“You shouldn’t speak publicly of religion, politics, or money in polite company.”
How many of us have received (or given) that advice in our lives? I’ve done a pretty bad job at following it. Perhaps that’s because of my educational training or upbringing: I’m literally educated to speak of religion, politics, and money.
Good for me that precisely that intersection is my favorite thing to talk about. Maybe, even, good for you!
I’ve spoken to large gatherings of people as a keynote speaker and educator, and small gatherings as workshop facilitator and motivator. I’ve preached to assemblies of people of all sizes. I am proud of my cross-cultural competency: I’ve preached and educated in multiple countries, across many different types of communities, and in a broad diversity of settings.
People recognize me for my ability to make complex topics accessible, while at the same time avoiding both arrogance and condescension in my approach. I’ve been told I’m engaging, and on more than one occasion I’ve been told by those burned, spurned, or unyearned by the church that I’m a preacher ordinary people can relate to. (Though, for the record, extraordinary people have appreciated my preaching, too. Of course, I believe every person is extraordinary because each one is a beloved co-creation with God — so I might have a different personal definition.)
If you’re looking at this page, however, I presume that you are curious about my availability to speak to your organization or as part of your event. I’d love to have that conversation! It’s best if you email me first at email@example.com and tell me a little bit about you, your organization or your event. Include:
- What is the purpose of the speech or workshop?
- Who are the individuals that will be in the room, or what larger event is the inquiry for?
- Give me a link to your organization or event’s website; if a nonprofit, please include a recent summary case for support from a grant application or annual report. If you are affiliated with a religious tradition or denomination, please tell me which one(s).
- What are the proposed dates, and are they already established or flexible?
- What is the location?
- What is your proposed budget?
I will respond to your inquiry as soon as possible, most likely setting up a time for us to speak on the phone and talk more specifically.
Workshops and Addresses
- Stewards of Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity in Your Local Church
- Addicted to Spending: A Progressive Millennial Christian’s Response to Debt
- Lies My Church Taught Me: How I Rediscovered the Joy of Abundance
- Left, Right, and Center: Stripping Prejudices and Biases from Faith-Informed Personal Finance
- Subverting Empire: Generosity as a Middle Finger to Hypercapitalism
- Abandoned: Millennials, Debt, and a Changing Social Covenant
- Time, Talent, and Treasure: Pick All Three in Personal and Organizational Stewardship
Inquiring About Preaching? Given demands on my time with my day job, I must be particularly selective of the preaching invitations I receive. I regret that I am unable to accept all of them. If your speaking inquiry includes an invitation to preach, please accept my humble gratitude at the invitation and most sincere apologies if I must decline the preaching invitation.
If you are representing a Local Church that is a member of the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ: please connect with me through the Conference Office. I am not able to respond to your inquiries through this website.