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APLM 2013 Conference: "Stirring the Waters: Reclaiming the Missional, Subversive Character of Baptism" June 27-29, 2013, Techny Towers, Chicago
APLM partnered with the North American Association for the Catechumenate (NAAC) on an exciting conference that inspired, challenged, and equipped congregational leaders in robust baptismal celebration and formation, living and service.
If the church exists to participate in God's mission in the world, then baptism, as initiation into the church's shared vocation, must have missional implications. If the church exists to be a sign of life according to the Reign of God, then baptism, as initiation into the church's fellowship/communion, must have a subversive character in context of the society in which we live. Therefore, this conference – through uplifting worship, inspiring and informative plenary sessions, practical workshops, opportunities for discussion – provided participants with insights, resources and strategies for fostering these aspects of baptism in both the local and wider church.
Our featured speakers:
Ruth Meyers, Dean of Academic Affairs and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, and a Council Member of APLM
Benjamin M. Stewart, the Gordon A. Braatz Assistant Professor of Worship and Dean of Augustana Chapel at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Bishop Jeff Lee, Bishop of Chicago (Episcopal) and a faculty member of the Credo Institute
APLM is enjoying success in its recent efforts to equip the Church in reclaiming and living out a robust baptismal ecclesiology consistent with the Book of Common Prayer (USA) and the Book of Alternative Services (Canada).
Most recently, we have advanced baptismal vision and ministry through a number of initiatives, including:
Hosting a national consultation on baptismal theology. This project included liturgical scholars and practitioners, bishops, parish clergy, canon lawyers, justice advocates, and Christian educators representing the diversity of the Church. Its report was presented to 2012 General Convention by the Standing Commission on Life-Long Christian Education and Formation, as mandated by B013 of the 2009 General Convention. It continues to guide APLM initiatives in TEC.
Drafting and advocating proposed canonical revisions for consideration by General Convention to help ensure the canons of the Church align with the BCP’s baptismal ecclesiology and the Constitution of The Episcopal Church, emphasizing baptism’s foundational role in all Christian ministry.
Developing resources for parish and diocesan life that foster the full implementation of the baptismal vision long championed by APLM. We continue to act on the conviction that our advocacy work must be supported by educational resources and events.
Sponsoring the annual APLM Colloquium at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. This occasion provides a forum in which participants can explore with leading scholars the implications of baptismal theology in various contexts today.
Co-sponsoring an international conference to be held in Chicago during June 2013 that will be geared to people with a variety of needs and interests: those already engaged in catechumenal ministry, those just considering a deliberate process of baptismal formation, people involved in emerging church settings aiming to revitalize ancient practices and "make the faith real" in people's lives, and denominational officials who support individuals and communities in any or all of those circumstances.
Publishing OPEN, our online journal, now offered freely to the whole church.
Creating a new webinar and online collaborative platform that we plan to have up and running early 2013.
Initiating a series of “white papers” addressing various “hot topics” before the church today to be authored by notable liturgical scholars and practitioners.
Investigating approaches that recognize praying for and with the environment is not an "add on," but rather is mandated by the gospel and already arises out of the church year.
APLM remains very active in contributing to its rich heritage of fostering liturgical and missional renewal in the church.
If you support these efforts, we would welcome your financial assistance in following through on these projects.