Conference on Christianity in a Consumer Culture: An Update

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : August 4, 2005

I just wanted to let you all know the latest on the upcoming Conference on Christianity in a Consumer Culture:

We’ve got our four main speakers lined up:

Rodney Clapp is the Editorial
Director of Brazos Press.  His books include A Peculiar People: The
Church as Culture in a Post-Christian Society
, Border Crossings:
Christian Trespasses on Popular Culture and Public Affairs
, and The
Consuming Passion: Christianity & the Consumer Culture.

Vincent Miller
is an associate professor in the theology department
where he teaches courses in Catholic theology and religion and culture.
His recent book Consuming Religion: Christian Faith and Practice in a
Consumer Culture
considers the ways in which consumer culture
transforms religious belief and practice.

Ron Sider
is professor of theology at Eastern Seminary, as well as the
President and Founder of Evangelicals for Social Action. Hailed by
Christianity Today as one of the one hundred most influential books in
religion in the twentieth century, his book Rich Christians in an Age
of Hunger
has sold over 400,000 copies. His recent books include
the Scandal of the Evangelical Conscienceand Towards an Evangelical Public

Sondra Ely Wheeler
is an assistant professor of Christian ethics at
Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C.  She is the author of
Wealth as Peril and Obligation: The New Testament on Possessions.

The conference is scheduled for April 28th and 29th and will be held (tenatively) at WIlley Hall on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank Campus.  If you would like to help with the conference, let me know.  We are especially looking for people who want to share for one of our sixteen breakout sessions.  A breakout session can be anything from a practitioner’s workshop or involve the presentation of academic papers.   The conference website will hopefully be up shortly (the website up currently was slapped together by yours truly and isn’t very descriptive).  We’re trying to keep costs as low as possible.  If you, or your church, would like to make a donation to help make the conference inexpensive for others, please let contact me.  All money, whether donated or gathered through registrations, will go to pay for the conference.  In the unlikely event that we get more money than we need, the excess will either go towards a future conference, or will be donated to some cause that is in keeping the the spirit of the conference.

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One Response to “Conference on Christianity in a Consumer Culture: An Update”

  1. todd h on August 8th, 2005 8:45 am

    Wow! It sounds excellent. I am excited about it already. You got some big names!

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