"CATECHESIS AS MYSTAGOGY"
A one-Day CONFERENCE featuring Hans Boersma in WAco, TX
Saturday, MARCH 23, 2019
About the conference
What is the purpose of catechesis? What is its place in the (post-)modern world? How does catechesis relate to ongoing, lifelong discipleship? What is the ultimate goal of catechetical theology?
Learn from theologian Hans Boersma how a robust sacramental approach to theology can strengthen and enliven the ministry of catechesis in the church today. "Mystagogy" is an ancient term meaning "leading into the mysteries." In this conference, we will explore how the notion of catechesis as mystagogy—as being led into life with God—can enable the flourishing of lifelong discipleship. More than just learning the catechism, more than just a "check list" of ideas to memorize, catechesis is about preparing for and entering deeper into life in Christ.
Ideally suited for pastors, catechists, lay educators, seminarians, and parents, this one-day immersion in catechesis will enable you to learn from one of the best minds in the church today, and enjoy the fellowship of like-minded pastors and laypeople who are passionate about the renewal of catechesis.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
1008 Jefferson Ave., Waco, TX
Format and Schedule
Four presentations throughout the day, each followed by a brief response from a priest
or catechist, with additional time for Q&A.
8:00 – 8:30 | Morning Prayer
8:30 – 9:00 | Coffee and Welcome
9:00 – 10:15 | Presentation 1: The Purpose of Catechesis
10:30 – 12:00 | Presentation 2: The Rise of Modernity
12:00 – 1:30 | Midday Prayer and Lunch (provided)
1:30 – 2:45 | Presentation 3: Catechesis and Memorization
3:00 – 4:15 | Presentation 4: Catechesis and the Reading of Scripture
4:15 – 4:45 | Evening Prayer/Benediction
About the Speaker
Dr. Hans Boersma (PhD Utrecht) is the current J. I. Packer Professor Theology at Regent College (Vancouver, BC). Beginning next year, he will take up the Order of St. Benedict Servants of Christ Endowed Professorship in Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House (Wisconsin). A leading contemporary theologian, his interests range across a variety of areas, including patristic theology, twentieth-century Catholic thought, the spiritual interpretation of Scripture, and the beatific vision. At the heart of his work is a desire to retrieve the "sacramental ontology" of the pre-modern Great Tradition for the renewal of the church today.
He is the author of numerous books, including Heavenly Participation: The Weaving of a Sacramental Tapestry (Eerdmans, 2011); Embodiment and Virtue in Gregory of Nyssa (Oxford, 2013); Sacramental Preaching: Sermons on the Hidden Presence of Christ (Baker Academic, 2016); Scripture as Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (Baker Academic, 2017); and most recently, Seeing God: The Beatific Vision in Christian Tradition (Eerdmans, 2018).
REGISTRATION (opening soon)
Before February 1: $125
After Februrary 1: $150
Before February 1: $95
After February 1: $125
* A limited number of scholarships will be available upon request, primarily intended for students and pastors. Contact Alex Fogleman for more information.
Parking, Travel, Food, and Accommodations
Parking: Free parking available at Christ Church Waco.
Airports: Waco Regional (ACT), approx. 20 mins.; Austin-Bergstrom International (AUS), approx. 1 hr. 30 mins.; Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), approx. 1 hr. 45 mins.; Dallas Love Field (DAL); approx. 1 hr. 45 mins.
Food: Light refreshments and lunch will be provided with cost of registration. Optionally, Waco is home to fantastic Tex-Mex and BBQ, as well as many craft breweries and the award-winning Balcones Distillery. Favorite eateries include: Torchy's Tacos, Milo All Day, Rufi's Cocina, Guess BBQ, and numerous food trucks. For coffee shops, check out Pinewood, Dichotomy, or Common Grounds.
Accommodations: Hilton Waco; Courtyard by Marriott Waco; any number of AirBNBs
Additional activities in Waco: Magnolia Market; Armstrong Browning Library (Baylor University); Cameron Park Zoo; Dr. Pepper Museum; Children's Museum (great for families); Homestead Heritage; Waco Mammoth Site