Consistent Life 25th Anniversary Conference

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March 9-11, 2012, 4-H Youth Conference Center, Chevy Chase, MD

Worship Opportunities Set

We have arranged to hold Catholic and Protestant worship services at 9:30 on the Sunday morning of our Conference at the Conference site, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. These services will be open to the general public without paying a registration fee. Due to Center policy, those not registered will need to stop by the Center main desk for a name badge, so attenders sh0uld allow time for that.

Fr. Jim Noonan, M.M. will celebrate Catholic mass in the Minnesota Room. He is a member of the Assisi Community in Washington, DC. The Assisi Community is a monastic-style community where the majority of members are not part of religious orders. The Community emphasizes a simple lifestyle and work for social change.

Rob Arner will give the message at the Protestant service. Rob is a member of the Consistent Life Board, a seminarian studying for his doctorate, and the author of Consistently Pro-Life: The Ethics of Bloodshed in Ancient Christianity. He is a Mennonite.

For Conference participants who are of other religions or no faith tradition, or simply would prefer not to attend one of the services, the Schruben Room will be available during the services for informal discussion.

At 10:45 AM, after the services, all are welcome to attend a session in the Minnesota Room where participants will share their reasons for supporting the Consistent Life Ethic. Consistent Life co-founder and current Treasurer Mary Rider will moderate this session.

To defray the additional costs of providing on-site religious services, we will have a free will offering at each of the religious services.

For those who want to stay for lunch in the Center cafeteria after the morning activities and are not registered, a limited number of lunch tickets will be available for $14 at the main desk. Lunch is served buffet style, and will include vegan and vegetarian (lacto-ovo) options.

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2 Responses

  1. Marysia says:

    Following simultaneous Catholics over here, Protestants over there, none-of-the-above all mooshed together still somewhere else as if we were all the same…Will this after-service gathering really be one where *all* conference participants can share how their particular faith or other-than-religious philosophy shapes their activism?

  2. cl25conf says:

    That is certainly the hope.

    We originally hoped for a variety of constituency gatherings in the community. In the end, that proved not to be feasible, so we created this substitute. We have not ruled them out, but we know of none that have been arranged.

    We haven’t asked the religious connections of registrants. We don’t actually know of more than one for sure that is neither Catholic or Protestant, but wanted to provided some alternative. It is not because we assumed they were all the same, but because we didn’t know what else there was – particularly whether there was more than one of any other.

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