Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Sunday, November 19, 2017 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Wisdom Centre is very pleased to announce that Brandan Robertson will be leading an event for us November 16-19, 2017. The Rev. Brandan Robertson is an author, pastor, thought-leader, contemplative activist working at the intersection of spirituality, sexuality and social renewal. Phyllis Tickle wrote the preface to his book, Nomad, and Brandan very much follows in Phyllis’ footsteps in terms of helping us look at the large shifts that are taking place in the cultural and spiritual landscape. As Phyllis wrote
“In these times of reconfigurations and re-alignments within global spirituality, Brandan Robertson stands out as a thinker and as one of the young leaders whom we would be wise to watch and to listen to. His vocation and dedication are ever-present in what he writes and says and creates. ”
I heard Brandan speak last fall and am extremely grateful that he has agreed to come to Calgary. Others endorse Brandan saying,
“Brandan is a bold and courageous spiritual leader.” — Richard Rohr
“Brandan is an amazing and brave spokesperson for the Spirit in the context of his generation.” — Diana Butler Bass,
“Brandan Robertson is one of the brightest and most hope-inspiring young Christian leaders you’ll meet.” — Brian D. McLaren
“The thing about Brandan is he’s really intelligent and he has a huge heart but he’s also fearless, and it’s that alchemy that makes him such a compelling voice for the new thing that Jesus is up to in the world.” — Rob Bell
Thursday, November 16, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
True Inclusion: Creating Communities That Embrace All. Church leaders (ordained and non-ordained) looking to create true inclusion in their communities are invited to an evening that will include a talk by Brandan, a dinner during which there will be table discussion, and then a warp-up time for questions. Having served as the immediate past national spokesperson of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, on the U.S. State Department’s Working Group on Religion and LGBT+ Rights, The Democratic National Conventions LGBT+ Advisory Board, and the Humane Societies Millennial Faith Leader Advisory Board, Brandan brings a depth of Wisdom and Experience to this topic. Two of his forth-coming books, True Inclusion: Becoming Communities That Embrace All (Chalice Press, 2017), and Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians (Cascade Books, 2018) of which he is editor, address this topic. Location for this event is St. Laurence Anglican Church, 5940 Lakeview Drive SW Calgary.
Friday, November 17, 7:30 pm
The Next Reformation: The Future of Spirituality. A public lecture suggesting the future course of our individual and collective spiritual lives. Brandan will map a trajectory for where we are heading and help interpret current events – including Brexit and Trump- in light of the evolution of spirituality. Location for this evening is also St. Laurence Anglican Church.
Saturday, November 18, 9:30 – 3:30
Waking Up, Growing Up: Understanding Individual and Cultural Spiritual Growth – A day-long retreat experience where Brandan will draw on his work with renowned philosopher Ken Wilber. Brandan will also guide us in modern spiritual practices focusing on how to live in awe and wonder in the midst of ordinary, day to day life – practices and disciplines that emerge from the spiritual but not religious generation.Saturday’s workshop will be held at Mount Royal University (MRU) at 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary in the Lincoln Park Room.
Early bird Pricing – until November 1st
Thursday evening dinner – $40 (limited to 60 people)
Friday evening lecture, Saturday retreat (Lunch not provided. Please either bring your own lunch or visit any of the many choices MRU has to offer) $85; students $50
Friday evening lecture only – $20 for all
After November 1st Friday night tickets remain at $20 and Saturday workshop is $85; $40 for students.
Brandan is the author of Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light (DLT Books, 2016), True Inclusion: Becoming Communities That Embrace All (Chalice Press, 2017), and the editor of Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians (Cascade Books, 2018). He has published numerous articles in respected outlets such as TIME Magazine, Huffington Post, NBC, The Washington Post, Religion News Service, and Dallas Morning News. As sought out commentator of faith, culture, and public life, he is a regular contributor to national media outlets and has been interviewed by outlets such as MSNBC, NPR, TIME Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Associated Press.
Acclaimed as one of “the most hope-inspiring young Christian leaders”, Brandan speaks to diverse audiences around the globe and has been an honored guest speaker at a wide range of venues, from lecturing on spirituality at Oxford University, teaching on LGBT+ rights at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, to speaking at the White House on the impact of religiously-motivated bullying. He is a leader in the interspiritual and interfaith movements, previously working with Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and with The Convergence, an evolutionary spirituality collective. He is the host of the popular Traveling Light podcast, where he explores the deep questions of life with some of the most influential though-leaders in the world today.
Brandan earned his Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Ministry & Theology from Moody Bible Institute and his Masters of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology. He currently resides in San Diego, California and will soon take up a position as Senior Pastor at Missiongathering Christian Church.