Trinity Institute’s 42nd National Theological Conference

Posted Oct. 30, 2012, at 11:18 a.m.

Friday, November 9 to Sunday, November 11, 2012; 5:30 p.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Location: St. John's Episcopal Church, 234 French St., Bangor, Maine

Contact: Pat Sprague; 947-0156



Patricia Sprague or the Rev. Cn. Rita Steadman,

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French St., Bangor ME


Popular authors featured in upcoming webcasts as local Episcopal churches in Bangor and Castine will host the event. Conference title: The Radical Christian Life.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, and the Rev Richard Rohr, OFM, are the keynote speaker and preacher, respectively in the upcoming 42nd National Theological Conference, webcast live from Trinity Wall Street, NYC. These two popular authors and speakers will address current issues of social crisis affecting all people and the spiritual resources to address them.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor, and Trinity Episcopal Church, Castine, each are hosting the conference incorporating creative work sessions for their respective local communities, Friday, November 9 through Sunday, November 11.

Entitled The Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change, the conference organizers offer the following description:

”In the 21st century people seek to cope and to create in a world that is shifting on its very foundations. Economic inequity threatens to tear us apart at the seams. The forces of globalization demand that we rethink what it meaans to be a community and where our mutual responsibilities lie. It is a time of classic crisis forged of equal parts threat and opportunity.

”Through plenary addresses, creative work sessions, and worship, this three-day conference will explore such questions as:

”How can Christian traditions of social change justice and contemplation energize communities as forces for change in the world?

”What practices help individuals to discern where to engage?

”Where may be found sources of creativity and resilience?

”How can people of other faiths and no faith partner to address these social issues in their community”

Joan Chittister is an internationally known writer and lecturer and the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality.

She currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the UN, and which facilitates a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in Israel and Palestine. She was a keynote speaker at the Asia- Pacific Breakthrough: Women, Faith and Development Summit to End Global Poverty, as well as the Parliament of World Religions in Melbourne, Australia last December. She wrote the book, Beyond Beijing: the Next Step for Women, after attending the Fourth UN Conference of Women in Beijing (1995) and the book, Heart of Flesh: a Feminist Spirituality for Men and Women.

Sister Joan appeared with the Dalai Lama at both the First Emory (University) Summit of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding and at the The Rising Great Compassion. She coordinated the latter, an interfaith retreat for monastic women at Dharma Drum Mountain Center in Taiwan.

Joan Chittister has written more than forty books and received numerous awards for her work on behalf of peace and women in church and society. A Benedictine nun of Erie, Pennsylvania, she served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of the leaders/superiors of the more than 67,000 Catholic religious women in the US, was president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses, and served as prioress for the Benedictine Sisters of Erie for twelve years. Sister Joan received her doctorate from Penn State University in speech communications theory.

Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within mystical and transformational traditions. A Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of The Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The center is the home of the Rohr Institute. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self emptying), which expresses itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.

Father Rohr is the author of many books, including The Naked Now, Everything Belongs, Adam’s Return, Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, The Meaning of Resurrection, and The Immortal Diamond: The Search for The True Self.