Sisters of St. Joseph’s 2022 Theological Institute

“Healing Divisions: The Experience of Interculturality

Presenter: Father Anthony Gittins, CSSP

July 14-17-2022

The topic of the 2022 Theological Institute will be, “Healing Divisions: The Experience of Interculturality.”
The annual Theological Institute is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas. It is an adult learning experience aimed at deepening our roots in the Christian tradition and exploring its implications for living the Gospel in the contemporary world.

This year’s Institute will be from July 14-17, 2022, at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia.
The presenter will be Father Anthony Gittins, CSSP.

Father Gittins is experienced as a missionary pastor and professor of mission theology and culture and is the author of many books. His most recent are: Courage and Conviction: Unpretentious Christianity, 2017; The Way of Discipleship, 2016; and Living Mission Interculturally, 2015.

The 2022 Institute will be an exploration of the present world in light of and in hope for our future as Christians with a mission in and for the world. It will encompass the themes of these recent works by Gittins who is a skilled missionary, workshop and retreat leader, professor and, above all, a passionate Christian for our world. Come and sharpen your heart and your vision in the company of this missionary.

Our country and world is becoming increasingly polarized. Instead of a community of “WE” we are often “US” and “THEM”. Each side of course — and each person — believes they are “US” and the other is “THEM”. We have lost respect for ‘otherness’. God created difference and diversity: lots of it. That means it is a good thing.
But every culture and religion has a (human-made) ‘cultural flaw’. This can only be removed by acting intentionally and counter-culturally.

What responsibility do Christians have, to expect “them” and “us” to create a more inclusive human community?
Guiding Questions

What measures can people of faith undertake to encounter human diversity — cultural, religious, gendered, generational, and the rest?

If Christian men and women are unable or unwilling to strenuously undertake inclusion of the “other,” then who can we expect to do it? How does our commitment to Christ guide us in this?

Topics of Discussion
• Clarifying terminology: cultural, multi-cultural, cross-cultural, intercultural.
• The call to conversion: to God, to the world, to the ‘other’.
• Culture: ‘the (hu)man – made part of the environment’; ‘a meaning-making system’; ‘the form of social life’, etc.
• Culture, faith, and intercultural living.
• Identifying social profiles.
• The universal call to Missionary Discipleship: margins and peripheries.
• The marginal ministry of Jesus: stranger among strangers, brother among brothers and sisters.
• The goal of intercultural living and the future of the Global community.
• Becoming a Christian Community.
The Institute begins 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, with the evening meal and concludes with lunch on Sunday, July 17.
Costs are $325 to attend in person, (includes registration, room and meals), and $200 to attend remotely by Zoom.
Pre-registration required by July 7, 2022. A $50 non-refundable pre-registration fee required, applicable to total cost. There are a limited number of partial scholarships available for participants on a first-come/first-serve basis. Inquire at Manna House of Prayer, (785) 243-4428.
Overnight accommodations are available at Manna House of Prayer.
For more information or to register, call Manna House at (785) 243-4428, email or use the link below.