EPISODE 1: How to Live Forever: The Secret of Intergenerational Friendships
More Americans are living longer and with better health than ever before. Yet as a society obsessed with novelty and youth, we tend to overlook and discard the aging. Meanwhile, Gen Z and millennials report greater levels of loneliness than any other generation. In search of wisdom, optimized selves, and companionship, how might young people draw on the connectedness and life lessons of our seniors? How can we treasure and deploy our seniors for all they have to offer? How might seniors design an “encore” life that’s equally fulfilling and productive? Where can the generations intersect and integrate their lives?
Speakers: Marc Freedman is CEO of Encore.org, a social entrepreneur working to bridge generations, and the author of How to Live Forever. Moderator: Ryan Frederick, a Gathering participant and real estate developer focused on intergenerational housing at SmartLiving 360.
EPISODE 2: City Missions: Lessons in Complexity from Leaders in Collective Impact
From Chicago, Dallas, and Waco, we convene three sets of diverse leaders who have spent decades immersed in serving the residents of their cities. Through cross-cultural friendships and organizational partnerships, they are tackling complex, interlocking issues like gun violence, failing education systems, and deteriorating job prospects. And they are wrestling with how the church can contribute to the collective transformation of local neighborhoods.
Speakers: From Together Chicago — David Dillon, a Gathering participant and co-founder of the Dillon Kane Group, a collection of technology companies, and Michael Allen, Senior Pastor of Uptown Baptist Church. From CitySquare (Dallas) — Larry James, CEO of CitySquare and on staff at Highland Park United Methodist Church, and Byron Sanders, CEO of Big Thought. From Mission Waco — Jimmy Dorrell, co-founder of Mission Waco and pastor at Church Under the Bridge, and Maritza Perez, a Mission Waco board member and real estate agent. Moderator: Anne Snyder, editor-in-chief of Comment Magazine and author of The Fabric of Character: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Supporting Social and Moral Renewal..
EPISODE 3: Science and Faith
Where do we come from? Where are we going? In a conversation with some of the world’s leading scientists and theologians, we’ll discuss everything from the origins of humankind to the future of extending human life. The pace of scientific discoveries and the reach of technological prowess appear to be accelerating our understanding of the past as well as the future.
Speakers: We seek harmony between science and faith, guided by Deborah Haarsma, the president of BioLogos and former chair of the department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College; Francis Collins, the former head of the Human Genome Project and the current director of the National Institutes of Health; and Alister McGrath, professor of science and religion at Oxford University, who holds separate doctorate degrees in the fields of molecular biophysics, theology, and intellectual history..
EPISODE 4: John Townsend on People Fuel
An interactive presentation from Dr. John Townsend, New York Times bestselling author of the Boundaries series, psychologist, and founder of the Townsend Institute. John will go over the key concepts and skills from his newly-released book People Fuel: Fill Your Tank for Life, Love, and Leadership, which will help you fill up your relational tank, maximize your “gains” and minimize your “drains.” As usual, John will be engaging with your questions and thoughts as well.