Willard Legacy Update - May 2019
Continuing the Work of Dallas Willard: May 2019 Update
Continuing the Work of Dallas Willard
May 2019 Update
Dear Fellow Pilgrims,
He is Risen! I hope you all experienced the joy of our risen Lord in its fullness during this Easter season. My question for you now is, are you still celebrating? For many of us, our celebration of Easter ends on Resurrection Sunday, but the traditional church calendar invites us to celebrate the miracle of our risen Lord throughout the seven weeks between Easter and Pentecost. This is called “Eastertide.” If this idea is new to you, I invite you to listen-in as Lacy Borgo explains the beauty of the Eastertide season and gives some practical examples of how to celebrate the season in a podcast conversation with Nathan Foster. Take advantage of having four more weeks to emphasize the joy and hope that accompany the knowledge that Christ is risen. He is risen indeed!
This week marked six years since Dallas went home to be with the Lord. Although we miss him greatly, we think of him with that same resurrection hope and joy because of the confidence that we will all spend the rest of eternity together in the presence of Christ. Until then, we are blessed to see the many ways God still uses Dallas’s life and work to spread the good news of life in the kingdom now right here on earth. We see God’s gracious hand of blessing upon every area of Dallas’s work. This has been true in our own efforts as well as in the growth and productivity of the Dallas Willard Research Center at Westmont College, the establishment of the Dallas Willard Chair at Friends University, and in the widening impact of Dallas’s published books which have been translated into 17 languages to date. Glory to God!
Dallas often said we should “look for what God is doing and get involved,” and Dallas Willard Ministries has been making an extra effort to do exactly that as we enter into some exciting new efforts. First of all, DWM is a partner in sponsoring the multi-year “Moral Knowledge Initiative” that we announced in our last Update. (See www.MoralKnowledgeInitiative.org for details.) DWM is also investing in developing more creative ways for people to learn and grow with Dallas’s spiritual formation material with the goal of seeing lives and entire communities experience authentic transformation into the likeness of Christ. Please visit www.DallasWillardMinistries.org to see our current project list.
Of course, these expanding DWM endeavors require financial support and prayer that God will bring about results that are incommensurate with our efforts. So DWM has begun a fundraising effort, and we would ask you to consider partnering with us. When Dallas sent a letter in 1987 asking for prayer before his first trip to South Africa, he closed the letter by saying, “Please do not feel in bondage to this request. The Lord will give you joy in it if it is for you. He and I will love you no less if it is not.” We present this request today with that same sentiment. Donations can be made through the Donate button below, or by sending checks payable to Dallas Willard Ministries at 5158 Clareton Drive #1859, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Thank you for considering this request.
Our first Disappearance of Moral Knowledge symposium is next week! 20 scholars and institutional leaders in various fields will meet together on May 14-15, with presentations in the fields of law, philosophy, moral psychology, and education. The final afternoon will be devoted to discussing next steps in these professions and for the Initiative as a whole. Please be in prayer for this meeting and for clear direction as we seek to follow-up on the publication of The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge with a focus on the restoration of moral knowledge within our institutions and culture.
Ways you can learn more about The Disappearance of Moral Knowledge:
- Our friends at the Dallas Willard Research Center have graciously posted the video of the “Disappearance of Moral Knowledge” session presented by Steve Porter, Aaron Preston and Gregg Ten Elshof in May 2018. Along with a synopsis of the book and its implications, you’ll learn some ‘fascinating facts’ about Steve, Aaron and Gregg and hear how they became the team who finished the book.
- Visit the publisher's website to read abstracts of each chapter and download a PDF containing the beginning of the book through chapter one.
- There’s a detailed overview of the book, including a video of Dallas’s 2012 presentation on the topic, on our website.
New Free Resources Made Available On Our Website:
Planning for Spiritual Formation in the Local Congregation – This is a great challenge from Dallas to train our congregations to actually do everything Jesus said through Biblical training that leads us to take on the character of Christ.
Finding the Kingdom of God – Dallas preached a Sunday morning sermon based on Matthew 6:32-33 at Christ Church London on May 22, 2010. But before getting to his main subject of the Kingdom of God, he says some very interesting things about the Trinity.
Spiritual Formation in the Academy – A series of 4 talks presented at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's National Faculty Conference, June 22-26, 2008. His teaching sessions blended spiritual formation and the academy, "and there is no place more important for spiritual formation than the academy.
- Conduct Theory and the Prospects of Moral Philosophy – Written for the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division colloquium in 2006, this paper revisits the effort to engage moral knowledge on a secular and scientific basis by the analysis of “conduct.”
- Notes for Two Talks on Intelligent Design, Evolution, and the Purpose of Education – Two talks presented during the USC Templeton Lecture Series on "Science, Politics, Religion: The Case of Intelligent Design” in the Fall of 2005.
- Why it Matters if You Are Moral - Remarks made in a student meeting at USC after the Student Senate had adopted a code of ethics in 2004.
For the Graduates in Your Life:
We’ve posted two printable PDFs on our site with wisdom for graduates. The PDFs will be available through the end of June, and can be found at the top of the page with each of these articles on our site:
- The Call to Think for God - A 1989 Commencement Speech in which Dallas discusses how to balance the intellectual life with the spiritual life.
- Happy Graduation from Amoral University: Professor Willard’s Advice to Graduates - As USC's class of 2005 approached commencement, Julia Thompson interviewed Dr. Willard about truth, morality and the modern university.
Upcoming Conferences and Retreats:
- May 16-17 - Living in the Larger Story: The Christian Psychology of Larry Crabb (Houston, TX). Join friends from Renovaré and the Gideon Institute in celebration of the work of Larry Crabb.
- September 26-28, 2019 – The annual Apprentice Gathering (Wichita, KS) will be themed around James Bryan Smith’s Good and Beautiful God in honor of the 10th anniversary of its publication. Visit the conference website to see the list of speakers and topics.
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In the fellowship of the Divine Conspiracy,
Rebecca Willard Heatley
on behalf of the Dallas Willard family and Dallas Willard Ministries