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Big Screen, Bigger Issues
John Priddy and Kutter Calloway

(Podcast begins after the viewing of film maker Hank Hughes’ Oscar-nominated short film, “Day One.”)

John Priddy is CEO and cofounder of Windrider Institute, a leadership forum, laboratory, classroom and resource provider for filmmakers and those that understand the power of story to change lives and culture.

As a faculty member of the Fuller School of Theology, Kutter Calloway is actively engaged in writing and speaking on the interaction between theology and culture—particularly film, television and online media—in both academic and popular forums.

Using Hank Hughes’s Oscar-nominated movie “Day One,” “Big Screen, Bigger Issues” looks at the mash up of culture, gender and war and helps us make sense of the chaos of life. We learn that through film we can go places where we would not go and meet people we would not meet. It can help us identify the pressing issues of our time. Only then can we decide how to respond.

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Bringing America Together
Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute
Introduction: Michael Gerson, Columnist for The Washington Post

After a stint playing the French Horn in the City Orchestra of Barcelona, Arthur C. Brooks found his way to Washington, DC and since 2009 has been president of the American Enterprise Institute where he works with top scholars, policymakers and elected officials to fight for all Americans’ access to free enterprise and earned success.

Michael Gerson, author, former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush, and nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, moderates.

Brooks examines the “vitriol, accusations, and insults” that dominate the political sphere today and what we, as Christians, might be able to do about it. He offers this Life Hack from the Dalai Lama: “practice warm heartedness”. No one was ever insulted into commitment or acquiescence. When we get to a place of contempt for someone, we have made a permanent enemy. “Do, then feel. Fake it ‘til you make it. Show gratitude. This will bring about a better society.”

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Economy and Investment Update 2016
Bob Doll

Bob Doll is a senior portfolio manager and chief equity strategist at Nuveen Asset Management. He is a highly respected authority on the equities markets among investors, advisors and the media.

“Money can’t buy happiness but it can pay for comforts while I’m miserable.” Doll says the markets have been frustrating for bulls and bears alike. The good news affecting investing is that the earnings recession is over, Central Banks are friendlier, and the US consumer is in good shape. The bad news includes a long and growing list of geo-political issues, a lacking fiscal policy and deflationary forces.

Investors must be willing to buy stocks when they are low (and scary) but also know when to let them go. In other words, “you got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em”.

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Family Relationships and Success
Dr. John Townsend

Dr. John Townsend is a New York Times best-selling author, leadership coach, psychologist and organizational consultant who for more than two decades has been helping leaders, organizations and individuals around the globe find life-changing solutions to their problems.

A parent’s purpose is to work him or herself out of a job. (“The Empty Nest is good but getting kids successfully off the payroll is better!”) Using humor and role play, Dr. Townsend helps today’s Christian parents see God’s Big Picture for families and gives them the tools they need to move towards making little people into big people able to experience “Normalized Failure” so they can go into the world with “Functional Autonomy”. There are no “Helicopter Parents” here.

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Impact Investing
R. Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson represents founders, investors, and companies by advising on corporate financing including offerings of debt and equity securities, venture capital financing and private equity buyouts, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate counseling, and mergers and acquisitions. Todd actively serves as pro bono counsel to groups and organizations representing the “for-benefit” sector.

Here’s a fun fact: Jesus spent more time talking about money and possessions than he did about heaven and hell. What does that mean for the Christian business person? What is business? Can it be designed to “do good”?

Todd Johnson looks at business, investing, and the 487 available “Impact Funds” as an opportunity to “encourage human flourishing”. He examines how we approach wealth and discusses the differences between a business that is profitable vs. one that is doing good.

 

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In Good Company: The Multiple Bottom Line
Mike Bontrager, Steve Garber and Jay Jakub

Mike Bontrager founded Chatham Financial in 1991 as an independent, sole adviser specializing in interest rate risk management. He serves as Chatham’s Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

Dr. Jay Jakub is the Senior Director of External Research at global food and beverage company Mars, Incorporated/Catalyst. Catalyst is the internal corporate think tank of Mars and is responsible for developing transformational solutions for the business across a variety of disciplines.

Steve Garber, moderator, is an author and Founder and Principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on re-framing the way people understand the meaning of vocation and the common good. He is always exploring the coherence of faith to vocation to culture.

What if Mars, Inc. operated from a business model not motivated by profit but instead focused on raising the quality of life for their employees and stock holders, raising human capital, and delivering social capital to make communities more cohesive and capable of working together? Would your M&M’s melt in your hand instead of your mouth?!  These three giants in economics and business “Think Theologically” about the business of business.

 

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Saturday Evening Main Session
J.C. Watts Jr.

A college football hero, charismatic conservative, and public speaker, J.C. Watts had star power when he became a member of the first Republican majority in 40 years. He served eight years and was party chairman for two years. He previously served as President and CEO of Feed the Children while at the same time chairing the J.C. Watts Companies whose mission is it to bring diverse people together in profitable, sustainable relationships across multiple industries.

Using humor and sharing his experience of being “perfectly imperfect”, J.C. Watts helps us get to the “Next Level” in our Christian Journey, exhorting us to “be intentional in your love for all people”.

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Leslie Doll’s Testimony
Leslie Doll

Leslie Doll is a Resource Partner of the Strategic Resource Group committed to mobilizing prayer, people and finances into the Greater Middle East.

Leslie always had a dream to work in International Business. With a fresh MBA in hand, she made her way to NYC where she traded over-the-counter stocks. It was not until much later, after marriage and children, that she discerned God’s definition of International Business and the trajectory of her life took a 180* turnaround.

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Practicing the Sovereignty of God, On Sabbath and Rest (Sunday Morning Main Session)
Jon Tyson

Australian native Jon Tyson moved to the United States in 1997, convinced that “the future of the Western church was going to be hashed out here.” He is lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church, NYC, which has planted five smaller missional communities in what Tyson calls the “city parish” model.

How does a culture of functionality more towards practicing the Sabbath? Our country has been blinded by a secular wisdom; that the success of our lives depends only on us. It is not until we make time for rest, known as taking the Sabbath, that we can hear God’s call for our lives and begin to see our choices and actions through a new lens.

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Religious Liberty
Michael Cromartie, Michael Gerson and Russell Moore

Michael Cromartie is vice president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Faith Angle Forum programs. A senior advisor to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and a senior fellow with The Trinity Forum, he is also an advisory editor of Christianity Today magazine.

Michael Gerson, former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush, is an author and nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post. He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation”, and other programs and serves as senior adviser at One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases.

Russell Moore is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He is an ethicist and theologian, author, and widely-sought cultural commentator.

When everybody wants a Theocracy but everybody wants to be Theo, what’s a country to do? Cromartie, Gerson, and Moore offer very thoughtful and inclusive ideas on how we as a Nation must affirm religious liberty for all. As in Everyone. One can’t be converted by coercion. They also discuss that in order to have quality discourse we need to be able to differentiate between religious persecution and simply being offended.

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Thursday Evening Main Session
Rich Stearns

Rich Stearns is an author and President of World Vision U.S., one of the world’s largest nonprofit humanitarian organizations. Rich is known among both Christian and secular audiences as a trustworthy voice illuminating the critical issues that affect the world’s poor, and urging those who can to make a difference.

Have you ever really thought about the children of Syria? With a record 65 million refugees globally (80% of which are women, children, and the elderly) how do Christians stay optimistic in the world today–a world that we don’t want but one that we have been given? God is sending his Church on a rescue mission and empowering us to “March off the Map”.

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Technology, Out of Touch
Mike McHargue, Jon McCormack and Cary Summers

Mike McHargue (better known as Science Mike) is a best-selling author and one of those rare voices that can speak knowledgeably and authentically about both science and religion.

Jon McCormack, self-proclaimed photographer, nerd, educator, and conservationist, is the Global Head of Software and VP of the Personal Systems Division at Hewlett-Packard. Oh, and he also builds schools for kids in Kenya.

In 2010, Cary Summers was invited to oversee the launch of what has become Museum of the Bible, set to open in Washington DC in 2017. He serves as president. No other book has been more translated, more debated, more widely distributed, or even more banned than the Bible. The mission of the museum is to invite all people to engage with the Bible.

Virtual and Augmented Reality, relatively new technologies, have implications for brain science, learning, and medicine. But what are they? Will they be beneficial or hurtful? What if we don’t know? This panel, from very diverse backgrounds, will discuss some of the different ways these technologies are being utilized today and what might be on the horizon for tomorrow.

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The Discipline of Celebration (Saturday Morning Main Session)
Jon Tyson

Australian native Jon Tyson moved to the United States in 1997, convinced that “the future of the Western church was going to be hashed out here.” He is lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church, NYC, which has planted five smaller missional communities in what Tyson calls the “city parish” model.

Joy is the heart of the Christian Enterprise and God is the happiest being in the world. Jon Tyson wants us all to have a “childlike wonder of spontaneous celebration”. When we cultivate a “Theology of Celebration” we show the world that the party of the Kingdom of God is coming your way and we want you to join in.

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The Hard Work of Hard Work
Alex Forrester, Peter Greer, Catherine Hoke and David Spickard

Driven by an interest in social justice, entrepreneurship, and micro-finance, Alex Forrester co-founded Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality business education and consulting to low and moderate-income entrepreneurs in Northern NJ. He is deeply interested in the concept of “Social Return on Investment” (SROI) and in the use of strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to address systemic social problems such as global poverty, ex-offender recidivism and modern-day slavery.

Catherine Hoke started Defy Ventures in 2010 after founding and leading the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP). Defy harnesses the natural talents of formerly incarcerated individuals and redirects them toward the creation of profitable and legal business ventures.

David Spickard is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Jobs for Life. JfL is a national organization equipping churches and Christ-centered organizations in over 100 U.S. cities to minister to at risk youth, provide training to prisoners re-entering society, and to work with shelters and other non-profit organizations.

Peter Greer, President and CEO of HOPE International, a global, Christ-centered microenterprise development organization serving Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, moderates.

If Love is a verb, how do we put it into action? This panel suggests that it is through the gift of work that love leaps to life. Working with women, youth, and incarcerated men, both here and abroad, these agencies are succeeding at humanizing the forgotten, breaking racial barriers, and burnishing the human potential that is in the heart of everyone.

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The Power of Blessing, A Biblical Theology of Blessing and the Importance of Blessing Others (Friday Morning Main Session)
Jon Tyson

Australian native Jon Tyson moved to the United States in 1997 convinced that “the future of the Western church was going to be hashed out here.” He is lead pastor of Trinity Grace Church, NYC, which has planted five smaller missional communities in what Tyson calls the “city parish” model.

“Functional Curses”-those words could have come straight out of “Harry Potter”. Unfortunately, they are all too real. Accusing your child of being lazy when he fails to complete a project or hesitating just a split second too long when replying “I love you, too” are ways we use our words to “functionally curse” another. Pastor Tyson examines how we can understand the motivation behind our words or actions and what we can do to live in the fullness of God’s desires. “He blessed us and we should, in turn, bless others.”

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Towards a Biblical Theory of Change
Brian Fikkert

Dr. Brian Fikkert is Professor of Economics and Community Development and the Founder and Executive Director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, a research and training center that is dedicated to helping churches and missionaries declare the kingdom of God by bringing economic development and spiritual transformation to the poor.

What if you had identified a problem: Native people who don’t know Christ. So you find a solution: Hand out pamphlets outlining the way to salvation. You are all in with your solution because it will save the souls of thousands. The problem: you’ve forgotten to save the body as well. If we have the wrong idea of what the problem is we implement the wrong solution. We are wired for relationship with God and others as foundational to our work and lives and our giving (and doing) has to be consistent with that theory of change.

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Who are Americas Givers and What Do they Accomplish? You’ll Be Surprised!
Karl Zinsmeister

Karl Zinsmeister is an author and executive at the Philanthropy Roundtable, a Washington, D.C. organization that helps foundations, corporations, and major living donors be effective and efficient in their giving. Previously he served President George W. Bush as his Chief Domestic Policy Adviser.

Trivia quiz (answer below)

Which of the following was a direct result of American philanthropy?

  1. Discovery of brain waves
  2. 125 Negro Spirituals recorded and saved for future generations
  3. Rural electrification of America
  4. Radar for military use
  5. All of the above

People underestimate the power and influence of the American philanthropist. Not just the Gates and Zuckerbergs of the world but the individuals who make up 81% of giving in this country and abroad. We are a polyarchy, a society with many individual sources of power. Philanthropy is at the heart of our country’s success.

(The answer is e. All of the above)

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Women at Risk
Belinda Bauman, Jennifer Maggio, Allison Shigo and Susan Peterson

Wife and mother, speaker and writer, teacher and advocate, Belinda Bauman is founder of One Million Thumbprints, and co-founder and executive director of Together International, a nonprofit focused on community development.

Allison Shigo is the founder and executive director of Healing Hands of Joy, a safe Motherhood Ambassador Training pilot project to transform and improve the lives of former fistula patients in Ethiopia. In the US she is working with influential leaders to eradicate fistula and galvanize change.

Jennifer Maggio is an award-winning author and speaker whose personal journey through homelessness, abuse, and multiple teen pregnancies led her to found The Life of a Single Mom Ministries, a global nonprofit that has helped thousands of churches in 19 countries effectively minister to single moms in their community.

Gathering participant, Susan Peterson, moderates.

Rape as a weapon of war, obstetric fistula, gender based violence, forced child marriages. Hardly topics you would expect to discuss at a dinner party. But there are places in the world where it is more dangerous to be female than it is to be a soldier in an active war zone. How do we get the world to care? Maya Angelo said, “There is no greater agony than bearing a story untold inside of you”.  These survivors just want their stories told and actively heard. There is incredible healing available there.

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