The Very Rev. John P. Downey with the Very Rev. Tracey Lind
Sunday Oct 12, 2014
Dean’s Forum: 10:10 a.m.
At the turn of the twenty-first century, we are living in a world that is transitioning into a global community — where community understood to be holistic, including all of the created order. Consequently, the paradigm of Christendom — a hierarchical institution exclusively directed by a trained elite — is no longer viable in the modern context. The challenge of the Church today is to become once again “the Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27) in the world. The question with which the Church must wrestle is: How does the Church reclaim this role and empower all her members to acknowledge and live into their “priesthood” (1 Peter 2:4-5)? During this forum, Roger Ferlo will “think out loud” with our community as to how we may not only provide spiritual grounding for the members of our congregation but also envisage how Cathedrals may contribute to the larger church as spiritual formation “hubs” that provide vocational discernment and formation for both lay and ordained participants.