Eric Rowe – Staff Writer
From Charleston to Chattanooga, Silicon Valley and Singapore to Sioux Center, Q-Commons provoked ideas and asked questions related to in the respective communities of over 60 cities in the US and the world.
The Andreas Center at Dordt College hosted Q-Commons in the BJ Haan on October 9. The event featured three local speakers, who were selected because of their passion for their respective interests, and three national speakers live streamed from New York City.
Immigration lawyer and Sioux Center native, Amanda Bahena, talked about the expanding immigration in Sioux Center and how Christians should respond with love for our neighbors. Bahena described ways to take action to build relationships with immigrants by learning their stories and making connections.
In his talk, “Living business as a Mission,” Justin Schuiteman described how Jesus used the ordinary rhythms of life in his work on earth, and encouraged us to be “faithful where God has planted us, in our business lives.”
Dordt Art Professor, Matt Drissel presented “Why small towns need art.” He emphasized the importance of the identity that locally rooted art builds, as well as the way that art can be a safe vehicle to consider difficult issues and strengthen small town connections.
Dordt students were able to take advantage of a limited number of complimentary tickets provided by the Andreas Center. Though some students were required to attend either for a class or because they were representing their school newspaper, other students accepted the free tickets Dordt offered simply to attend the event.
“I like to take advantage of events that Dordt offers,” sophomore Mark Huitsing said.
Tae hyung Kim was not required to come by a class, but wanted to see how the Reformed church impacts the community.
Q-Commons is not limited to the Reformed church, however. Q Ideas is a national organization that seeks to create conversations. The Q stands for questions concerning how Christians can engage with culture and be effective culture shapers.
Q Ideas has hosted an annual conference in cities throughout the country, but this is the first time that they are localizing their talks.
The national portion of Q-Commons involved three national talks that were streamed to all of the 60 plus cities.
Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church talked about why culture matters.
Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts, presented a 9 minute talk, “Known by our Gratitude.”
A panel which included Andy Crouch, Jenny Lang, Jeremy Courtney and Q Ideas founder, Gabe Lyons discussed themes surrounding Religion and Public life.
Following the talks, there was a time for small group discussions and conversations for the audience. Questions such as “what point resonated with you?” and “what action are you driven to take in response to the talks” were presented as possible topics.
People who would like to see additional Q-Commons events in the future should talk to Neal De Roo, Aaron Baart or Liz Moss who represent the Andreas Center.