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National Workshop on Christian Unity
Seminar Topics

Morning Seminars take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, unless otherwise noted below

1. Grassroots Ecmenism, Community Style

A presentation about the life and ministry of the Alleleuia Community and a brief study of the impact of a renewal community on the grassroots ecumenical landscape of Augusta, Georgia. The seminar will also examine some of the ways that the covenant-style community can influence the ecumenical thinking of community membership and the local population.
Presenter: Bob Garrett

2. Interfaith Listening: A Model

This seminar will explore a model for interfaith encounter used by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in a 2002 pilot project through which itinerating teams came from several countries, made up of a church leader and a Muslim with whom the Christian is in dialogue. What were the dynamics of looking at  Christian-Muslim relations locally through assistance of an international pair? What contribution did the project make to Christians and Muslims from around the world? What were the learnings from the pilot? How can the model be replicated?
Prersenters: Rev. Margaret Orr Thomas, Rev. Jay T. Rock

3. Baptist Churches and Their Interchurch Relations
Tuesday and Wednesday Only

The varieties of Baptist communities in America are a vital part of the Christian community and concern for relationships with them is central to local collaboration in many communities. This seminar will survey the Baptist communities in America, their history, interchurch relations policies and understandings of the Church.
Presenters: Dr. Timothy George, Dr. Emmanuel McCall

4. What is Bringing the Churches Together?

At times Christian Unity seems vague. However the Universal Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, is being molded into a new form, as clay is molded by the potter. Those events and actions which have contributed to the remolding of God's Church over the years will be reviewed. Although we cannot perceive what form that unity will take, we can sense positive movements toward the new time.
Presenter: Rev. Dr. William G. Rusch

5. Racism and the 3 R's: Repentance, Reconciliation and Restoration
Tuesday and Wednesday Only

The churches struggle as they repent, attempt to reconcile, and rush to restore the foundations of what it means to be Christian. This seminar will explore racism and its effects on people of Hispanic and Native American heritage. There will be opportunities to examine our own assumptions and perceptions, time to reflect upon what we learn and where we are on the journey to being made whole. How do the churches and racially ethnic people move forward boldly? What are the new strategies that will lead us to become the true community of shalom.
Presenters: Derek Lowry, Alejandro Molina

6. Special Commission with the Orthodox in WCC

An ecumenical officer of the Orthodox Church in America will review the history of the Special Commission, what was decided at the WCC Central Committee, what the use of the new recommendations on ecumenical worship would look like if used in the local setting and offer reflection on concensus decision-making.
Presenter: Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky

7. Christian Churches Together in the USA

The origin and history of the Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCTUSA), the January 2003 meeting of the church leaders developing the new organization, the hopes and plans for the future, and comparison to other similar new ecumenical vehicles/structures in other parts of the world and the existing national ecumenical vehicles in the US.
Presenters: Ron Siden, Ann Riggs

8. Interchurch Families

Resources for Ecumenical Hope, written by the sixth round of the Catholic/Reformed Dialogue in the US, offers a way forward and hope for interchurch couples as they plan their marriages, their families, and seek to live their lives in their respective faith traditions. The leaders of this seminar were participants in the Dialogue. They will offer theological, liturgical and pastoral suggestions for clergy and laity gleaned from the Dialogue.
Presenters: Alan Detscher, Martha Murchison

9. Understanding Ministerial Diversity

How do our understandings of ministerial offices vary and how are they similar among our church traditions? Where are there possible ecumenical convergences? How might understanding our differences and similarities in this regard inform our efforts on behalf of Christian Unity?
Presenter: Rev. Dr. John C. Bush

10. Overview of the Dialogues

This seminar will give a status report on the progress of national and international dialogues. It will be an opportunity for newcomers to ecumenism to learn what is going on as well as a place for veterans to catch up on the progress in the Dialogues.
Presenter: Rev. William Petersen

11. Forms for Full Communion

This seminar will explore the current models for full communion utilized in ecumenical discussion. Are these current forms helpful? What are their limitations and possibilities for future dialogue and church unity? What other options and  models await us?
Presenter: Dr. Michael Kinnamon

12. African-American Churches and Ecumenism
Tuesday and Wednesday Only

The involvement of African-American Churches in the ecumenical movement adds to the diversity of cultures and of spiritualities in the ecumenical movement. This seminar will look specifically at the contributions of the African-American religious traditions to the work of ecumenism at a variety of levels.
Presenter: Bishop Othal Lakey


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NWCU 2003 National Chair:
Rev. James Gardiner, SA

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Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh
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