Mercersburg Society

“The Mystical Presence and Sacred Meals”

The 2024 Mercersburg Society Convocation

Lancaster Theological Seminary, May 20-21, 2024

Registration is Now Open!

Information about registration, rooms, and meals can be found here.

The Mercersburg heritage has encouraged a profound and heart-felt sense of the mystical presence of Christ through the celebration of the Eucharist. This Mercersburg Society Convocation will explore the experiential dimensions of this Eucharistic spirituality, focusing on the emotions and dispositions that it has sought to nurture. We will compare this rich form of piety to the unique Eucharistic spiritualities of other Christian traditions and also to the spirituality implicit in secular corporate meals. This investigation will promote a deeper appreciation of the resonances with the Mercersburg heritage that other traditions may harbor. These other expressions of meal-focused sacred experience could be illumined by our Mercersburg legacy and the conversation could be mutually enriching for all.

The opening plenary address will be given by Dr. Randall Zachman on the on-going significance of the eucharistic spirituality of the Mercersburg movement.

Following this, a panel of ecumenical guests will explore parallel eucharistic spiritualities in other Christian traditions and in the rituals of corporate secular meals.

Small groups will discuss the implications of these perspectives for the life of the churches and the practice of ministry.

Ample time will be given for fellowship with old and new friends and for prayer and worship.

Lunches and dinners will be served in the Refectory, and some rooms in the Seminary will be available to rent.