Rev. Jan Michael Joncas

THROUGH THE VALLEY OF DEATH: SUFFERING, HOPE AND TRANSFORMATION

Morning Keynote

Father Joncas 'lost' the academic year 2003-2004 to a bout with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a neurological disorder that had him in Mayo Clinic for three months, Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital for another three, and home therapy for six. This presentation will be a reflection on his experience of the stages of suffering he went through, the effects it had on his spiritual life, and how the music he has created since reflects his encounter with the God of rescue. He hopes that sharing his experience might point to a spirituality embracing suffering and hope.

Rev. Joncas is Artist-in-Residence and Fellow of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Father Joncas holds both an S.L.L., summa cum laude, Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Collegio Sant'Anselmo (Roma, Italia), 1989 and an S.L.D., summa cum laude, Pontificio Istituto Liturgico at the Collegio Sant'Anselmo (Roma, Italia), 1991.

He is a noted theologian, author of three books and over one hundred fifty articles, and composer/arranger of over 250 pieces of liturgical music, including his 1978 song "On Eagle's Wings". Father Joncas will serve as presider for our closing Eucharist.


Rev. Terry Hershey

SHALL WE DANCE?

Afternoon Keynote

We've been told that life is about achievement, appearance and accomplishment. We live hectically and self-consciously, looking over our shoulders to see who is watching and who is judging, always fearing we will not measure up. We put life and God in a box we hope we can control. We are image conscious and tense. And on the dance floor of life, we become easily afraid. In this workshop, Terry invites us all to dance as if "nobody is watching." What would our life look like if we cherished our days, and lived vulnerable, curious, lighthearted and playful? What would it mean to live with a heart full of awe and love ... for God, and for God's creation? Where is the healing power of laughter? What does it mean when God takes the box we've created for control, flattens it, and makes a dance floor, for us to celebrate the risk and gift of life? And what does it mean, when the passion of our dance spills over to those around us? So, shall we dance?

Rev. Hersehey is an inspirational speaker, humorist, author, father and Protestant minister. He lives on Vashon Island, near Seattle. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Taylor University in Upland, IN, and a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA.

His work has been featured on The Hallmark Channel, CNN, PBS, and NPR. Terry holds a mirror up to our fast-forward, disconnected lives, and offers us the "power of pause" – the wisdom of doing less and living more – in order to regain emotional and spiritual balance; to find the sacred in every day.