Exploring ways chaplains can become better listeners to the call of and cry for the gospel and their role in the life of the larger church will be the focus of the 2008 Episcopal Chaplains' Conference.
"How Shall They Hear" will run June 24-27 at the Desmond Tutu Center located on the General Theological Seminary campus in New York City. It will be preceded by a conference specifically for new chaplains that will take place June 23-24.
The Rev. Dr. William W. Rich, senior associate for Adult Christian Formation, at Trinity Church Copley Square in Boston, Massachusetts, will serve as the conference's main speaker. He will address the questions of how to engage young people in the life of the gospel and strategies for being effective evangelists on university campuses.
Prior to serving at Trinity, Rich was interim rector of St. Paulâs, Doylestown, Pennsylvania (2004-2005); Christ Church, Bronxville, New York (2003-2004), and St. David's, Kinnelon, New Jersey (2002-2003). From 1999-2007, he taught pastoral psychotherapists in training at the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute in New York City. Since the Spring of 2006, he has been teaching in the Psychiatry and Religion Program at New York Cityâs Union Theological Seminary.
The New Chaplains' Pre-conference will be facilitated by the Rev. Amy McCreath and the Rev. Dr. Steve White.
McCreath has been the chaplain at M.I.T. for the past seven years. Prior to that, she served as priest-in-charge of a parish in Milwaukee.
White has been the chaplain at the Episcopal church at Princeton University for eight years. He is the author of "The College Chaplain," a copy of which will be given to those attending the pre-conference.
Conference participants will also engage in experiential workshop field trips to:
The gathering will begin to solicit conversation and input from attending chaplain's for a report and statement to be developed for the next General Convention.
Further information about the Episcopal Chaplains' Conference and the New Chaplains' Pre-conference is available here.