2002: A Conspiracy of Friendship



A Conspiracy of Friendship


June 13-15, 2002


Techny Towers Conference Center
Techny, IL


Stanley Hauerwas, Michael G. Cartwright, Rev. Jeff Van Kooten, William Cavanaugh, Kelly Johnson, Kyle Childress, Wes Avram, John Wright, Margaret Lamberts Bendroth, Jon Stock, Gene Stoltzfus, Kryss Chupp, Michael Budde


Join with us as we explore the vision and practices of church-centered discipleship in a reflective setting located minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

This gathering promises to be the largest to date sponsored by The Ekklesia Project–drawing pastors, lay Christians and scholars from across the United States and Canada. The program combines challenging presentations, opportunities for in-depth discussion, and plenty of time for celebration and contemplation.

As a “conspiracy of friendship”–a network of friends and soon-to-be-friends committed to making the Gospel the centerpoint of Christian life and loyalties–The Ekklesia Project gathers annually to renew our spirits, expand our imaginations, and celebrate the gifts that God has given us on behalf of the church and the world.

Among the confirmed speakers and participants is Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at the Duke University School of Divinity (named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time in 2001). Sessions during the two-and-a-half day event include explorations of radical discipleship during times of war and national fervor; problems and possibilities in communicating the dangerous message of the Kingdom in local congregations; and resources for support, empowerment and mutuality in sustaining a long-term commitment to discipleship. The full program will be posted here later in the spring.

We encourage early registration for “A Conspiracy of Friendship,” as space is limited. Total cost (room, board, facilities and conference fee) is $180 per person (double occupancy), or $200 per person (single occupancy, subject to availability). Some financial assistance may be available for persons unable to afford the full cost; please direct these and all other inquiries to Michael L. Budde, Coordinator of The Ekklesia Project