On the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art and Spirituality together with the Institut Supérieur de Théologie et Art of the Institut Catholique de Paris, the Faculté de Théologie Protestante of the Université de Strasbourg, the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence) and the Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia Centrale, the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and the Community of Jesus present an international symposium with sessions in Paris, Strasbourg, Florence, New Haven (CT) and Orleans (MA).

The symposium will discuss Catholic and Protestant approaches to art through history, theology, liturgical contexts, and post-Vatican II developments, with specific references to areas of exchange between American and European viewpoints.

The final weekend of the Symposium in October 2017, in Orleans MA, will be the culmination of the exploration of sacred arts and ecumenism: a celebration of “The Word in Color and Form” focusing on the creativity behind and expression in both the visual and performing arts. The Community of Jesus will host live workshop demonstrations of mosaic, fresco, and Gregorian chant; lecture presentations of papers and panel discussions; exhibits of contemporary sacred art by artists Susan Kanaga and Filippo Rossi; liturgies of Compline, Choral Evensong, and Eucharist; and a fully staged presentation of Vaughan Williams’ opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress, performed by the internationally-acclaimed choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, in the Church of the Transfiguration.


Paris, France (May 12 & 13)

Strasbourg, France (May 19 & 20)

Florence, Italy (May 25, 26 & 27)

New Haven, CT, USA (Oct. 21 & 22)

Orleans, MA, USA (Oct. 27, 28 & 29)


May – October 2017

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