500 Years of Reformation: From Conflict to Communion
In 2017, Christians will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. This significant anniversary challenges all Christians, especially Lutherans and Catholics, to discuss in dialogue the issues and consequences of the Wittenberg Reformation, which centred on the person and thought of Martin Luther, and to develop perspectives for the remembrance and appropriation of the Reformation today.
Join us for four sessions exploring these themes with Sr. Donna Geernaert (former Ecumenical Officer of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops) and Rev. Dr. Kayko Driedger Hesslein (Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Calgary).
Thursday, November 3 (7:15 PM): “New Perspectives on Martin Luther and the Reformation” (Sr. Donna Geernaert)
Lutheran-Catholic dialogue on justification has reflected on the context of the 16th century debate. New perceptions of the Reformation era have highlighted the role of non-theological factors – political, economic, social, and cultural. From a theological perspective, however, the problem of justification which was central to the Reformers was often secondary to their opponents. Yet, as dialogue seeks to clarify the actual position of each side, it becomes clear that each sought, through their position, to preserve the integrity of the Gospel in a particular context. What does the integrity of the Gospel today demand?
Friday, November 4 (9:15 AM): “From Conflict to Communion: Meeting Christ in Both” (Rev. Dr. Kayko Driedger Hesslein)
The 2013 Report, From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017, emphasized that “Lutherans and Catholics must let themselves continuously be transformed by the encounter with the other and by the mutual witness of faith.” It also emphasized that this transformative relationship must be founded on respecting both commonalities and differences. In this session we will explore the ways in which our shared focus on Christ in Communion frees us to see Christ present in the deep diversity that contributes to the richness of Christ’s unity, and compels us to find mutuality through difference. We will reflect on the potential of a “multiply-present Christ” approach for ecumenical dialogue.
Friday, November 4 (1:30 PM): The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification: Ecumenical Milestone & Ongoing Challenge (Sr. Donna Geernaert)
On October 31, 1999, representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican met in Augsburg, Germany to sign a Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. This was the first time such a significant ecumenical agreement was recognized officially and mutually received by the respective church bodies. Since the signing of the Joint Declaration, attention has been given both to clarifying specific points identified in the text and to extending the differentiated consensus to other world communions. This, of course, remains an ongoing challenge.
Friday, November 4 (3:15 PM): From Communion to Community: Meeting Christ in the World (Rev. Dr. Kayko Driedger Hesslein)
Ecumenical dialogue has been the focus of the twentieth century. As we move into the twenty-first century, the focus is shifting to interfaith dialogue. We will consider how our mutual growth and achievements in ecumenical dialogue might compel and assist us in meeting with our neighbours of other faiths. Does the imperative that we “must let ourselves continuously be transformed by the encounter with the other” apply also to interfaith dialogue? What lessons from the last five hundred years can help us move into the next five hundred? We will explore how an understanding of a “multiply-present Christ” might move us to a more deeply diverse unity without losing our own Christocentric identity.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Julien at JHammond@caedm.ca or call 780-469-1010, ext. 2133
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