Clergy Conference 2013

Clergy Conference 2013

The Diocesan Clergy conference is scheduled for May 20-22, 2013 at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, California.

All clergy of the diocese who are serving in parochial positions are expected to attend this conference. Other clergy, non-parochial, retired or engaged in some other ministry are of course invited to attend this conference.

Registration is open through May 5, 2013. Please register online at

We are pleased to welcome Professor Margaret Miles as the keynote speaker of this year's conference. She will be speaking on:

"Theology and the Intelligent Body."

Theology is only as good as the anthropology it assumes. The traditional idea of human “persons” assumes hastily assembled, uneasily stuck together, and hierarchically arranged “components,” usually soul or mind and body. If instead we conceptualized ourselves as intelligent bodies, indivisible and not analyzable into “parts,” how might we feel differently, think differently, and even believe differently? What practices, rituals, images, and ideas of Christian tradition would pop into the eye, aspects of our tradition that have not been sufficiently noticed because we have thought of Christian commitment as an activity of rational minds? These lectures are an experiment in beginning to imagine a theology of the intelligent body.

Margaret R. Miles is Emerita Professor of Historical Theology, The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She was Bussey Professor of Theology at the Harvard University Divinity School from 1978 -1996, and Dean of the Graduate Theological Union from 1996 until her retirement. Her recent books include Augustine and the Fundamentalist’s Daughter (Cascade Books, Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011); A Complex Delight: The Secularization of the Breast, 1350-1750 (University of California Press, 2008), and The Word Made Flesh: A History of Christian Thought (Blackwell 2005).

Scholarship funds are available for clergy who may need financial assistance in order to attend the conference. If you are seeking financial assistance, please send a request to the Bishop via e-mail to by May 1, 2013.

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