L’Abri weekend

The L’Abri communities are study centers around the world where individuals have the opportunity to seek answers to honest questions about God and the significance of human life. L’Abri believes that Christianity speaks to all aspects of life. L’Abri workers Ellis Potter and Thorsten and Vera Marbach will be hosting the following events that everyone is welcome to attend.

TGIF “Dwelling in Dissonance” – Life in South Africa confronts us with issues that are not always easy to process. They make us uncomfortable and challenge us. However, is it exactly in these places of dissonance that growth and healing can happen. Vera Marbach will facilitate a “dialogue inspired by poetry” through a process of reflection and sense-making as we connect with each other across some of the issues that frequently divide us. She will present some poetry from her recently published “Dwelling in Dissonance” as an entry point to a heart-to-heart discussion.

Wit – Film screening & discussion – This is an award winning-film about the difference between abstract and experiential knowledge and particularly explores the significance of death. Ellis Potter will be facilitating a discussion following the screening.

Worldview Seminar – What is reality? What is the meaning of human life? Why do we suffer? Who am I? Ellis Potter will explore 3 major worldviews that propose radically different answers to these eternal questions. These 3 worldviews, and the unique hope that each offers to humanity, have profoundly different consequences for how we see reality and our place in it. Our worldview is, furthermore, to us as water is to a fish. It is such a self-evident, ever-present part our reality that it’s the last thing we will actually notice. Thorsten Marbach invites the all-important question: “what is this I’m swimming in?”, and explores the difference between what we think we believe and what we actually believe when it comes to the crunch.

Comprehensive Spirituality Seminar – “Spiritual” has become a placeholder word that can mean very different things to different people: deep, invisible, otherworldly, supernatural, to name a few options. But what does it really mean to be spiritual? If we grow spiritually, do we become more transcendent and less visible? In this talk Ellis Potter explores the spiritual nature of our humanity. It discusses the physical, rational, creative, communicative, moral, relational, emotional and supernatural aspects of spirituality.

Ellis H. Potter is based in Basel, Switzerland. He pastors an international church in Lausanne and travels extensively to speak and teach at churches, conferences and universities. He is the author of “3 Theories of Everything” and “How Do You Know That?” Ellis is a former Buddhist monk who became a Christian at L’Abri Fellowship under the influence of the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer. Ellis then worked at L’Abri for many years, where he counseled, taught and encouraged hundreds of students from all over the world.

Thorsten Marbach co-ordinates L’Abri South Africa and TGIF, and teaches at the Johannesburg Bible College. By education, Thorsten holds engineering-shaped and theology-shaped worldviews.

Vera is a facilitator, entrepreneur and L’Abri worker; she writes poetry to help her process the dissonance she observes and experiences.

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