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King University News :: BuechnerFest Coming to Bristol

Visitors from around the country will descend on King College and Bristol May 30-June 3 for a vacation with books. BuechnerFest will feature five days of programs, presentations, musical performances, and conversation on the works of novelist and theologian Frederick Buechner. BuechnerFest is a part of our work at the Buechner Institute, said Dale Brown, director of the Buechner Institute at King College. We are really excited about the possibilities of this event and grateful for the remarkable guests who will be involved.

BuechnerFest is a celebration of one of the foremost Christian thinkers of our day and an opportunity to hear some of his admirers reflect upon the character of Christian belief, the challenges, joys, surprises, insights and experience of faith, said Dr. Greg Jordan, president of King College. It will unquestionably be a wonderful occasion.

Members of the Institute's National Advisory Board will offer their reflections on Buechner's work as part of the five day event. Leading presenters will be William Evertsberg, a Presbyterian minister from Greenwich, Conn.; Tom Gulotta, film producer, director, writer, and music industry consultant; Jennifer Holberg, a professor of English at Calvin College and chair of the Buechner Institute Board; Jeff Munroe, vice president for Advancement and Communication at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich.; Charles Chip Pollard, president of John Brown University; and Dale Brown, a recognized expert on the work of Frederick Buechner.

Musical performances will feature Terry Taylor, an American songwriter, record producer, writer, and founding member of the bands Daniel Amos and The Swirling Eddies. Taylor is also a member of the roots and alternative music group, Lost Dogs. Nashville musicians Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong of The Choir will also be in concert.

I can't think of a lovelier way to begin the summer than in the company of good folks talking about good books, especially books by Frederick Buechner, which offer such deep insight into life, said Jennifer Holberg, chair of the Buechner Institute National Advisory Board and professor of English for Calvin College. Also, I always really enjoy the beauty of the Bristol area, which we have a chance to experience too, as well as cultural gems like the Barter Theater and the Carter Fold. Sounds like the perfect vacation retreat to me!

Additional discussions and outings will be led by members of the Buechner Institute Regional Governing Board, King College professors, and other supporters of the Institute's mission to foster conversation on issues of faith and culture.

The daily schedule of BuechnerFest will feature presentations, discussions, and opportunities for enjoying the local fare. We have put together a kind of thoughtful vacation for those who would enjoy reading, talking, and celebrating a few days of challenge and relaxation, said Brown.
Time will be devoted to an overview of Buechner's work including a look at Wishful Thinking: A Seeker's ABC, Sacred Journey, Lion Country, Godric, Eyes of the Heart, and Telling the Truth: The Gospel in Tragedy.

BuechnerFest will feature notable literature, engaging talk, and good fun. After discussion groups centering on one of Frederick Buechner's books in the morning sessions, the afternoons will be dedicated to enjoying the special possibilities of the region. The evenings will be given to programs, discussions, and fellowship.

Each discussion may feature presentations on the various texts as well as conversation about the texts among attendees. Some of the time will also be dedicated to writing and responding to the reading material.

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