Non-denominational and Trans-confessional Movements

48th International Ecumenical Seminar, Strasbourg, July 2-9, 2014 Members of the historic Christian churches are often baffled by the new face of Christianity springing up all around them. Entirely independent congregations meeting in warehouses suddenly have ten times the weekly attendance of the long-established parishes that meet in beautiful old churches. The secularization of Europe …

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Lutheran-Mennonite-Roman Catholic Trialogue Meeting at the Institute

During the last week of January, the Institute hosted the second meeting of the Trilateral Dialogue between the Lutheran World Federation, the Mennonite World Conference, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Roman Catholic). The purpose of the trialogue—only the second three-way conversation in ecumenical history!—is to discuss baptism. This itself is an outgrowth …

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Prof. Wilson at the Protestantism Conference at Gordon College

From Nov. 14 to 16, Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson of the Institute participated in the conference on “Protestantism? Reflections in Advance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, 1517–2017” that took place at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, USA. The speakers were drawn from across the Western Christian tradition, both Catholic and Protestant, mainline …

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48th International Ecumenical Seminar

Non-denominational and Trans-confessional Movements July 2 – 9, 2014, in Strasbourg, France Over the last hundred years, innumerable new Christian congregations, churches, and movements have come into being throughout the world. Widely divergent in size and character, they exist both in and outside of the historic churches. As a result of globalization and worldwide migration, …

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Prof. Theodor Dieter Participates in a Private Audience with Pope Francis

On Monday October 21, the Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue document From Conflict to Communion was formally presented to Pope Francis during a private audience. The Commission on Unity had produced the document as the theological foundation for a common Lutheran-Catholic commemoration of the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. Theodor Dieter devoted four years to the …

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New book by André Birmelé, L’horizon de la grâce: La foi chrétienne

André Birmelé, L’horizon de la grâce: La foi chrétienne [The Horizon of Grace: The Christian Faith] (Paris and Lyon: Cerf and Olivétan, 2013), 508 pp. To bring to the attention of a large public in only 500 pages the fundamental convictions of the Christian faith: that was the initial request. This book endeavors to take …

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Slovak Lutheran and Catholic Doctoral Students at the Institute

The Institute invited seven Slovak doctoral students—four Lutheran, two Roman Catholic, and one Old Catholic—along with Prof. Dr. L’ubomir Batka from the Lutheran faculty in Bratislava to participate in an intensive ecumenical seminar in Strasbourg from June 23 to 30. The Lutheran and the Catholic church in Slovakia have have few contacts with each other …

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