Renowned Author Brian McLaren to Speak at Claremont School of Theology on "Dancing to a New Tune"

Public Address Entitled “Dancing to a New Tune"

February 19, 2014
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mudd Theater

Free to the public with limited seating; Early arrival suggested.


Renowned author, speaker, activist, and public theologian, Brian McLaren is, simply put, one of the most incisive voices within contemporary American Christianity. A former college English teacher and pastor, McLaren identifies himself as “an ecumenical global networker among innovative Christian leaders.” He is sought after for his perspective as a successful church planter and leading thinker within Emergence Christianity – a surging ecumenical movement that seeks to incorporate spiritual teachings, core values, and organizational principles from the early Christian communities into the 21st century context. In 2005, Time Magazine included him among its list of “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.”

McLaren is also a prolific writer. He has published works of fiction and non-fiction, traditional books as well as e-books, and is a frequent blogger. His forthcoming book, We Make the Road By Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Orientation and Activation will be published in June by Jericho Books.

In 2011, Brian McLaren joined the Board of Trustees for Claremont School of Theology. Since joining the board, Brian has been a regular presence on the CST campus. His previous talks at CST have generated large and enthusiastic audiences. He is currently collaborating with CST Professor Philip Clayton on the CANA Initiative, “a collective of faith-based organizations, individuals, institutions, and networks who seek to embody a new Christian ethos.”

McLaren’s presentation to be delivered at CST has been informed by the work of organizational consultant Otto Scharmer who observed that, “What’s missing today is a high-quality discourse on rethinking the design of the entire system from scratch.” McLaren will share his perspective on our shared role in rethinking “the entire system” of Christian faith in the 21st century. Who should engage in this kind of rethinking for the Christian community? How would it be done? Is it already happening? These questions will be the jumping off point for what promises to be a lively encounter with Brian McLaren.