Beyond the Close: Students Going to Leading Edge Conference

Lauren Holder is putting together a group of students (and has secured a discount) to attend the Leading Edge Conference this year. What is it, you ask? The answer is right from them:

2014-Leading Edge
2014-Leading Edge

We at The Middle Project and Middle Collegiate Church are preparing for our Leading EdgeConference 2014: Heal the Soul, Heal the World, Saturday, April 26–Tuesday, April 29, 2014, here in Manhattan.

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 our four-day conference, we 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

If you'd like to attend with the GTS group, contact Lauren Holder (lholder at gts) for more information.