Written by Daniel Hazard
Cape Cod conversations
The Craigville Colloquy, the UCC's only annual theological conference, will gather July 14- 18 for a week-long exploration of the topic, "God's Shalom: Confronting the Many Faces of Violence." It is the colloquy's 25th anniversary.
Open to clergy and lay people of the UCC as well as other denominations, the colloquy format includes a keynote presentation and invited papers, but most of the conversations take place small-groups, allowing each participant more freedom to contribute.
The first colloquy took place in 1984 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Barmen Declaration, a theological protest drafted by Karl Barth against Nazi encroachment on the German churches during the Third Reich.
Since then, the colloquy has explored the authority of the Bible, Christology, the Trinity, sacraments, salvation, resurrection and Christian burial, and eschatology and the Christian Right. Challenged to relate theology to a world that urgently confronts the church with exploitation and war, the colloquy has also explored themes like justification and justice, Christian ethics and genetic technology, and the conflicted relationship between Islam and Christianity.
UCC presidents Avery Post, Paul Sherry and John H. Thomas have spoken at past colloquies.
This year's presenters include the Rev. Lee C. Barrett III, professor of systematic theology at UCC-related Lancaster (Pa.) Theological Seminary; the Rev. Dayl Hufford, a licensed pastoral psychotherapist; the Rev. Rodney L. Peterson, executive director of the Boston Theological Institute; the Rev. William Herzog II, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty for UCC-related Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts; the Rev. Roberta Barr; and the Rev. Diane Kessler, former executive director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.
The colloquy's location in an historic village near Craigville Beach is one of the attractions for participants.
The Craigville Conference Center is a ministry of the UCC's Massachusetts Conference.
Information about this year's program, including registration, is at craigvillecolloquy.com.