Date: October 7-8, 2022

Just outside of Washington D.C. at Dominion Christian School
20747 Lowe’s Island Blvd.
Sterling VA 20165

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More than once the Psalmist expressed his intense desire and resolution to see God's face, even complaining that God hid his face from him. On His part, God told the Psalmist to seek His face. In at least one place, the worshipper and the worshipped came together: "Seek ye my face;... Thy face, Lord, will I seek." On the other hand, He told Moses, with whom He spoke face to face, that "Thou canst not see my face, for there shall no man see me and live."

The past couple years have reminded us how important is the human face. We are the image of God. Does masking the face mask that image? Have we lost more than we realize?

Some people argue that a baby seeks its mother's eyes even before it seeks to be fed. And no wonder, because a face, especially the eyes, communicates. It accepts and rejects; it approves and condemns; it welcomes and denies; it dances and it mourns.

Will you please come and reflect with us on the face of God, especially in the light of nurturing the souls of our children and students who live in the light - or the shadow - of our faces.

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*Schedule is Subject to Change


Plenary I: 9am - 10:30am -  Andrew Kern - Thy Face of God, I will Seek 

Plenary II: 11am - 12pm -  Dr. Vigen Guroian - "The Grammar of Our Lives and the Fairy Tale Stories that Bring It Alive."

Lunch 12 - 1:30pm

Breakout Session 1: 1:30pm - 2:30pm   

  • Dr. Matthew Bianco - Everyone has a Holy of Holies
  • Katerina Kern - Reconsidering Memory: Toward a Medieval Understanding of the Art of Memoria
  • Heidi White - "Till We Have Faces: Educating toward Divine Love"

Breakout Session 2:  2:45pm - 3:45pm   

  • Tracy Lee Simmons - Wielding the Blue Pencil: Achieving Polished Writing
  • Monique Neal - Winged Words: Participating in the Tradition of Spoken Greek
  • Dr. Christopher Perrin - How Students Are Glorified: Face-to-the Face Pedagogy

Panel Q&A:  4pm-4:45pm - Dr. Christopher Perrin, Heidi White, Tracy Lee Simmons, and Monique Neal


Plenary III: 9am -10:30am - Tracy Lee Simmons - How To Make Faces: The Adults we Seek in the Classical Classroom

Breakout Session 3: 11am-12pm

  • Heidi White - "Classical Pedagogy for Virtue Formation"
  • Andrew Kern - The Transforming Power of The Face of God
  • Eric Cook - Beholding and Becoming

Lunch 12pm - 1:30pm

Breakout Session 4: 1:30pm - 2:30pm

  • Dr. Matthew Bianco - Elevating our Desires
  • Dr. Vigen Guroian - Mystery and Sacrament in George MacDonald’s The Princess and the Goblin.    
  • Buck Holler - Unmoved Face: An Image That Defines Us

Plenary IV: 2:45pm - 3:45pm - Joshua Gibbs - "Teaching Fiction to the Image of God"       

Panel Q&A and Closing Remarks: 4pm-4:45pm -  Katerina Kern, Dr. Matthew Bianco, and Joshua Gibbs