Day One: Inspiriting Creativity
KEYNOTE #1: Diana Butler-Bass
KEYNOTE #2: Rev. Karla Kincannon
Day Two: Practicing Creativity
Evening Worship & Variety Show
Day Three: Applying Creativity
KEYNOTE #3: Creatively Transforming Congregations & Communities
KEYNOTE/PANEL #4: Local Creative Leaders Share Lessons Learned
Team Time/Creative Moment: Applying Creativity Back Home
WHAT TO EXPECT
DAY ONE: INSPIRING CREATIVITY
Our world has changed. Daily we must rethink how to be the church in a post-Christian era. On this first day, we will tackle this new reality head on and find inspiration to embrace the world around us through engaging worship, provocative keynotes, creative experiences, and relationship building.
DAY TWO: PRACTICING CREATIVITY
Now that we are inspired, let’s put our creativity into action. Day two welcomes the opportunity to hone our creative gifts and strengthen our thinking with experts in the fields of writing, preaching, composing, improvisation, leadership, architecture and design. Pick one of three specialized tracks and experience personalized training designed to push your creativity to the next level.
DAY THREE: APPLYING CREATIVITY
Inspired to embrace the world around us now, we will spend Day three preparing to apply all we’ve learned when we arrive home. Together we will glean from leading influencers in Tulsa’s burgeoning entrepreneur culture, and gain helpful “how tos” to guide our application of the lessons we’ve learned at Creativity:Tulsa!
Track One: Writer/Preacher/Composer Clinic
Led by a local playwright, director and editor, we will spend the morning at the Woody Guthrie Center studying Guthrie’s writing and cultural influence. Then, using his work as a spring board, we will work on our own writing and communication skills including preaching, songwriting and creative writing. In the afternoon, songwriters will have the chance to visit Saied Music Company and use their studio space to compose while others practice preaching and creative writing.
Track Two: Yes, And… Using Improv in Leadership
Led by Tulsa’s own Comedy Parlor Improv Troop, we will learn the art of improv and study its impact on our ability to build relationships, resolve conflict, lead in challenging circumstances and build a creative culture within our congregations. Respected schools such Duke, MIT and UCLA are offering improv courses to teach leadership and adaptability to students in ways the traditional classroom cannot. In this track we will learn how to adapt and react to challenging people and changing circumstances in such a way that we create a common story instead of shutting each other down.
Track Three: The Spirituality of Space
Led by Tulsa’s architecture community, we will tour Tulsa’s internationally known Art Deco district including several iconic churches in order to explore the beauty, creativity and story each building’s design tells. We will also explore old facilities repurposed for modern purposes and consider how they bridge the past and present. Finally, with the help of architect mentors, we will look at our own facilities, exploring what story they tell, and consider ways we could repurpose their use to better tell the story of Christ. You are invited to bring a copy of your blue prints to get the most out of this track.
SPEAKERS & WORSHIP LEADERS
Diana Butler Bass
She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of nine books, including Grounded: Finding God in the World—A Spiritual Revolution (HarperOne, 2015) and the widely influential Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening (HarperOne, 2012). Her other books include A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story (HarperOne, 2009), nominated for a Library of Virginia literary award, and the best-selling Christianity for the Rest of Us: How the Neighborhood Church is Transforming the Faith (2006) which was named as one of the best religion books of the year by Publishers Weekly and was featured in a cover story in USA TODAY.
Diana regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She writes at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments on religion, politics, and culture in the media including USA TODAY, Time, Newsweek, CBS, CNN, FOX, PBS, and NPR.
Karla M. Kincannon, is the Director of Field Education and Vocational Formation and Church Leadership, and the artist-in-residence, at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. As an artist, author, spiritual director, and United Methodist minister (Elder), Karla believes God’s gift of creativity is an essential tool for navigating the spiritual journey and a necessary element for the corporate life of the Church. Without creativity we cannot imagine a life faithful to the gospel. Imagination supports the restoration of soul in our Church and our world. Karla invites others to be courageously creative as a way of experiencing the creative heart of God in order to change the world.
Karla is the author of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection, as well as numerous articles about the spiritual journey. She has authored curriculum for the United Methodist Church. Karla lectures, leads workshops, and facilitates retreats in a variety of ecumenical settings nationwide.
Tate & Tiffany Nagel-Monroe
Tate is singer/songwriter, playwright and graphic designer. Tiffany is the Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Shawnee, OK. Together they will bring a creative energy to our worship bringing us closer to our creative God.
On Day One of the conference we will offer a series of workshops and facilitated discussions on several topics including: Grant Writing, Alternative Funding for Creative Endeavors, Using the Creative Arts in Conflict Resolution, Yoga and Creativity and Congregational Care Across All Generations. You will also have the chance to shape the workshop time by posting discussion topics to our Creativity Conference Facebook page and/or volunteering to facilitate a discussion on a pressing issue you are facing.
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Fly Loft – Tulsa
Fly Loft is a facility in the heart of the Brady Arts District dedicated to nurturing performing artists and organizations. Fly Loft provides rehearsal and activity space to performing arts organizations and personnel to help enrich local artists, arts organizations and the surrounding community. Because our hope with Creativity:Tulsa is to get us thinking outside of the box and connect with the creativity around us, we decided to take the conference out of the church building and into the heart of Tulsa’s Art District. You will be energized by this very creative space and inspired by the community of museums, shopping, restaurants and artists surrounding it.
Brady Arts District
The Brady Arts District is a diverse, culturally robust district in Downtown Tulsa. Grown from an historic oil-rich past with icons including the Brady Theater and Cain’s Ballroom, the District has evolved over time to become a creative, community-driven engine of the Tulsa economy. With a variety of retail and service shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries, museums, parks, private businesses, and historic music venues we welcome you to Arrive Early and Stay Late in the Brady Arts District! The Brady Arts District is located in the northern section of downtown Tulsa. It is bordered by Denver on the west, Elgin on the east, the IDL (I-244) on the north and the railroad tracks on the south.