Archbishop to address post-modern spirituality
The Archbishop of Canterbury will give a speech this afternoon tackling Benedictine spirituality and its relevance to post-modern culture.
His contribution will be part of a live webcast from the 34th annual conference of the Trinity Institute in the USA.
The Trinity Institute is a continuing education program for clergy and laity founded to provide theological renewal for clergy in the Episcopal Church.
During its second decade, the focus of the Institute widened to include the work of theologians of emergent and divergent thought, strongly encouraging the participation of women and minorities.
Now in its third decade, the Institute has become a think tank ìexploring pieces of the post-modern puzzleî.
The conference which the Archbishop will address was convened to look at St. Benedictís Rule, which has been in existence for over 1500 years, and its relevance today.
It is suggested that Benedictine spirituality is uniquely suited for contemporary life not just because St Benedict was a lay person with regular people in mind, but because the issues that Benedict raises might radically unmask the superficiality of contemporary culture.
Amongst the issues that will be explored are how ìBenedictís pre-modern mind uncannily hit upon postmodern themes like the paradoxical nature of truth, the hiddenness of reality, and the call to community.î
Other contributore to the conference include Kathleen Norrism an award-winning poet and writer, Joan D. Chittister, who has been a leading voice on Benedictine spirituality and practice for over 25 years and Father Freeman who is a monk of the Monastery of Christ the King, Cockfosters,in London