at the beginning of the year, i mentioned here on the blog an incredible opportunity for youth workers to come be a part of an inaugural conference here in chicago. providing a safe and sacred place for progressive youth pastors and workers to plot, scheme and collude with one another, The Jopa Group and Fourth Presbyterian Church in chicago created the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference (you can join the facebook group here beginning monday, april 14). the diverse line-up of speakers gave voice to three themes, represented in each plenary session :: theology, sexuality and faith formation.
one of those talks was quite possibly the most raw, honest, vulnerable and powerful i’ve ever experienced.
this talk received a standing ovation.
jeff’s transparency and courage captivated the room, as each and every attendee was fixated on his every word.
watch the video. listen to him, and you’ll see why.
my friends, we need to reclaim a version of the gospel that is faithful to the radical inclusivity and hospitality of the risen christ we claim to follow. something that is wholly generous, truly life-giving and boldly compassionate enough to see individuals for who they are – beautifully hand-crafted image bearers of divinity.
what do you think?