Ellul Conference

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the International Jacques Ellul Society Conference in Vancouver, Canada. It made sense to me to write a review of the conference and about some of the insights gained.

Vancouver is a beautiful city. Being from San Diego, I am always amazed to go to a place where trees grow wildly. Since it was summer, the weather was mild, still overcast but with little rain. The public transportation was world class and I was easily transported to the University of British Columbia. Aside from the bus and train rides, I didn’t stray too far from my hotel. The campus was beyond beautiful, the people were friendly and I’d love to return some day with my family.

It would have been difficult for the conference to underwhelm because I was very excited to attend. Jacques Ellul is someone I have been reading for the past couple of years, but I’ve been reading him alone and half the time I am not sure if I am understanding him, so I wanted to clarify some things from people who know more than I do. There were three main takeaways from the conference.

  1. Short term planning is a wise endeavor. In the face of the pressures of the planning of society, intentionality is a terrific option.
  2. Poetry is great. I don’t usually read poetry, but the conference introduced me to Ellul’s poetry and opened a door to reading some other authors.
  3. Jesus is good to me. Since I was alone for my trip, I had a lot of time for reflection and I spent some of that time remembering my beliefs and ways of thinking from the past. There have been some similar motivations as I’ve gotten older, but the way I see the world now is vastly different. This is a gift.

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