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November 23, 2015 | Volume 91 Number 2


LARCUM Conference set for Dec. 4-5

“The Church Always Reforming” will be the theme of the 2015 Virginia LARCUM Conference to be held Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, in Sterling, Loudoun County.

The annual event is a statewide gathering of both clergy and laity from the Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist faith traditions.

The Rev. Dr. Gerald Christianson, a Lutheran who is professor emeritus of Church History at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Pennsylvania, will be this year’s covenant speaker. He has served as visiting professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, Carol, have two children and four grandchildren.

The LARCUM Conference is planned “on the eve of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” states a promotional flyer.

“In his style that is witty and engaging, Dr. Christianson will provide our Statewide LARCUM Conference with the historical knowledge we require to properly approach the upcoming observance,” the flyer further states.

The general conference opens Friday night at 6 at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, 46833 Harry Byrd Hwy. in Sterling with registration and a welcome reception. There will be an orientation for new participants at 6:30. The talks will begin at 7 p.m. with a session entitled “Early Medieval Renewal Movements, The Monastic Alternative and Gregorian Reform.”

Worship of the Great Assembly will begin at 8:15 with Bishop Paul Loverde of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington presiding.

The occasion will acknowledge the support given by Bishop Loverde and Bishop Young Jin Cho of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, as they move into retirement.

The LARCUM Conference will resume Saturday morning at St. Matthew Episcopal Church, 201 E. Frederick Drive, Sterling, at 8 a.m. with registration for new arrivals and continental breakfast. Bishop Richard Graham of the Metro Washington, D.C. Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, presiding.

The first Saturday morning session will be “Late Medieval Ferment, The Conciliar Movement and the Lutheran ‘Counter Reformation’” from 9:15 to 10:30.

Participants will gather at Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Place, Sterling, in late morning for the next session “Spirituality in the Early Reformation.”

Closing devotions will be at 12:15 p.m. with Bishop James F. Mauney of the Virginia Synod, ELCA, giving the blessing. Lunch will be served at 12:45 and participants are asked to indicate at registration if they are staying for lunch.

The registration fee is $35 and $10 for students. The registrar is Father Donald Rooney, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, Fredericksburg, who can be reached at 1009 Stafford Ave., Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or

Lodging must be done separately at either Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, Hampton Inn/Dulles/Cascades or Courtyard Dulles Town Center — Marriott. Those reserving rooms should mention the LARCUM Conference to receive the reduced conference rate.

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