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Intentional Eucharistic Communities will gather to share practices and liturgical experience, deepen the understanding of our theology along with the spiritual journey we travel, in order to broaden our awareness of possibilities for our future centered in God.
Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. The diversity of models is remarkable:
- alternative prayer/liturgy models within conventional parishes (with priest and/or lay presiders)
- splinter parishes (separated for legal or protest reasons)
- woman-priest-led communities - parishes led by priests from offshoot Catholic denominations
- independent lay-led communities
In the face of this diversity, there is also a remarkably consistent desire to learn the theological rationale for a community’s mission, practice uplifting and welcoming ministry, and manage operations effectively using best practices learned from others or experience.
Three great people led a program of more than 30 sessions with many inspiring and educational speakers:
Jamie L. Manson received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics. Her columns in NCR have won numerous awards, most recently second prize for Commentary of the Year from Religion Newswriters (RNA).
Roger Haight, S.J. did his doctorate in theology at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (1973) and has taught at Jesuit graduate schools of theology in Manila, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston. He is currently the Director of the PhD Program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has published works in the theology of grace, liberation theology, fundamental theology, christology, ecclesiology and spirituality. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and was named Alumnus of the Year of The Divinity School of the University of Chicago for the year 2005.
Miriam Therese Winter is Professor of Liturgy, Worship, Spirituality and Feminist Studies and Director of the Women's Leadership Institute. She came to Hartford Seminary to establish a department of liturgy, worship, and spirituality. She introduced ecumenical and cross-cultural emphases in theory and in practice, then developed feminist and multifaith approaches that have culminated in a quantum perspective.
And dozens of enthralling breakout session speakers-
Our fourth national conference was held in St. Paul, MN on June 26-28, 2015!
- over 280 people
- venue at Concordia University (accommodation in dorm, apartments, and home stays)
- three days Friday-Saturday-Sunday, 3 plenary speakers, more than 30 additional sessions, numerious networking opportunities
- three topic tracks: theology, liturgy, and organization
- product fair (religious books, media, advocacy groups, merchandise, etc.)
- preconference on Catholic Social Teaching with social justice volunteer opportunities
Planning was by a local host committee for logistics and venue, and a national program committee for content and speakers. We also obtained promotional and financial partnerships with significant national and local organizations. Interested in future gatherings? Sign up for our infrequent newsletter on the left.
Gathering 2015 was hosted by Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community, Minneapolis MN