Living Sacrifices: Repentance, Renewal, and Reconciliation
A conference on Anglicanism and the Church
6-9 June 2017
This conference focuses on the necessary connection between repentance, reconciliation, and renewal, which we approach under the heading of “living sacrifice,” drawn from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. Sacrifice, after Christ’s example, draws the faithful into a transformative participation in his Passion, through which death is overcome. In this perspective, repentance serves as the offering that enables forgiveness and reconciliation. “The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Ps. 51:18).
The theme was influentially sounded in the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral (1886, 1888) and in subsequent Lambeth conferences, especially the 1920 conference in its landmark “Appeal to All Christian People,” which helped set the agenda for Anglicans and the 20th-century ecumenical movement. With the Anglican Covenant in hand, the upcoming 2020 Lambeth Conference has a chance to mark and revisit this centenary, with farther-reaching, longer- lasting consequences. Just here, we find an Anglican vocation that may be offered to the whole Christian world, in service of a commonly articulated and universally shared full, visible unity.
Set within the distinctive context of Nashotah House Theological Seminary, we invite leaders from a broad spectrum of ecclesial locales and vantage points to help identify a common path of repentant charity: presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, so that our minds may be renewed and transformed to discern the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:1-2).
The Living Church Foundation and Nashotah House Theological Seminary are strongly committed to working collaboratively to foster the visible unity of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, and have partnered as co-sponsors of this conference. The conference grows out of the mission of the Living Church Foundation to seek and serve the Catholic and evangelical faith of the one Church, to the end of visible Christian unity throughout the world. The conference also fits with the mission of Nashotah House, currently celebrating the 175th anniversary of its founding, as a community of formation marked by the fullness of Anglican faith and practice, Benedictine spirituality, and classical Christian thought and teaching.
We invite proposals for papers that examine the place of repentance and reconciliation in the renewal of the Church, and especially encourage papers that explore the ecclesial and ecumenical vocation of Anglicanism.
Initial proposals should be no more than 500 words, and can be sent to Andrew Grosso at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the submission of proposals is Friday, 31 March 2017; proposals submitted after this date will be considered only if the conference schedule can easily accommodate additional presentations. Proposals should be accompanied by a c.v.