However, I'm not posting about that specifically, though I agree it is an important issue that the church needs to address.
What I am posting about is a song that one of the presenters offered as part of his talk. His name was Malcolm Guite, and he is (amongst other things) a poet, a singer/songwriter, a professor, and an Anglican minister. The song is called "Angels Unawares" and is about the importance of offering hospitality and the mysterious ways which the threads of our lives cross and the ripple effect which that can have.
This is a link to a page which contains the full lyrics.
This is a link to the podcast audio. The song begins around the 22 minute mark.
I found this song refreshing for a number of reasons. Someone could argue that it wasn't particularly interesting musically - pretty straightforward simple folksy guitar. But that's the point, I think. It made me think of Johnny Cash or Bob Dylan (think "I Walk the Line" or "Desolation Row") both of whom seem to defy the odds and remain perennially popular. But what really got me was the way the stripped down accompaniment worked to amplify the words - words which I found to be rich scripturally.
"Some people say that life is just a given thing
But you and I both know by whom its lent.
And that it's right here in the dirt
Where we've both been loved and hurt.
That Love Himself has come to pitch His tent"
There's so much going on here. There's the connection between "life" and "dirt" recalling Genesis where God made Adam from the dirt. The fact that life is "lent" recalls Ecclesiastes 12 where the writer reflects on the transience of life and the fact that the human spirit returns to God who gave it. And of course "pitch his tent" is a beautiful take on John 1:14 where John the Evangelist describes the incarnation in precisely those terms: "The Word became flesh and tabernacled among us."
Bottom line: there's something beautiful about a song that can beautifully evoke so much Scriptural imagery without sounding like a cliche Christian song, that can offer sure words of hope and yet maintain a sense of mystery at the same time.