Well arrive about thirty minutes ago for the Midwinter Winter Theological Conference sponsored by NRIT at the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, MT just outside Glacier National Park. The focus of our three conference is “Being Lutheran in a Multi-Faith World.” Our theologian-in-residence is Dr. Michael Trice who is the Assistant Dean for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue at the Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry.
From 2004 to 2011, Dr. Trice served as Associate Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations in the ELCA. He earned a M.T.S from Duke Divinity School and a Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. In 2006, Dr. Trice completed his dissertation at Loyola University, in an ecumenical studies program with the Evangelische Fakultat at Ludwig-Maximillian-University in Munich, Germany.
Dr. Trice served for two years as ELCA staff for the White House Task Force on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation, is a leader on the Interfaith Commission of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and stands on the executive board for Church World Service. His areas of academic interest include multireligious relations and trends, and the intersections in applied theology to conflict transformation, through and after the trespasses of human violence and cruelty.
Looking forward to his presentation and an opportunity to meet more colleagues here in Montana. Also tomorrow after lunch there is time for some nordic and snowshoeing trails.
I love listening to TED talks. They are usually given by inspiring speakers and very engaging. Today David Lose pointed to the TED talk below by Clay Shirky. I found it an amazing talk on how our open-source world is changing everything and even could change our government. On the day we have the first presidential debate, Clay’s words encourage to hope that even our debates might be improved by our new social media context.
The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
Clay Shirky argues that the history of the modern world could be rendered as the history of ways of arguing, where changes in media change what sort of arguments are possible — with deep social and political implications.
Since we have moved to Bozeman in late August we have been dealing with haze/smoke from the forest fires in Idaho and Montana. Our view of the mountains would vary from seeing them through a light haze to on bad days not even being able to make them out at all.
Well we work up this morning and I couldn’t see the Bridger range at all from our bedroom. I thought just another very smoky day but then I realized that we were actually getting SNOW on October 3. We are only suppose to get an inch or two and it will probably not stay around all that long, but the roof are becoming snow covered and the snow is accumulating on the grass. Sidewalks and roads are clear for now.
While I am not sure I am ready for snow already, the snow and probably rain this afternoon will be huge in finally putting down the forest fires that are still burning and will lead to crisp clear days when the beauty of the Gallatin Valley will find be clearly visible again.
So I find myself humming already, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow”
Several have asked why I decided to leave St. Luke to accept a new call in Montana. This video blog tries to explain the process I went through in discerning if God was calling me to a new congregation.
One of my favorite seminary professors is Dr. David Lose. He just posted on his blog (davidlose.net) a very interesting blog on “Kids and Incentives.” I really liked it and gave me much food for thought. Maybe you too?