Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Clergy Retreat with Walter Brueggeman
It's always such a treat to be with Dr. Brueggeman but especially so at the Annual Newark Clergy Retreat.
Normally, Clergy Retreats are cause for my annual vocational crisis. Not so with Dr. Brueggeman. Especially his talk last evening on "Post Exile: Telling the Story Faithfully".
This morning's lecture is "Post Exile: Creating a Culture of Interpretation". He argues that we ought not be "Custodians of Cultural Values." And that we, like the post-exilic Jews, are called to move past, "Budget, Buildings and Programs to a 'fresh intentionality' about the gospel."
The conversation has been fresh and exhilarating - even after the second cup of coffee.
How exciting is this?