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NYC Conference Round-Up

From March 31st - April 2nd, Mockingbird hosted its fourth annual conference in NYC. It marked our largest and most diverse event to date, with over 200 attendees, a full half of whom were first-timers. Some made the trip from as far away as Saskatchewan and even Beijing! Mark Galli of Christianity Today was our keynote speaker this time, speaking to us on the theme "Freedom in a Culture of Control," highlighting a fresh understanding of spiritual chaos that was both challenging and deeply encouraging. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! We invite you to download and listen to all of the talks (for free), on our new website.

Speaking of the new website, it was launched on April 11th! If you had a chance to explore it yet, run don't walk. For an outline of (some of) the new features, go here. Or for a glimpse, make sure you've given your email program permission to display images, and simply look to the right. We'll be continuing to build onto it all summer, so do be sure to check in regularly.



A Quick Response

Will from Baton Rouge writes:

Since stepping back into church a few years ago, nothing has anything excited me as much as the words I've heard while attending Mockingbird gatherings in the last six months. This is not be the first time I've heard about grace and law. But I didn't really hear it. Perhaps, it wasn't presented as clearly.  Maybe there was the inevitable caveat:  "if you truly believe..."  Or maybe it wasn't presented with as much warmth and genuine interest...or humor. Mockingbird has had an exciting, inspiring and tangible impact on my life, and I simply cannot thank you enough.

Multiplying Mockingbirds!

We are so excited to announce that beginning August 1st, Mockingbird gains a new member of staff, Ethan Richardson
(right). Ethan is a graduate of University of Virginia and is returning to Charlottesville after completing a tour with Teach for America in New Orleans. You may have already been enjoying some of his work on our website. Ethan will be helping with all aspects of the organization, developing new resources, coordinating outreach and helping edit the website, among other duties. We are truly fortunate to have him on board.



That's all for now. Have a great summer! 

David Zahl
Mockingbird Ministries

Fall Mockingbird Conference
Oct 28-29th, 2011
Birmingham, AL
Keynote speaker: Paul Walker
Pre-Registration begins in August. Stay tuned for more details.

Mbird Summer Reading 

Fiction: Franny & Zooey by J.D. Salinger. A more appropriate title might have been Franny, Zooey & Jesus.


Non-Fiction: The Social Animal by David Brooks.


Theology: The Christian Faith

by Michael Horton.


Interview: Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself - A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace by David Lipsky. 

Support Mockingbird

Mockingbird's operations are funded entirely by your contributions. We still have $45K left to raise to meet our 2011 budget - and we cannot make it without you! We're also looking for $15K to fund potential new projects, such as an expanded Grace in Addiction, an official series of Mbird Bible studies & children's resources, video podcasts, etc. We'll be sending out our Spring appeal next week and ask you to please keep an eye out for it. Or you can make a tax-deductive donation by clicking on the button below. Even the smallest gift is an enormous encouragement.