Sabbath: Making the Impossible Possible
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
An Evening with MaryAnn McKibben Dana
Work. Home responsibilities. Sunday sports. Mid-week activities. Social media. The demands on today’s families seem endless. Is this what “the good life” is all about? Scripture offers an alternative to the endless cycle of activity: an invitation to rest from our work each week. But how is this even possible given the reality of life in the 21st century? Come explore the practice of Sabbath-keeping and how families of all shapes and sizes might make it real in their own lives.
The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, Presbyterian pastor, speaker and coach living in Virginia. She is author of God, Improv, and the Art of Living, and 2012’s Sabbath in the Suburbs, a Chalice Press bestseller for two years running and a “must read” by Ministry Matters. Her writing has appeared in TIME.com, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. She was featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath and was recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild with the 2015-2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.
She is a sought-after speaker, preacher, conference leader and writer around issues of leadership, faith formation, and congregational transformation. She served as co-chair for two years 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 an occasional marathoner.