What is Subverting the Norm?

SUBVERTING THE NORM is a two-day event that brings together pastors, theologians, philosophers, church practitioners, researchers in religion and all those interested in exploring the relationship between postmodern theologies and the church. Some of the questions we’ll consider include:

Can the actually existing churches speak meaningfully and persuasively to those who aren’t so sure about the supernatural or the magical or the metaphysical, which includes the fastest growing religious demographic in North America, the “nones,” those with no formal religious affiliation?

Can the church retain a viable role in a world where God is often viewed as a relic of the past, or as a grand Santa Claus in the sky, or perhaps even as a narcotic or neurosis that we’d do well to get rid of?

And if the churches are to be faithful to the revolutionary event that gave birth to Christianity, or if they are to recover their theological voice in a compelling and transformative way, is it possible to do so by listening to voices on the margins of the church, or outside of the church, including even those who might rightly pass for atheists? And perhaps more to the point, why are voices on the fringes of the church, or outside of the church, becoming more influential on church leaders and practitioners than the traditionally “orthodox” voices inside the churches?

With tracks related to ministry, liturgy, worship, preaching, community organizing, art and much more, all who are interested in the future of the church won’t want to miss it.

If you’re interested in presenting, please check out our call for presentations.

23 thoughts on “What is Subverting the Norm?

    Erica Finney Billings said:
    January 6, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Ok. So what if you’re not a pastor, theologian, philosopher, church practitioner or researcher in religion, but you are someone who has recently started questioning and doubting everything and is totally intrigued by this group of presenters? Would this conference be for you?

      Phil Snider said:
      January 6, 2013 at 11:03 pm

      Absolutely — we should clarify that in the description! Thanks for the heads up and I look forward to seeing you at the conference!

      Debra'l said:
      March 2, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Yes it would. This is a perfect place to bring your doubts and hear about others that have doubted and have found themselves putting the pieces back together. Thats what we call, “Post Modern Theology”.

    Phil Snider said:
    January 7, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Thanks, Erica.

    The Writers' Tapestry said:
    January 7, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    for those who cannot attend, will there be a way to gain access to the conference content online?

      Phil Snider said:
      January 7, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      I know that Homebrewed Christianity will be doing some podcasts, and I’m hoping that we’ll at least capture the audio content for several of the talks. When I know more I’ll let you know…

      Katharine Sarah Moody said:
      January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Also, we’re hopeful for an edited collection.

    William Rose-Heim said:
    February 16, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Will advertise this widely. Looks great!

      Phil Snider said:
      February 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks for sharing the word about the conference! We just released an updated schedule a few minutes ago http://bit.ly/WslBfb

    davidmasseybrown said:
    February 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Is that Mindy McGarrah-Sharp as a presenter?

      Phil Snider said:
      February 16, 2013 at 9:47 pm


    Lori said:
    February 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    I purchased a ticket during the “early bird” special, but now have a conflict. Is there a way to get a refund?

      Phil Snider said:
      March 1, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Bummer! I’m sure we can find a way to refund it. Could you please send an email to subvertingthenorm@gmail.com about it? Thanks.

    Bill Longman said:
    March 7, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    thanks Phil for your planning…and would also like to know about podcast or audio as available…do miss Drury and Spfld in far away Boston

      Phil Snider said:
      March 8, 2013 at 3:00 am

      Hoping to have some mp3s to share!

        James Goldspink said:
        March 20, 2013 at 12:19 pm

        Where should we be looking out for them? Really would love to listen to your academic track speakers, but I’m in the UK!

        Phil Snider said:
        March 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        We’ll announce on Twitter and/or post here. Also there will be an edited book featuring several of the presentations.

    Laura Wright (@laurawright19) said:
    March 13, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Another request here for making some of the content available afterwards- this sounds fantastic but being in the UK makes it a bit inaccessible!

    natalie said:
    March 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Post Modernism essentially says there are no absolutes but isn’t God an absolute. I find the idea of post modern religion a contradiction in terms!

      Oddbod said:
      March 30, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      I see your excellent comment was denied a response. “Subverting the norm” apparently doesn’t include answering the hard questions!

    Benedict said:
    March 15, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    While you guys have all the fun I will sit out here in India and wish to do something on these lines out here some time..

      Phil Snider said:
      March 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Wish you could make the trip!

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