YOUR IMAGINATION REDEEMED
it is time for the church and the arts to reunite.
For nearly two thousand years, the church held that the good, the true, and the beautiful were inseparable. But somewhere along the line, they got fragmented. And the result has been a disenchanted Christianity; a slew of inadequate books, music, and movies; and generations of Christians missing out on the redeemed imagination.
The disenchanted, the lost, and the Church itself need a renaissance of the Christian imagination.
Your Imagination Redeemed is the annual conference of the Anselm Society. With keynote speaker James K.A. Smith, from Friday night through Saturday night, April 26-27, 2019, we will explore the redeemed imagination, meet the sacred on its own terms, and carry its light back into our lives, creative arts, and congregations.
The conference will follow a Friday night through Saturday night format, including lectures, workshops and breakouts, music and stories, and much more. Sample last year's schedule and speaker lineup.
James K.A. Smith
James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.
Colorado Springs | April 26-27 2019
The Pinery at the Hill
775 W Bijou St, Colorado Springs, CO 80905 (map below)
Since opening its doors in 2005, The Pinery, owned by Mitchell Yellen, has earned a reputation as southern Colorado’s premier destination for resort-style special events. With this elegant venue, five-star service, and iconic views of both the mountains and downtown Colorado Springs, The Pinery sets the standard for memorable events. It's in the breathtaking green foothills of the Rocky Mountains, just two minutes' drive from the energizing entrepreneurial, artistic, and culinary scene that is Tejon Street.
For this event, we have beautiful dining rooms and lecture halls, a top-notch bar, special rooms for quiet escape and reflection or enjoying art and conversation, and loads more.
Frequently asked questions...please check here before emailing us; it might save us both some time!
IDEAS FOR DINNER DOWNTOWN?
We've created a Google Map with some of our favorite spots here (check our notes; we've indicated which places are friendliest to special diets). We've also included parking information in the map description. You can use the Facebook event to coordinate your dinner plans with people, or go with one of our Anselm staff-led groups.
CAN I BUY A TICKET FOR JUST a portion of the weekend
Most likely not.
I'M AN INTROVERT, SO I SHOULD PROBABLY TALK MYSELF OUT OF GOING BECAUSE IT'S LESS DAUNTING, RIGHT?
That depends. Do you like sitting quietly and listening to awesome people inspire you with no pressure to talk back (i.e. lectures)? Do you like really good coffee, food, and other drinks? Do you appreciate gorgeous views of either skylines or mountains? And (the kicker) do you like the idea of having this room furnished with tables and cushy armchairs, designated as a Quiet Room and available for retreat all day?
In short: we take hospitality seriously. We'll take good care of you. We even have some Anselm staff-led groups going to dinner, so there's no chance of you feeling left out there. Also most of our speakers are introverts and they are coming. Don't be silly. You should come.
WHAT'S THE PARKING SITUATION?
The Pinery's lot has 150 parking spaces; if you are coming with other family members or friends, we encourage you to carpool.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE?
The conference ticket price provides you with access to the entire event, including your choice of workshops (first-come, first-served). Breakfast pastries, lunch, and afternoon snacks are included; as are water, coffee, and tea all day. Cocktail hour will feature a cash bar. Dinner is NOT included in the ticket price, because we have too much fun breaking up into smaller groups to enjoy the many wonderful restaurants downtown. This will be a chance to take a break from the space, experience downtown Colorado Springs, and enjoy excellent food in a more intimate setting with friends. (We will have a few Anselm staff-led groups in case you haven't brought or made any bosom friends!)
I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS. CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE THEM?
There will be gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options at lunch. As for dinner, we will give you advance info about the best restaurants for special diets...but downtown Colorado Springs is a national leader on that front so you shouldn't have a problem.
I'M COMING FROM OUT OF TOWN. WHAT HOTELS DO YOU RECOMMEND?
The Mining Exchange, A Wyndham Grand Hotel & Spa
Right across the highway from the venue, a lovely upscale hotel with a ton of local charm, right in the heart of walkable downtown and all its amenities.
If you're looking for more of the classy mountain getaway experience, we highly recommend the Cliff House in Manitou Springs. Use this link for a significant discount (if you need to book different dates, email Kristin Eurich).
The Clarion Hotel
Right at the bottom of the hill where the conference will be held.
We will email you lots of other goodies a couple weeks before the event, helping you get the most out of your visit (food, craft beers, etc.). You can also use the Facebook event to coordinate meals with old friends or new ones on Friday night, Saturday during the conference, or Sunday.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
You may cancel your registration for a full refund up to 30 days before the event. After that, we will handle cancellations on a case-by-case basis (most likely transferring your ticket to someone on the waiting list and refunding your money). We cannot accept cancellations within seven days of the event, but if you can't make it, we do appreciate you letting us know.
I'M NOT SURE I CAN AFFORD IT. ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS?
There is a scholarship fund for Anselm member artists, because we want them all to be able to attend. (Apply to be a member artist here.) Member artists may apply for a scholarship (full or partial) simply by requesting one from Brian Brown. Depending on funds, we may be able to offer scholarships to a limited number of others. If you wish to apply for a scholarship, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, reason for need, why you want to come, and requested amount. We will notify you in March if you have been selected for a scholarship.
Colorado Springs | April 26-27 2019
Images from last year.