2018 Fall Pastors Conference

October 8-9, 2018
Verizon Center, Mankato

Theology of the Body

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What are we to make of our bodies? That is not a theoretical question for idle speculation or philosophical consideration. It is a practical matter that determines the course of our lives, while also an intricate part of our spiritual being. Tragically, our society as a whole does not know what to make of the body, what it is meant to do, and how it is to be regarded. We live at a time when some of the sharpest social, moral, and religious conflicts have to do with the body. Just look at the disagreements over sexuality and gender, marriage and divorce, homosexual intercourse and same sex marriage, artificial reproduction and genetic engineering, cosmetic surgery and gender reassignment, pornography and voyeurism, sexual abuse and prostitution, abortion, and euthanasia, overeating and malnutrition. As Pastors we need to be ready to confidently address these concerns and attacks on the body.

This conference will explore some of the misbeliefs, sins, and challenges present in our culture that affect the body as well offer a beginning framework for the theology of the body. Keynotes and breakouts will address the various affronts to our bodies, recognizing that there is One who sees us fully at each moment in our whole existence—physically and mentally, personally and spiritually. And it is He, the living God, who fearfully and wonderfully made us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us, and who thus remains the author and director of our bodily lives. Please join us for some continued education along with the mutual conversation and consolation of the brethren.  

LODGING:

You are asked to make your own lodging arrangements/reservations. These two hotels, both adjacent to the Verizon Center, have a block of rooms set aside for us.

Please ask for the “Fall Pastor Conference” block of rooms.

Hilton Garden Inn, 507-344-1111

Rooms are $119.00 per night plus tax (two queen beds). The deadline for room reservations at this rate is September 21, 2018. Following that date, the hotel will not guarantee room availability at this price. The Hilton Garden Inn provides a microwave, coffee maker, and mini-fridge, free WIFI, and free parking in the adjacent ramp.

 

City Center Hotel, 507-345-1234

Rooms are $99.00 per night plus tax (choice of one king or two queen beds per room). The deadline for room reservations at this rate is September 21, 2018. Following that date, the hotel will not guarantee room availability at this price. The City Center Hotel provides a hot breakfast, WIFI, mini-fridge, microwave, and free parking in the adjacent ramp.