Heatherlyn, Amy Cox, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, Andrew Peterson. These are not household names, but I’ve spent the last few weeks listening to them on the Lion and Lamb Festival Youtube and Facebook pages.
They are wonderful, original artists, and I am looking forward to spending two days with them, and with the rest of the Lion and Lamb Festival community. For two days over Labor Day Weekend, I will be in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Lion and Lamb Festival. I am one of a group of speakers, artists, and musicians that are coming together for worship, conversation, and community.
The mission of the Lion and Lamb Festival is to build a “community of hope gathering to share gifts, inspire authentic conversation, and passionately follow God in the world.” As I read through the list of speakers, I am humbled by my own inclusion. The gathering speakers are people doing the hard work of justice in the world. They are an inspiring group of people, and I feel so honored to be a part of it all.
The keynote speaker of the event is Rachel Held Evans, whose writing I admire greatly. She is speaking three times at the festival. On Saturday she is a part of a “Conversation on Millenials and the Church.” Later that evening she is a part of the main gathering. On Sunday she is sitting down for a Q and A about her book “A Year of Biblical Womanhood.” This is a remarkable book, which I blogged about once. One of the highlights of my blogging career was when she started following me on Twitter, and retweeted the link to my post. Imagine then, my excitement to find out that my time slot on Sunday comes on the same stage, immediately after her.
I am looking forward to this festival for so many reasons. It is going to include some of my favorite things in this world. I will be there with my family, camping away from home for first time. We will listen to inspiring live music. We will soak up the energy of powerful leaders. I will have a chance to tell my story to a new audience. Above all, we will build community. We will create relationships.
It is going to be an exciting two days. And I want you to come along. I have two free passes to the Festival. If you want to go, let me know in the comments section or on my Facebook page. Every name that comments (with a valid email address on this page, or on the Facebook page) before Monday, August 19 will be put into a hat. I’ll draw the winning name on Monday, and post it with a new blog post.