Monday, September 23, 2013

Shewan Recital Hall, Cultural Life Center
2301 Westside Drive, Rochester, NY 14624 

9:00 a.m. Registration 
9:30 Plenary Session 1: What
What happens to us-body and soul-during a time of personal conversion or spiritual awakening has been the subject of much examination and reflection. The brain sciences and recent brain-imaging studies offer insight into the workings of the mind and what personal conversion looks like "inside our heads." With our unique human capacity to interpret such an experience, we can draw on science to deepen our understanding of what we mean by the mind of Christ and anticipate implications for everyday living.
10:40 Break
11:00 Chapel: Dangerous Living and Loving
Because we fear intimacy with God, it feels "dangerous" to live and love with Christ in our hearts and minds. But that is exactly what we are called to do. We can only have the joy Jesus and Paul speak of when we open ourselves to mystery and the mind that was in Christ Jesus. 
12:00 p.m. Lunch: Human Flourishing: A Roundtable Discussion with David Hogue and Diane Stephens
1:30 Break
2:00 Plenary Session 2: How
How we live into the promise of a life of faith emerges from our conversion, and in turn, how we live re-shapes our brain and forms who we are. More specifically, cultivating virtues like humility, simplicity, trust and forgiveness through the regular practice of such disciplines as prayer and meditation, worship, scripture-reading, communion-and covenant discipleship groups-changes our brains. As we seek to become more of who God calls us to be, how might we imagine our behaviors and strengthen our practices? Can "going through the motions" be an effective way to move toward personal holiness?
3:10 Book Signing
3:30 Plenary Session 3: Why
Why we cultivate virtues and practice spiritual disciplines is a matter of both personal and social holiness. Those who "let the mind be in them which was also in Christ Jesus" report personal restoration and compassion for the world-love of God and care for humanity. Recent studies of empathy and compassion underscore Wesley's recognition that personal salvation and love for the world require each other. We will further find: our brains make such connections not only possible, but necessary for fullness of life and abundant living.