2018 Schedule

NAAE 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

“Living Unity: Ecumenical Shared Ministries”

Thursday Evening, September 27-Friday Noon, NAAE Board Retreat, Hilton Crystal City Hotel, Washington, DC (separate schedule for the retreat to be emailed to attending board members)

Friday 28 September, 2018

Afternoon: Arrivals, Check in   

  • 1:00 PM Conference Registration Opens  
  • 3:00-4:30 NAAE Board Meeting
  • 5:00 PM Opening Worship                            
  • 6:00 PM Dining Room Dinner  
  • 7:15  PM Welcome and Introductions          
  • 7:30:  Plenary 1: Tom Ryan

Saturday 29 September, 2018

  • 7:30 – 8:45 Dining Room Breakfast  
  • 9:00 AM Gathering Worship                 
  • 9:15-10:30 AM Plenary 2: Sandra Beardsall
  • 10:30-10:45 AM Break  
  • 10:45 AM-12:00 PM Plenary 3: Mitzi Budde
  • 12:00 Dining Room Lunch and Break  
  • 1:30-3:30 PM Panel of Ecumenical Shared Ministries Representatives
  • 3:30-4:00 PM Break  
  • 4:00-5:15 PM Membership Meeting; Recognition of Students
  • 6:00 PM Reception  
  • 6:30 PM Dining Room Banquet and Speaker: Gerard Mannion
  • 8:45 PM Evening Worship Vice President

Sunday 30 September, 2018

  • 7:30-8:45 AM Dining Room Breakfast  
  • 8:45-10:00 AM  Plenary 5: William McDonald
  • 10:00-10:15 Conclusion, Thanks, and Looking toward NAAE 2019, Montreal, Quebec
  • 10:15-11:15 PM Closing Worship
  • 11:45-12:45 PM Dining Room Lunch / NAAE Board Meeting  
  • Departures

William’s Column

President’s Column 2018

William McDonald
NAAE President, 2018-19

While ecumenical relationships are built in the experience of dialog (“faith and order”), and in practical ministry in the world (“life and work”), they are also sustained over time in congregations where two or more traditions gather under one roof for worship, spiritual growth, and mutual ministry. These “ecumenical shared ministries” (ESMs) are found across Canada and the U.S. and feature denominational full-communion relationships born of decades worth of theological dialog at national and international levels. They bridge Catholic and Protestant divides, even “magisterial” and “radical” branches of the Reformation. That is, they live daily with the questions generated by the ecumenical movement’s faith and order and life and work branches! How do they do it? What theological and practical issues unite and continue to divide such churches? What do these ecumenical local congregations have to teach the rest of the church about the continuing search for Christian unity?

We will explore these questions during the 2018 NAAE Conference, “Living Unity: Ecumenical Shared Ministries” to be held September 28-30, 2018, at the Crystal City Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. This year’s speakers include:

  • Rev. Dr. Tom Ryan, CSP, Paulist Office of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Boston, MA
  • Dr. Gerard Mannion, Department of Theology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
  • Rev. Dr. Sandra Beardsall, Professor of Church History and Ecumenics, St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK
  • Dr. Mitzi Budde, Head Librarian and Professor, Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, VA
  • Rev. Dr. William McDonald, Professor of Religion, Tennessee Wesleyan University, Athens, TN

In addition, there will be a panel of representatives from ecumenical congregations who will share their stories about living and doing ministry together in their local contexts.

As always, there promises to be much to feed the heart and mind in this year’s conference. Last year’s topic of liturgy will continue in this year’s papers and conversations about how ecumenical congregations negotiate matters of worship and sacramental participation. How, too, do theological tensions among traditions make a difference in shared life “at the grassroots”? Naturally in the mix of topics will be matters of ecclesiology. Worship is an integral part of our time together, thoughtfully prepared and led by NAAE members. Per NAAE tradition, there will be a Saturday evening banquet, and ample time to get to know folk from across the gamut of ecumenical life, whether laity, parish clergy, faculty, students, or denominational officials.

This year, NAAE board members are urged to arrive at the Crystal City Hilton by noon on Thursday, September 27th for a retreat. We will spend that time together planning for the academy’s future as a key part of North American ecumenical activity. Board members should expect to remain through the closing board lunch on Sunday the 30th. The Hilton is located adjacent to Washington’s Reagan National Airport, facilitating ease of transport to and from the airport

Please continue to check the NAAE website at www.naae.net, where registration for our next meeting should be open by 1 March 2018. Hotel registration will be available by that date through a separate website (see Conference Information elsewhere on this page). We urge you to register for the meeting (and renew your NAAE membership if necessary) as soon as possible. See you at the Crystal City Hilton in September. Thank you!

That we may be one,
William McDonald

2017 Schedule

North American Academy of Ecumenists Meeting

Friday 22 – Sunday 24, September 2017

Connors Conference Center, 20 Glen Street, Dover, MA 02030

Worship in Ecumenical Contexts: A Once and Future Vision

What Have We Learned? What are our Limits – and Future Possibilities?

Friday 22 September, 2017
Meetings are in the Charles River Meeting Room
Arrivals, Check in
1:00 PM Foyer Conference Registration Opens
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Main Parlour
NAAE Board Meeting
5:00 PM
Chapel of St. Ignatius
Opening Worship William McDonald
6:00 PM
Dining Room
Dinner
7:15 – 9:00 PM Welcome and Introductions Tom Best
  Remarks from our Host Thomas Stegman, S.J.
Plenary 1 William Petersen
Saturday 23 September, 2017
7:30 – 8:45
Dining Room
Breakfast
9:00 AM
Chapel of St. Ignatius
Gathering Worship William McDonald
9:15-10:30 AM Plenary 2 John Baldovin, S.J.
10:30-10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM-12:00 PM Plenary 3 Karen Westerfield Tucker
12:00
Dining Room
Lunch and Break
1:30-3:30 PM Panel Diane Kessler
3:30-4:00 PM Break
4:00-5:15 PM Plenary 4 Paul Meyendorff
5:15-6:00 PM Membership Meeting
6:00 PM
Parlor
Reception
6:30 PM
Dining Room
Banquet Gordon Lathrop
8:45 PM
Chapel of St. Ignatius
Evening Worship William McDonald
Sunday 24 September, 2017
7:30-8:45 AM
Dining Room
Breakfast
9:00-10:45 AM Worshiping Together: Going
Forward with What We Learned
Russell Meyer
World Café Dialog
Conclusion and Thanks Tom Best
Looking toward NAAE 2018- 2019 William McDonald
11:00 AM-11:45 PM Closing Worship William McDonald
Chapel of St. Ignatius
12:00-2:00 PM
Parlor and / or
Dining Room
Lunch / NAAE Board Meeting
Departures

 

[Draft 23 April 2017]

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President’s Column 2017

Tom Best

NAAE President, 2016-2017

Following our excellent 2016 meeting on the theme “Commemorating the Reformation” at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, The North American Academy of Ecumenists is looking forward to an equally stimulating and rewarding gathering 22 – 24 September 2017 in Boston.

Our theme for 2017 will be “Worship in Ecumenical Contexts: A Once and Future Vision – What Have We Learned? What are our Limits – and Future Possibilities?”

Why this theme, and why today? Worship is a touchstone of the ecumenical movement. One of deepest gifts of the ecumenical movement has been our increasing ability to celebrate, through worshipping together, the unity which is ours through our common baptism into Christ. But in worship we also experience our remaining divisions – partly over forms and styles of worship but especially as, through sincere differences of understanding and conviction, we are not all able to partake together at the Lord’s Table.

After more than one hundred years of worshipping together across confessional lines – with all the possibilities and limitations that involves – it is time to draw a balance, to ask: how can we broaden and deepen our experience of worshipping together, within the limitations that remain? How can we work together to overcome those limitations? How can our experience of worshipping together inform, chasten, and challenge all our ecumenical work?

We are gathering an exceptional group of speakers including Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox leaders in the field of worship at international, regional and local levels: John Baldovin, Gordon Lathrop, Paul Meyendorff, William Petersen, and Karen Westerfield Tucker. In addition a panel will explore the local worship scene within the dynamic and creative ecumenical situation in Boston – where a Week of Prayer celebration in January, 2017 brought together no fewer than 800(!) participants, church leaders and members alike.

The worship life during our meeting promises to be as substantial and inspiring as ever, thanks to all those who prepare and participate in it. And apart from these program and worship elements of our meeting, there are our participants themselves, all with their own wealth of ecumenical commitment and experience. The chance to interact with our own members and colleagues, to be inspired by them, is itself worth attending the meeting.

We are pleased to be hosted in 2017 by the School of Theology and Ministry (STM, Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., Dean) at Boston College. Thanks to STM for its generous support of our meeting!

Our venue will be the Connors Conference Center, 20 Glen Street, Dover, MA 02030, an ideal location in a beautiful residential setting southwest of Boston, with access from Logan International Airport, Boston. Transportation information will be provided in due course.

Please plan to arrive by early afternoon on Friday 22 September, with departures on Sunday afternoon 24 September. (If travel times require you to arrive early, we will make every effort to accommodate this.) Office holders and Board members should count on meeting about 3:00 pm on Friday afternoon, and should plan to stay for lunch (until about 2:00 pm) on Sunday.

Please continue to check the NAAE Website at www.naae.net, where registration for our next meeting should be open by 1 May 2017. We urge you to register for the meeting (and renew your NAAE membership if necessary) as soon as possible. Thank you!

With all good wishes, and looking forward to seeing you in Boston 22 -24 September 2017,

Tom Best 


 

Tom Best
NAAE President, 2015-2017

PRESS RELEASE
NORTH AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ECUMENISTS (NAAE)
ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2016 – ATLANTA, GA, USA

North American Ecumenists Explore Wider Implications of 2017 “Commemoration”

The North American Academy of Ecumenists (NAAE) held its annual conference at the Candler School of Theology in Atlanta (Rev. Dr. Jan Love, Dean) this past weekend, meeting under the theme “‘Commemorating’ the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017 – and Beyond.” Through presentations and conversations, about forty members of the Academy sought to probe the ecumenical significance of the 500th anniversary of the European reformations by asking what Christians have learned from those challenging events, and how the churches might use the anniversary to recommit themselves to harvesting the fruits – and “baking the bread” – of the ecumenical movement.

The speakers focused on the complex task of remembering and moving forward. Lutheran theologian Rev. Dr William Rusch reminded the group that the work of “commemorating” is a work in progress. Msgr. John Radano spoke on the lessons learned from 1517 as tools for shaping the future. Another Roman Catholic theologian, Dr. Catherine Clifford, challenged us to claim our inheritance – whether Catholic or Protestant – as a resource for moving forward together. Dr. Patrick Henry suggested that Christians must practice “creative remembering and prudent forgetting” in learning from our past, and moving into our ecumenical future.

There was also a clear emphasis on the fact that the commemoration of 1517 is not just for Catholics and Lutherans, but for all Christians. “What’s in it for us?” asked Dr. Robert Welsh, surveying responses to the “Commemoration” of the Reformation from many Christian World Communions. Several speakers urged the group to consider the joint text From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 (PCPCU and the LWF) as applicable to all churches.

The four prayer services during the event moved worshipers from repentance to reconciliation, to renewal, and finally to “Re-Catholicizing, Re-Evangelizing, Re-Forming” for the future.

A panel of prominent Atlanta-area church leaders and ecumenical practitioners, gathered by Candler Professor Emeritus Dr. Don Saliers, spoke of the passion, promises and challenges of their work in liturgy, musicianship, outreach, oversight, and ecumenical leadership.

Next year’s NAAE conference will take place in Boston, MA, 22-24 September, on the theme of worship as it has unfolded over one hundred years of Christians learning from and experiencing one another’s liturgical life.

***

Papers Presented:

  • Catherine Clifford, “Re-Membering for a Common Future”
  • Patrick Henry, “Creative Remembering – and Prudent Forgetting – On the Way to Christian Unity”
  • John Radano, “Our Ecumenical Future: Lessons Learned from 1517”
  • William Rusch, “‘Commemorating’ 2017: A Work in Progress”
  • Robert Welsh, “What’s in it for the Rest of Us? Perspectives on 2017 from the Christian World Communions”
  • The Shepherds sing; and shall I silent be?*

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Commemorating the Reformation

North American Academy of Ecumenists (NAAE) Meeting 2016

Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September, 2016
Candler School of Theology, Decatur, GA (near Atlanta)

“Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017 – and Beyond”

2017 will be observed as the 500th anniversary of the split between Lutherans and Roman Catholics – and, in a broader sense, of the Protestant Reformation as a whole. It is a major milestone for churches committed to one another within the ecumenical movement.

The NAAE meeting in September, 2016 will offer background, resources, and inspiration for the churches as they seek to observe this event. What lessons can we learn from our bitter history of division? What moves are churches making, today, to heal past wounds? What ecumenical moves lie ahead of us, in God’s good time?

We will hear from a range of scholars and church leaders (Protestant, Anglican, Disciples, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox) closely involved in preparations for the event in international, regional, national and local contexts, including William Rusch, John Radano, Catherine Clifford, Patrick Henry III, and Robert Welsh, and, as well as representatives from the local ecumenical scene.

Our host, Candler School of Theology within Emory University, is a dynamic center for theological research and reflection, with a strong legacy of ecumenical commitment locally, nationally and internationally. The location is beautiful, the facilities new and welcoming, with easy access through Atlanta airport and then public transportation. It will be an ideal venue for our meeting!

Practical details: All our meetings and meals (except breakfast) will be at Candler School of Theology. Accommodation and breakfast will be at the nearby Emory conference center.

Please register for the meeting as soon as possible via the NAAE Website (www.naae.net). Thank you!

Tom Best
NAAE President 2016-2017

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Presentations at Candler for NAAE 2016

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Speakers   (Approximate titles of talks)

  1. Rev. Msgr. Jack Radano

Our Ecumenical Future: Lessons to be Learned from the Events of 1517

Closely involved in the Lutheran/Roman Catholic Dialogue and its statement on Justification, Staff member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, 1984-2008, and PCPCU Liason to the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission, he now continues his long service on the faculty of Seton Hall University.

 

  1. Rev. Dr. William Rusch

Our Ecumenical Future: Lessons to be Learned from the Events of 1517

Closely involved in the Lutheran/Roman Catholic Dialogue and its statement on Justification, former executive director of the ELCA Office for Ecumenical Affairs, and former member of the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission, he is now adjunct professor of Lutheran studies at Yale Divinity School.

 

  1. Dr. Catherine Clifford

How Observe the Events of 1517? Methods and Options for Ecumenical Engagement

A full professor of the Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottowa, she has written and edited extensively on ecumenical studies, sacramental theology, ecclesiology, and Vatican II, and maintains close links with religious communities.

 

  1. Rev. Dr. Robert A. Welsh

Why Does it Matter? Inter-Confessional and Global Perspectives on the Events of 2017

Retiring in April, 2016 as Ecumenical Officer of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), he is Secretary of the Disciples/Roman Catholic International Dialogue, and has chaired the Secretaries of Christian World Communions as well as the Board of the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey (WCC).

 

  1. Dr. Patrick Henry, III

Reconciling Memories: Creative Remembering – and Forgetting – on our Way to Christian Unity

Director of the Collegeville Institute from 1984, and a former Professor at Swarthmore College, he is a frequent and exorbitantly creative commentator on ecumenical, religious and cultural affairs.

NAAE crafts response to “The Church: Towards a Common Vision”

The North American Academy of Ecumenists (NAAE) met at the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, for its annual conference on 25-27 September 2015. The theme of the conference was “Crafting our Response” to the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Paper number 214, The Church: Towards a Common Vision (TCTCV). The paper, proposing a common ecumenical ecclesiology, was published in March 2013 for study and comment by churches and other bodies.

At its 2014 conference, in Burbank, California, the NAAE had received and discussed scholarly papers concerning the Faith and Order document, following a typical format for a scholarly conference. (These papers were subsequently published in the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.) The 2015 conference took the bold step of experimenting with Open Space, rather than using the usual scholarly conference format, to craft a formal response to TCTCV.

Open Space, a process first developed in the middle 1980’s, invites meeting participants to propose topics that they wish to discuss around a theme, and then meet in self-selecting small groups for collaborative brainstorming on the proposed topics. Using this process, NAAE members identified specific issues that they wished to explore, critique and affirm within the Faith and Order paper, and then discussed the issues in the Open Space small groups. Each group reported back to the plenary and provided a transcript of its discussion. An omnibus transcript of the conference was then compiled and submitted to a drafting team who took on the task of transforming this raw material into the NAAE’s formal response to TCTCV.

Reverting to a more traditional format for the conference banquet, the Academy heard a stimulating keynote address presented by the Reverend Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan, president of the Canadian Council of Churches.

The North American Academy of Ecumenists is a community of scholars from varied Christian traditions across North America who promote scholarship in the service of Christian Unity.  Its membership includes theologians, ecumenists, graduate students, church officials, clergy, religious and laity actively pursuing Christian unity.  The Academy ordinarily meets the last full weekend of September in an Annual Conference to consider papers on contemporary ecumenical issues from invited scholars.  These papers are submitted exclusively to the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, which has first rights of publication.  Members of the Academy receive a subscription to the Journal as a benefit of membership.

The Academy’s next annual conference, “Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together toward 2017 – and Beyond” will be held at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Decatur, Georgia, on 23-25 September 2016.

By Fr. Alan Perry

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Rate is one way, per person, and includes all fees and baggage handling:

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  • 2 Passengers $39.00 per person
  • 3 Passengers $28.00 per person
  • 4+ Passengers $20.00 per person                               

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President’s Invitation

Mitzi J. Budde

NAAE President, 2013-2015

 

You are cordially invited to attend the 2015 North American Academy of Ecumenists (NAAE) Annual Conference, to be held in Niagara Falls, (Canadian side) on September 25-27, 2015. This will be a creative and interactive conference as all the participants together engage in crafting an Academy response to the World Council of Churches’ new convergence document on The Church: Towards a Common Vision.  Registration will open around June 1, 2015 on the NAAE website: http://naae.net.

The active engagement group process that we will utilize for this conference is known as open space technology.  This new approach for the Academy seeks to utilize to the utmost the rich ecumenical insights and experience of the Academy’s members. It should be a generative and lively experience. For more information about how open space technology works, see http://www.co-intelligence.org/P-Openspace.html  and www.openspaceworld.org/cgi/wiki.cgi?AboutOpenSpace.

The focus of our work together will be The Church: Towards a Common Vision, a new statement from the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission. Only the second WCC theological document to achieve “convergence” status, it builds upon the achievements of the first convergence statement on Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry (1982). For ecumenists, this is a remarkable ecumenical breakthrough, achieving agreement on ecclesiology and ministry in the context of koinonia/communion. It explores the Church as community of witness, community of worship, and community of discipleship. The NAAE conference will respond to the theological, pastoral, and practical aspects of the document.

The key preparation for participants will be to read the document itself, The Church: Towards a Common Vision: https://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/commissions/faith-and-order/i-unity-the-church-and-its-mission/the-church-towards-a-common-vision/.   If you would like more background on the document, see the NAAE 2014 conference papers on the relevance and significance of The Church text for a North American context, published in the Spring 2015 issue of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies.

The Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario is a retreat-like setting that will facilitate our creative engagement with one another. This beautiful nineteenth-century former convent sits on top of a bluff overlooking the Niagara River, just above the falls. The retreat centre will provides all of the meals for the conference. Each room has a private bath. Wifi is available on site. For more information, visit the Mount Carmel website at  http://www.carmelniagara.com/

For U.S. citizens travelling to Niagara Falls, we recommend the Buffalo-Niagara Falls International Airport in Buffalo, NY. Southwest Airlines serves this airport. Upon arrival in Buffalo, we’ll take a shuttle across the border. (Look for further information about the shuttle on the NAAE website.)  U.S participants will need your passport to cross the border.

Who we Are: The North American Academy of Ecumenists (http://naae.net) is a community of scholars from varied Christian traditions across North America who promote scholarship in the service of Christian Unity.  Its membership includes theologians, ecumenists, graduate students, church officials, clergy, religious and laity actively pursuing Christian unity.  The Academy ordinarily meets the last full weekend of September in an Annual Conference.  Members of the Academy receive a subscription to the Journal of Ecumenical Studies as a benefit of membership.