The Solvang Folk School Talks
Slated for February 21-23, 2020, our new program led by Pastor Chris Brown will feature Michael Gungor and William Matthews, hosts of the Liturgists Podcast, one of the top religious podcasts in the country. The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers our society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Their work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art.
Join us each year for fascinating discussion and fellowship in the best Grundtvigian tradition.
Michael Gungor is one half of Gungor, and is a co-host of The Liturgists Podcast. Michael is a Grammy-nominated musician and composer. He leads the musical collective Gungor with his wife Lisa Gungor and is a co-founder of The Liturgists with Mike McHargue (‘Science Mike’).
In his latest book, This: Becoming Free, Gungor shares the deconstruction of his faith and the transformation of it as another story. Letting go of the stories that defined his identity and value in the world led Gungor and his family on a wild and painful journey through atheism, mysticism, betrayal, loss, medical issues, and thousands of online trolls. Through personal story, parable, philosophy, physics, and absurdity, Gungor shows us that who we think we are is an illusion, a constriction of reality that creates suffering in our lives.
Michael Gungor and his wife Lisa live in Los Angeles, California, with their two daughters.
William Matthews was born in the city of Detroit and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father and grandfather before him were preachers, and his mother was a social worker and church choir director. William is known around the world as a singer, songwriter, and popular recording artist who for the past decade has extensively toured and performed all across the U.S., Europe, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, and Asia. During that time William wrote and performed many popular songs that appeared on several Bethel Music compilations, many of which debuted at number 1 or highly charted on Billboard, including his first record Hope’s Anthem. His songs are sung in churches all over the world.
William’s passion is artistry and advocacy. During the 2016 election William joined the Not Who We Are campaign. He filmed a short music documentary entitled “Your Voice Matters” showcasing Detroit and his family’s roots in the black church, which was highlighted by media entities such as CNN and Yahoo News. William also serves on the board of environmental advocacy group Micah Challenge.
He currently resides in Los Angeles and recently finished his much anticipated sophomore record.
Schedule of Events
Special Gathering $35
Friday, February 21
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Meet the Speakers and Each Other Reception
(Light snacks and desserts with wine and beer. Introductions, book signing, and book sales)
Saturday, February 22
8:45 AM – Singing and Introductions
9:00 AM – Talk 1
10:30 AM – Break/Singing
10:45 AM – Talk 2
12:15 PM – Lunch on your own
2:00 PM – Talk 3
3:30 PM – Break/Singing
3:45 PM – Talk 4
5:15 PM – Casual Reception
(Light snacks, wine and beer available to purchase by the glass)
Sunday, February 23
9:30 AM – Worship Service
10:30 AM – Coffee/Fellowship
11:00 AM – Panel Discussion
12:00 Noon – Closing
Child care is available with advance reservations only. Please call the church office at 805-688-4637.
Song Sessions with Suzanne Hollrah:
Throughout the weekend, our songleader / hospitality maven and her accompanist will lead the community in singing. You are invited to experience this beloved tradition.
What is the Grundtvigian Tradition?
Nikolaj Frederik Severin Grundtvig (8 September 1783 – 2 September 1872), most often referred to as N. F. S. Grundtvig, was a Danish pastor, author, poet, philosopher, historian, teacher and politician. He was one of the most influential people in Danish history, as his philosophy gave rise to a new form of nationalism in the last half of the 19th century.
The common denominator of all Grundtvig’s efforts was to promote a spirit of freedom, poetry and disciplined creativity, within all branches of educational life. He promoted values such as wisdom, compassion, identification and equality. Grundtvig advocated unleashing human creativity according to the universally creative order of life.
Grundtvig is known for his famous phrase: “Human first; then Christian.”
Walter Capps, theologian and congressman (1934–1997), characterized the Grundtvigian tradition as:
- Affirmation of life
- Staying as close to nature as possible
- The goodness and beauty of ordinary life
- Lifelong learning and education
The FM Lectures and the Solvang Folk School Talks aspire to uphold these principles of the Grundtvigian tradition.
Bethania Lutheran Church and the Lecture Series
Bethania Lutheran Church in Solvang celebrated its Centennial in 2012. Bethania strives to share the “bread of life” with its members, as well as visitors to their congregation, through worship, education and fellowship. Since its inception, the Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series has endeavored to present thought-provoking educational and fellowship opportunities.
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