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Gospel and Culture Symposium

Gospel and Culture Symposium

May 17, 2023 12:00am

Address: Roslyn Retreat Center, 8727 River Road, Richmond, VA US 23229

Contact: Rev. Canon Jeff Bailey

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Note: this event is only open to DCOH clergy. 

Join us at Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond, VA for a symposium where we will do the work of pastoral theology together. 

The symposium will be structured around a blend of presentations, seminar-style discussions, and  informal conversations over meals and around the fire pit. The symposium is different from the College of Presbyters and College of Deacons that will be forming in the year ahead; rather, it’s an opportunity for priests and deacons to gather together, to help each other think theologically and practically about matters of pressing concern.

This year's topic is Gender, Sexuality, and Identity. 

We selected this year’s topic because of its obvious relevance to pastoral ministry, as well as the fact that there are relatively few outlets where clergy can explore these complex and nuanced issues in an atmosphere of openness and trust.

Symposium Sessions:

  • Rev. Aubrey Spears: "Gay vs. Same-Sex-Attracted: A Theological Case for Linguistic Hospitality" (Respondents: Rev. Ben Sharpe & Rev. Ashley Davis)

  • Rev. Jeff Bailey: "Transcending Desire? Reframing Identity Debates Through Patristic Doctrines of Theosis" (Respondent: Rev. Steven Breedlove)

  • Rev. Fitz Green: "Is Oliver Also Among the Prophets? O’Donovan on the Ethics of Gender Reassignment Surgery" (Respondent: Rev. Chris Schutte)

  • Rev. Blake Johnson: "Towards a More Catholic Theology of the Body: A Way Forward for Orthodox Anglicans in the Strange New World"(Respondent: Rev. Ryan O’Dowd)

  • Rev. Chris Borah: "Healing the Masculine and Feminine Separation: A Historical and Theological Proposal for the Household of God" (Respondent: Rev. David Smith)

  • Rev. Tommy Hinson: "The Cost of Sexual Faithfulness: Toward a Culture of Shared Suffering in the Local Church" (Respondent: Rev. Claude Atcho)

Registration Information

  • Registration Cost: Early Bird rates begin at $300 for a shared room
    • Registration Includes:
      • Two nights lodging
      • Six meals
      • Drinks, snacks, and refreshments
      • Symposium materials
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  • Final Registration Deadline: Friday, April 28, 2023

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