Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Report on the NAAE 2015 Conference

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Report on the NAAE 2015 Conference

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The North American Academy of Ecumenists, which is affiliated with this journal, held its 2015 conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, September 25-27, at the Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre. With reduced attendance from previous years (thanks in part to Pope Francis's appearance in the U.S. at the same time), this was a very different meeting from the usual format.

The event was structured around work by all the participants to craft an NAAE response to the World Council of Churches convergence document, "The Church: Toward a Common Vision," as all member denominations, councils of churches, faculties, and other groups have been asked to do by the end of 2016--just as was done for the Baptism, Eucharist, and Ministry document of 1982. An "Open Space" process was used to engage all who were present in putting together the raw material for an NAAE response, which will be refined by a small committee, sent out to participants for their comments, and finally sent to the W.C.C.

It is expected that the response will be complete in time to be published in J. …

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