Diocesan Lent Day - The Home of God
We're excited to welcome Miroslav Volf as the keynote speaker for a day of teaching, reflection, and workshops to help us engage with some Lenten reflection and renewal. Miroslav is an excellent thinker and stimulating communicator, and all are welcome. The day will include lunch, and there is a registration fee of $25, which can be reduced in cases of need. Our Lent Day is co-sponsored by Philadelphia Theological Institute, the Diocese and the Church of the Good Samaritan.
God's plan of redemption is for the whole world, not just for 'the church'. The mission of the church is therefore to partner with God in God's mission in the world. The whole world is the 'Home of God'. The fulfillment of God's plan for the world is a 'new heaven and earth' which Revelation describes as being the dwelling place of God (Rev 21:3 'now the dwelling of God is with men'). Therefore this vision of the destiny of the world shapes the mission of the church. We live orientated towards that future in the present and imperfectly pre-figure it in our common life of community, generosity, hospitality and worship - for the sake of the world and in prophetic witness to the world.
Miroslav Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, Yale Divinity School Founding Director, Yale Center for Faith & Culture. He was educated in his native Croatia, the United States, and Germany. He earned doctoral and post-doctoral degrees (with highest honors) from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. He has written or edited more than 20 books and over 90 scholarly articles. His most significant books include Exclusion and Embrace (1996); After Our Likeness (1998) in which he explores the Trinitarian nature of ecclesial community; Allah: A Christian Response (2011), on whether Muslims and Christians have a common God; and A Public Faith: On How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (2011).