MUSIC, LOVE & ACTION

SoulFest began as a space to yield to God’s unconditional love and make a fresh commitment to live from the inside out as a soul-connected, risk-taking believer in True Love, the revolution Jesus started. Beyond the live music, we developed Soul U to equip our attendees for their faith journey through conversations relating to faith, social injustices, art, navigating the human condition, and more.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

SOUL UNIVERSITY LOCATIONS

FEATURED PANELS

 

WORKSHOP & PANEL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Aug. 1

THE LOCAL

Hosted by Worship Radio Network

10:00 AM Soul U 101 presented by SoulFest Staff

11:00 AM Alive On The Inside - Gina Blaze

12:00 PM Remember to Say Grace - Loren Decker
It saves us and keeps us - but it is in short supply in most churches... Grace - the misunderstood cousin of salvation. If grace does not define your life, then what does? Whatever it may be - it smells like smoke.

1:00 PM Why Fantasy Literature Matters (and why So Much Great Fantasy Literature Has Been Written by Christians) - Matthew Dickerson
A sweeping overview of some great works of fantasy literature, what defines the genre, what makes for good fantasy writing, and most especially why the genre has such resonance with the Christian faith and the Gospel story. We will considers works by such authors as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Walter Wangerin Jr., J.K.Rowling, Stephen Lawhead, and Jeffrey Overstreet. The talk will include pointers for creative writers interested in writing in the genre.

2:00 PM EX-Vangelical: Backsliding into the arms of Jesus - Jim Trick
For many of us the so called “good news” we were taught wasn’t really that great. In EX-Vangelical: Backsliding into the arms of Jesus, Jim Trick, shares his personal story of how he exchanged an oppressive, exclusive religious system in pursuit of the heart of Christ.

3:00 PM Combatting Sex Trafficking - from the Front Lines to the Stage - David Zach (Exodus Road)
David Zach will speak about his work as an undercover operative with an abolitionist organization called The Exodus Road. He will tell stories of spying on mafias and cartels, rescuing girls and boys from trafficking as well as the scriptural emphasis on such justice and mercy related work.

4:00 PM Addiction & Recovery Panel with Major Patrick O’Gara, Elizabeth Vozzella, and Mike Adams

YOUTH MINISTRY TENT

Hosted by Word of Life Bible Institute

BACK YARD is OPEN 11am - 6pm Free Fun for all ages. (inflatables, archery tag, gaga ball, 9-square, lawn games)

10:30 AM Children’s Program: Jesus is My Superhero - Brian Tanedo

11:00 AM Leader Networking (Free Snacks and Charging Stations for Youth Ministry Leaders)

12:30 PM Open Mic - Hosted by Hannah Dawber

1:30 PM Leader Networking

2:30 PM Teen & Young Adult Breakout Series: Living for God in a Post-Modern Culture - Mike Gordon

3:00 PM Discussion / Networking Time

3:30 PM Equipping Youth Leader Series: What’s Underneath Your Jersey - Eric Brown
What fuels you for ministry? A sense of obligation won’t cut it.

4:30 PM - 7:30pm Leader Networking (Free Snacks and Charging Stations for Youth Ministry Leaders)


CATHOLIC DIOCESE TENT

Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Manchester, NH

10:00 AM Morning Mass w/ Music by Bill Gavin

THRIVENT TENT

Hosted by Thrivent Financial

11:00 AM Parents, Teens & More Than Money Matters - Jennifer Coan-Mahmood
Teens, compete in a game with your parents while gaining a better understanding of decisions about money. Participants learn the value of making intentional choices using share, save, and spend options.

1:00 PM Making a Difference: Sharing Your Time, Talents, and Treasures
Co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity. Identifying your values can help you discover new ways to give of yourself. Explore how to make the most of your resources and create your own generosity plan. Event includes a hands-on service project.

3:00 PM Do One Thing Differently
Co-hosted by Thrivent Federal Credit Union. Doing just one thing differently can help improve your financial life. Find out how. Start slowly or take a big first step to see how the benefits can add up.


MERCY STREET STAGE

Music-centered workshops and sessions

10:45 AM Musician’s Workshop hosted by Paul Colman
Songwriting tips and tricks from the ever engaging, Paul Colman, a Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter and a world-class entertainer. He has performed all over the world, written hit singles, garnered numerous awards and has sold hundreds of thousands of records. Paul still travels the globe singing and speaking and sharing his songs, thoughts and stories. He has released 16 recordings and Oct 2012 saw him release FROM THE SALTLAND TO THE RIVER, a collection of 14 new and original songs. Aside from SALTLAND, you can purchase all of Paul’s music online.

1:35 PM The Art of Pain - Andrew Schwab
It is a long held belief of mine that there is a link between tribulation and creative output. This discussion will be a look at the human condition as it relates to the idea of creativity, with examples from contemporary popular culture as well as my own career. The goal is to demonstrate how when life is at its lowest, our creative potential as humans is at its highest, and this is not an accident...

 
Friday, Aug. 2

THE LOCAL

Hosted by Worship Radio Network

10:00 AM Contemporary Psalms: Writing about Nature as a Spiritual and Creative Exercise - Matthew Dickerson
Matthew Dickerson, artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park in June 2017 and at Acadia National Park in May 2018, will lead a workshop in creative writing about nature—viewing nature not as a product of meaningless impersonal forces but the result of a purposeful loving act of creation. Along the way, he will share some of his experiences of how this practice of creative writing about creation (a practice reflected in several Old Testament Psalms) can point us more deeply to the Creator.

11:00 AM The Reality of Homelessness (Panel) hosted by New England non-profits against poverty

12:00 PM Time Machines Work - Frank Tate
My book, Time Machines Work, is about the imaginary Time Machine I invented as a kid to pretend-fix painful mistakes I'd made or take advantage of opportunities I'd missed. In creating this Time Machine, I naively believed if I made fewer stupid mistakes or seemed more cool or made more money, then the joy, peace and purpose I so longed for would replace all the questions I’d encountered during my childhood. Maybe some of the questions which challenge you are similar to my own: Why is life so unfair? Why is this happening to me? What’s my purpose? Or most importantly, Do I even matter? My experience as an adult leads me to believe that Time Machines do work: just not in the imaginary “do over” way I once thought, rather as the perfect vehicle to revisit both the wonderful mountain tops and the painful valleys of our childhoods. What’s more, these Time Machines enable us to harvest the wisdom available from understanding our past, albeit in the safety of the present. It’s my contention that if we can then leverage this hindsight/wisdom to help our adult selves stop believing some of the lies we’ve accepted and, even more importantly, remember some of the truths we’ve forgotten. Finally, armed with the wisdom and perspective we've harvested, we can point our Time Machines to the future, using our newfound understanding to start dreaming about how to live the best versions of OUR story. And for those of us who are already parents, I believe we can use Time Machine wisdom to make sure our kids don’t experience the same actions, attitudes or abandonments that caused the scars you and I have had to navigate in our own stories. My ultimate goal in writing Time Machines Work is to demonstrate how 10, 20, or 30 years from now, when each of us hop in our Time Machines, we’ll be re-visiting far more wonderful memories of Celebrating Who We Are, rather than living a life filled with Mourning Who We’re Not. And hopefully, our kids will be able to do the same.

1:00 PM Reflections on Creation Care from J.R.R.Tolkien and C.S.Lewis. - Matthew Dickerson
A sweeping overview of some great works of fantasy literature, what defines the genre, what makes for good fantasy writing, and most especially why the genre has such resonance with the Christian faith and the Gospel story. We will considers works by such authors as J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Walter Wangerin Jr., J.K.Rowling, Stephen Lawhead, and Jeffrey Overstreet. The talk will include pointers for creative writers interested in writing in the genre.

1:55 PM Refugee Myth Buster Panel

3:00 PM Where Does My Dollar Really Go? Human Trafficking & Ethical Purchasing Panel - Jamie Manirakiza (The Salvation Army), Michelle Pride (Hazel & Deene), Bryan Bessette (Freedom Café)

4:10 PM CHOOSE JOY - Brian Heil
In 2013, I stood on a roadway two miles from his house staring at the wreckage of what once was my daughter’s car. With the muddled comprehension you can imagine someone in my situation would have, I said to myself: a.) Shannon is going to need a lot of care; I’m in. Or b.) Shannon has gone to heaven and guess what? I’m in. Nothing I could do could change what had happened, but what I could change is how I responded. A year later, determined to not let sadness sink into the hearts of the many people who love Shannon, I started a Pay-it-Forward campaign called Share For Shannon, challenging people to take the negativity of the moment and do something positive in Shannon’s name. Today, I am proud to say, Share For Shannon has evolved into a global Pay It Forward movement. In this session, Brian will share what it means to live in JOY in a world of broken heartedness and life-shattering circumstance.

YOUTH MINISTRY TENT

Hosted by Word of Life Bible Institute

BACK YARD is OPEN 11am - 6pm Free Fun for all ages. (inflatables, archery tag, gaga ball, 9-square, lawn games)

10:30 AM Children’s Program: Jesus is My Superhero - Brian Tanedo

11:00 AM Leader Networking (Free Snacks and Charging Stations for Youth Ministry Leaders)

12:30 PM Open Mic - Hosted by Hannah Dawber

1:30 PM Leader Networking

2:30 PM Teen & Young Adult Breakout Series: Dealing with People we “Strongly Dislike” - Mike Gordon

3:00 PM Discussion & Networking Time

3:30 PM Equipping Youth Leader Series: Small Group Diagnostic - Eric Brown

4:30 PM - 7:30pm Leader Networking (Free Snacks and Charging Stations for Youth Ministry Leaders)

11:00 PM Late Night Open Mic - Hosted Nathan Wells of Epic Season


CATHOLIC DIOCESE TENT

Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Manchester, NH

10:00 AM Morning Mass w/ Music by Ryan Tremblay

THRIVENT TENT

Hosted by Thrivent Financial

9:00 AM Member Breakfast & Update - Jennifer Coan-Mahmood, TMN Specialist, Kent Tedford, Community Engagement Leader
Members gather, enjoy a light breakfast and hear an update on Thrivent, the Northeast member network, upcoming activities in the area, and benefits available to help them make an impact on causes they care about.

11:00 AM The New School Mindset: College Planning Basics - Thrivent Student Resources
Navigating how to plan and pay for college can be hard. Learn how to create a plan of action to fund your higher education that helps you achieve your dreams with less debt.

1:00 PM Making a Difference: Sharing Your Time, Talents, and Treasures
Co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity. Identifying your values can help you discover new ways to give of yourself.  Explore how to make the most of your resources and create your own generosity plan. Event includes a hands-on service project.

3:00 PM Do One Thing Differently
Co-hosted by Thrivent Federal Credit Union. Doing just one thing differently can help improve your financial life. Find out how. Start slowly or take a big first step to see how the benefits can add up.


MERCY STREET STAGE

Music-centered workshops and sessions

10:45 AM Musician’s Workshop hosted by Paul Colman
Songwriting tips and tricks from the ever engaging, Paul Colman, a Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter and a world-class entertainer. He has performed all over the world, written hit singles, garnered numerous awards and has sold hundreds of thousands of records. Paul still travels the globe singing and speaking and sharing his songs, thoughts and stories. He has released 16 recordings and Oct 2012 saw him release FROM THE SALTLAND TO THE RIVER, a collection of 14 new and original songs. Aside from SALTLAND, you can purchase all of Paul’s music online.

1:35 PM What Does Your Heart Beat For? - Brad Corrigan
Brad's talk covers a range of topics related to listening to and discovering passion + calling in one's own heartbeat: for him, the successes and obstacles of being part of a prolific independent band, the calling to serve and give more with his own life and platform, and how one little girl - Ileana - who lived in a Nicaraguan trash dump community, forever changed his mission and purpose.

Saturday, Aug. 3

THE LOCAL

Hosted by Worship Radio Network


10:00 AM Alive On The Inside - Gina Blaze

11:00 AM Build A Legacy - Joshua Therrien of Make A Change, Inc.
What does it mean to have a "for purpose" life/business? Learn how you can incorporate these "for purpose" principals into your own life/business to build a legacy for the rest of your life. Make your money matter and learn how God cares about everything we do, including wisely using our finances to bring Him more glory.

12:00 PM The Economics of Human Trafficking - Michelle Pride
Human Trafficking is a grossly profitable industry...how can we fight against it? Come explore how good business can fight the business of trafficking and the sex trade both locally and globally.

1:00 PM Time Machines Work - Frank Tate
My book, Time Machines Work, is about the imaginary Time Machine I invented as a kid to pretend-fix painful mistakes I'd made or take advantage of opportunities I'd missed. In creating this Time Machine, I naively believed if I made fewer stupid mistakes or seemed more cool or made more money, then the joy, peace and purpose I so longed for would replace all the questions I’d encountered during my childhood. Maybe some of the questions which challenge you are similar to my own: Why is life so unfair? Why is this happening to me? What’s my purpose? Or most importantly, Do I even matter? My experience as an adult leads me to believe that Time Machines do work: just not in the imaginary “do over” way I once thought, rather as the perfect vehicle to revisit both the wonderful mountain tops and the painful valleys of our childhoods. What’s more, these Time Machines enable us to harvest the wisdom available from understanding our past, albeit in the safety of the present. It’s my contention that if we can then leverage this hindsight/wisdom to help our adult selves stop believing some of the lies we’ve accepted and, even more importantly, remember some of the truths we’ve forgotten. Finally, armed with the wisdom and perspective we've harvested, we can point our Time Machines to the future, using our newfound understanding to start dreaming about how to live the best versions of OUR story. And for those of us who are already parents, I believe can use Time Machine wisdom to make sure our kids don’t experience the same actions, attitudes or abandonments that caused the scars you and I have had to navigate in our own stories. My ultimate goal in writing Time Machines Work is to demonstrate how 10, 20, or 30 years from now, when each of us hop in our Time Machines, we’ll be re-visiting far more wonderful memories of Celebrating Who We Are, rather than living a life filled with Mourning Who We’re Not. And hopefully, our kids will be able to do the same.

2:15 PM Exodus Road: Combatting Sex Trafficking - from the Front Lines to the Stage - David Zach
David Zach will speak about his work as an undercover operative with an abolitionist organization called The Exodus Road. He will tell stories of spying on mafias and cartels, rescuing girls and boys from trafficking as well as the scriptural emphasis on such justice and mercy related work.

3:30 PM Rise Against Hunger - Meal Packing Activity Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.

SoulFest is partnering with Rise Against Hunger to provide a fun, educational way for our festival family to literally lend a hand to people in critical aid need across the globe. They’ll combine an assembly line process with an educational experience to not only make a huge impact worldwide, but to touch the lives of our participants

Together we’ll make a lasting impact in the lives of people in need around the globe. By packaging nutritious meals, responding to crisis, or supporting a sustainable initiative, you are making a real difference for the 1 in 9, or 821 million, people who experience hunger on a daily basis.

YOUTH MINISTRY TENT

Hosted by Word of Life Bible Institute

BACK YARD is OPEN 11am - 6pm Free Fun for all ages. (inflatables, archery tag, gaga ball, 9-square, lawn games)

10:30 AM Children’s Program: Jesus is My Superhero - Brian Tanedo

11:00 AM Leader Networking (Free Snacks and Charging Stations for Youth Ministry Leaders)

12:30 PM Open Mic - Hosted by Hannah Dawber

1:30 PM Leader Networking

2:30 PM Teen & Young Adult Breakout Series: Life Sucks: What do I do now? - Mike Gordon

3:00 PM Discussion & Networking Time

3:30 PM Equipping Youth Leader Series: Gospel Advancing Ministry - Eric Brown

4:30 PM - 7:30pm Leader Networking (Free Snacks and Charging Stations for Youth Ministry Leaders)

11:00 PM Late Night Open Mic - Hosted Nathan Wells of Epic Season


CATHOLIC DIOCESE TENT

Hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Manchester, NH

10:00 AM Morning Mass w/ Music by Matt Maher

THRIVENT TENT

Hosted by Thrivent Financial

9:00 AM Member Breakfast & Update - Jennifer Coan-Mahmood
Members gather, enjoy a light breakfast and hear an update on Thrivent, the Northeast member network, upcoming activities in the area, and benefits available to help them make an impact on causes they care about.

11:00 AM Thrivent Church Partnerships
Cohosted by Thrivent Church Engagement and Kent Tedford. Network with other pastors, ministers, and church lay people. Share a discussion about what generosity looks like in your faith community. Learn about Thrivent and how it partners with churches to help them carry out their mission.

1:00 PM Making a Difference: Sharing Your Time, Talents, and Treasures
Co-hosted by Local Charitable Partner. Identifying your values can help you discover new ways to give of yourself.  Explore how to make the most of your resources and create your own generosity plan. Event includes a hands-on service project.


MERCY STREET STAGE

Music-centered workshops and sessions

10:45 AM Musician’s Workshop hosted by Paul Colman Songwriting tips and tricks from the ever engaging, Paul Colman, a Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter and a world-class entertainer. He has performed all over the world, written hit singles, garnered numerous awards and has sold hundreds of thousands of records. Paul still travels the globe singing and speaking and sharing his songs, thoughts and stories. He has released 16 recordings and Oct 2012 saw him release FROM THE SALTLAND TO THE RIVER, a collection of 14 new and original songs. Aside from SALTLAND, you can purchase all of Paul’s music online.

1:35 PM Suicide Prevention Panel - Aaron Baccash of To Write Love on Her Arms + More TBD

3:00 PM Workshop with Propaganda