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 ( Thank you!

Tom Best
NAAE President 2016-2017

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