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One of the most controversial questions in theological circles today is:

Did God really need his son to die in order to be able to forgive us?

At this conference, we will reflect on this difficult question, exploring ways to understand the importance of the cross that take into account the whole story of Jesus Christ. What does the manger tell us about the cross? What does the cross tell us about the resurrection?

We will also think together about why the cross matters to our lives of faith. While we commonly note that Jesus’ death on the cross “saves us from our sins,” the purpose of the cross isn’t only to save us from something, it is also to save us for something. With this in mind, we will explore some of the things the cross saves us for: fellowship with the God who is with us, life in the Spirit who fills and includes us, partnership with Christ who calls us his friends, and solidarity with this world that God so loves. Finally, the purpose of this conference is together to claim the gifts of the cross; the gifts God gives us to bring us joy.

Special Registration Incentive!

Register for Confronting the Cross, Worship and the Arts: Lenten Journey, and A Day with Dave Davis and save $75* off of the combined program fees for these events! Your discount will be applied manually by our register. Enter promo code “JAN14” when you register online. Questions? Contact Susan Akduman at SusanA[at]montreat.org or at 800.572.2257, ext. 339.

*Additional housing and meal charges may apply.

Key Leadership

Cynthia Rigby

Cynthia L. Rigby, Austin, TX; Cynthia is the W.C. Brown Professor of Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where she has been teaching theology since 1995. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she is the author of The Promotion of Social Righteousness, co-editor of Blessed One: Protestant Perspectives On Mary, and editor of Power, Powerlessness, and the Divine. She writes a weekly blog for the Dallas Morning News and is currently completing a book on grace. Cynthia enjoys teaching and preaching in churches and is the mother of two children – Xander (10), and Jessica (8).

Daniel L. Migliore

Daniel L. Migliore Princeton, NJ; Daniel is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he is the author of numerous articles and books, including Called to Freedom, The Power of God and the gods of Power, and Faith Seeking Understanding, (an introduction to Christian theology that has been translated into both Spanish and Korean and is widely used in colleges and seminaries).

JoAnne Terrell

JoAnne Marie Terrell Chicago, IL; Joanne is an associate professor of ethics and theology at Chicago Theological Seminary. She is an ordained elder in the Michigan Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. She holds a BA from Rollins College and an M.Div., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary, New York. As an African American, Christian, and Womanist, rooted in the Church, she enjoys exploring the antecedents of her own faith claims. She is the author of Power in the Blood? The Cross in the African American Experience.

Nathan Proctor

Nathan Proctor Raleigh, NC; Nathan is the Associate Director of Music at White Memorial Presbyterian Church. He holds a degree in church music from St. Olaf College and a Master’s degree in organ performance from Indiana University. At White Memorial he is involved with all aspects of the music program from planning worship services, leading the congregation in song on Sunday mornings, and working with children, youth, and adults. He conducts the Chancel Choir (adult choir), Carol Choir (1st and 2nd grade children), and Grace Like Rain (youth choir). Nathan enjoys traveling- often to the midwest to visit family and friends, listening to all kinds of music, drinking coffee at Starbucks, and buying one too many books online.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, January 16

  • 3:30-5:30 pm – Registration and Check In
  • 5:30-6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7:00 pm – Opening Worship, Cynthia Rigby, preaching
  • 8:15 pm – Refreshments and Fellowship

Friday, January 17
  • 7:00–7:30 am – Morning Prayers
  • 7:30-8:30 am – Breakfast
  • 9:00–10:15 am – Plenary session, Daniel Migliore presenting on “Atonement and Violence”
  • 10:15-10:45 am – Break
  • 10:45–12 noon – Plenary session, JoAnne Marie Terrell presenting on “The Transfiguring Cross”
  • 12:00–1:30 pm – Lunch
  • 1:30–4:00 pm – Free time
  • 4:15–5:30 pm – Cynthia Rigby presenting on “The Heart of the Cross”
  • 5:30–6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 7:00–8:15 pm – Discussions with Presenters (choose between Migliore, Terrell, & Rigby)
  • 8:30 pm – Reception

Saturday, January 18
  • 7:30–8:30 am – Breakfast
  • 8:45–10:00 am – Panel Discussion with Migliore, Terrell, & Rigby
  • 10:00–10:30 am – Refreshments
  • 10:30–12:00 noon – Closing Worship and Communion, JoAnne Terrell, preaching

Registration & Accommodations

Comprehensive Rates

Comprehensive rates below include conference fee, room in Assembly Inn, meals in the Galax Dining Room (Thursday supper through Saturday lunch), plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. After December 5, these rates will increase by $25 per person.

  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $309.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $384.00 per person
  • Double Occupancy, Connecting Bath: $289.00 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Connecting Bath: $344.00 per person

We have reserved a special room block for this conference. When you make your reservation online, you will be asked to enter the group ID “CROSS” and password “MONTREAT” to access these rooms. If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA[at]montreat.org or call 800.572.2257 ext. 339.

Register for program, housing, and meals

Commuter Rate

Commuter rate below includes conference fee of $175 plus a $2 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. After December 5, this rate will increase by $25 per person.

  • Commuter Rate: $177 per person

Optional meal packages for the Galax Dining Room may be requested when you register online. (These additional charges will be added separately by the registrar.)

  • $57.00 per person for Thursday supper through Saturday lunch
  • $18.00 per person for lunches only (Friday & Saturday)

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Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by December 5 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after December 5 but on or before January 9 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after January 9. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

More Information…

  • Event begins Thursday, January 16, with registration at 3:30 pm and opening worship at 7:00 pm.
  • Event ends at 12:00 noon on Saturday, January 18.
  • Continuing Education Units (C.E.U.s) are available for this conference.
  • Questions about registration? Email the registrar at SusanA[at]montreat.org.
  • If you would like conference information mailed to you via U.S. mail, please email carolo[at]montreat.org.
  • Find out more about housing options available in Montreat.
  • Child care is not available for this event.

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