What do you think needs to rise from the ashes of the church?

Come add your voice as we search for ways to live a better faith via 21 big ideas presented by 21 voices in 21 minutes each.

• Some of the brightest and most provocative religious thinkers in the United States
• Insightful treatment of difficult and sometimes controversial subjects
• Unique 21-minute angles on the future of faith in America
• Opportunity to meet and build relationships with people of faith from different backgrounds

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21 Voices, Plus Yours – Jan. 22- 24 in Phoenix, Arizona

In 2015, there are more opportunities than ever to participate. Apply to present a 7-minute talk, volunteer to facilitate a group conversation around a favorite topic, or enjoy a two-hour stretch to take in lunch or dinner with fellow attendees of your choice.

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Thurs., Jan. 22 - Sat., Jan. 24, 2015


Registration 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Opening Session 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Efrem Smith, Dieter Zander, Monica Coleman, Doug Pagitt

Break 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

7-21 Talks – Part 1 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Dinner 4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

Evening Session 6:45 p.m.
Chris Seay, Glennon Doyle Melton, Jenny Yang

Poetry & Open Mic Night – 9:00 p.m. (Location TBA)
Michael Toy, Paul Soupiset, & You


Morning Session 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Richard Beck, Shauna Niequist, Danny Cortez, Sarah Cunningham

Group Discussions 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session 2:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Brian McLaren, Jacqui Lewis, Joseph Edelheit

Break 3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

7-21 Talks – Part 2 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Homebrewed Christianity 3D Podcast on Friday night – 8:00 pm, Location TBA




Morning Session 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. -
Darrin Patrick, Alexie Torres-Fleming, Lauren Winner, Zach Lind

Break 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Group Discussions 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Nikole Lim, Kristen Howerton, Tony Jones

Speaker Lineup
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Nikole Lim

NIKOLE LIM is the Co-Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization seeking to restore dignity to survivors of sexual violence by providing educational opportunities and platforms for women to fulfill their dreams. Nikole is also in the Lausanne Movement and Red Letter Christians network. She consults regularly with international organizations including…

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Darrin Patrick

DARRIN PATRICK founded The Journey in 2002 in the urban core of St. Louis, Missouri. The Journey has six locations and has released seven church plants. Darrin is Vice President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and has helped start multiple non-profits in St. Louis. He also serves as Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals. After earning his…

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Glennon Doyle Melton

GLENNON DOYLE MELTON is the author of the New York Times Bestselling memoir, CARRY ON, WARRIOR ( Glennon is also the founder (, an online community where hundreds of thousands of readers meet daily to experience her shameless and hilarious essays about marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction, recovery and connection. She is the creator and president…

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Danny Cortez

DANNY CORTEZ founded New Heart Community Church in 1997 and currently serves as their teaching pastor. In May 2014, his traditional Southern Baptist congregation became a Third Way church, one that has agreed to be in fellowship with one another despite the various beliefs regarding LGBT relationships. He received his M.Div. at Talbot Theological Seminary,…

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Richard Beck

RICHARD BECK is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. He is the author of several books including Unclean, The Authenticity of Faith, and The Slavery of Death. Richard’s published research also covers topics as diverse as the psychology of profanity to why Christian bookstore art is so bad. Richard…

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Efrem Smith

EFREM SMITH is an internationally recognized leader who uses motivational speaking and preaching to equip people for a life of transformation. He also consults on issues of multi-ethnicity, leadership, and community development for churches, educational institutions, and other organizations. Currently Efrem is the President and CEO of World Impact, an urban mission, church planting, and…

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Chris Seay

CHRIS SEAY takes every chance to celebrate and share his love of God with all who will listen. His many talents and leadership qualities allow this storyteller, pastor, writer, musician, husband, father, and son to compellingly convey the story of the absolute love of Jesus, the Liberating King to the church and culture. As Pastor…

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Monica Coleman

MONICA A. COLEMAN is committed to connecting faith and social justice. An ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Coleman is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religions and Co-Director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont School of Theology. She is the author or editor of five books: The Dinah Project,…

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Kristen Howerton

KRISTEN HOWERTON is a professor of psychology, mom of four, and the founder of the blog Rage Against the Minivan.where you might find musings about the impact of the skinny jean on Kristen’s self-esteem, her tendency to spill food on her laptop, and her inappropriate crush on Jon Stewart.  She also indulges in sleep-deprived rants…

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Dieter Zander

DIETER ZANDER was an early rockstar in megachurch GenX ministry. In 1984, he started the groundbreaking New Song Church in Southern California, then he became a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church. After that, he moved again to start new ministries to the postmodern, multiethnic, multicultural, and spiritually diverse urban setting of San Francisco and…

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Brian McLaren

BRIAN D. MCLAREN is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, Naked Spirituality, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? He and his wife, Grace,live in Florida and have four adult children and four grandchildren. He’s an avid…

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Jacqui Lewis

DR.JACQUI LEWIS is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan and the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society. Prior to Middle Church, Dr. Lewis worked as a senior consultant for the Alban Institute and pastored two congregations. Dr. Lewis earned her Master of…

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Lauren Winner

LAUREN WINNER is the author of numerous books, including Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath. She has appeared on PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly and has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today. Winner has…

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Alexi Torres Fleming

ALEXIE TORRES-FLEMING co-founded the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance to support community residents of the South Bronx committed to the reclamation and restoration of the Bronx River. The organizations’ successes included the clean-up of an abandoned concrete plant and a manufactured gas plant, the expansion of the Bronx River bike…

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Shauna Niequist

SHAUNA NIEQUIST is the author of Cold Tangerines, Bittersweet, and Bread & Wine. Shauna grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and then studied English and French Literature at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She is married to Aaron, who is a pianist and songwriter. Aaron is a worship leader at Willow Creek and is recording a project called A…

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Rabbi Josesph Edelheit

RABBI JOSEPH EDELHEIT is the Director of Religious and Jewish Studies at St.Cloud University. He has lectured on interfaith relations internationally, in Germany, France, India, Australia and most recently Brazil where he taught at the Pontifical University in Rio de Janeiro. Rabbi Joseph served on President Bill Clinton’s HIV/AIDs Presidential Advisory Council from 1995-2000 and has…

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Zach Lind

ZACH LIND is the drummer for the alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World, from Mesa, Arizona, formed in 1993. The band also comprises of lead vocalist and guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, and bassist Rick Burch. He has become an influential voice on faith and culture through his time blogging at…

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Jenny Yang

JENNY YANG is Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief. In this position, Jenny works with members of Congress, their staffers, and the Administration to improve refugee and immigration policy. She previously worked in the Resettlement section of World Relief as the Senior Case Manager and East Asia Program Officer where she focused…

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Doug Pagitt

Author, Speaker, and Pastor of a Holistic Missional Christian Community

DOUG PAGITT is a speaker and consultant for churches, denominations and businesses throughout the United States and around the world on issues of postmodern culture, social systems and Christianity. Doug has worked in churches, for a non-profit foundation and owns three businesses in Minneapolis. Doug’s current professional endeavors include pastoring a Holistic Missional Christian Community…

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Tony Jones

Author, Blogger, and Theologian

TONY JONES is the author of The Church Is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology of the Emerging Church Movement and is theologian-in-residence at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary and St. Cloud State University. Tony serves as a senior acquisitions editor at Sparkhouse. Tony is the author of many books on Christian ministry and…

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Sarah Cunningham

Author and Event Producer

SARAH RAYMOND CUNNINGHAM is the author of several books, including Dear Church (Zondervan, 2006), Beyond the Broken Church (Zondervan 2014), The Well Balanced World Changer (Moody, 2013),  and Portable Faith (Abingdon, 2013). She or her work have been featured in The Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News, USA Today, Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, Relevant Magazine, Q…

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