Please join us as we explore the beauty of, and freedom in, a biblically informed imagination, of the purpose of stories, of the importance of metaphors, of the value and necessity of poetry, of allowing “our faith and our imagination to dance together in ways that bring grace and truth into our daily lives.”
Often imagination is associated with creativity or fantasy. However, imagination need not only mean inventing things; it is also perspective–a way of seeing and putting things in context as well as recognizing who and where we are in God’s Story. Stories are necessary in shaping both of these aspects of imagination. During our time together Professor Susan Felch will walk us through the Genesis creation narrative, the nature and role of imagination, and the biblical master narrative of eating and its food metaphor. With Pastor Wilson we will look at how to approach reading the Bible and the biblical narratives. Mark Green will help us better understand what poetry is and why reading it is so necessary in forming our imagination, through an interactive discussion. We often hear that stories matter, but why do stories matter? Tamara Kelly will discuss why stories matter and the importance of “reading with spiritual eyes”.
These talks will help us better understand what imagination is, what is meant by a Christian imagination, how stories shape our imagination, and why it is important to pay close attention to the stories of which we partake. They will not draw a set of morals or present a recipe for living a “successful” Christian life. That would defeat the purpose of telling and hearing good stories. Instead, they will offer a biblical framework and a few directions to help us get our bearings to know where we are, where we are going, and how we might go about cultivating a richer, deeper, fuller imaginative life that glorifies God.
October 18-19, 2019
Oakland Hills Community Church
37150 West Eight Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48335