Our Keynote Speakers
We're thrilled to announce our 2019 conference theme along with our incredible plenary speaker team. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be our best conference yet!
Timothy Radcliffe, OP
Joining us for the first time is Timothy Radcliffe O.P. If you don't know about him we encourage you to read up on his ministry in England and throughout the world. He's a Roman Catholic priest, Dominican friar of the English province and former Master of the Order of Preachers, He's also a prolific author and currently serves as the director of the Las Casas Institute of Blackfriars, Oxford which focuses on the promotion of social justice and human rights. He’s written 10 books on Christian spirituality including Seven Last Words, What is the Point of Being Christian and I Call you Friends.
Timothy’s three plenary talks are titled: Mercy, God’s Fruitful Grace; How Can We Hope in Uncertain Times? and Is the Church a Home for Everyone?
Interested in hearing a podcast with Fr. Radcliffe? HERE is an interview he did with Daily Theology. He talks about his bad boy days, the importance of friendship for vocation, and hope in the midst of suffering. You won’t want to miss him after listening to him speak.
Carol Perry, S.U.
Joining us for the third year in a row is Sister Carol Perry, former resident Bible Scholar at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhatten, NY. 38 years ago she was hired by Norman Vincent Peale to teach a six week Sunday school class at the church. Her teaching and Christ like presence was met with overwhelming love and praise and Norman knew he needed to keep her around. Sister Carol was hired full time and became somewhat of a celebrity with her standing-room-only Bible classes each Sunday morning. They were so popular Marble Collegiate decided to webcast them live.
Newly retired, Sister Carol continues to use her extensive scholarship and imaginative storytelling skills to offer a fresh and innovative approach to exploring the Scriptures, bringing people and stories of the Bible to life. She remains a Sister of St. Ursula and is the author of Waiting for Our Souls to Catch Up and Among Women.
Carol’s three talks are titled: The Patriarch Who Never Was | How does mercy look as one faces, like Esau, the man who stole your birthright and your destiny? ; I Can Never Forgive Myself | If mercy begins at home, where is it when would-be murderers face the object of their jealousy? Stand with Joseph’s brothers and see the conclusion they reached. : Not Like Me | Does mercy ask us to reach out to the “others”, those beyond the boundaries of polite society? Stand in a synagogue with Jesus and absorb his answer to his critics.
FORGIVENESS : THE WAY WE TREAT EACH OTHER
Laura Masterson - COHI Chaplain and Seminarian at The Seminary of the Southwest
Who among us forgives? We will explore how we might see God as growing branches in the kingdom where we can find rest and know the mercy of God through each other...even in the arid Texas summers. Refreshment awaits.
RECOGNIZING OUR FEARS : WELCOMING THE STRANGER IN OUR MIDST
Maria Wellisch - Certified Dimentia Training and Senior Consultant
Maria will spend time discussing how to effectively embrace the family of and individuals with Alzheimer’s. It is often difficult to understand how to best communicate and bring the “presence of Christ” when a person does not appear to know you or why you are present. In this informational program, Maria will share how to make a “Spiritual Care Box” that can be used to make each visit meaningful and lasting.
ESTABLISHING A RHYTHM OF PRAYER
Br. Michael Gallagher and Fr. Peter Funk | Benedictine Monks at Holy Cross Monastery in Beaumont, Texas
God is timeless but we are not. Often we live moment to moment. When we seek the One who is timeless, we need to make time to do so. In Benedictine life we do so by allotting periods for community prayer (in Liturgy) and private prayer (Lectio Divina and Meditation).
We shall practice Lectio Divina and Meditation together in this workshop.
ONE IN CHRIST: THE WAY WE FACE THE CHALLENGES OF OUR WORLD.
The Rev. Dr. Lynn Ronaldi | Priest in Charge | Pohick Episcopal Church, Lorton, VA.
Christ is drawing all of creation to Himself as one. Yet externally and internally, we tend to resist Christ’s unifying pull, and divide. In organized religion, we tend to draw lines in the sand and become consumed with who’s in and who’s out. Interiorly we are divided as well; one side says we are beloved; the other says we are unlovable. Tending to our own interior landscape with integrity is crucial if we are to minister with compassion in a dualistic world. A spirit of unity calls us to recognize our sameness in God’s likeness, even as we celebrate diversity in our humanity. The read a book to a stranger then woke her up when time to go to bed.
We can learn some contemplative prayer practices through which Christ calls us into compassionate solidarity with others. A spirit of unity does not call us to be exactly like each other. The Rev. Dr. Lynn Ronaldi, student of one of the first CoH classes in Texas, will discuss the implications of a contemplative prayer life informing ministry. In Jesus Christ there is no dualism; he draws all things to himself. He expects us to color. We will discuss our response to Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection. We will share stories of our encounters with Christ as One.
about camp allen
A ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Camp Allen has traversed over 150 miles and 97 years to reach where it is today. With its humble beginnings on 10 acres of land gifted by Rosa Lum Allen in 1921, Camp Allen has moved and expanded to 1,100 forested acres in Navasota with 88 full time employees. Throughout the journey, the heart remains the same: to create a space for people to come and find respite, and experience God in a new, illuminating way. Our desire is that each of our guests, campers, and students leave Camp Allen feeling renewed, inspired, and ready to come back again soon. Click HERE to learn more!
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