Our primary speaker is our founder, Andrew Whaley. Andrew has a degree in Liberal Arts/Great Books from Thomas Aquinas College, over 25+ years of experience in the coffee industry, 30+ years of ministry and building missional projects, and a lifelong obsession with creating community for the sake of mission. His feverish reading, along with thousands of hours of conversation from beind the bar and hundreds of podcasts, have evolved into a truly unique and engaging speaking style that is equally compelling for Catholics working in mission and for wider audiences.
Andrew can speak on a variety of subjects, but focuses on training people for missional efforts in the trenches of the modern secularized world and modeling a way of communicating the Faith in this context, especially in college towns and on campuses. His talks include the following:
"What Your Ministry Can Learn From a Coffeehouse"
In this talk, Andrew brings key insights from a full life of mission, mostly from behind the counter in coffeehouses and helping people build missional spaces, applying them to your parish, campus ministry, school, or apostolate. If you would like to have a more welcoming community, draw people from outside your normal sphere, and foster long term community in mission, this is the talk for you.
"Why is There Anything?: How Being Shocked by Broccoli and Typewriters Can Change Your Life and Help You Find Meaning"
Part stand-up comedy, philosophy lecture, and firey sermon, this talk is a wild and wonder-driven ride from the origin of existence to what to think about while you brush your teeth in the morning, through philosophy, fundamental theology, cosmology, and pop culture, with hilarious anecdotes, deep insights, and unique perspectives that build an argument for the existence of God, the need for wonder, love as an identity, and gratitude as a daily way of being. It can be given for a Catholic audience or in a more public setting.
"The Broken Boy: The Story of Jack and Prince of Atlantis"
This unique storyteller performance based on a forthcoming book by the same name tells the story of Jack, a high school kid in a wheelchair, who learns to face his brokenness, is led to find hidden strengths, and discovers a startling secret identity. A beautiful narrative about pain, meaning, healing, and identity, it leaves audiences moved and often in tears.