TForm Summer retreat 2014

Join us in the Cascades for an enriching and inspiring four days focused on the place of artistic expression within the life of the church. Dialogue with pastors, artists, worship directors, and theologians as they come together to explore the role of the arts in the kingdom of God.

  • Learn from nationally-recognized scholars and speakers on faith and the arts.
  • Hear from Christian artists as the share their reflections on their own vocations and place within the church.
  • Take advantage of periods of free time to study or write.
  • Make use of studio space on campus to engage in some art making of your own.
  • Rest, reflect, and explore God's beautiful creation in the heart of the Cascade Mountains.

Space for this retreat is extremely limited. Sign up today!

Retreat Speakers

Alissa Wilkinson

TForm_Wilkinson_150Alissa Wilkinson is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at The King's College, Editor of, and Chief Film Critic at Christianity Today. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University and an M.A. in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University. She has taught courses in writing, literature, postmodern theory, Christian cultural anthropology, Christianity in art history, and film. Alissa regularly publishes on film, art, books, politics, and religion in a variety of publications including Books & Culture, Christianity Today, and the Marginalia Review of Books, and has three chapters published or forthcoming on theology in the work of various filmmakers. She was on staff for two years at International Arts Movement, where she launched and edited The Curator, and worked as an editor at Comment Magazine for four years. She's given invited lectures on film, art, and theology at a number of academic and popular conferences. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband Tom, a fine art photographer, and loves to get creative in the kitchen, read epic stacks of books, and go on long runs around New York City.

Edward Yang

TForm_Yang_150Edward Yang enjoys looking at art and reflecting on how it is one of God's good gifts. He began his undergraduate studies as a studio art major before graduating with a degree in biochemistry from UCLA. After spending a year in Mombasa, Kenya, he pursued graduate studies in theology with a MA from Talbot Theological Seminary and a ThM in Christianity and the arts from Regent College. He teaches adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary where he is completing his PhD with a focus on theology and art of worship space. He and his wife, Sunnie, live in Pasadena with their three energetic boys: Ethan, Eliot and Hunter.

William Dyrness

TForm_Dyrness_150William Dyrness is Professor of Theology and Culture and a founding member of the Brehm Center for Worship Theology and the Arts at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. His teaching and research interests include modern art and aesthetics, art in worship, global theology, and most recently interfaith aesthetics. His recent work on aesthetics and worship include "Primer on Christian Worship" (2009, "Poetic Theology: God and the Poetics of Everyday Life" (2011) and "Senses of Devotion: Interfaith Aesthetics in Buddhist and Muslim Communities" (2013). Along with his wife Grace, an anthropologist and consultant in development, he enjoys traveling and contributing to graduate programs in seminaries in Africa and Asia. Bill and Grace have three adult children, and one especially bright granddaughter.

Matthew Kaemingk

Kaemingk_sq@150-rgbMatthew Kaemingk is serves as a theologian and director for the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in Seattle, WA. He teaches courses at Fuller Seminary Northwest in ethics, arts, worship, and culture. He also helps to direct the annual Transformation Conference in worship, the arts, and the renewal of Christian Imagination. Matthew earned his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and his doctoral degrees in theology, ethics, and culture from the Free University of Amsterdam and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is particularly interested in questions around the vocation of the artist within the life of the church and the broader society. While Matthew has published articles and chapters in a number academic journals and books, he has also published in a number of popular level journals on faith and culture including Comment Magazine, Fieldnotes Magazine, and the Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue Journal.

Want Fuller Academic Credit?

If you are in a Fuller degree program and would like to utilize this retreat as the basis for a Directed Study contact Matthew Kaemingk by email. The study would add readings, reflections and a research paper centered around the teachings experience of the retreat. Completed proposals must be submitted by May 1st for approval. Click here to apply to Fuller.

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