Brian McLaren: The Great Spiritual Migration

Brian McLaren: The Great Spiritual Migration

Friday, November 1, 2019 - Sunday, November 3, 2019 7:00 pm - 3:30 pm


The Wisdom Centre and Hillhurst United invite you to join us November 1-3, 2019 for a three-day event with Brian McLaren.

Friday, November 1, 7:00 pm Public Lecture at Knox United Church (506 4 Street SW, Calgary).  Re-Wilding Christianity: We know that Jesus’ greatest sermon took place outdoors.  In fact, most of his ministry took place outside of buildings (and when he went into the temple, things didn’t go so well!)  What would it mean for us to rediscover Christian faith as an outdoor religion again, wild rather than domesticated, reconnecting us with soil, sun, wind, water, and wilderness?

Saturday, November 2, 9:30-3:30 pm  All day event at Mount Royal University (Lincoln Room).  Should I Stay Christian?: Some say the “brand” is ruined beyond repair.  Others say we can’t abandon Christianity to fundamentalism.  How do we negotiate Christian identity in light of our past history and in light of present challenges?  How can we make this a moment of fresh opportunity?

Sunday, November 3 Brian will be preaching at both the 9:05 am and the 10:45 am services at Hillhurst United (1227 Kensington Close NW, Calgary).  His sermon will also be shown on video at the 10 am service at St. Laurence Anglican Church (5940 Lakeview Drive SW, Calgary).

There will also be a ‘pre-event’ at Hillhurst United on Friday, November 1 from 9:30-3:30.  YYC Church-Does church matter or not?  Ten speakers from church and non-church backgrounds have ten minutes to answer the question – Why church? Or, why not church?  How is church relevant or irrelevant today?  Confirmed speakers include Calgary blogger Mike Morrison and CBC Radio host David Gray, as well as leaders from United, Presbyterian, Anglican, and Evangelical churches in Alberta.  Each presenter will end with a short Q and A.

Tickets now only available at the door:

Friday afternoon pre-event only (Brian not attending) – $30

Friday evening only – $30

Both Friday afternoon and evening – $60

Download a flyer here.

If you require accommodation for the event, we have secured a rate at the downtown Calgary Westin for $139/night plus taxes etc. The Westin is a short walk from the Friday night venue (Knox United), a longer walk or short bus ride from the day-time event on Friday and the Sunday service (Hillhurst United), and a 15 minute bus ride to the Saturday workshop at MRU. Click here to book.  Please book before October 3, 2019  to secure the special Wisdom Centre guestroom rate.  For additional reservations assistance call 1-888-627-8417 and mention the “Wisdom Centre” guestroom block.

Also, please join us for three introductory sessions on Wednesday evenings, October 9, 16, and 23 at 7:30 pm at St. Laurence Anglican Church (5940 Lakeview Drive SW, Calgary).  No need to register for these evening sessions.

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. He is a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he is developing an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders. He works closely with the Center for Progressive Renewal/Convergence, the Wild Goose Festival and the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group.

The author of twenty-one books, including his 2016 release, The Great Spiritual Migration: How the Word’s Largest Religion is Seeking a Better Way to be Christian.

A frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs, he has appeared on All Things Considered, Larry King Live, Nightline, On Being, and Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. His work has also been covered in Time, New York Times, Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, Huffington Post,, and many other print and online media.