Diana Butler Bass, Brian McLaren & Mark Whitlock at CST
This is an exciting time for Christianity in America, with the rise of fresh forms of spirituality and religion that Diana Butler Bass has characterized as a "New Spiritual Awakening." Claremont School of Theology hosted Diana Butler Bass, Brian McLaren, and Mark Whitlock, experts on the cutting edge of these new trends, in a forum entitled “A Great Awakening? Signs of a New Christianity,” moderated by CST Dean Philip Clayton.
Diana Butler Bass is a best-selling, award-winning author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University, and her latest book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening, is a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of Christianity in America.
Brian McLaren is a beloved and best-selling author, speaker, activist, public theologian, and Claremont School of Theology Trustee. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is an ecumenical global networker among innovative Christian leaders. His latest book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World, will be out this fall.
Mark Whitlock is the dynamic Senior Minister of Christ Our Redeemer African Methodist Episcopal Church (COR), the largest A.M.E. Church in Orange County, with more than 1,750 multi-racial members. COR has a variety of ministries to meet the "felt needs" of its congregation and community, ranging from music, worship and multi-media arts, to youth rite-of-passage ceremonies, Bible studies, and missions. He also serves as CEO for Nehemiah Ministries, a nonprofit economic development corp. for the Fifth District of the AME Church.
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