St. John’s 2013 Trinity Conference: Evolving with the Gospel of Jesus

Examine the ways in which the vital story of the Gospels can be told in a fresh and compelling manner.

The 2013 Trinity Conference will take place November 21-24 This year’s theme, “Evolving with the Gospel of Jesus”, examines the means by which the historic tenets of our faith address current realities, and ways in which the vital story of the Gospels can be told in a fresh and compelling manner.

This is your opportunity to join the Trinity Community at St. John’s Cathedral, to learn, to explore, to engage with others who share your journey of faith. To register call the Cathedral office –204-586-8385, or go on line – www.stjohnscathedral.ca – where you’ll also find more information about this year’s Trinity Conference.

Those who register before November 15 pay the early-bird registration fee – $55 per person, $100 per couple, $40 for students and seniors. After November 15, the fee will be $10 more in each category. The fees cover the cost of the web cast, study materials, meals and snacks. Space is limited, so register now!

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Trinity and St. John’s

Anglican tradition makes a diocesan cathedral a centre for experiment and innovation – in liturgy, music, polity, and teaching – especially teaching. St. John’s, the Cathedral of Rupert’s Land, strives to live up to that tradition. Over the past 15 years there have been innovationsa-plenty.Oneof our big ones is the Trinity web cast.

For many years Trinity Episcopal Church on Wall Street, New York has been mounting major international conferences on subjects of interest to Christians (and others) worldwide. In 2003, Trinity launched its first web cast to attract conference participants from well beyond the environs of New York. The first Canadian virtual participants attended the Trinity Conference without leaving Winnipeg, thanks to Dean Bob Osborne and

St. John’s Cathedral. That 2003 conference was entitled “Shaping Holy Lives” and it delved into the efficacy of the Benedictine rule; the guest speakers were the Most Rev. Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, sociologist Sister Joan Chittester OSB, Brother Laurence Freeman OSB,andnotedauthorand poet Kathleen Norris.

The participants in the John West Hall at the Cathedral also took part in locally-led study sessions focussing on the topics covered by the speakers, panel discussions involving all the speakers, and meals together. A community was formed at that first Trinity web cast, and it has continued to meet annually. Through the years, the group has explored such topics as radical Christianity, the origins and persistence of evil (as viewed through the lenses of Christianity, Islam and Judaism), the importance of maintaining creation, the similarities found in the great faiths, and more. Since St. John’s took that first innovative step in 2003 as the only Canadian site hosting the Trinity web cast, other Canadian host sites have signed on.
By Rene Jamieson