College Conference @ Montreat

Remembering Sabbath

Join us for 2020 College Conference at Montreat, as we explore the ways Sabbath influences our faith, impacts our personal well-being, and promotes justice and care for our neighbors and surrounding creation.

This event is hosted by Montreat Conference Center
January 2–5, 2020

If you would like to register as an individual, please check the Registration & Housing tab below.

We live in a society that tells us to go non-stop. We celebrate those who are constantly busy and consider those who take time off to be unproductive. The practice of Sabbath invites us to be still and know God, any day of the week. However, the reality of our society and the economic demands of our world prohibit many from even considering a few hours of rest.

From Genesis to Revelation, our scriptures mention Sabbath over 170 times. In the Old Testament, God rests on the seventh day of creation and repeatedly tells the people to observe the Sabbath. In the Gospels, Jesus consistently takes time to rest and share with others that Sabbath is also a day to do good and promote the well being of others. After Christ’s death, we read in the book of Acts that his followers continue to recognize the Lord’s Day.

Join us for 2020 College Conference at Montreat as we explore the ways Sabbath influences our faith, impacts our personal well-being, and promotes justice and care for our neighbors and surrounding creation.


Event Leadership

Dr. Lauren F. Winner – Keynote Leader

Lauren F. Winner writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and, most recently, a book on overlooked biblical tropes for God, Wearing God. She is completing a book called Characteristic Damage, which examines the effects of sin and damage on Christian practice.

Dr. Winner’s research has been supported by numerous institutions, including Monticello, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has served as a commentator on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today, and her essays have been included in several volumes of The Best Christian Writing.

Dr. Winner, an Episcopal priest, is vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, N.C.

Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins – Keynote Leader

The Rev. Jimmie Ray Hawkins serves as the director of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Public Witness in Washington, DC. From 1996 to 2016, he served as the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. His community ministry includes being a leader for the Moral Monday Movement since its onset in 2013, and he has chaired several interfaith/ecumenical and non-profit boards including: Durham Congregations in Action, the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Religious Coalition for a Non-Violent Durham, Housing for New Hope (homeless advocacy, End Poverty Now), among others. Rev. Hawkins earned a BA in social studies from North Carolina Central University; a MA in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education; and a MDiv from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary.

Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana – Preacher

The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, pastor, speaker, and ministry coach living in Reston, VA. She is author of God, Improv, and the Art of Living, and 2012’s Sabbath in the Suburbs, a Chalice Press bestseller for two years running and a “must read” by Ministry Matters. Her writing has appeared in TIME.com, The Washington PostHuffington PostReligion DispatchesJournal for Preachers, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. She is a sought-after speaker, preacher, conference leader, and writer around issues of leadership, faith formation, and congregational transformation.

MaryAnn is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX, and received her MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA. She is a mother of three, a haphazard knitter, and an occasional ultra-marathoner.

Daniel Heath – Music Leader

Daniel Heath is the founder and lead consultant for Church 21, LLC. His passion is helping congregations thrive amid a rapidly changing contemporary landscape. He served as the Worship and Arts Director of Covenant Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, North Carolina for eight years before recently being invited, and honoring God’s call, to study as a Presidential Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, he earned a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Music Education degree from Winthrop University. He holds a Certificate in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Daniel hopes to serve a college, university, or seminary community after graduating in 2020. He and his wife, Katrina, have two sons.

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