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October 29, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 26


Va. LARCUM Conference set Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Richmond

The Virginia State LARCUM Committee will once again host the annual Virginia LARCUM Conference on Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, with separate portions of the conference held at four different churches in the Lakeside area of Henrico County.

The conference is open to clergy and laity from the four Christian traditions — Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist.

“Living Out the LARCUM Covenant: Vatican II at 50” will be the theme.

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo and Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington will be among the various bishops attending the conference.

Dr. John Borelli, Special Assistant for Interreligious Initiatives of the President of Georgetown University, will speak on the impact of Vatican II on the world ecumenical landscape.

Dr. Borelli previously was director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Conference will open on Friday afternoon at 3 with the Bishops’ Forum at Christ Lutheran Church, 7809 Woodman Rd.

A panel of bishops will discuss the programs of two or three items chosen for work together last year. Tasks agreed upon by bishops and ecumenical officers will be lifted up and there will be questions received from the pastors.

The bishops will ask the pastors, “What are you committing to do in the community as parishes?” This will be followed by an open forum.

Registration for new arrivals will begin at 6 p.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2333 Hilliard Rd. There will be an orientation for conference participants.

The first presentation will be Friday at 7 p.m. with Dr. Borelli speaking on “Remembering the Formative Period in Ecumenical Relations.”

Bishop Loverde will preach during Worship of the Great Assembly at 8 p.m., followed by a signing of the Covenant 2012 by the bishops.

The LARCUM Conference will resume on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Rd., with Solemn Morning Prayer at 9 a.m., led by a bishop.

Bishop James F. Mauney of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America will speak at 9:30.

Dr. Borelli will begin the second presentation “Developing an Ecumenical Vision” at 10:15, followed by questions. He will speak again on “Continuing the Commitment to Ecumenism” at 11:15 to 12:15.

Lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. will include local group presentation with table discussion during lunch.

Two bishops and two ecumenical officers will lead a discussion of evaluations and plans for living out the 20 points of the Virginia LARCUM Covenant during a panel at 1:30.

Closing devotions will be led by a LARCUM bishop at 2:30 p.m.

Registration for the conference is $35 and $15 for students. Registration can be made sending all correspondence to Rev. Donald Rooney, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401.

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