Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance

Fri 4 PM | Bridge

Emily Swan & Ken Wilson

Through storytelling, we share about how violence was done to us in the name of sola Scriptura and how our theology coalesced into something new as we co-planted a church together. We offer a take on Jesus as the forgiving victim using the lens of René Girard’s work on scapegoating. And we propose a mystical experience of Jesus as crucial to following the Way. We hope you will join us as we bring you along on our journey.

Emily Swan

Emily Swan is co-pastor of Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor. She received her B.A. in history from Butler University, and has worked toward her Master’s degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Additionally, she spent three years studying Mandarin and Amdo Tibetan languages at Qinghai Minzu Daxue Nationalities University in Xining, China.

Emily worked for two Fortune 500 companies and lived abroad for four years prior to serving as a pastor in the Vineyard movement, a movement which ultimately rejected ordaining queer pastors. She co-planted Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor with Ken Wilson in 2014. Emily is the author/creator of small group material, “The Earth is God’s Temple,” and occasionally speaks, or hosts workshops, at conferences.

She is married to author and therapist Rachel Murr. She lives in Ypsilanti, MI, and enjoys feasting with friends, playing tennis and making music.

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Ken Wilson

Ken Wilson is co-author with Emily Swan of Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance (Read the Spirit Books, 2018) and co-pastor with Emily of Blue Ocean Faith, Ann Arbor. Ken is founding pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor and author of A Letter to My Congregation: An Evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender, into the company of Jesus (Read the Spirit, 2016, Second Edition), Mystically Wired (Thomas Nelson 2010) and other books. Ken is married to Julia Huttar Bailey, an Episcopal priest, and father of six.

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