The Amore Project helps the whole Church rediscover the family as the domestic church and the New Testament ‘oikos’ as a center for community and mission. Amore trains married couples to embrace their marriage as a sign of the gospel and a calling to minister among those who are far from God.
The theme of the 2017 conference, “Bringing Church Home: Reimagining the Family on Mission” focuses on the goal of releasing a movement of married couples who live as agents of Christ’s self-giving love. Believing that mission often arises when the people of God seek reconciliation in the broken places, the conference will help attendees seek a great awakening in homes, networks, neighborhoods and families.
The conference is a partnership and collaboration between the Diocese of Harrisburg, Mistero Grande, Truro Anglican Church, the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Fresh Expressions Team.
Bishop of Harrisburg
Assistant Professor of Theological Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Catholic University of America
Founder of the Mistero Grande Project, Verona, Italy
Author of The End of Religion and Pastor of The Meeting House, Oakville, Ontario Canada
Co-Pastor, East End Fellowship Richmond, Virginia
The Cor Project, Theology of the Body Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Author and Speaker, Baltimore, Maryland
Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary
Rector of Truro Anglican Church in Fairfax, Virginia and Chairman of the Board, Fresh Expressions US
Theology of the Body Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The conference begins at St. Patrick’s Cathedral with a celebration of the feast of St. Patrick and his work in evangelization and family life. This will include remarks by Bishop Ronald Gainer, The Rev. Tory Baucum and Bruxy Cavey.
The celebration concludes with the Liturgy of the Hours.
Location: The Cathedral of Saint Patrick, 212 State St, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101
Thursday, March 16
9:00 a.m. Registration and Gathering
9:30 a.m. Introduction and Welcome, Bishop Ronald Gainer
9:50 a.m. First Plenary, Bishop Ronald Gainer and The Rev. Tory Baucum
The Centrality of the Family in the New Evangelization
11:00 a.m. Second Plenary, Dr. Ben Witherington and Frederica Mathewes-Green
When the Church Was a Family (And Vice Versa): The Radical Social Order &Spiritual Lives of the Earliest Christians
12:10 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Songs of Worship and Prayer
1:20 p.m.Third Plenary, Christopher West and Msgr. Renzo Bonetti
Re-Imagining the Mission of the Family
2:45 p.m. First Workshop
3:50 p.m. Second Workshop
5:00 p.m. Worship and Eucharistic Adoration
Friday, March 17
9:00 a.m. Gathering and Songs of Worship
9:10 a.m. Devotional, Bishop Ronald Gainer
9:20 a.m. Fourth Plenary, Bill Donaghy
The Domestic Church as an Agent of Evangelization in a Changing Culture
9:50 a.m. Interlude: Fr. Gregory and Frederica Mathewes-Green, Leadership through Repentance and Intimacy
10:00 a.m. Prayer practice
10:05 a.m. Fifth Plenary, Msgr. Renzo Bonetti: The Liturgy and Everyday Life of the Famil
10:30 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. Sixth Plenary, Bruxy Cavey:
Organizing God’s New Family
11:05 a.m. Questions and Response: Bill Donaghy, Bruxy Cavey, Frederica Matthewes-Green
11:20 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Third Workshop
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Fourth Workshop
2:30 p.m. Inviting the Holy Spirit: Song of Worship and Prayer of Preparation for the Afternoon
2:35 p.m. Seventh Plenary, Dr. Margaret McCarthy
The Family of God and the Restoration of All Things
3:0`0 p.m. Response: When the Church Becomes a Family, The Rev. Don Coleman
3:20 p.m. Songs of Worship
3:30 p.m. Questions, Response and How to Get Involved: Bishop Gainer and Rev. Baucum
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