Participate at Grace Episcopal Church, Ellensburg, WA Nov. 9–11
What does it mean to be a radical Christian community in times such as these? Sister Joan D. Chittister, OSB will challenge participants with this question at Trinity Institute’s 42nd National Theological Conference on November 9-11, 2012.
The forces of globalization demand that we rethink what it means to be a community and where our mutual responsibilities lie. In her return to Trinity Institute, Sister Joan, a visionary spiritual voice in America for over thirty years, as well as an accomplished author, social psychologist and communications theorist, will offer tools for making the vital connection between contemplation and social action. She will be supported by conference preacher Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM, author, teacher, and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and workshop leaders including theologians, spiritual directors, and activists.
“Our task is now to be radical Christian communities in the here and now, not fossils of a bygone reality, not leftovers from an earlier golden age. Now we need new wisdom and a new kind of struggle to determine what we must be and do in the midst of these changing times,” said Sister Chittister.
On Friday evening and all-day Saturday, plenary addresses and interactive sessions with Sister Joan will interweave with small group creative work sessions where tools will be shared for contemplative discernment, personal and communal spiritual practices, and faithful engagement. On Sunday, Fr. Rohr will preach at the conference Eucharist and celebrate our commitment with a ritual of commissioning.
Participation is open to clergy and laypersons of all faith traditions. Grace Church, Ellensburg will be the local host via webcast.
To register, download the form at www.graceellensburg.com and mail in by Nov. 5. For questions, call Grace Church M–F (9-11 am) at 509-962-2951.
About Trinity Institute: Trinity Institute is a continuing education program founded in 1967 as an outreach of Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopal parish. The Institute’s annual National Theological Conference equips clergy and laypersons for imaginative and catalytic leadership. Recent conferences include Radical Abundance: A Theology of Sustainability, Building an Ethical Economy: Theology and the Marketplace, and Reading Scripture Through Other Eyes. The conference presents emerging and inclusive theological perspectives and engages participants in inquiry, dialogue, and reflection. Small groups are assembled both onsite and at partner sites and provide opportunities to arrive at a deeper understanding of the presentations through peer learning, reflect on how to integrate conference themes with life and work, and build community with colleagues. Participants from all faith traditions are welcomed.
About Trinity Wall Street: Located at the head of Wall Street, Trinity Church has been part of New York City’s and our nation’s history since its charter in 1697. Today, the organization has grown to include many important areas of focus and is collectively known as Trinity Wall Street. Most importantly, Trinity Wall Street is an Episcopal parish offering daily worship services and faith formation programs at Trinity Church, St. Paul’s Chapel, and online at trinitywallstreet.org. In addition, Trinity Wall Street includes Trinity Grants, providing $80 million in funding to 85 countries since 1972; Trinity Preschool; Trinity Institute, an annual theological conference; an extensive arts program presenting more than 100 concerts each year through Concerts @ One, the Trinity Choir, and the Trinity Choristers; and Trinity Real Estate, which manages the parish’s six million square feet of commercial real estate in lower Manhattan.