|Center for Innovation in Ministry Launch
“We do not want to
try to predict the future. What we want to do is make the future.”
McGonigal, keynote speaker
About the Center
As people of faith, we know many things to be true: that ministry
today is in the midst of radical change; that God’s spirit is powerfully and playfully alive in the
world; and that coming together with new, diverse, and unlikely partners, as at
Pentecost (Acts 2), honors the inclusive nature of the Holy Spirit.
We know that we are constantly invited to join in God’s work in ever expansive and creative
ways, and that God has given us the intelligence and grace to face whatever
challenges we face with fresh eyes.
With this knowledge, we come together at San Francisco
Theological Seminary’s new Center for
Innovation in Ministry to accomplish three important goals: to build the
capacity for innovation in the church, to connect innovators to each other, and
to connect innovators to the church.
We hope you will join us!
About the Event
How can we leverage the power of games to
tackle the issues of hunger and violence?
On October 16 and 17, we have the opportunity to join an
intelligent and diverse group of experts that hail from the fields of ministry,
education, conflict resolution, and technology - all for the benefit of
ministry, the church, and the world.
Included in this group is Jane McGonigal, a game designer and
researcher at the Institute for the Future, who believes the qualities nurtured
through gaming can be harnessed by society in positive ways. We have the
opportunity to explore this fascinating idea in a ministry context.
Participants should come prepared to strengthen their
understanding, stretch academic and emotional boundaries, and test creative
ideas for spreading the church’s message of
justice, peace, and healing.
creativity while moving through a variety of presentation and interaction models that will:
1. Give church and ministry leaders new ways to think
about ministry, and new tools to explore innovation in their ministry context(s);
2. Provide dedicated community
organizers and non-profit professionals new ways to think about and solve seemingly
intractable social issues; and
3. Allow participants to gain new,
and possibly unexpected, conversation and future collaboration partners.
symposium will feature the following:
A keynote speech by Jane McGonigal, a game designer and researcher for the Institute for the Future.
A world-café style discussion, incorporating audience participation, and featuring Mary Hess, Derrick Kikuchi, Sarah Moore-Nokes, and Jane McGonigal on the topic of hunger.
A world-café style discussion, incorporating audience participation, and featuring Rev. Byron Bland, Rev. Ernie Jackson, Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez, and Jane McGonigal on the topic of violence.
A Rapid Innovation Lab led by Smallify
, which will help participants discover issue-area specific innovation challenges and immediately actionable solutions.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Worship with Dr. Marcia McFee
ColLab Café 1 – Dr. Mary Hess, Derrick Kikuchi, Rev. Sarah
Moore-Nokes, Jane McGonigal
ColLab Café 2 – Rev. Byron Bland, Nane Alejandrez, Rev.
Ernie Jackson, Jane McGonigal
Dinner and Conversation
Keynote speech by Jane McGonigal
Theological Response by Dr. Mary Hess
Friday, October 17,
8:30am – 12:30pm
Smallify Rapid Innovation Lab that builds on ColLabs,
keynote, and theological reflections from Day 1
Jane McGonigal speaking about the power of gaming at a TED talk
Worship Leader Dr. Marcia McFee
Dr. Mary Hess, Derrick Kikuchi, and Rev. Sarah-Moore Nokes
Rev. Byron Bland, Rev. Ernest Jackson, and Daniel "Nane" Alejandrez
The Center launch provides us with a unique opportunity to engage
with the following partners:
Jane McGonigal is a visionary game designer and
futurist, whose games challenge players to tackle real world problems like
poverty, hunger, and climate change through planetary-scale collaboration.
She has created “games for good” for organizations such as the
World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Association, the New York
Public Library, and many more. Her book, Reality Is Broken: How Games Make Us Better and How
They Can Change The World, is a New York Times bestseller.
Dr. Marcia McFee, who draws on a first career in
professional dance and musical theater, and is equipped with a Masters in
Theology and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies, understands the role of any ritual
artist in the church as that of creating extraordinary portals through which
communities journey with the Spirit. Dr. McFee has designed and led worship for
regional, national, and international gatherings of several denominations for
the last 20 years.
Mary Hess is professor
of educational leadership and the chair of the Leadership Division at Luther
Seminary. She is a Catholic layperson seeking to understand the ways in which
religious educators might constructively meet the challenges posed by media
culture. Hess holds a Ph.D. from Boston College, an M.T.S from Harvard, and a
B.A. in American Studies from Yale.
Derrick Kikuchi is the owner of Reach and Teach, a peace and social
justice learning company dedicated to transforming the world through teachable
moments. He designs games that educate people of all ages about civil rights,
economic inequity, and end of life issues. Kikuchi
is also a ruling elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.
The Rev. Sarah Moore-Nokes is the general presbyter of
Winnebago Presbytery in Michigan and Wisconsin. She is the catalyst behind the
internet-based ministry Just.Good.Food., a new gardening mission that creates
and strengthens partnerships between community gardens and organizations that
provide food for those who are hungry.
The Rev. Byron Bland is
associate director of the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiations and is
an ordained Presbyterian minister and former Stanford chaplain. His recent work
concerns the politics of reconciliation in divided societies, and includes
conflict negotiation in Northern Ireland and the Middle East. He holds an
M.Div. from SFTS.
Ernie Jackson earned his Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from San
Francisco Theological Seminary and is currently working toward his Doctor of
Ministry. He is in his 18th year serving as pastor of Grace
Tabernacle Community Church in the Bayview-Hunter's Point community in San
Francisco, a church that has long been active in social justice issues that
affect the local community. He has most recently worked with the Ferguson
community in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown.
Alejandrez is the founder and executive director of Barrios Unidos, a nation-wide coalition
based in Santa Cruz, California, that focuses on youth violence prevention and
re-entry opportunities to former prisoners. From the barrio to the United
Nations, he has shared successful, concrete programs that provide youth with
alternatives to crime.
is a Silicon Valley innovation capacity-building firm that has worked with the
White House, the University of California, Berkeley, and PBS. It uses rapid
innovation labs to teach participants how to break seemingly intractable
problems into smaller, actionable solutions.