We will meet in Montreal for the 2019 NAAE annual conference, where our theme will be: “Towards a new Détente: Ecumenical Outreach and Interfaith Dialogue in an Age of Uncertainty.” We will gather Friday, September 27 through Sunday the 29th at The Sign of the Theotokos Orthodox Church, 750 St Joseph Blvd E., in Montreal’s Plateau Mont Royale neighborhood. Conference registration will open on this website in late spring. Accommodations at a conference rate will be available at Hotel Auberge de la Fontaine, 1301 rue Rachel Est. Check back here for further information about the Auberge and other hotels in the area reserving rooms for the conference.
We invite you to participate with us in the realizing the gift of unity with which Jesus Christ establishes the church and by which the Holy Spirit sustains it. The annual conference is open to all who are interested and involved in ecumenical work.
It goes without saying that we live in polarized times. From Brexit to border wall, political divergence comes immediately to mind as a sign of the times, as do an ugly resurgence of white supremacy, growing income inequality, and the questioning of accepted norms in scientific method. The world comes flying apart!
Who better knows about the business of division than ecumenists? It’s our stock in trade. We look to history—theological and institutional—to diagnose how unity was quickly lost in Christ’s ecclesial body. And, as Robert Wilken shows us in The Myth of Christian Beginnings, the church never had a golden age of unity from which we fell. No sooner had believers joined hands at the foot of the cross, or rejoiced together in the “one place” of Pentecost before they were asking (again) who among them was the greatest, or who had a lock on the truth. Despite claiming the cross as compass and the Spirit as guide, there has been endless fissiparousness, sometimes thinly veiled under a cloak of nominal unity. Ecumenists know disunity, and not only can we tell you how it happened, we are keenly aware that we live in it daily.
2018 Arlington “Living Unity: Ecumenical Shared Ministries”
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 Arlington. 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.