Category Archives: Ecumenism

A Sign of Hope for Christian Unity

#PopeFrancis and Patriarch Bartholomew I give blessing side by side at end of today's Mass #historic #popeinturkey pic.twitter.com/suJFjdOUO0 — Mary Shovlain (@maryshovlain) November 29, 2014 Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with Francis, … Continue reading

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Pride, Ecumenism, Contraception, and Divorce

There is often a disturbing element of ecclesial pride, even arrogance, in magisterial discussions of the moral and ethical (and usually gender, sexual, and reproductive) issues over which the Roman Catholic church increasingly finds itself differing from other Christian traditions. … Continue reading

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I am a Master of Theology!

On May 15, 2014, after eight years of part-time study, I received my MA in Theology, with a concentration in systematics. Our graduation was held in the beautiful central chapel of St. Mary’s Seminary and University, into which we (and … Continue reading

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Has Christ Been Divided? Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Saturday was the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, traditionally celebrated between the feasts of St. Peter (Jan 18) and St. Paul (Jan 25). The theme for this year is “Has Christ been divided?” – 1 … Continue reading

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God of Life, Lead us to Justice and Peace

God of Life, Lead us to justice and peace This is the theme of the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches, gathering this week in Busan, Korea. In this brief video, a number of participants, both clergy and … Continue reading

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Marriage, Annulments, and Money: A Cautionary Tale

He was a cradle Lutheran, divorced from a Jewish woman whom he had civilly married; she was a Catholic who had converted from Lutheranism, along with her mother, because they’d wanted to receive communion more often. In order for them … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Interfaith Library!

Happy 33rd birthday to the Interfaith Library at Wilde Lake! It is a product of the local ecumenical partnerships in Columbia, MD. The library is located in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, and is open on Sunday mornings from 9 … Continue reading

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A lesbian and a fundamentalist….

Read this powerful witness from Kimberly Knight, a lesbian progressive Christian laywoman, about her in-person conversation with Billy Humphrey, a straight fundamentalist Christian minister: A lesbian and a fundamentalist walk into a bar. Substantive conversations across such an ecclesial and … Continue reading

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WCC-Pentecostal Dialogue on the Church

There’s some good stuff on ecumenical methodology in this report on discussion between the World Council of Churches and the Pentecostal churches which occurred over the past five years. The actual report is a PDF file that is very clearly … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

When God is left out of it then all we’re left with is our own ideas, and we defend those to the death and preferably the death of the other. When God is in the middle of it, there is … Continue reading

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