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June 20, 2001


CUA Hosts Conference on Integrating the Bible Into Spiritual Life


Finding ways to integrate biblical teaching into the spiritual life of Christians, religious education and theology will be discussed at a conference taking place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 23, at The Catholic University of America.

“Spirituality and the Bible: How to Integrate the Living Word of God Into Christian Life,” will feature several faculty members from the CUA School of Religious Studies. They will lead two plenary sessions and six workshops designed to help directors of religious education and others instruct Christians on ways to incorporate teaching from the Old and New Testament into daily spiritual life.

The first plenary session, “Biblical Stories in Visual Images: Pictures of Jesus That Change Our Lives,” will be led by the Rev. Stephen Happel, associate professor and dean of the School of Religious Studies, at 10 a.m. in the Columbus School of Law auditorium. The presentation will illustrate, through icons, paintings and sculpture, how our spiritual lives have been affected and developed by artistic representations of Christ. A primary goal of the session is to better understand how prayer is assisted by visual images.

Dr. Carol Dorr Clement, a CUA graduate who presently teaches at the Washington Theological Union, will lead the 3:45 p.m. plenary session "Real Water From Scripture's Springs," which will look at five dimensions for achieving a correct understanding and fruitful reading of scripture. Special attention will be given to the relevance of these dimensions for effective catechesis of children and young people.  

Other workshops will cover the Lord’s Prayer, spirituality according to St. Paul and finding a lay vocation based on Jesus’ life.

Media representatives are invited to attend the conference. For a complete agenda or more information, contact Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600 or Jessica Madrigal at 202-319-5257.





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