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Seminar to explore Anglican–Roman Catholic work on receptive ecumenism

Church of Ireland Theological Institute
Wednesday, 9th October 2019, at 7.30pm
Admission free (Booking required)

The concept of receptive ecumenism will be the subject of a seminar which will take place in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute on Wednesday, 9th October, next from 7.30pm to 9.15pm. The seminar is being run by the Anglican and Ecumenical Affairs Working Group of the Church of Ireland Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue.

The focus of the evening will be on the latest report of the Anglican–Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC–III), Walking Together on the Way, and the seminar will be open to any interested people (with attendance limited to a maximum of 50). Admission will be free.

The seminar will be addressed by two ARCIC members, Bishop Christopher Hill, from the Church of England, and Monsignor Mark Langham, Roman Catholic Chaplain at University of Cambridge.

Walking Together on the Way focuses on receptive ecumenism – the principle that asks first what one’s own tradition can learn from another, rather than being first concerned about what other traditions can learn from one’s own. Formally practised, it is a relatively new approach to ecumenical dialogue.

The formal contributions will be followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

Bishop Christopher Hill has long been involved in ecumenical relations. He was the Church of England’s Bishop of Guildford from 2004 to 2013. He is a former President of the Conference of European Churches and is a current member of ARCIC–III.

Monsignor Mark Langham was Administrator of Westminster Cathedral until 2008, when he was appointed to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Since 2013, he has been chaplain at Fisher House, the University of Cambridge’s Roman Catholic chaplaincy. He is a former Co–Secretary of ARCIC.

Spaces at the seminar are limited. Anyone wishing to attend should contact Canon Ian Ellis, Chair of the Anglican and Ecumenical Affairs Working Group, at ian.m.ellis@btinternet.com

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