Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 19, 2003

Peterson, Barnes, Dawn to Share Insights at 28th Annual
Whitworth Institute of Ministry

Whitworth College's 28th annual Institute of Ministry program, focusing on the theme of spiritual renewal in pastoral ministry, will include workshops led by noted authors and theologians Eugene Peterson, M. Craig Barnes and Marva Dawn, as well as several other authorities on spirituality and renewal.

The purpose of the July 14-18 institute is to serve pastors, music and worship directors, lay church leaders and their families through worship, theological reflection, Bible study, prayer and small-group interaction.

Eugene Peterson, author of several volumes on spirituality and translator of The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (Navpress 2002), will speak on "Genesis Spirituality." During his workshop sessions he will discuss how to keep contemplative traditions of the church alive in the anti-contemplative conditions in which North American pastors work.

M. Craig Barnes, author of Sacred Thirst (Zondervan 2001) and When God Interrupts: Finding New Life Through Unwanted Change (Intervarsity Press 1996), is the Robert Meneilly Professor of Ministry at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Barnes will speak on "Pastor as Wilderness Guide." During his workshop sessions, he will address the recovery of a biblical sense of home for "a society of nomads who are no longer looking to home to tell them who they are, but are hoping that the next job, move, or relationship will do that for them," Barnes says.

Marva Dawn, theologian, scholar, teacher, musician and author of Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for the Turn-Of-The-Century Culture (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing 1995), will speak on "Spiritual Renewal in Pastoral Ministry" and will lead a workshop, "Renewal in Spiritual Practices for Pastoral Ministry." The workshop will take its form from the participants' choices from the topics presented in the mornings and from personal or congregational needs. Dawn will address the interfaces and unity of theology, spirituality, ethics and ministry.

In addition to these keynote speakers, Whitworth faculty will also lead workshops during the institute. Professor of Psychology and Holocaust scholar James Waller will give a workshop on "Human Nature and Radical Evil" and will address the necessity for church leaders and laypeople to recognize the essentialist trait underlying our inhumanity to each other that makes each of us, ultimately, capable of committing radical evil.

Whitworth President Bill Robinson will also speak, addressing "Leading People from the Middle," and discussing the ways in which 21st-century changes in organization structure and culture will influence churches and their leadership.

Professor of Religion Jerry Sittser will give a presentation on "Light from the Past: How History Can Enrich the Spiritual Life" and will discuss how 2000 years of church history can be mined for spiritual enrichment.

Dale Soden, professor of history and director of the Weyerhaeuser Center, will speak on "Mark Matthews: Presbyterian Giant in the Pacific Northwest." Matthews was pastor of Seattle's First Presbyterian Church from 1902-1940; he combined evangelical fervor with a commitment to social reform that left an indelible mark on Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

During the week, youth programs will be available for the children of participants. Art, music and recreational activities are planned for all age groups, including a teen program for junior and senior high youth. Trained caregivers will be present to care for infants and toddlers. Accommodations in residence halls and on-campus dining services will be available for Institute of Ministry participants.

To register, please contact the Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning program coordinator at (509) 777-3275 or register online at www.whitworth.edu/wim.


Michelle Seefried, program coordinator, Weyerhaeuser Center for Christian Faith and Learning, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3275 or mpace@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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