For the last few years, the Misfit Theology Club has hosted an annual ecumenical and theology conference. Our goal is to create a space for different theological traditions within the broad historic orthodox faith to exist in one place, if even for a few days. We seek to create a space where people can engage with theologies from the great Christian Traditions (Eastern traditions, Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Protestant) and come face to face with brothers and sisters from outside their traditions. We hope that through this space, Christians from various denominations and traditions can engage and befriend other Christians outside their theological silos. We firmly believe it is the Lord's will and desire that the Church be united as one in all its breadth and depth, just as the Triune God is one God. The conference is our small way to live faithfully to Jesus's prayer for our unity.

We look for speakers who are upstanding in Christian character and confess a broad theological orthodoxy. The Trinity, the Full Humanity and Full Deity of Jesus Christ Fully United, his Bodily Resurrection, and his Virgin Birth. What we call the meat of the Creeds.

The conference will be in Grand Junction, Colorado, April 21-23, and Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church will be hosting the conference and any out-of-towners coming to the conference.

This year's theme is holistic Christianity. It's intentionally a broad theme to give our speakers some room to choose topics on which to speak. This theme includes but is not necessarily limited to: giving attention to parts of Christianity that have historically been ignored, such as ancient African and Asian Christianity, women and their contribution to theological construction and faith, spiritual formation practices and mental health, the importance of ethnic diversity, and different vocations such as pastoral, missional, academic, theologian, and so forth.

To be inclusive and accessible to everyone, we have host homes in Grand Junction with families from St. Matthew's Episcopal. If the registration cost creates a barrier to attendance, please email Gabriel at [email protected]

Location
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
3888 27 1/2 Rd
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Date & Time
April 21, 2023
9:00 PM - 6:00 PM
April 22, 2023
9:00 PM - 6:00 PM
April 23, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Speakers
We are excited to host a diverse group of speakers this year, with topics ranging from Patristic Catechesis, a dialogue workshop, ancient and African Christianity, and ministering to the downtrodden. 
Dr. Vince Bantu
Dr. Vince Bantu is the president of the Meachum Theological Institute and teaches at Fuller University on church history and Black Church Studies.
Sister Karen Bland
Sister Karen Bland is the Executive Director of Grand Valley Catholic Outreach and has served those suffering from homelessness for 17 years and is known in Colorado for her leadership, in both preventing and ending homelessness.
Alex Fogleman
Alex Fogleman is the founding director of the Institute for the Renewal of Christian Catechesis and is a published and renowned catechist.
Conference Schedule
Friday Schedule
8:45 AM
Doors Open
Join us as we kick-off to the 2023 Misfits Theology Conference. We'll have books, shirts, beverages, and other merchandise available for purchase before the opening address and prayer.
9:30 AM
Opening Address and Prayer Time
10:15 AM
Break
10:30 AM
Dialogue Workshop with John Hatch 
12:00 PM
Lunch available for purchase from Sitto’s Grandma’s Mobile Arabic Kitchen
1:00 PM
The Gospel along the Silk Road - Vince Bantu
This workshop will provide introduction to the growth and spread of Christianity from the Middle East across the continent of Asia prior to the advent of European colonialism. Participants will gain familiarity and appreciation for the central figures and events of early Asian Christianity.
2:15 PM
Break
2:30 PM
TBD - Lauren Larkin
3:30 PM
Break
4:00 PM
The Church of the Nile Valley - Vince Bantu
This workshop will explore the expansion of the Church among the civilizations in North and East Africa prior to the modern age. Special attention will be given to the theological contextualization of early African Christianity and its spread beyond the Nile Valley.
5:15 PM
Closing Remarks, Prayer, and a Song of Worship
6:00 PM
Happy Hour at the Brewery
Saturday Schedule
9:00 AM
Doors Open
Welcome back to day 2 of the 2023 Misfits Theology Conference. We'll have books, shirts, beverages, and other merchandise available for purchase before the opening address and prayer.
9:45 AM
Prayer Time
10:00 AM
Break
10:30 AM
Patristic Catechesis Workshop - Alex Fogleman   
12:00 PM 
Lunch provided by Stone Soup, a ministry of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
1:00 PM
TBD - Mother Paula Henson
2:00 pM
Break
2:30 PM
TBD - Father Joseph Maria
3:30 PM
Break

4:00 PM
TBD - Kurt Yamaguchi

5:00 PM
Closing Remarks, Prayer, and a Song of Worship

6:00 PM
Happy Hour at the Brewery
Sunday Schedule
10:00 AM
St. Matthew's Eucharistic Gathering
12:00 PM
Lunch
1:00 PM
TBD - Dennis Edwards
2:00 PM
Break
2:15 PM
TBD - Father Jeremy Troy 
3:15 PM
Break
3:30 PM
TBD - Sister Karen Bland
4:30 PM
Closing Remarks, Prayer, and a Song of Worship
 Join us on April 21 - 23
We look forward to hosting you!

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