Belong

June 15-16, Atlanta

There is room at the table for all who are hungry.

The Event
For many of us, the old categories don't work anymore–sacred or secular, science or faith. Of course, there is a challenge when your boxes break apart: you lose your old answers to life's biggest questions. Why am I here? Where did I come from? How do I know what is true?

This is a lonely process. Most communities find a comfortable center of gravity in one of three perspectives: science, faith, or art. So, blurring the boundaries and exploring the spaces between them can be dangerous.

Belong is a safe place to come have honest discussion about doubts, hopes, fears, and faith. A place where no question is off limits, but you can find a burgeoning community of people who will welcome you with all your strangeness.  A place where the unlikely gather around a table and find a place to belong.

What We'll Talk About
How do we know God and accept science?
What's the science behind who we are?
Where does consciousness come from, and why do so many people yearn for God?
How do we create art that transcends the cultural ghettos of the church, or the secular?
How do we lead people in an age where the old answers seem trite?
Can we find and form safe spiritual communities?


Table Setters

Michael Gungor
Michael Gungor, an avid Chinese food connoisseur and relatively cheap date currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters. He spends most of his time using his opposable thumbs and evolved mammalian brain to to strum, record and write about the absurdity and wonder of existence.

Science Mike
Mike McHargue is an author, speaker, and podcaster on the intersection of science and spirituality. Mike is a former atheist who finds God through the cosmology and neurology as much as theology and community.

Amena Brown
Amena Brown is a poet, speaker, and author speaking as  a voice for a generation searching for the real and genuine in an age of constant carbon copy.

Betsy Ouelette
Pastor Betsy is the pastor at Good Samaritan UMC in Tallahassee, FL. Betsy creates safe, nurturing spiritual communities that welcome all to the table.

Lanny Donoho
Formerly that funny host/MC guy on stage at Bigstuf, Catalyst, Orange and…creator and producer of those events as well, Lanny now spends his time helping other people do creative things, and catching up on those cosmological, neuroscience, and philosophy books in his Kindle. You might also catch him on a few podcasts chatting with some intriguing people, or developing his understanding of culture by watching Game of Thrones, Louie, and Shark Tank.

Where to Stay
The event is in downtown Alpharetta, just north of Atlanta. We recommend staying close by–Atlanta traffic can be intense.

Where to Eat
There's a variety of restaurants within walking distance of the event.

1 in 100
There's only 100 seats for this event to facilitate a safe atmosphere and ample time for discussion. We'll also create a closed Facebook group prior to the event for anyone who wants to coordinate ride sharing/airport shuttles/etc.