Surge Lunches are a free monthly lunch designed to bring leaders together from across the Valley and give them valuable content to interact with and time to fellowship with one another.
The Cynic and the City
Many of us begin ministry with grand visions of transforming the world – ending homelessness, leading hundreds to Christ, planting dozens of churches, restoring struggling schools, protecting the unborn, fixing the foster care system, etc. But, when things don’t go as planned, it’s easy to become cynical and discouraged.
How do we guard against cynicism? What does it look like to sustain a deep love for a broken world? Must we give into either naive optimism or cynical pessimism, or is there a better way?
Dr. Steven Garber, our speaker for December says, "We know in our deepest places how hard it is to keep our eyes open to the complexity of the broken world around us, to keep feeling the pains of a world that is not the way it is supposed to be and, knowing the difficulty, choosing to engage it rather than being numbed by it." Dr. Garber will give us a vision of how to faithfully engage the complexity of the world as we make “peace with the proximate.”
Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and educational institutions, he is a teacher of many people in many places. He’s the author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior, and Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good. He lives with his wife Meg in Virginia.
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