The Conference had five plenary sessions with four speakers addressing each session. The first session contextualised the theme of transcendence in view of biblical anthropology. In the second session, the theme was examined in light of the history of thought, mainly with reference to major philosopher-theologians including Gregory of Nyssa, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, Kierkegaard and other contemporary figures.
Transcendence was consequently studied in the third session in view of spirituality and from a wider religious perspective. In the fourth plenary session, the speakers sought to provide an ecclesial and a societal definition of transcendence. Lastly, the theme was examined in view of humanity’s desire to attain greater realities. The conference attempted to provide reasons why we need to reconsider transcendence again as well as to reflect on where we stand between 'presence' and 'absence'.