From a Christian perspective it could well be said that humanity, a good gift of God, is being undermined by the technology and thought-patterns and practices of contemporary Western culture. In response to what is seen as an attack, many books have been written (and conferences held) on the harm of these technologically-driven practices. These articles and books focus on what is wrong (with euthanasia, with surrogate motherhood, with the denial of the male-female difference, and so forth).
Yet to make a compelling cultural witness, it is more important for Christians to know what is right, and essential that they be able to articulate the positive. Why do babies matter? What is the goodness embedded in being made male and female? How can one approach death in a godly manner? We need, in other words, to be able to give an account of God’s “Yes” (2 Cor. 1:20), the hope that is within us (1 Pet. 3:15).
The 2019 Pro Ecclesia conference “What's the Good of Humanity?” will begin Monday evening, June 3, and continue to Wednesday noon, June 5. It is especially designed for clergy and lay people who are theologically interested but not necessarily theological experts. Registration includes admission to all sessions plus the conference banquet on Tuesday evening. Reasonably priced (and convenient to the conference) dorm accommodations are available:
Standard registration: $260
Early-bird registration (Until March 31): $220
Retired clergy: $220
Full-time students: $125
Two nights, single occupancy: $156
Two nights, double occupancy: $146
One night, single occupancy: $78
One night, double occupancy: $73