Louisiana religious leaders will gather in Baton Rouge for the fall board meeting of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 28-29, at the Bishop Tracy Center, Westerfield Conference Room, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway.
All speaker presentations and the evening worship service are open to the public.
The theme of the board meeting is “The Moral Challenges of Church and Society.” The keynote presenters will be the Rev. Thomas P. Rausch; T. Marie Chilton, professor of Catholic theology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; and the Right Rev. John Bauerschmidt, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee, headquartered in Nashville
At 3:15 p.m. Monday, Rausch will present on the two approaches to moral decision-making, suggesting a broader approach for Roman Catholics. The evolving nature of the magesterium and developments in Roman Catholic ecclesiology will be addressed, as well as some pastoral implications.
An ecumenical worship service will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3552 Morning Glory Ave., Baton Rouge. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will give the homily.
At 9 a.m. Tuesday, Bauerschmidt will present on two case studies regarding migration/immigration and same-sex relationships. He and Rausch also will reflect on the process that produced the statement: ecclesiology and moral discernment.
The LIC is a statewide organization founded in 1970, which now has 16 member Christian churches, as well as representatives from Church Women United. Its mission is to seek more viable unity among Christians through sharing a common faith in witness, worship, study and service.