Annual Ecumenical Equipping Event: God, Improv, and the Art of Living
Join us for our annual ecumenical equipping event in partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod (ELCA) and United Lutheran Seminary.
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
United Lutheran Seminary
$15 Includes Full Event, Refreshments, and Lunch
Registration to Come This Fall! 
“At every moment, the question is, Now what? What’s our next move? An improvising God calls us to see what we can see- the situation right in front of us, no matter how surprising, annoying, or downright deplorable- and find the best Yes-And possible.”
(God, Improv, and the Art of Living, 80)
An extension of our Presbytery’s Ministry and Leadership Incubator, this year’s gathering to welcome Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of God, Improv, and the Art of Living. Rev. McKibben Dana will join us to facilitate a day of thoughtful and playful intersections with improv, personal formation, and the building of capacity for adaptive ministry in the 21st century. This event will consist of a blend of presentation, discussion, and creative interactions to help ministry leaders embrace the tools of improv as the means for vibrant living and adaptive ministry.
Described as Brené Brown meets Tina Fey, The Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, free-range PCUSA pastor, speaker, and ministry coach living in the Virginia suburbs of DC. As a recovering perfectionist who likes her backup plans to have backup plans, McKibben Dana penned God, Improv, and the Art of Living, about embracing improvisation as a spiritual and life practice. In addition to her books, her writing has appeared in, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today for three years. She was featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath and was recognized by the Presbyterian Writers Guild with the 2015-2016 David Steele Distinguished Writer Award.

Dana is a sought-after speaker, preacher, conference leader and writer around issues of leadership, faith formation, and congregational transformation. She served as co-chair for two years of NEXT Church, a movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that seeks to call forth vital ministry for our changing cultural context. MaryAnn is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas and received her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. She is a mother of three, an imperfect knitter, and an occasional ultramarathoner. Connect with her at:

We invite you and your church and/or ministry team to consider reading the book together in preparation for this gathering. Each book comes with a discussion guide! Order here:

“We can’t just receive what life offers us. We must build on it. We offer our contribution so the people around us have something to build on themselves.
One step at a time- one And at a time- we move forward into the future together.” (God, Improv, and the Art of Living, 39)

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This event is a collaboration of the following partners: