Beyond the Close: Upcoming conference at The Middle Collegiate Church: restoring souls and the world

Reverend Tricia Sheffield, Associate for Outreach Ministries at The Middle Collegiate Church, invites the GTS community to the upcoming conference, "Leading Edge: Heal the Soul, Heal the World." Student discounts are available upon registration. Rev. Sheffield writes: "We are thrilled to announce The New York Times bestselling author and theologian Marcus Borg (The Heart of Christianity), frequent Oprah contributor and Omega founder, Elizabeth Lesser, global visionary and fundraiser Lynne Twist (The Soul of Money), and Moral Courage founder, Irshad Manji as speakers. MSNBC contributor and founder of Groundswell at Auburn Seminary, Valarie Kaur, and community organizer at PICO, Michael-Ray Mathews have also confirmed. And returning this year, social ethicist and author Miguel De La Torre, (Reading the Bible from the Margins). As we create multiethnic, multicultural congregations for people who view the world through an interreligious lens, these thought leaders will help us address justice, community organize, and change the story. Our theme will focus on how we restore our souls so we may create communities of activism and healing."

In addition to the four-day conference, the organizers will present a pre-conference Worship Workshop on Friday, April 25 through Saturday, April 26, that will offer practical tools to design artistic worship experiences that build ethnically and culturally diverse congregations. To register, visit

The Middle Collegiate Church is located at 112 Second Avenue, and is an ecumenical congregation committed to justice ministries, the arts, and creative worship.