ESBVM USA 2015 Weekend Conference – “The Virgin Mary in Christian Dialogue: Controversy, Convergence, and Vision”
Posted by esbvmusa on April 9th, 2015
The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA presents its 2015 Annual Weekend Conference on the theme of: “The Virgin Mary in Christian Dialogue: Controversy, Convergence, and Vision.” The conference will be held on the campus of Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania on the weekend of August 7-9, 2015.
The mother of Jesus has stood at the heart of Christianity’s most profound truths, passionate devotions, and fiery controversies. For centuries after the Protestant Reformation, the mere mention of Mary’s name in certain contexts could ignite hot-tempered disagreements.
By the twentieth century, Christians began trying to repair divisions by coming together in formal dialogues. Marian topics were cautiously included in the later of these dialogues, and joint statements that described new appreciation for each other’s Marian traditions – while still noting important areas of disagreement – were signed.
While great progress was made during these dialogues, very few people are aware of them, and the way forward is not clear. The purpose of this conference is to continue the important work of Marian dialogues, assessing their relevance to contemporary religious thought and practice within the various Christian traditions and providing some discussion regarding future possibilities.
The cost for the entire weekend is $75.00. Fees for Friday only and Saturday only vary. Please click on the link below for the Conference Information and Registration Packet for detailed information. The packet contains the program for the weekend; speaker biographies, along with the title of each speaker’s presentation; a complete list of fees; information on accommodations and transportation; and on the final page, the registration form. Please share the packet and registration form with interested friends and colleagues. There is also a link to a poster that may be printed and distributed freely.
Please join us for what promises to be a stimulating and enlightening weekend of conversation about the mother of our Lord!
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