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Ohio Wesleyan to Host Conference on How to Live a More Spiritual Life
Early Registration Under Way for Nov. 4-5 Event; Up to 500 Participants Expected

September 1, 2011

DELAWARE, OH – What does it mean to live a rooted life? What does it mean to be immersed in the Gospel? To what kind of life is God calling me?

These issues and more will be explored Nov. 4-5 when the Ohio Wesleyan University Chaplain’s Office hosts “Radical Gospel Living: Monasticism Today.” The two-day ecumenical event will feature speakers and workshops that explore monasticism—the single-minded search for God. The conference will explore traditional forms of monasticism, the ‘new’ monastic movement, and the interplay between the two.

People are invited to register now through Oct. 28 for the conference, with student and general public discounts available to anyone who registers online on or before Sept. 23. Early registration is $32 for students and $52 for the general public; regular registration is $42 and $65, respectively.

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB and author of “The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life,” will serve as one of two keynote speakers. In her new book, Chittister invites spiritual seekers to create a monastery within their own hearts through which to seek the living God.

Chittister also serves as executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality, and as a co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, a United Nations partner organization working to facilitate a worldwide network of women peace builders, particularly in Israel and Palestine. Chittister also was an adviser for the groundbreaking report “A Woman’s Nation,” led by Maria Shriver (2009) and a member of the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Prize-sponsored Council of Sages, an interfaith group that developed a Charter for Compassion (2009), which is being shared with faith organizations worldwide.

Also serving as a keynote speaker will be Shane Claiborne, bestselling author/co-author of “Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals,” “The Irresistible Revolution,” “Jesus for President,” and “Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers.” Claiborne is a founding member of The Simple Way, a new monastic faith community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped to create and connect radical faith communities around the world. Claiborne also is a prominent activist for nonviolence and service to the poor.

“In addition to having world-renowned keynote speakers, this conference is drawing an exciting variety of workshop offerings from centering prayer and forgiveness in community to transforming urban neighborhoods through art and creating communities in a mobile culture,” said conference organizer Kelly Adamson, associate chaplain. “Ohio Wesleyan University students are helping to plan the event and are eager to welcome their peers from schools throughout the area. We hope that this conference begins a life-changing conversation between young adults, those who teach and mentor them, and monastics from the incredible array of communities who plan to attend. In short, we hope this conference will be a transformative experience for all.”

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 45 states and 52 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.