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engaging current culture with ancient faith
Phillip Johnston: Bored Yet Busy: Free Time, The Winter Blues and Lack of Purpose
February 13, 2014 12:33 PM PST
As this Podcast goes to Air, the Northeast is burdened once again by a double whammy of the white stuff. Life's like that sometimes, even in the warmer months.
January 30, 2014 09:49 AM PST
Strap on your jet packs and get ready to exit Planet Earth, because this talk will make you say,
January 16, 2014 03:51 PM PST
Chloe, our first and most famous Resident Intern, delivered a thoughtful, thorough and engaging talk on the life of Chris McCandless.
October 18, 2013 10:18 AM PDT
Our Founder & Director, Tom Becker, takes us on a mini-tour of human oddities, starting with Lady Gaga. Turns out LG is quite normal...and smart. She's found a way into the hearts of millions of fans who feel they are different, just like everyone else!
October 17, 2013 11:33 AM PDT
Joshua and Jeremy Chen co-lead this forum. The Chens graduated from Veritas Academy in 2007. Jeremy then studied at Princeton University where he was transformed in his understanding of the possibility of true community through leadership in Manna Fellowship. Joshua attended Virginia Tech and struggled to find the same kind of spiritual family on campus or in churches. Both have much to say from their experiences and astute theological reflections on culture and history. Currently Jeremy is studying for his Master of Divinity at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, and Josh is furthering his calling to engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.Debbie Taylor: A Christian View of Yoga and Meditation
May 10, 2013 12:47 PM PDT
Prayer. Posture. Fruit kabobs.
May 03, 2013 01:51 PM PDT
Graham comes to The Row House Forum once more to deliver a top shelf paper and lecture. Normally a Liberal Arts, Theology and Writing instructor at Veritas Academy, Mr. Dennis loves people, ideas and culture. He's a family man who lives here in Lancaster County and is a repository of knowledge on all things European, Medieval and Heavy Metal (though that last category is fading in prominence, as is his mullet).
April 26, 2013 09:25 AM PDT
It is said in Nigeria, “Art is frozen music.”
In the spirit of his homeland, Ibiyanka Alao “sang” his presentation artfully, displaying many of his prints and recounting stories of growing up in a small village.
It’s really difficult not to like Ibiy. He’s such a gentle, happy soul. It’s no wonder he speaks so effectively throughout the world in venues as varied as public high schools, liberal arts colleges and churches as UN Ambassador for the Arts.
How did we ever land such a world-renowned speaker?
He had heard about The Row House through an F&M graduate who met him at a conference. When he called to ask about our work, I was skeptical. Most entreaties I receive from Nigerians have to do with bailing someone out of a jail with my $8,000.
As it turns out, Ibiy is the real deal. He won the United Nations International Arts contest in 2001 with a painting based on the prophecy of Ezekiel.
We featured that image, along with five others, on the cover of our bi-annual journal, The Front Porch. (Get in touch with us for a copy. It’s chock full of Row House presentations, news and wonderful happenings outside of Lancaster where faith intersects current culture).
Since he won his prize, Ibiy’s been traveling the world sharing his life story and speaking on how art can be a tool for peacemaking.
I was very impressed at how his love for his homeland and his modest, self-respect enables him to live with a focus on others. He seems to respect and even enjoy us Americans, and yet he’s giving in a way we rarely see in our cynical land.
His Christian faith is not tied to the evangelical sub-strata so often disregarded by “cultured” folk. He represents a whole other way of seeing life that is at once African and biblical, academic and childlike.
Thanks to my daughter Eliza and our Row House Resident Chloe, the evening featured a spread of Nigerian snacks that were much to Ibiy’s liking: Zobo (a tea-like drink with hibiscus), plantain chips and tiny fried dough balls (Chin Chin) that speak the international language of Doughnut.
After long conversations with guests at our forum, several of us took Ibiy out to The Fridge for pizza and drinks. We chatted and laughed till about 11:00. Turns out, Ibuy not only loves all kinds of people, he loves their food as well.Phillip Johnston, Why Introverts Need Extraverts
February 01, 2013 03:16 PM PST
"Leave Me Alone (But Not For Too Long!): Why Introverts Need Extraverts."
For the first time in forum history, host Tom Becker did NOT have to corral the audience into the gathering space. Instead, 20 eager participants were already seated, ready to listen and not chatting.
That's what happens when we tap into that rarely-talked-about trait called introversion. Interestingly, a bunch of extraverts also showed up, rounding out the crowd to about 40 people.
Hear now the recording of Phillip's outstanding talk wherein he entertains while he informs. His theological analysis of relational dynamics toward the end is simple yet sophisticated. Wait for it!
Share this podcast with a friend, and come see us at the next Row House Forum!Luke Leduc, Hungry Humans
January 25, 2013 01:29 PM PST
Luke's full title for this tasty talk was, "Hungry Humans: Reflections on Food, Eating and Our Relationship to Both."
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