Due to the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Atlantic Theological Conference that was planned for June 2020 is now taking place June 23 - 25, 2021. The conference will take place in person at St. George’s Round Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia, if Public Health restrictions allow for such gatherings at that time. The conference will also be broadcast over Zoom for those not attending in person. There is no cost for attending the 2021 ATC.
The Conference title and theme remain the same, Burning Churches and Sacred Spaces, and will explore the reasons why we set aside places of worship, why we love them, take trouble over their beauty, and lament their loss. We will be bearing in mind the great outcry when Notre Dame Cathedral burned in 2020, and locally in Halifax we will recollect the fire at St. George's Round Church in 1994. As more and more small churches in rural areas face dissolution or the threat of dissolution, we will also consider what this loss might mean to communities and their people. In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, we will reflect on the impact this might have on the continued existence of such places of worship. For further information about speakers and the conference schedule and to register, see: https://atlantictheologicalconference.ca/