This week AU is hosting Brian McLaren, author and pastor, at chapel sessions and evening services for Spiritual Emphasis Week.His book, A Generous Orthodoxy , is a personal confession and has been called a "manifesto" of the emerging church conversation.
McLaren will offer four sessions at AU entitled: "The Story We Find Ourselves In," "A Whole-Hearted Gospel," "Christianity as Way and Practice," and "More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism in the Emerging Culture." All services will be conducted October 21-23 on the Anderson University campus. Morning services will be conducted during chapel/convocation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday in Reardon Auditorium. Evening services will also be conducted Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Reardon Auditorium. The services are free and open to the public.
He serves as a board chair for Sojourners/Call to Renewal, and is a founding member of Red Letter Christians, a group of communicators seeking to broaden and deepen the dialogue about faith and public life. He is also a board member for "Orientacion Cristiana," and formerly served on the boards of International Teams in Chicago, Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, and Off The Map. He has taught or lectured at several seminaries in the U.S. and abroad.
From 1978 to 1986, McLaren taught college English, and in 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He left higher education in 1986 to serve as the church's founding pastor and served in that capacity until 2006. During that time, Cedar Ridge earned a reputation as a leader among emerging missional congregations.
He is on the international steering team and board of directors for emergent, a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders. He is also active in global networking among emerging leaders
McLaren has authored or co-authored a dozen books, including A Generous Orthodoxy, A New Kind of Christian, and The Secret Message of Jesus.
McLaren graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
He is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs. He has appeared on many broadcasts including Larry King Live, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and Nightline. His work has also been covered in Time (where he was listed as one of American's 25 most influential evangelicals), Christianity Today, Christian Century, the Washington Post, and many other print media.
For more information about Spiritual Emphasis Week, contact the Anderson University office of Spiritual Life and Counseling at 765-641-4203.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.