Canceling the conference may actually underscore an obvious divide within the church itself on the topic.
When I'm invited to speak at a conference, I doubt that I'm qualified.
This mini command center is wedged into a conference room about 200 feet from the debate hall.
1550s, "act of conferring," from Middle French conférence (15c.), from Medieval Latin conferentia, from Latin conferens, present participle of conferre (see confer). Meaning "formal meeting for consultation" is from 1580s.