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Three Days of Justice, Love & Art with John Dominic Crossan
February 3-5, 2012 • Winter Park, Florida


Thank you to the one hundred and seventy-five participants who made the 2012 Symposium a gratifying expression of agapē love for community. Stay tuned for other GladdeningLight events to come and for news of next year's Symposium, Love in the Present Moment with Matthew Fox, February 1-3, 2013.

Hear an audio podcast of John Dominic Crossan’s February 4, 2012 lecture, God and the Community of Resurrection, from the GladdeningLight Symposium, courtesy of the Carroll McKenney Foundation for Public Media, producer of media content featuring local voices that matter to Central Florida.

Feed the soul, savor the beauty and experience the communion love of agapē in the gladdening light of God.

  • GladdeningLight’s annual weekend symposium will take place February 3-5, 2012 at the Winter Park Civic Center in Winter Park, Florida.
  • GladdeningLight’s signature event will celebrate the artist’s role within the second commandment expressing love for one’s neighbor as oneself.
  • John Dominic Crossan, the symposium’s featured speaker, is a foremost authority on the historical Jesus and the matrix of first century Roman imperialism (Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography and The Birth of Christianity).
  • Four practicing artists – Cherokee carver & storyteller Freeman Owle, photo essayist Brendan Bannon, iconic painter Trent Tomengo and community choreographer Barrie Barton – will support Crossan’s vision of God’s longing for a just and loving community, representative of all. The artists will exhibit and speak about their own creative aspirations struggling for transformation beyond societies that marginalize the disenfranchised.

View the 2012 Artist Profiles (pdf).

GladdeningLight is for the spiritual seeker yearning for radical justice and a loving community in an unjust world. 

Pilgrims concerned with the plight of the world will gather for an entire weekend of vigorous discussion, enlightened teaching and thoughtful reflection.

At GladdeningLight, there will be lectures on the Christian kinships of equality and renewal, journeys into inspired artworks, movement and musical forms, and heartfelt ecumenical reverence for the love of communion. While promising to stretch participants spiritually, GladdeningLight will also be fun!

Sponsoring Churches
First Congregational Church of Winter Park
St. Peter the Fisherman Episcopal Church, New Smyrna Beach
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Longwood
St. Richards Episcopal Church, Winter Park  
Jubilee! Community, Asheville, NC 


Registration is $140 per person. 4-7 persons on one order for $119 per person, a 15% discount! 8 or more on one order for only $99 per person!! (Note: discount registers at final stage of the checkout process.) Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express Accepted or by Phone at (800) 835-7212.

GladdeningLight’s symposium is served by air via Orlando International Airport. Host Hotel (next door to the Winter Park Civic Center venue), Best Western Mount Vernon Inn, 110 S. Orlando Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 (407) 647-1166.

Schedule of Events

Friday evening, February 3rd at 7:00pm:
An opening lecture on Jesus & the Community of Participation from John Dominic Crossan

Saturday morning, February 4th at 9:00am:
Colloquium Sessions with the Symposium artists (for content information, e-mail, followed by a special Artists Forum discussing the interplay of the spiritual within their work (lunch & early afternoon on your own)

Saturday afternoon, February 4th at 4:00pm:
Artist Reception
at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Gallery, 151 West Lyman Avenue

Saturday evening, February 4th at 7:00pm:
Poems from Billy Collins, a Crossan lecture on God & the Community of Resurrection

Sunday morning, February 5th at 9:30am:
A culminating, creative ecumenical Worship Service to help codify the Symposium experience, with homily by John Dominic Crossan on the Community of Justice and Love

All events at the Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W Morse Boulevard, Winter Park, Florida, unless otherwise noted