Workshop registration will open on Monday, 20 April at 8:30am for all Networks. Please pick up your workshop materials at the registration table just across from the ballrooms at the top of the escalator.
Cokesbury Book Store located in the CYPRESS ROOM will open on Monday 2-7pm.
Opening Worship will be held Monday evening at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church (on the corner of 7th and McDowell Streets, “C” in the workshop brochure) at 7:30pm (those in the procession are asked to arrive by 7pm). Please plan to join us. Van Transportation to Little Rock will begin departing from the hotel @ 6:40pm from the valet entrance.
Transportation information to and from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport can be found by clicking the image on the sidebar to the left or you may access a downloadable PDF by clicking here.
Being involved in ecumenism and/or interfaith activities is an art as well as a science. This seminar provided the basics needed to be an effective Ecumenical/ Interreligious officer or informed “lay person.”
Our Common Baptism: Rites of Initiation and Catechesis
The Rev. Beverly R. Piro, ELCA
There has been remarkable convergence among Christians regarding the role of baptism – both theologically and in practice. This seminar explored the ecumenical significance of our rites of initiation into the Christian community, with a special emphasis on the recovery of the formative process of the catechumenate. Learn about current trends and developments in the catechumenate ministry of various Christian denominations. Presenters are active members of the North American Association for the Catechumenate.
The last several years have brought numerous dialogues, documents and discussions about the significance of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the churches. Roman Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans and others have done fruitful work. With us to lead a seminar on Mary in Ecumenical Perspective was The Rev. Dr. Maxwell Johnson, professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Johnson has published widely, including papers and book chapters on Mary.
The Rev. Karen Georgia Thompson, UCC
Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, UMC
This seminar provided information about the preparation and participation of US denominations in the upcoming Assembly. There will be discussion of the theme: “God of life, lead us to justice and peace” and sharing of documents that are relevant to the life of the Church and the ecumenical movement. How can we best be prepared to participate? How can we “bring back” the work of the Assembly to the various settings of the church?
Dr. Syed M. Mohiuddin, President of the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture, and Head of Medicine at Creighton University
The Rev. Canon Timothy Anderson, from the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska
Rabbi Jon Meyers, from Temple Israel
The Tri-Faith Initiative is a remarkable joining of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Omaha, NE. The three faiths share a plot of land, some common spaces, a coordinating council, and leadership. Led by an Episcopal priest, a Rabbi and Imam, the three faith communities seek to go where “no one has gone before,” worshipping and serving the God of Abraham. This seminar will explore the life and ministry of the Tri-Faith initiative. Members of the three communities were present to lead the conversation.
The Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan, CC(DC), National Association of Ecumenical and Interreligious Staff
“Tolerance” is a word that has no place in our faith vocabulary. Tolerance means, “Since I am such a nice person (just a minute while I pat myself of the back) I suppose I can tolerate (put up with) you. As people of faith, we reflect a respectful attitude whether we are in an ecumenical setting, dealing with interfaith relations or being a faith-full witness for justice among all God’s people. How do we live out a respectful attitude in local/regional ecumenical and interreligious settings and thus, lead by example, modeling civil discourse?
Campus “Oval” Dynamics: Responding to Bias Language
Panel of students and leaders from The Ohio State University
Case study: Campuses/universities often have a public space, where the First Amendment applies. So, anyone can speak in this space. What often happens is that students pass through the area, and are confronted by bias and accusatory language. How might religious leaders respond? What do students want from religious leaders? What is the intersection between faith/gender and one’s rights.
Equipping Church Leaders in the Quest for Christian Unity