Trying to Say God Conference

Thursday  22 June  2017  2:00 PM    Saturday  24 June  2017 10:00 PM
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Sick Pilgrim has partnered with the University of Notre Dame to create a new conference that we hope will invigorate and inspire contemporary Catholic writers and artists.

On June 22-24, 2017, “Trying to Say God” will bring together both well-known and emerging writers, artists and musicians for a new kind of Catholic literary conference–one that is open to, but not limited to, those working in academia.

Our confirmed featured speakers include:

Keynote Mary Karr, New York Times best-selling author of The Liar’s Club, Cherry, Lit, and The Art of Memoir

Tim Powers, World Fantasy Award winning writer of the novels Last Call and Declare

Br. Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory and author of Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? And Other Questions from the Astronomer’s Inbox at the Vatican Observatory

Bishop Daniel Flores, social justice and arts advocate, and bishop of the the Diocese of Brownsville

Heather King, author of Stripped, Stumble and Shirt of Flame

Mary Syzbist, National Book Award winning author of Incarnadine

Plus Natalie Diaz, Suzanne Wolfe, Randy Boyagoda, Kaya Oakes, Jerry Harp, Sam Rocha, Valerie Sayers, Gregory Wolfe, Jon Sweeney and David Griffith.

http://www.tryingtosaygod.com

Registration:
The conference registration fee is $75 prior to April 15th, and will increase to $100 after that date.
Conference presenters and Notre Dame, St. Mary’s and Holy Cross Faculty, Staff, and students may
attend at no charge, but must register in order to participate.

Registration includes the following:

- Refreshments throughout Friday and Saturday
- All conference materials

Registrants will be asked to select preferred conference sessions in May 2017, once the program
schedule has been finalized. You will receive an email indicating what options are available at specific
times.

Residence Hall Lodging:
Accommodations in residence halls are available for the nights of June 22, 23, and 24th.

• Single Room: $62.50/night
• Double Room: $52.50/night per person
Blankets, sheets, and towels are provided during the stay. Lavatories and showers are in common with separate men and women’s facilities on each floor. Requests for adjoining rooms cannot be guaranteed but will be honored if possible.

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University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, 46556, IN, United States

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-- 25/05/2017 01:12
Ashley Walton Beck
-- 25/05/2017 01:12
Beautiful. Jessica Mesman Griffith and the words.
George Enzo Zanette
-- 25/05/2017 01:12
Is there an email that I can send an article and poems to??

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-- 24/05/2017 14:15
Is there going to be a recording available (to purchase)? My husband and I would love to go but cannot make it because of work.
Sick Pilgrim
-- 24/05/2017 14:15
We will be recording sessions. Stay tuned to this page to learn how to access after the conference.

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-- 09/05/2017 17:04
Ken Garcia
-- 09/05/2017 17:04
So beautiful, Paula.

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-- 03/05/2017 13:38

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-- 26/04/2017 23:36
Daniel Andrews
-- 26/04/2017 23:36
Memento mori

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-- 20/04/2017 10:42
Kaye Hinckley
-- 20/04/2017 10:42
Absolutely.

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-- 19/04/2017 12:18

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-- 18/04/2017 13:49
"Diaz’s poetry does not identify itself by devotional or dogmatic statements... Instead, she shows the sacramentality of everyday life and the challenges—including poverty and drug addiction—sometimes faced by the marginalized. Her work typifies a vibrant, varied literary culture interested in the ways in which differences matter and even enrich our experience." Check out this great piece on Catholic voices in social justice poetry by Lisa Ampleman. Both Ampleman and Diaz will be presenting at Trying to Say God.
https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/04/17/finding-catholic-voices-social-justice-poetry

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-- 17/04/2017 15:18
"I think creativity is a trap. I tell my students, Call it tension, not creativity. Tension is easy in America, and in love." Poet Natalie Diaz is one of our invited speakers for the Trying to Say God Conference, June 22-24 at the University of Notre Dame.
https://thecreativeindependent.com/people/natalie-diaz-on-the-physicality-of-writing/

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-- 04/02/2017 16:28
Mary Karr is our keynote speaker. Jessica Mesman Griffith wrote a beautiful reflection about Mary's work. Check it out and sign up for the conference.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/sickpilgrim/2017/01/mary-karr-trying-say-god/
Ken Garcia
-- 04/02/2017 16:28
That's an excellent essay, Jess!

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-- 25/01/2017 18:11
"Jason Harrod's songs reveal a personal anguish rarely spoken of among Christian artists, even those on the fringes who openly struggle with institutional faith. His lyrics betray a deep-seated insecurity, about his own abilities, about his value, and, ultimately, about his belief." Singer-songwriter Jason Harrod will perform at Trying to Say God. He's a winner of the MerleFest's Chris Austin Songwriting competition and appeared on the Arthur Smith's Carolina Calling stage with Alison Krauss and Union Station. Jason was selected as a spotlight performer at the annual Healdsburg Guitar festival in 2009, sponsored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and in 2010 he was awarded a fellowship by the International Arts Movement in the prize's inaugural year. In 2012, Jason received a Fulbright grant to teach songwriting to students in Thessaloniki, Greece. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2013/october-web-only/jason-harrod-singing-between-doubt-and-belief-for-20-years.html
Jason Harrod
-- 25/01/2017 18:11
I'm really looking forward to it.

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-- 20/01/2017 14:56
Daniel Flores is the bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, Tex., a border town where 85 percent of the population is Catholic, the highest concentration in the United States. Known for his accessibility, empathy and advocacy of immigration reform, he has a devoted following among Catholics and non-Catholics alike. He'll open the Trying to Say God Conference with an address to artists from the Church: We need you. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/opinion/sunday/catching-up-with-bishop-daniel-flores.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/opinion/sunday/catching-up-with-bishop-daniel-flores.html

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-- 18/01/2017 03:37
Registration: The conference registration fee is $75 prior to April 15th, and will increase to $100 after that date. Conference presenters and Notre Dame, St. Mary’s and Holy Cross Faculty, Staff, and students may attend at no charge, but must register in order to participate. Registration includes the following: - Refreshments throughout Friday and Saturday - All conference materials Registrants will be asked to select preferred conference sessions in May 2017, once the program schedule has been finalized. You will receive an email indicating what options are available at specific times. Residence Hall Lodging: Accommodations in residence halls are available for the nights of June 22, 23, and 24th. • Single Room: $62.50/night • Double Room: $52.50/night per person Blankets, sheets, and towels are provided during the stay. Lavatories and showers are in common with separate men and women’s facilities on each floor. Requests for adjoining rooms cannot be guaranteed but will be honored if possible.
http://www.tryingtosaygod.com/
Cynthia Schrage
-- 18/01/2017 03:37
Is it possible to drive in every day, if I can stay elsewhere in town?
Sick Pilgrim
-- 18/01/2017 03:37
Yep, it is.

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-- 14/12/2016 17:55
“In her deftly told and well-researched story, the unnamed woman whom [Saint] Augustine loved and lived with for 13 years rises from the footnotes of history to become a dynamic, fully-fleshed character. Their relationship shows us an achingly real love, heartrending self-sacrifice, and the way that beliefs are shaped by experiences in the beautiful and terrible world.” Our invited speaker Suzanne Wolfe has won the Book of the Year for her beautiful historical novel Confessions of X. Come see Wolfe--and us--next June at Notre Dame.
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/january-february/christianity-todays-2017-book-awards.html?start=5

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-- 19/10/2016 14:28
Invited speaker Kaya Oakes asked D.L. Mayfield to talk about what it means to be a "Christian writer" today: "There is just so much baggage that goes along with those words that it can turn people off. I will say that I have often tried to write essays and pieces that didn’t mention God or Christianity or Jesus and but I just can’t do it. It’s what I am thinking about all the time. I am obsessed with this idea that Jesus is with the poor and the sick and the sad and the oppressed, and I am looking for him everywhere. I believe there are great areas for reform in the church, so I do think it is OK in that sense to speak to a primarily Christian audience. My activism is rooted in a belief that we are to work towards the kingdom of God being established in the here and now as much as we can. We are to fight injustice and inequality, we are to work towards reconciliation and restoration, knowing that this is God’s dream for the world."
http://religiondispatches.org/jesus-gentrification-and-the-hypocrisy-of-diversity-an-interview-with-d-l-mayfield/

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-- 11/10/2016 02:11
Jonathan was on The Sonrise Morning Show talking about the conference! You can also listen at 6:20 tomorrow morning to listen to the show.
http://sonrisemorningshow.com/show-notes-monday-10-october-2016/

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-- 10/10/2016 14:22
Heather King is a Catholic essayist, and she writes literary memoirs of the highest quality. One of our favorites, Stripped: At the Intersection of Cancer, Culture, and Christ, is not a cancer book, really, though the story of being diagnosed with breast cancer, challenging the wisdom of the medical establishment, and surviving her illness offers a kind of scaffolding for King to test her ideas about suffering and love. She writes with an impressive command of the secular literature of suffering. She loves Kafka and Antonin Artaud and Whitman and Simone Weil but dispenses with intellectual giant Susan Sontag, hilariously, as a “big, humorless crab,” all while turning over and over “the bizarre way that the world is so often redeemed not through health and wholeness but through sickness and violence and insanity.” But to be content with brokenness--so trendy in current Christian publishing--isn’t King’s way. She asks elsewhere, “who can parse out which part of our wound is killing us and which part of our wound is keeping us alive?” Check out King's books and come hear her speak next June at Trying to Say God. https://www.amazon.com/Heather-King/e/B001IODGYY
Cynthia Schrage
-- 10/10/2016 14:22
I think I have ALL her books! Stoked!
Colleen Connell Mitchell
-- 10/10/2016 14:22
Oh, Heather King, how we love you, darling muse.
Jessica Mesman Griffith
-- 10/10/2016 14:22
Heather King fan club represent.
Elias Crim
-- 10/10/2016 14:22
She's Flannery O'Connor's bohemian niece--a treasure.
Rebecca Bratten Weiss
-- 10/10/2016 14:22
She was one of the first writers l happened on, when returning to the church, who made me glad l had.
John Robinson
-- 10/10/2016 14:22
Reading "Stumble" right now.

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-- 07/10/2016 15:09
TIm Powers, one of our invited speakers, is an award-winning sci-fi and fantasy author and a creator of the Steam Punk genre. He'll be having a conversation with Bro. Guy Consolmagno, dir. of the Vatican Observatory, moderated by Jonathan Ryan, about "Seeking God in Other Worlds." In this interview with Strange Horizons, he addresses criticism of his World Fantasy Award winning novel, Declare, as "too Catholic" and considers the moral obligations of the fiction writer. "I'm convinced that sneaking any kind of message into fiction makes cardboard metaphors out of the characters and the events...My book was a supernatural adventure story, with the supernatural stuff mostly based on The Thousand and One Nights. Since one of the historical characters, Kim Philby, had a peculiar and intriguing attitude toward Catholicism, I made Catholicism be true in the definition of the world the story takes place in—so that baptism, for instance, has a real effect on a person's identity, and the genies are stray angels. In other books I've written, Catholicism has not been true in the definition of the story's world—as in The Drawing of the Dark, in which reincarnation occurs." http://www.strangehorizons.com/2005/20050207/powers-int-a.shtml
http://www.strangehorizons.com/2005/20050207/powers-int-a.shtml

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-- 06/10/2016 14:37
"Iconography is reclaiming its role as a universal type of sacred art." Joseph Malham, one of our invited speakers, is an author and iconographer and artist-in-residence at St Gregory the Great in Chicago. In this video, he talks about his vocation and the mysterious process of writing an icon. Plus you get to see some examples of his beautiful, haunting, holy work. "Icons do not show the real physical world--they part the veil that separates us from the eternal realm." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-7P8wZq0XQ
Michele Demma
-- 06/10/2016 14:37
❤️

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-- 05/10/2016 22:16
For decades, some of speculative fiction’s highest awards have rained down on stories of science and faith, and many of the most famous star the Catholic Church. In this article in The Atlantic, Bro. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, one of our invited speakers, explores why Catholicism is so attractive to fantasy writers. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/11/why-are-there-so-many-catholics-in-science-fiction/414990/
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/11/why-are-there-so-many-catholics-in-science-fiction/414990/

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-- 04/10/2016 22:53
"I pray. I pray a lot. I'm somebody who has a big inner life, and for most of my life it had a lot of darkness in it, and for me prayer is a way of standing in a light. It's no more complicated than that." Our keynote speaker, Mary Karr, was on NPR. She gave a hilarious and insightful interview.
http://www.npr.org/2015/09/15/440397728/mary-karr-on-writing-memoirs-no-doubt-ive-gotten-a-million-things-wrong
Melissa Maykuth Burgett
-- 04/10/2016 22:53
Your conference looks amazing. So many great writers and such a cool vibe. It makes me wish I was a writer too. (Kind of like warm spring days in South Bend made me wish I was a runner)

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-- 03/10/2016 22:06
One of our invited speakers, the poet Natalie Diaz, did a PBS interview a few years ago. Check it out.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/conversation-poet-natalie-diaz/
Jim Ward
-- 03/10/2016 12:42
Tim Powers is a dynamic qnd engaging speaker (and one of my favorite fantasists).
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