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Finding Our Rhythm, In The Fullness of Time

April 17–19, 2023

With all wisdom and insight, God has made know to us the mystery of the divine will, according to God’s good pleasure set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth.

Ephesians 1:8-10

Time is a curious phenomenon. We measure it with precision, yet our experience of its passing can be stretched or compressed, depending on our circumstances. Christian theology is aware of time both as a human experience (chronos) and a divine promise (kairos). As a people gathered around word and sacrament in time and space, we savor the moment of Christ’s presence and yet strive to anticipate a future fulfillment of which the present experience is but a glimmer.

Our careful measuring of time has afforded a wide variety of innovations and technical accomplishments, not the least of which is mass communication and international travel. Yet, we find ourselves both running late and growing impatient – symptoms of our enslavement to our desires for more and our experience of creaturely finitude.

Some of us find inspiration in non-western approaches to time that seem more humane and hospitable. Yet, how do we integrate those perspectives with the sense of linear time that so dominates our livelihood?

In these last years, our daily routines have been completely upended, leading us to the experience of Blursday, the inability to orient ourselves in the week. At the same time, neighbors-both near and far-have experienced crises that have raised the reality of their oppression to an unavoidable level, leading some to conclude that it is time to take a stand.

All the while, the clock of climate change continues to tick on.

This 74th annual gathering of the Institute of Liturgical Studies will meet to reflect on our experience of time from temporal and eternal perspectives. Under the promise of Christ’s return in the fullness of time, we live and work, we sing, and we pray in a liturgical calendrical cycle that recalls God’s past actions, locates Christ’s presence among us, and inspires our hope for fulfillment in a time yet to come. As we participate in these repeating cycles of remembrance and celebration, we gather ourselves with others in communal song and prayer, finding in that collective rhythm a way of being with one another where our expectation is not that we will all be on time, but that we are and will be in time.

Join us in this gathering as together we find our rhythm, in the fullness of time.

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