Academic Convocation

A pre-Gathering Academic Convocation will take place from 9 to noon on Tuesday, June 27.  Take a deeper, more academic look at the topic of Lenten Renewal with Gathering Presenters Rev. Donald Schell of All Saints Company in San Francisco, Rev. Dr. Paul Galbraith, professor at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Team RCIA’s Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal.  This is especially geared for clergy and seminarians who want to dig deeper into theological ideas and challenges.  The Gathering that follows the Convocation is geared toward pastoral perspectives and support for lay catechumenate leaders.

Take a look at these exciting lectures and then click here to register today. The convocation is free to all Gathering participants.

Heart and Soul – Of One Mind In The House: Renewing Tradition Toward A Wisely Contemporary Christian Anthropology  presented by Donald Schell

  • What do we do together in Lenten preparation for the Paschal Feast that births and frees people to be courageous, compassionate, and creative together in Christ?
  • What is the Spirit giving us in our experience as formative communities that renews our theology of the human person? and
  • How do we welcome emerging scientific questions and discovery in consciousness, the human mind and self into our formational communities practice-based noticing, wondering and reflection?


The Ritual Journey of Conversion: A Cosmic Turn toward God presented by Diana Macalintal and Nick Wagner

We will examine the shape of modern Christian initiation rites, especially the scrutinies as emancipation from disorder, dis-ease, and chaos. How do the Lenten rites strengthen seekers to wrestle with personal, communal, and ultimate darkness and turn toward the light of Christ?


Transposing the Scrutinies to a Different Key: Extending the Catechumenate Model presented by Paul Galbreath

During the season of Lent the scrutinies provide a particular approach to Christian formation.  An overview of the role of the law and sanctification in the theology of John Calvin offers an alternative vision of spiritual formation that may help extend the catechumenate model over the course of our lives of faith.