Renewing the Church in a Secular Age: Holistic Dialogue and Kenotic Vision
Rome, March 4-5, 2015
This joint International Conference is the result of an effort began with the identification by Professor Charles Taylor's, author of A Secular Age, of four disjunctions of Church and People relating to (a) seekers who have left ecclesial practice in search of the Spirit; (b) the magisterium charged with pastoral responsibilities; and (c) contemporary moral guidance, (d) in a world of plural spiritualities. Presently the project is working to articulate the four emerging characteristics of the Church as (a) not only listening to the experience of the laity (b) but discerning the path ahead, and hence (c) welcoming the seekers and (d) serving their broad religious needs in a context deeply marked by pluralism and diversity.
Scholars around the world, but for now particularly in the West, are hereby invited to join the effort of Church renewal which this Conference represents, based on the work of more than a dozen Research Teams in different parts of Europe and North America. As a joint project of the Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (RVP) with the Pontifical Gregorian University (PUG) in Rome, the Conference intends to engage the Roman mind and so better contribute to the universal Church as it faces the many present challenges. As such, the Conference will also function as a launching pad for similar initiatives to follow on the impact of secularization across Asia, Africa and Latin America and so contribute to the worldwide renewal of the Church as a communio of Dialogue in search of Truth, Beauty and the Good as the emergence of God's Kingdom in human history.
The Conference is open to all with a professional interest in the topic and committed to the entire Program.