2018 Hiller Lectureship: Imaginative Witness - Dr. Taylor Worley
March 1, 2018
Imaginative Witness: Biblical Virtues for a Callous and Confused Culture
featuring Dr. Taylor Worley
Join us on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at Central Church in Sioux Falls as Dr. Taylor Worley leads the 2018 Hiller Lectureship: Imaginative Witness: Biblical Virtues for a Callous and Confused Culture. Together, we’ll discuss the topic of greeting the culture with faith, hope, and love and think through how we can welcome people into the Kingdom by extending Christian hospitality in a culture-positive way.
About the Event
In a callous and confused culture, it is easy to lose Christian vision. The gospel of Jesus Christ supplies Christians with a new identity and a new way of being in the world. Yet the Church is most effective in its mission when it exercises a robust Christian imagination, that is, an attentiveness to how the Spirit is creatively connecting the religious questions of our day to the biblical answers that alone can satisfy them. More precisely, the Spirit uses the biblical virtues of faith, hope, and love to train and cultivate that Christian imagination. With cultural examples both ancient and contemporary, Dr. Taylor Worley will show how the Church can reach out to the world through an imagination shaped by faith, hope, and love.
About the Speaker
Dr. Taylor Worley serves as Associate Vice President for Spiritual Life and University Ministries and as Associate Professor of Faith and Culture at Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. He is also the managing director of The Resilience Project for the Center for Transformational Churches at Trinity.
He completed a Ph.D. with the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews in the areas of contemporary art and theological aesthetics. His scholarly projects center on theological explorations of the visual arts and cinema as well as engaging Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Christological sociality for the church in the world. He has lectured on diverse topics in a theological engagement with contemporary art and film at conferences and in churches.
He has been involved in or edited the following book projects: Re-enchantment, Edited by James Elkins and David Morgan, Routledge, 2008; Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Conversations with The Work of David Brown, Edited by Robert MacSwain and Taylor Worley, Oxford University Press, 2012; Dreams, Doubt, and Dread: The Spiritual in Film, Edited by Zachary Thomas Settle and Taylor Worley, Cascade Books, 2016; and Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation Between Two Worlds, Edited by W. David O. Taylor and Taylor Worley, “Studies in Theology and the Arts,” InterVarsity Academic Press, 2017.
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