Every day, in neighborhoods across planet earth, humans experience wounds and wonder. Our bodies bear the burden of betrayal, abuse, neglect, abandonment, and disappointment. In a word, we all experience, lovelessness. In this breakout session, through poetry, music, movies, and scripture we will wrestle with the question: how do we heal from the wounds of life so we can experience wonder? We will reflect on our stories, our restless and sometimes reckless pursuit of love and on the way we have denied, rationalized, and paraded our wounds instead of the embrace them as the way to healthy and strong hearts. We will explore the subversive wisdom of Jesus, that is, only through his death do we find life, only through his wounds do we receive wonder. And finally, as a response to the gift of life, the wonder of our days, we will challenge one another to create poems, music, movies, as our bodies, our real lives becoming and sharing love to a needy world.
Dale is a pastor and poet from Denver, Colorado. He’d like to inspire the entire world but finds that inspiring himself and his family and friends is work enough. He writes and speaks about beauty and misery and his favorite story is the one about how love surprises us in the end. He serves as the Lead Pastor at Lakewood United Methodist Church in Lakewood, CO where he fails a lot. On his best days, he lives by Samuel Beckett’s motto, “Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” To learn more about Dale check out his website www.dalefredrickson.com.