DURING THE years of 2013-2014, our friend Mike Witherspoon has been organizing an event he called "The New Symposium." Three times a year, he invited his friends to present their positions on a pre-established topic. They met in a home and he moderated the dialogue.
In a recent conversation, we decided this event seemed to fit well with our work of cultural renewal. The event’s descriptive tag is: “Rescuing Discourse from the Political Parties.” That’s another way of emphasizing what we’ve been calling a “Dialogue of Love.”
So we decided to bring it under the EDI umbrella.
At a recent lunch meeting with Daniel Brake, the genius behind our website, we were discussing the addition of a blog for "The New Symposium." Daniel was hesitant to add the blog. He said I really needed to think about the name. It sounded to him as if we were doing something new and superior to our annual Eighth Day Symposium.
I agreed. And the EDI board of directors also agreed.
After further discussion with Mike, we decided to change the name to “Great Conversations: Rescuing Discourse from Political Parties.”
A more permanent “seat at the table” is given to those who submit a minimum 300-word abstract to Mike. You can also comment on blog posts in the Great Conversations category. Or you can submit a formal blog post to Mike for review.
Our next "Great Conversation" is on February 23. With a bit of fear and trembling, we are tackling the question: Who is the best candidate for the next president of the United States?
On April 12, we'll have a pre-selected panel of lay people (Round One from the Pew) and a pre-selected panel of pastors (Round Two from the Pulpit) modeling a dialogue of love on how to interpret the first two chapters of Genesis.
We hope you'll join us for these lively and highly stimulating conversations.