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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

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.

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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