LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. – The Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in the mountains of Western North Carolina will host the INCARNATE conference Aug. 21-23, 2015. Through plenary sessions, experiential worship, and hands-on workshops, conference participants will reach a better understanding of what it means to manifest the living Jesus in a world of need and opportunities for service. Speakers include Shane Claiborne, Rudy Rasmus, Brian Combs and Lanecia Rouse Tinsley, with worship leader Fran McKendree.
INCARNATE offers talks and workshops from faith leaders who are embodying the Christian ministry. For example, after working with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, keynote speaker Claiborne returned to the states and soon founded The Simple Way, a Christian community in inner-city Philadelphia that practices the disciple's way of living small and serving large.
Through his books, including "The Irresistible Revolution" and "Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream," Claiborne has emerged as what Publishers Weekly calls “an affable, intelligent, humorous prophet of his generation.”
Claiborne sees a poignancy to speaking at the conference this summer in light of current events. “Inclusion, immigration, mass incarceration. How do we land our faith on the ground in the midst of these?”
Rudy Rasmus, second keynote, pastors St. John’s UMC in downtown Houston, where membership numbers more than 9,000 and 30 percent of those members were formerly homeless. Rasmus’s non-profit, Bread for Life, distributes 18 tons of fresh food weekly to local hungry families and the 50 residences of shelters on St. John’s campus. Rasmus is the recipient of numerous humanitarian awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service.
Workshops will be led by South Carolina native Lanecia Rouse Tinsley, whose art and activism are an intrinsic part of her faith walk, and Brian Combs, founder of The Haywood Street Congregation in Asheville, North Carolina, which ministers to everyone “from junkies and prostitutes to the privileged,” explained Combs. “We cannot incarnate Jesus – we can’t be the hands and feet of Jesus, or even spend time with Jesus – unless we do all the things Jesus did: rubbing elbows with the world, with all of its love and brokenness.”
Registration fees for this nondenominational conference are $115 per person, including 1.0 CEU credit. Lodging and meals will cost $153 per person for double occupancy or $263 per person, single occupancy. For more information and to register for INCARNATE, visit www.lakejunaluska.com/signature-series or contact Lake Junaluska at (828) 454-6682 or firstname.lastname@example.org