Speaker Profile: MaryAnn McKibben Dana
"At its best, though, Sabbath draws us more faithfully into the world. It connects us with the God who is Creator of all that is, and who desires the wholeness -- the shalom -- of this creation. And Sabbath gives us energy and vitality for the work to which we have been called." -MaryAnn McKibben Dana
MaryAnn McKibben Dana is pastor of Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, Virginia. She is author of Sabbath in the Suburbs, a Chalice Press bestseller and a “must read for 2013” by Ministry Matters. Her forthcoming book is Links, Likes, and Follows: Spirituality for the Smartphone Age through Bondfire Books. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, the Christian Century and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today. She was recently featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
She is a sought-after speaker, conference leader and writer around issues of leadership, faith formation, technology, and congregational transformation. She is co-chair of NEXT Church, a movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that seeks to call forth vital ministry for our changing cultural context. MaryAnn is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and received her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is a mother of three, a haphazard knitter, and a slow marathoner. Connect with her at her website, The Blue Room.
She will be speaking on 5/20/2014 at 6:45pm at Central Lutheran Church in worship and again on 5/20/2014 at 7:15pm at Central Lutheran Church in a dialogue with Barbara Brown Taylor.
We are blessed to welcome MaryAnn McKibben Dana here in May for the Festival. Her many experiences and understanding of bringing forth "vital ministry for our changing cultural context" will surely offer much to learn from in the way of "Preaching with Holy Imagination." For more about her, check out the following links: