7600 Glover Road

 Langley, BC V2Y 1Y1


Spring Conference May 3-5, 2017

Cedar Springs Christian Retreat Center, Sumas, WA

Leadership Growth and Revitalization in a Place of Collegiality

Living in the Grey

Dr. Schaap will challenge us by the medium of storytelling, leading us through the idea of living in the black, white and grey. How do we navigate these shades of life, sometimes settling into the grey, while upholding our faith perspective?

Don’t be thinking I’m a preacher. I’m not. What your people have explained to be their recipe for your retreat blessing did not include sermons. “Stories,” they said. “Tell us stories.”

Good choice, methinks. Stories create worlds, sometimes alternative and sometimes not, very real places where we live with characters we come to recognize by way of our own flesh and blood and heart. Stories generate narratives that keep us on the edge until they resolve themselves (or don’t) and therein prompt ideas that make us think. Stories generate their own unique lessons, their own special genre of, well, sermons.

Just don’t be thinking I’m a preacher.

Dr. James Calvin Schaap

James Calvin Schaap taught literature and writing at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, for 37 years before retiring four years ago. He is the author of many books—fiction and non-fiction—and hundreds of stories and essays. He blogs at siouxlander.blogspot.com, and contributes bi-weekly to The Twelve blog.perspectivesjournal.org.

He’s published two books since retiring, Up the Hill, a collection of short fiction, and Reading Mother Teresa, meditations on the life of the woman recently canonized by the Roman Catholic Church.

A series of his short historical essays from the region where he lives, Small Wonders, are presently being aired weekly on a public radio in Iowa, KWIT, and are available on the station’s website kwit.org/term/small-wonders.


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