Aric has years of experience as a public speaker, teacher, and small-group leader. If you are interested in having Aric speak, lead your retreat, or run a workshop for your group please drop him an email to confirm his availability. Aric will work with you so that the content will reflect your needs. Here are some examples of what he has talked about in the past:
NEVER PRAY AGAIN
Interested in exploring a spirituality that is lively, concrete, and genuinely life-changing? Aric would love to talk to your group about the ideas and experiments contained in the book he co-authored Never Pray Again: Lift Your Head, Unfold Your Hands, and Get to Work. Be prepared for a provocative and profound conversation about the nature of prayer, what it means to express our faith, and how to become a practitioner instead of a believer. Depending on timing Doug Hagler and Nick Larson may also be available to speak. Nothing is quite as unpredictable or as entertaining as having both Friars and the Fool in the room at the same time.
Aric has presented on this complex and important subject for many churches and presbyteries. He recently returned from a peacemaking delegation to Israel-Palestine in which he met with grassroots activists from all backgrounds to learn about the roots of the occupation and what is being done to bring a just peace to the region. During our time together we will learn about the modern history of the occupation, hear some accounts of what daily life is like for many Israelis and Palestinians in the region, and learn what we can do to support peacemaking in this situation.
THE GEEKDOM OF GOD
As a lifelong gamer-geek, Aric has enjoyed watching the ascendancy of geek-culture from superheros dominating the box office, to tabletop games, and cosplaying getting mainstream attention. What many don’t realize is that there is a long and deep history of profound theological subject matter being explored in comic-books, fantasy novels, and science-fiction television. Spend some time with Aric while he unpacks some of the best geeky theology out there and invites you to see a different, geekier side of God.
ADVENTURES IN A BIZARRE BIBLE
Christian respect for scripture tends to obscure just how weird our Bible is. One of the first steps to recovering a sense of how profound and interesting scripture is, and how powerfully it can function in our lives as a window to the Word of God, is to allow the Bible to be strange again. Using historical-critical insights Aric will guide you through any book (or several shorter books) of the Bible, provoke you to see it in a new light, and lead you to questions you’ve never thought to ask before.