In her college days, one of her favorite “hobbies” was trying to destroy the faith of young Christians. A committed feminist, she led marches for abortion rights. While dabbling in Eastern philosophies and exploring other world religions, she despised Christianity and treated Christians with contempt.
Yet all of this melted away through an unexpected and unimaginable encounter with the One she thought she loathed. In a journey similar to C.S. Lewis, she began to pursue God as passionately as she had reviled him before. What happened? Find out as Frederica Mathewes-Green returns to the Wenatchee Convention Center (downstairs in Orchard Hall) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. to speak about her mysterious conversion. She will speak again at 12:30 p.m. on “Early Christian Spirituality: Salvation as a Path to Healing.”
Last year’s event attracted about 100 people who came away moved and inspired. About three times as many are expected this year.
Mathewes-Green is a widely sought-after commentator in print, radio and television media. An expert in early Christian spirituality, author, and analyst on social issues, her work has appeared in such diverse publications as The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Touchstone and The Wall Street Journal.
She has spoken over 500 times at venues such as Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown, as well as Westmont, Biola and Calvin College. Her television appearances include CNN, PBS, Fox News and CSPAN. Matthews-Green has also written regular book reviews for the Los Angeles Times, movie reviews for National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies, and has served as a consultant for Veggie Tales. Her books include “The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation” (Paraclete, 2001), and “Facing East (Harper-Collins), a chronicle of her spiritual journey. Her essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006, and Best Spiritual Writing in 1998 and 2007.
She is known for her thoughtful speaking style, which is profound and engaging, without an air of divisiveness.
There is no cost for the event. Books will be available for sale.
For more information, call (509) 263-6441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Michael Shanbour is pastor of Three Hierarchs Orthodox Christian Church in downtown Wenatchee.