keynote speaker bio

Hi! I’m Danielle.

When I was 15, my youth minister asked me, “You know most teenagers don’t think this much about God, right?” I didn’t. He said I should probably pay attention to that. So, I got a religion degree, and then a seminary degree, and worked as a pastor in various capacities before stepping down so I could have more time to ponder big questions and write about them. So, here I am, still thinking a lot about God.

I’m endlessly intrigued by the intersections of theology and everything else: culture, news headlines, leadership, social justice, education, ecology, parenting, the future of the church. I also love talking with people and sharing ideas, so I travel and speak in churches, conferences, seminaries, and any other place people are up for a good conversation.

I talk a lot about a German theologian named Jurgen Moltmann, because he’s my favorite. Here’s why.

I’m an admitted book nerd. I hate coffee but I love soy chai lattes. I practice yoga, play soccer, and run (badly). Flag football is still my favorite sport. I have a husband who plays a lot of hockey, and we have two middle schoolers. We live in Dallas, even though we said we’d never ever live in Dallas.

I love to share ideas, provoke thoughts, and ask questions. I think this helps us pay attention, and remember we’re alive, and hopefully move toward being the beautiful people God made us to be. I hope by sharing some of the ways I see God in certain things, it will remind you and me both that God is at work in everything, and that we’ve been given the crazy invitation to be a part of that work. That’s pretty fantastic, right?!

about “original blessing” by danielle shroyeR

Of the world’s major religions, only Christianity holds to a doctrine of original sin. Ideas are powerful, and they shape who we are and who we become. The fact that many Christians believe there is something in human nature that is, and will always be, contrary to God, is not just a problem but a tragedy.

So why do the doctrine’s assumptions of human nature so infiltrate our pulpits, sermons, and theological bookshelves? How is it so misconstrued in times of grief, pastoral care, and personal shame? How did we fall so far from God’s original blessing in the garden to this pervasive belief in humanity’s innate inability to do good?

In this book, Danielle Shroyer takes readers through an overview of the historical development of the doctrine, pointing out important missteps and overcalculations, and providing alternative ways to approach often-used Scriptures. Throughout, she brings the primary claims of original sin to their untenable (and unbiblical) conclusions. In Original Blessing, she shows not only how we got this doctrine wrong, but how we can put sin back in its rightful place: in a broader context of redemption and the blessing of humanity’s creation in the image of God.

**Original Blessing will be our common reading together – all participants will receive a free copy to read prior to the ConNext Summit.**