Two-day faith conference encourages social action

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, will be the Lexington site for the Trinity Institute: Radical Christian Life, a webcast conference that originates at Trinity Wall Street, and Episcopal church in Manhattan.

The two day event — Nov. 9 and 10 — features author, lecturer and Benedictine nun Joan Chittister and Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr, the founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, N.M. They will be supported by workshop leaders including theologians, spiritual directors and activists.

Chittister hosts the webcast, which will offer tools for making the connection between contemplation and social action. Chittister, a Benedictine sister and international author and lecturer, is the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She currently serves as co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a partner organization of the United Nations, facilitating a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in Israel and Palestine.

She was an adviser for the report A Woman's Nation, a project led by Maria Shriver, in 2009. She has written more than 40 books.

Rohr is a Franciscan priest. He is an internationally recognized speaker, teaching on such themes as male spirituality, adult Christianity, politics and spirituality, and non-dual thinking. Rohr is a regular contributing writer for Sojourners, Tikkun, and The Huffington Post. Some of his best-known books are Everything Belongs, Adam's Return, Hope Against Darkness and From Wild Men to Wise Men: Reflections on Male Spirituality. He has been a featured essayist on NPR's This I Believe and a guest of Dr. Mehmet Oz on the Oprah and Friends radio show.

Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10. For more information and to register, go to:!trinity-institute-radical-christian-life/c1vep. Cost is $20 per person for the weekend event. For more information, call Christ Church Cathedral at 254-4497​

Since 1967, Trinity Institute has provided conferences and other activities that reflect theologically on emerging issues in our culture.