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Summer conference convenes families for formation, fun
Summer Conference photos
Children play during summer conference at University of Portland. 
Summer Conference photos
Children play during summer conference at University of Portland. 

Summer conference participants talk over sessions in the shade.
Summer conference participants talk over sessions in the shade.

The 32nd annual Summer Conference, a five day retreat for adults and children alike, is happening again on the campus of the University of Portland July 31-Aug. 4.

Summer Conference is designed to give clergy, religious and lay people of all ages an opportunity to deepen faith through study, reflection, prayer, art, and play in a communal, retreat-like setting.

Each day begins with a keynote address for adults and age-level classes for pre-school through high-school aged children. The remainder of each day is filled with a variety of class choices, meals, prayer, and free-time to rest, relax, and renew.

This year’s keynote address will be given by David Fagerberg, an associate professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and currently the senior advisor of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy.

The series of talks will eventually come to a definition of liturgy, but it will begin with a doctrine of creation and look at all of life through a Eucharistic lens: What place did God intend for man and woman in the world? What has gone wrong? How is our life restored? What is the Church doing to discover true reality?

The first talk will consider creation as a cosmic liturgy, over which man and woman were intended to preside. Creation is an expression of the love that circulates between the persons of the Trinity, and the best understanding of "why there is something" is a liturgical understanding.

The second session will look at sin, and the damaged relationship between humanity and God. The third session will see Christ as the premiere liturgist, restoring us to a Eucharistic posture.  

The final talk will apply liturgical theology to our life in the world. If liturgy is doing the world as it was meant to be done, how do we receive life as a gift, and find the world to be sacrament? How does liturgy establish social justice? How can we see all of life in the light of the Transfiguration?

Here is what one previous participant in Summer Conference says: “I attend Summer Conference to change my heart, to refocus my sight on what matters, and to be supported in this effort by a community of faith.”  

Related Links:
• Summer Conference website

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