, please consider doing so not only financially but through your prayers and attendance. -Jay Wenger, Chair of Seeking First the Kingdom