DALLAS WILLARD — IN MEMORIAM
Memorial Service Celebrating the Life and Work of Dallas Willard
Saturday, May 25
Church on the Way
14300 Sherman Way
Van Nuys, CA 91405
The Memorial Service will be broadcast live here
The Church on the Way
Early on the morning of May 8, 2013, Dallas Albert Willard awakened to a full experience of the reality of the Kingdom of the Heavens he described so beautifully. Fittingly, his last two words were, “Thank you.”
“Thank you” is the feeling I am sure so many have for the contributions he has made to their lives. I believe Dallas Willard has been one of the great reformers of Christian thought of the past century and that his most powerful lessons were taught by how he lived an unhurried life, in love with God.
We wanted to provide an opportunity for you to share how Dallas’ life and teachings have impacted you. We invite you to share your reflections, tributes and condolences here by posting your message our memorial guest book.
DALLAS WILLARD VIDEO: JOY–FROM LIFE TO LIFE
We were delighted and honored to have Dallas share his last public teaching at our inaugural Conversation on Christian Spiritual Formation, the Knowing Christ Conference, in February 2013. We have been releasing the videos from the conference over a period of several weeks. However, in celebration of Dallas’ life, we are releasing the final videos early as the final session on Blessing seems particularly appropriate. These videos will remain on our site for a few weeks where you can watch them free of charge. After that they will be removed as we are working on a DVD release in the future.
Here is a brief snippet in which John Ortberg interviews Dallas Willard at the Knowing Christ Conference. During the last minute or so Dallas speaks of passing from life through death to life.
A primary desire for the Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center is to help fan the flames of authentic transformation into Christlikeness that is at the heart of Dallas Willard’s writing and teaching.
Gary W. Moon
Martin Institute and Dallas Willard Center at Westmont College
MARTIN INSTITUTE & DALLAS WILLARD CENTER
Welcome to the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center for Christian Spiritual Formation at Westmont College.
The Martin Institute, together with the Dallas Willard Center (MI/DWC), was founded at Westmont College for the purpose of helping to establish the field of Christian spiritual formation as a discipline of public knowledge and enhancing opportunities for meaningful dialogue with world Christianity and world religions.
More specifically, the vision of the MI/DWC is to place an enduring emphasis on the literary, historical and Christian heritage of Dallas Willard and others in the modern spiritual formation movement. Collectively, these authors form a school of thought that focuses on the possibility and path to authentic spiritual and moral transformation.
It is the intention of the MI/DWC to begin to offer a substantive response to the charge by Dallas Willard that: “…the spiritual formation field lacks intellectual rigor and testable information needed to put the gospel and spiritual life in Christ on the cognitive map for the multitudes of people who are hungry for something real.”
Initial efforts of the MI/DWC will focus on:
- Maintaining an educational presence through publications, intensive spiritual formation educational programs, and the development of an interactive web site.
- Cultivating a network of professional contacts through hosting and participating in conferences, and collaborating with other organizations that share the goals of the MI/DWC.
- Developing a collection of materials accessible to researchers and other interested visitors.
- Working with the faculty, student life and other departments at Westmont College to pilot a variety of spiritual formation programs and opportunities for students.
Thank you for visiting us online. We hope you have a chance to visit in person, and look forward to introducing you to our resources and facilities. Through service to those who use its resources and by making known the words of key spiritual formation authors, the MI/DWC strives to continue their legacy.