Passion Talks is on August 14-15, 2020

Vocation & Virtue in the era of COVID19
Stories of grief and resilience. Passion, and Vision. From folks on the front lines, and from online. How is our understanding of vocation evolving? How are people in tech and the church learning from each other?

We want your stories. Please submit your talks by 7/1/2020.

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An Intellectual Faith Movement

We are an intellectual faith movement where humble dialogue generates opportunities to understand creation’s original purpose. We believe that mind+spirit brings forth compelling creativity, innovation, justice and truth that leads to action.

Passion Talks answers why we do what we do, why we care, and how this ties to our personal story. We seek to answer both why and how to live for a better world.

Vocation and Virtue

  • What is vocation? God has designed each of us for vocation — a calling wherein we pursue fulfilling work that contributes in some way to human flourishing. 
  • What’s the hope? His Holy Spirit gives us the power to work with virtue — living out our beliefs to bless our neighbors and our world in desperate need.
  • What are we doing here? Vocational Dialogue is a discussion exploring both the HOW and the WHY of our work — how do we live out our values, and why is our vocation worth pursuing during such a time as this? 


Passion Talks offer speakers an opportunity to give short talks about their work, faith, passions, and dreams. Each talk is between 10-15 minutes, and will be followed by 5 minutes for Q&A.

Passion as Platform

We invite speakers equipped with unique passions “for such a time as this,” and whom God has given a platform – divine connections and opened doors – to cultivate kingdom impact in this season of crisis. from COVID-19, economic fallout to social unrest in ‘Black Lives Matter.”

Theology of Technology

Our country has been grappling with two large-scale crises: the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against structural racism. Both crises have introduced complex challenges that require deeper understanding of the relationship between theology, ethics, and technology. How can Christians design and use technology in ways that glorify God and benefit all people?

Gospel Justice

In the midst of a global pandemic, the world finally paid attention to our brother’s voice crying out, “I can’t breathe.” Not the first to cry out for life at the hands of systemic racism, George Floyd’s last words serve as a global rallying cry, “Black Lives Matter.” Since his murder, peaceful protests and demonstrations continue, and many in the Church, some perhaps for the first time, have joined the outcry for justice. Gospel justice and racial reconciliation have been cornerstones of Spark Church since their founding seven years ago, serving as a core expression of the way of Jesus. Join us as Pastor Danielle Parish, co-founder and lead pastor of Spark Church, speaks to the biblical pursuit of justice and its centrality to the Christian faith. Following her remarks, a diverse panel of Spark members, leaders and founders will discuss how the pursuit of “Gospel Justice” renews and strengthens their relationship with Jesus, the Church, and their communities.

Vocation, Purpose, and Calling

Purpose and calling are critical when navigating uncertain times. What impact has Covid-19 and civil unrest had on our understanding and experience of vocation?  Given the new reality we now live in, how do we think about and do our work in a distinctively Christian way?  How have our work lives evolved, and how has the intersection of faith and work changed?

Educating in an Online World

How are people in tech and people in the church learning from each other? What is the potential for that partnership to bless our neighbors and the world?

Economic Justice

Inspired by 4word’s bold move to host Candid Conversations, the 4-part series of courageous, authentic conversations with a panel of four African American women from our 4word community, 4word Bay Area is partnering with Passion Talks 2020 to continue the conversation on where do we go from here with respect to racial reconciliation. We will be hosting the Economic Justice track where some of our local Bay Area community as well as a few of the Candid Conversations panelists will give talks on what gospel justice can look like in the workplace. It takes a village, so 4word Bay Area and Passion Talks are bringing you food for thought on how you can impact the world for good with regards to economic justice.

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