Andrew’s talks combine the elements of storytelling, humor, and tap dancing, to illuminate peculiar experiences of life in a way that is both entertaining and inspiring.
How we frame our life dictates how we understand what happens, and how we respond to our surroundings. What if we framed our life in Love? With a world that at times seems completely unhinged, this seems to reek of starry-eyed idealism. Maybe. Or maybe it’s just optimism of a sort that we’ve forgotten. In Define Love, Andrew uses his own life as an example of how he came to define and continually re-define love (in the good times and the bad), and how these definitions have shaped his view of the world.
Andrew comes from a lot of different places, and has done a lot of different things. The son of Lebanese immigrants, born in Canada, and raised in the United States, Andrew’s experiences have spanned the arts, business, thought leadership, tech, and (a little) science. While in high school Andrew suffered a severe identity crisis. He struggled to be able to define himself in the ways he saw others able to. He resorted to creating a list. The running tally of monikers he ascribed to himself provided a feedback loop that he used (and continues to use) to drill down and find his own identity separate from outside forces.
Supporting Oral Traditions
Oral traditions have a unique function in the formation of societies around the world. Growing out of spontaneous cultural expression they become integral in a society’s ability to recognize its own identity and remember its history through the ages. Today, oral traditions are challenged as advances in technology lead cultural shifts, fundamentally changing the way humans relate to one another. Using his personal experience in the tap dance community, Andrew speaks to how oral traditions function in society, how they interact with institutions, and how we can support oral traditions during the current cultural revolution.
When called upon, Andrew weaves his personal testimony into his story, unveiling his experience of God’s presence throughout his life. Presented as Chapel Talks, or in more congregational settings, Andrew’s talks often land on God’s grace and love as he has experienced them through Jesus Christ.