Steadfast Gratitude - A CiRCE Online Conference

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 11:00am to Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 5:30pm



>> CAN'T MAKE IT LIVE? Registrants will be sent an email with links to the recordings a week after the conference has ended.

>> QUESTIONS? [email protected] 

Even though we have lost the pleasures of the 2020 in-person conference, even as the coronavirus spreads fear and uncertainty, even while our society seems tenuous and unstable, certain facts hold true:

1. We miss you
2. We all need to prepare for the coming year while adjusting to present realities
3. We still love our Lord and continue to call upon His Name - the only Name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. 

In fact, the Great Apostle Paul told us to be “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Surely he didn’t mean always, or at least not “for all things”! Sometimes Paul is hard to understand. Sometimes his instructions are hard to follow. 

Does he see something we don’t? Does the name of our Lord Jesus Christ make so great a difference, even now? If so, does what he sees have anything to do with what and how we teach, learn, assess and handle those trials that we pray not to be led into? 

For three days, we will gather online to explore the theme of Steadfast Gratitude: In Everything Give Thanks. Will you join us? 

Since postponing our national conference until 2021, we have assembled just as impressive a line up of speakers, just as useful a schedule of breakouts, and just as inspiring a series of keynotes for this online conference. Plus we’ve added two panel discussions with the Classical Consortium (Christopher Perrin, Andrew Pudewa, Carol Reynolds, Martin Cothran, and Andrew Kern)!

All we’re asking you to do is to join us and to contribute a tax-deductible donation of any size to enable CiRCE to carry on faithfully and gratefully serving our Lord as we have for over twenty years. You can do this in the checkout process. 

When you register, you secure a seat to participate in the live sessions. You will also have access to the recordings of every session. If you can’t be there live, you don’t have to miss your favorite speakers. 

Schedule (All Times EDT):
Schedule is subject to change. Session descriptions HERE.

Thursday July 16, 2020: 

11am - Plenary 
• Andrew Kern - Steadfast Gratitude
2pm - Breakouts 
• Jessica Hooten Wilson - Cultivating a Gracious Imagination By Reading Literature
• Tim McIntosh - The Problem with Gratitude 
• Nena Harris - The Discipline of Gratitude in the Midst of Grief: Lessons from Job, James, and Virgil
4pm - Breakouts 
• James Daniels - The Bridge to Gratitude: Bringing the Theater of Glory into the Mundane
• Heidi White  - Forms of Fidelity: How Literature Teaches Us to Keep Faith
• Joseph Pearce - The Best of All Impossible Worlds: Seeing with Grateful Eyes
8pm Pannel Session 
• Classical Consortium - A Panel Answering Your Questions


Friday July 17, 2020: 

11am - Plenary 
• Karen Swallow Prior - The Virtue of Gratitude in Life and Literature
2pm Breakouts 
• Anthony Esolen - Who Forms the Imagination, Forms the Soul
• Adam Andrews - Bitter Grace: Adversity and Gratitude in the Stories of Flannery O'Connor
• Jason Barney - Implementing Narration in the Classical Classroom
4pm Breakouts 
• Wes Callihan - To Suffer This Desire
• Justin Jackson   - The Book of Job: Creation, Nihilism, and the Hope of Resurrection
• Carol Reynolds - A Grateful Heart a Garden Is: Replanting Sacred Music in a Digimodern World
8pm Panel Session
• Classical Consortium - A Panel Answering Your Questions


Saturday July 18, 2020: 

11am - Breakouts
• Brian Phillips  - The Brothers Karamazov & the Struggle for a Grateful Soul
• Sarah-Jane Bentley - Ingratitude is monstrous!: Coriolanus and the Consequences of Ingratitude
• Danielle Dukes - Friendship: The Same Truth
2pm Breakouts 
• Matthew Bianco - What Aesop's Fables Taught me about Gratitude
Christine Perrin Taste and See: Poetry as a Language and Form for Thanksgiving
4pm Closing Session 
• John Hodges - Forgiving Others: the Fruit of Gratitude