Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Church: Towards a Common Vision at Louisiana Interchurch Conference

On March 2 and 3 I will deliver two keynote addresses for the annual assembly of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference, which has adopted as the theme for this year's assembly "The Church: Towards a Common Vision." The theme is related to the recent convergence text issued by the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, The Church: Towards a Common Vision (Faith and Order Paper No. 214; Geneva: World Council of Churches, 2013). My two addresses are titled "How Might We Envision the Unity We Have? Engaging The Church: Towards a Common Vision, Part 1" and "What Can We Do About the Unity We Envision? Engaging The Church: Towards a Common Vision, Part 2." The notice of the assembly and a link to the assembly program from the Louisiana Interchurch Conference web site appear below.

45 th
 Annual Assembly
March 2nd - 3rd,  2015
  The general public is invited!
to all Speaker Sessions, and to the
Monday evening
Ecumenical Worship Service
Our 45th Annual Assembly will take place at the beautiful retreat center of the United Methodist Church called the Wesley Center, in Woodworth, LA, on March 2nd & 3rd, 2015  (noon to noon).  The working theme is: 
“The Church, Towards a Common Vision”
Photo of Steven Harmon
Dr. Steven R. Harmon
     The keynote speaker will be Dr. Steven R. Harmon, a Baptist theologian from Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity in North Carolina. 
     Dr. Harmon has made significant contributions to national and international ecumenical conversations and was actually part of the 2009 WCC Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting that offered input on a draft of the WCC publication for which the theme of our Assembly is named.
    The Assembly Sessions will be held in the Jesse B. Stafford Bldg, in Woodworth, on the Wesley Center campus.   The public is invited to all speaker sessions, free of charge.  

   The public is also encouraged to attend the evening Worship Service:
      The Monday Evening Worship Servicewill begin at 7:30pm at First UnitedMethodist Church of Alexandria, 2727 Jackson St., Alexandria. 
      The Rev. Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, will give the homily.   

First UMC, Alexandria
Click here for the overall tentative schedule

Again, the public is invited to all Speaker Sessions and to the Worship Service! 

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