Colorado Community Church Aurora, CO
Unashamed: An Evening with Curt Thompson
Thursday, Sep. 15 7:30 p.m.
Held on September 15, 2016.
We’ve all experienced it — that uncomfortable feeling when something goes poorly at work… Your face gets hot, your stomach knots, and you just want crawl under your desk and disappear. Whether you just lost a major contract, received disappointing feedback from your boss, or made a mistake that cost your company time and money, the sense of embarrassment lingers, coloring how you perceive yourself or your situation.
That lingering feeling is more than just embarrassment, it’s shame — a powerful force that lives in life’s commonest moments, but has the power to distort God’s work in our lives, families, and organizations. It alters our perception of an experience by telling its own version of events.
It whispers, “God does not want good things for you… You are not enough.” As the author C.S. Lewis observed, “Shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as much towards preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any of our vices can do.”
But what if we could overcome shame to find confidence and deep connection in our families, churches, and even in our workplaces?
At “Unashamed: An Evening with Curt Thompson,” Dr. Thompson explored the nature of shame, revealing its spiritual and neurobiological roots. He also provided practical, biblically-based tools to overcome shame and its damaging effects on our performance and relationships.
Curt Thompson M.D., is a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia and founder of Being Known, which develops teaching programs, seminars and resource materials to help people explore the connection between interpersonal neurobiology and Christian spirituality which lead to genuine change and transformation. In addition to The Soul of Shame, the Gospel Coalition’s top book in Faith & Work (2015), Dr. Thompson authored Anatomy of the Soul: which demonstrates how insights from interpersonal neurobiology resonate with biblical truths about God and creation—validating the deep human need for meaningful relationships as a key to a life of hope and fulfillment. Thompson graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Throughout his career, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality.
Brad Strait Dr. Strait is Senior Pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood. With over 25 years of pastoral experience, he has taught all over the world and currently serves as an Associate Professor at Denver Seminary in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. His energetic faith pushes though the cracks of real-life sidewalks: he was a grief counselor on scene after the Columbine High School and Aurora Theater shootings, in south India after the 2004 Tsunami, and in refugee camps of Central America. Brad has served as Chaplain for several police and fire departments, the Colorado House of Representatives, and the Denver Rescue Mission. His passion is to push people toward a deeper relationship with the incarnational Jesus, especially as this applies to prayer, missional living and world Christianity.