2013 Spirituality Gathering Featuring Sr. Ilia Delio

2013 ESR Spirituality Gathering
March 2, 2013
Featuring Keynote Speaker Ilia Delio [video available here]

Join us on Saturday, March 2, 2013 for our annual Spirituality Gathering. This year's keynote presenter will be scientist, theologian and Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio. Her theme will be "Christ in Evolution:  Challenges and New Directions."

Keynote Description:

Theology has been linked to cosmology for centuries and the core principles of Christian doctrine are based on a particular cosmology of the past. Modern science, especially evolution and quantum physics, has ushered in a new cosmology and our challenge today is to find coherence between our religious beliefs and the new cosmos. Since Christianity rests on the Incarnation, we will seek to explore the meaning of Jesus Christ in an evolutionary universe and the significance of Christ in evolution for the future direction of Christian life.

Sr. Ilia Delio Bio:

Sr. Ilia Delio holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University. Prior to joining the Woodstock Theological Center of Georgetown University full-time as a Senior Research Fellow, she served as Chair and Professor in the Department of Spirituality Studies at the Washington Theological Union, where she also served as Director of Franciscan Studies. Her current research interests in the field of science & religion include divine action, emergence, evolutionary theory, and artificial intelligence.

She has served on the Board of Directors of Metanexus, the Advisory Board of AAAS-DoSER (Dialogue on Sciences Ethics and Religion), and the editorial board of New Theology Review. Her books include Christ in Evolution; Care for Creation: A Franciscan Spirituality of the Earth; Clare of Assisi: A Heart Full of Love; and Franciscan Prayer. Her articles include "Christ and Extraterrestrial Life" (in Theology and Science), "Theology, Metaphysics and the Centrality of Christ" (in Theological Studies), and "Brain Science and the Biology of Belief: A Theological Response" (in Zygon). In 2000, she received the Templeton Course Award in Science and Religion.

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Schedule of Events:

8:15 am      Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am      Worship
9:45 am      Keynote: Christ in Evolution: Challenges and New Directions
11:30 am    Lunch
1:00 pm      Workshop I
2:15-2:30    Break
2:30 pm      Workshop II
3:45-4:00    Break
4:00 pm      Closing gathering

Workshop Choices: (choose two)

"Conversation with Ilia Delio" - Ilia Delio

Join our keynote presenter, Ilia Delio, for further conversation on her presentation topic, Christ in Evolution: Challenges and New Directions. This workshop will not be repeated in the second session.

"Sacred Geometry: Discovering Spiritual Patterns and Symbols in Nature" - Carol Sexton

Geometric shapes and patterns occur in nature from the smallest, microscopic level to the largest cosmic scale that we can imagine. This geometry, which is observable everywhere we look, can be considered sacred because it is a beautiful expression of the Creator, and provides visible evidence of divine structure, order, balance and harmony in the design of our universe. In this workshop we will discover some of the basic principles of sacred geometry by looking at examples from nature, engaging in creative art and writing exercises, and reflecting together on the spiritual meanings that can be derived from symbols and patterns in the natural world.

"Imaginary Christs" - Matt Hisrich

In this workshop, participants will wrestle with the influence of psychology, theology, culture, and history upon their understanding of who Jesus was and is in their lives. Along the way, we will explore together the positive role our human creativity and imagination plays with regard to this understanding both personally and in community. Participants are encouraged to read the presenter’s paper on the subject prior to the workshop in order to get a running start: http://bit.ly/VvL7j9.

"Listening to the Skies: A Writing Workshop" - Jennie Kiffmeyer

“The heavens are telling the glory of God....” (Psalm 19:1) To understand God, we only need to look to the skies, or so the Psalmist tells us. Recent discoveries of new galaxies and an ever-expanding universe call us to tell a new story, one that has the potential to radically alter our understanding of God, the planet, and how we live our lives. In this creative writing workshop, we will have the chance to respond to sacred stories through the lens of recent discoveries in cosmology. By drawing on the work of writers, musicians, and visual artists, participants will explore new ways to tell the story of the Big Bang and the Burning Bush, Supernovas and Starry Nights.

"The Evolutionary Nature of Quakerism" - Marcelle Martin

Evolutionary transformation has always been at the heart of Quakerism. Surrender of the self-centered will to God’s will eventually leads to becoming “partakers
of the divine nature.” This workshop will present an overview of the journey of transformation, often described as the birth of Christ within. An experiential opportunity will invite participants to consider how to engage more whole-heartedly in the process. There will be time for reflection, journal writing, and sharing experiences with others.

"Face to Face with Jesus: Close Encounters of the Transformational Kind"
- Pat DeWitt-Thomas

Wouldn’t it have been “really cool” if the people who Jesus came into contact with in the Scriptures had been avid journalers! Then we could read their journal entries for that meeting and know how it affected and changed them. Through Midrash Journaling we can do even better. We can become those people and tell the story to one another. Bring paper and pencil and an inquisitive mind and heart.

For more information, contact Mandy Ford, Director of External Relations, at (765) 973-2158 or email fordma@earlham.edu

Event Date: 03/02/2013 - 8:00am - 5:00pm