Conference brings participants from five continents

Conference brings participants from five continents

A major conference about Receptive Ecumenism this June, brought together more than 100 people of different Christian traditions to Fairfield from five continents. Receptive Ecumenism aims to develop respect and understanding among many different Christian denominational perspectives. Roman Catholic, Episcopalian, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Orthodox traditions, among others, were well represented at “Receptive Ecumenism in International Perspective: Contextual Ecclesial Learning.”

The University’s Center for Catholic Studies hosted the conference, the third such gathering in the past eight years and the first in the United States.

Dr. Paul Lakeland, director of the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield, organized the event jointly with Paul D. Murray, professor of systematic theology at Durham University in the United Kingdom.

Representatives hailed from the Vatican, England, the U.S., East Africa, the South Australian Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Harvard University, and Trinity Theological College, Singapore.

This conference was sponsored by generous grants from The Raskob Foundation, Fairfield University, the Episcopal Church, and an anonymous donor. Additional assistance was provided by the Anglican Communion Office, the Commission for Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, and the Institute for Church Life of the University of Notre Dame.