Nathan Stucky, director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of “Wrestling with Rest,” will present a lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in Wroten Hall on the campus of Southwestern College.

There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.

Stucky’s upcoming appearance is being made possible by the Summit Youth Academy, which received a grant from the Forum for Theological Exploration.

Stucky also has a presentation at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita.

“Finding rest is difficult in environments where efficiency and productivity are rewarded,” said Rev. Wendy Mohler-Sieb, director of faith formation for youth and young adults for the Institute for Discipleship. “Nate’s book, ‘Wrestling with Rest’ is a relatable topic for everyone in the Builder family. I am excited for our community to learn and reflect on the importance of rest as a means of promoting spiritual, mental and physical health. Nate‘s work offers a refreshing approach for practicing rest. He provides a grace-filled, honest response to busyness using research, humor and practical wisdom to help us live more fully.”

Stucky grew up on a farm in Kansas, where his love for Christian faith and agriculture first took root. After earning a bachelor of arts degree in music from Bethel College, Stucky spent six years doing ecumenical youth ministry on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and two years farming back in Kansas. After farming, Nathan earned a master of divinity degree and a PhD (practical theology, Christian education and formation) from Princeton Theological Seminary. His scholarship explores the integration of theological education and agrarianism, and he sees the Farminary as a locus for enacting that integration.

Ordained in the Mennonite Church, Stucky engages Farminary work as integral to his calling to teaching ministry. He lives in Princeton, N.J., with his wife and three children.

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