The Parish of Trinity Church Wall Street is embarking on a major new mission initiative, a "Spiritual Formation Summit", in which lay and ordained leaders of the Episcopal Church will be introduced to the latest and the best methods of empowering the spiritual development of individuals and congregations.
The summit will be held next April 22 to 26 at Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC. It will feature keynote speakers including Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Dean Alan Jones of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Abbot Thomas Keating, a leader of the Centering Prayer Movement, Ms. Phyllis A. Tickle, sought-after lecturer and writer, and Dr. Thomas Moore, known for his astute blending of spiritual practice and psychological insight. Other speakers will be announced later.
Announcing the initiative, the Rector of Trinity Church, the Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews, said: "We want to give both lay and ordained leaders in the parishes the opportunity to experience and learn about new spiritual practices, liturgies and teachings which experts tell us are having success in helping individuals and communities grow spiritually.
"The Summit will be curriculum-based, and we'll feature provocative keynote speakers and in-depth workshops and seminars. The emphasis will be on giving practical, 'how-to' guidance and tools for implementing spiritual practices at parish level. We will also offer varied daily worship services led by people who are pioneering innovative new liturgies."
Dr. Matthews explained Trinity's motivation for convening the Summit: "For some years, Trinity has been devoting considerable resources to address the tremendous hunger in our society for a richer, deeper spiritual life.
"Now we want to gather together some of the people and ideas to which we've been exposed in the last few years, and share them with leaders in the parishes.
"We believe it important that lay leaders join their clergy at the conference, and that both should be able to take home new ideas and tools they can implement in their parishes. So we're encouraging parishes to send delegations.
"We're very excited about this new mission thrust. We hope that attendees will be so fired up by the conference that they will want to share their experiences back home with others."