In light of uncertainties
surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020
Atlantic Theological Conference which was to
have taken place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from
June 24th - 27th has been postponed until June
2021. The Conference title will remain the
same, Burning Churches and Sacred Spaces,
and will explore the reasons why
we set aside places of worship, why we love
them, take trouble over their beauty and lament
their loss. We will be bearing in mind the great
outcry when Notre Dame Cathedral burned, and
locally in Halifax the recollection of the fire
at St. George's Round Church in 1994. As more
and more small churches in rural areas face
dissolution or the threat of dissolution, we
will also consider what this loss might mean to
communities and their people. In light of
the Coronavirus pandemic, we will reflect on the
impact this may have on the continued existence
of such places of worship.
It is our hope that
many or most of our speakers will be able to be
with us in 2021.
UPDATE: Speakers at the Conference in 2021 will include, among others, The Rev'd Dr. Terence Kleven, Professor of Religion in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central College in Pella, Iowa; Dr. Susan Dodd, Associate Director, Foundation Year Programme, and Associate Professor of Humanities at the University of King's College, Halifax, N.S.; Dr. Daniel Driver, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at the Atlantic School of Theology, Halifax, N.S.
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more information as it becomes available.