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To Tell The Story

To Tell the Story Conference's originally scheduled date of Feb. 16 has been cancelled due to winter weather.

Second Annual Conference – February 16-17, 2021

The Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts presents its annual “To Tell the Story Conference” to pastors, staff members and congregants with the desire to enhance the abilities within the church to share the story of the Gospel, particularly within the context of weekly worship services. OBU faculty members, guests and students will offer their talents, knowledge and experiences in hopes of fueling the imaginations of participants, energizing dialogue and providing resources that can be effectively applied to the local church context. The focus of this year’s conference will be the Parables of Jesus. 

To Tell the Story; The Parables

When Jesus taught, he most often used story; common images and experiences that conveyed eternal meaning and pointed to the heavenly kingdom. The Parables of Christ continue to provide powerful material for teaching those in our congregations about living godly lives and anticipating the return of Jesus.

The year's guest speaker, Dr. Bobby Kelly, will guide our thoughts as we seek to more effectively incorporate the Parables into our times of corporate worship and discipleship. In addition, students and faculty members of the College of Fine Arts will offer examples of music, drama, art, and video that are intended to stir imaginations for similar ideas in local contexts. Faculty members will also offer sessions to discuss ideas and answer questions in order to facilitate further the use of Parables in our churches so that more will hear and know the Story of our great God. 

Breakout Sessions include:

Performing Parables in Sunday Service: A Readers Theatre Workshop
Dr. Hephzibah Dutt, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre

Audio/Visual Possibilities of the Parables
Professor Christi McGahan, Instructor of Journalism and Mass Media

Three Parables of Christ
Professor Scot Loyd, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Director of Forensics and Debate

Involving Children in Retelling the Parables
Dr. Patty Nelson, Associate Professor of Music Education

Seeing the Story: Visual Art and the Parables
Professor Corey Fuller, Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Chair of the Division of Art and Design
Professor Joshua Brunet, Assistant Professor of Art

Contemporary Musical Settings of the Parables
Dr. Justin Pierce, Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music


Tuesday evening February 16

5:30 - Registration
6:00 – Dinner and Keynote Address by Dr. Bobby Kelly (Spouses are invited)
8:00 – Fine Arts Showcase: the Parables

Wednesday morning, February 17

8:00 – Breakout Session I 
9:00 – Breakout Session II
10:00 – OBU Chapel with Dr. Bobby Kelly
11:00 – Breakout Sessions III


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