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Seeing and Living the Interconnected Life
Brandon McKoy

Saturday, 1:00pm | Bridge

“Collaboration” and “coordination” are words that define Wild Goose. They are vital because we understand how separation and isolation destroy communities. Yet, influenced by our individualistic culture, we tend to see people, relationships, and communities as separated units. Stories of separation and individualism permeate identity formation, human development, and relational practices. Social constructionism offers an alternative view that begins with the central idea that we create our world through our relationships and the stories we share. Brandon McKoy applies the insights of social constructionism to generate a paradigm shift that introduces a broader and richer story, giving our “”collaboration”” and “”coordination”” deeper roots and sustainability. Brandon will guide us to reimagine identity formation, how we understand relationships, and the power of language and story. Participants will also be invited to try on the lenses of social constructionism to see how their relationships and interactions may be viewed differently.
Brandon McKoy

Brandon McKoy

Rev. Dr. Brandon McKoy serves as the Senior Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Gastonia, NC, and he is an adjunct instructor at Gardner-Webb University in the department of religious studies and philosophy. His book, “Youth Ministry from the Outside In: How Relationships and Stories Shape Identity” (InterVarsity Press, 2013) has been used by seminaries and divinity schools world-wide to reimagine ministry practices. Brandon is also an Associate for the Taos Institute—a community of scholarly practitioners who extend social constructionist dialogues into diverse settings.

He recently contributed the chapter “Seeing through the Mirror” in the book “Spirituality, Social Construction, and Relational Processes” (Taos Institute Publications, 2017). The book, an edited collection, explores ways that spirituality and social construction, can enrich each other for the benefit of the world.

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