2017 Charlotte Mason Western Conference
July 19th - 22nd, 2017
University of Redlands, Redlands, California
Heroism and the Redemption of the Imagination
Early Bird Registration ends on June 15, 2017
Keynote Speaker for 2017
Director of Southborough, MA L’Abri Fellowship
Dick Keyes is the Director of L’Abri Fellowship in Southborough, MA, where he has worked with his wife, Mardi, since 1979. He holds a B.A. in History from Harvard University and an M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dick worked for L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and England, where he also served as a pastor in the International Presbyterian Church in London. He has been an adjunct professor at Gordon Conwell Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary, and is the author of several books, including Beyond Identity , True Heroism, Chameleon Christianity and Seeing Through Cynicism. He has also contributed chapters in anthologies such as No God but God and Finding God at Harvard.
Keyes Plenary I. Redeeming the Imagination in the Christian Life
It is easy to think of the imagination as something frivolous or inherently misleading. In fact the Bible itself includes a wide variety of imaginative literature and faith in Christ demands a vital imagination to thrive. We will be looking especially at the imaginative use of our language. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
Keyes Plenary II. Who Needs Heroes?
Heroism raises the question, “Who you want to become?” It is not just a question for adolescents. Having heroes is having focal points for your aspirations. Without heroes our imagination becomes disconnected from our future in a way that can leave us bored and boring. We will be considering what has become of heroism in the modern world as well as the redemption of our imaginations in the imitation of Christ and of Christ-like people.
Keyes Plenary III. Heroism and the Younger Generation
The formidable challenge of passing on Christian heroism to the next generation is to communicate the desire to be a certain kind of person and so to have one’s life become a certain kind of story. The Christian faith must be taught and lived with high integrity to its most important realities if it is going to be experienced not only as true but attractive to the next generation.