Koinonia Newsletter

Koinonia––participation, sharing, partnership, communion––a quarterly online journal of the Paulist Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Office, seeks to provide ongoing information, education, and practical resources. It is distributed electronically to members of the Paulist community, Diocesan Ecumenical Officers in the U.S. and Canada, ecumenical and interfaith colleagues in other churches and religions, and anyone interested in the ongoing work for Christian unity and interreligious understanding.

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Issue 60, Summer 2016
  • Ecumenism in Service of Evangelization . . . Not a Question for Many
    In the face of shrinking religious communities today, Michael McGarry proposes that the churches should be working together to reach out to non-church-going Millennials, and that this harmonizing of ecumenism with evangelization represents a currently more important focus than the traditional topics of the ecumenical dialogues.

  • UniteBoston: Recognizing the Family of God
    Noticing that there were so many great things happening around churches in Boston, but little infrastructure to connect the events that were taking place with the people that might be interested in attending, Kelly Steinhaus co-founded UniteBoston in 2010, encouraging people to  go beyond their denominational walls to discover all that God is doing in the city. 

  • The Reformation: The Differences Weren’t as Deep as We Thought
    As a backgrounder to upcoming events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Thomas Ryan provides some perspectives on how the socio-political context of  the 16th c. made agreement more difficult, and how the Councils of Trent and Vatican II differed in their approaches to the controversial questions.

 

Resources to Keep it Growing 

North American Academy of Ecumenists, September 23-25, will be held near Atlanta, Georgia, at the Candlier School of Theology, Decatur, GA. Theme: “Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017 and Beyond.”  www.naae.net 


Gospel Call: A Congregational Renewal Event
 bringing Christians together for worship, community, and mission, is a parish mission with an ecumenical spin. Instead of just one preacher, there are two (a Catholic, Thomas Ryan, and a Protestant, John Armstrong) and the co-sponsoring congregations in a town/city/neighborhood take turns hosting the various events.  Available dates for 2017:  February 19-22; May 14-17; November 12-15. For more info, click here, or contact tomryan@paulist.org.


Catholics United with Protestants: On-line Education Program
 
Come to a deeper faith and understanding of your role in developing Christian unity with your community. Discover how you can help in the Church’s call for interdenominational unity. For Catholics and Protestants alike.

 

Blessed are you, nurturing season of summer,
your fruits and vegetables appear on our tables,
changing them into altars.
Tasting of your life, we are made strong. 

 

Tom Ryan, CSP
Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
The Paulist Center
5 Park St
Boston, MA 02108

 

 

Issue 59, Spring 2016
  • Two Faiths, One Friendship  
    We fear what we don’t know. It takes a lot of courage to recognize that we hold religious or cultural biases and to make a commitment to work on those biases through conversation and friendships. Michal, a Christian, and Sondos, a Muslim, share their story and how they’re helping others cross the line that divides.

  • Approaching the Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation: How Will You Participate?
    This is the first of five centenary observances of the Protestant Reformation to occur in an ecumenical era. Tom Ryan relates how a joint commemoration, both joyful and penitential, is in the offing, with lead-up events beginning on October 31, 2016.

  • How Can Christians Respond to Islamophobia?
    Creating an atmosphere of hospitality and solidarity with Muslims is especially important today. Jordan Denari offers four concrete, action-oriented ideas for encountering anti-Muslim prejudice. 

 

Resources to Keep it Growing 

Summer Ecumenical Leadership Institutes. The Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers is sponsoring two institutes which will take place at the Theological College, across the street from Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. The Introductory Ecumenical Leadership Institute will take place from Sunday eve, May 22 to Thursday noon May 26, and the Advanced Ecumenical Leadership Institute from Sunday eve, June 5  to Thursday noon, June 9. For more information: www.cadeio.org or contact Fr. Don Rooney at 703-309-8719 or fr.rooney@stmaryfred.org


“The Emerging Christian Minority”
is the theme of  the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology’s annual Pro Ecclesia Conference for clergy and laity,  from 7pm Monday, June 6 through Wednesday, June 8 at Loyola University, Baltimore, MD.  For program and registration info, see www.e-ccet.org/conferences/


“Creation: Our Shared Inheritance,”
is the theme of the Orientale Lumen annual conference, June 21-24. www.olfoundation.net

 

North American Academy of Ecumenists, September 23-25, will meet near Atlanta, Georgia, at the Candlier School of Theology, Decatur, GA. Theme: “Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017 and Beyond.”  www.naae.net


Gospel Call: A Congregational Renewal Event
 bringing Christians together for worship, community, and mission, is a parish mission with an ecumenical spin. Instead of just one preacher, there are two (a Catholic, Thomas Ryan, and a Protestant, John Armstrong) and the co-sponsoring congregations in a town/city/neighborhood take turns hosting the various events. Next available dates: November 13-16, 2016. For more info, click here, or contact tomryan@paulist.org


The 2017 National Workshop on Christian Unity
will take place May 1-4 in Minneapolis, MN. www.nwcu.org

 

Come, O Spirit of the Risen One

Come, clothe us with the colors of Spring.
Paint our fields and forests with your artist’s brush. 
Fill us with boundless energy and faithful hearts.
Celebrate with us the wonder of risen life. 

A joyous Easter season to you! By the end of May, this office will have a new address:

Tom Ryan, CSP
Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
The Paulist Center
5 Park St
Boston, MA 02108

unity.paulist.org

Issue 58, Winter 2016
  • Faith Over Fear: Choosing Unity Over Extremism
    Recent events in our country and across our world are deeply troubling. Acts of violence or exclusion have threatened our trust in one another. Thomas Ryan reports on two events in the nation’s capital dedicated to expressing solidarity, understanding, and peace.

  • Reflections on Best Practices in Practical Ecumenism
    Julien Hammond distills his experience from planning many ecumenical and interreligious gatherings and reflects on measuring success, developing resilience, asking forgiveness, and loving one another.

  • Book Review – Christian Unity: How You Can Make a Difference
    In his review, Evangelical leader Gordon Smith describes how “this book is an accessible guide for pastors and lay leaders to how they can, within their communities and cities, actively pursue unity with Christians from other traditions.”

Resources to Keep It Growing
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25. The theme, ”Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord” (1 Peter 2:9) highlights the relationship between baptism and proclamation/witness. For background and preparatory materials, prayer service and a daily scripture and prayer guide, click here.
  • 4th Annual De Margerie Series, January 21-24, Saskatoon, SK. The speaker will be Bishop Kenneth Kearon who served the Anglican Communion as Secretary General from 2004 to 2014 and was recently consecrated as the Anglican bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in Ireland. Keynote talk theme: “On Building an Ecumenical Barn.” Sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, St Thomas More College and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Events are open and free.
  • World Interfaith Harmony Week, February 1-7. Unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2010, WIHM Recognizes that the moral imperatives of all religions, convictions and beliefs call for peace, tolerance and mutual understanding.
  • An Interfaith Retreat Weekend, “The Wisdom of Aging with Grace: A Multifaith Exploration,” April 8-10, with Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Zen Buddhist teacher Norman Fischer, and Fr. Thomas Ryan, CSP, at the Garrison Institute, 14 Mary’s Way, Route 9D at Glenclyffe, Garrison, NY; garrisoninstitute.org; 845-424-4800. Download this flyer for more information.
  • National Workshop on Christian Unity, April 18-21, will be held in Louisville, KY.
  • Summer Ecumenical Leadership Institutes. The Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical and Interreligious Officers is sponsoring two institutes which will take place at the Theological College, across the street from Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. The Introductory Ecumenical Leadership Institute will take place May 22-26, and the Advanced Ecumenical Leadership Institute June 6-10. More information will soon be posted at www.cadeio.org
  • North American Academy of Ecumenists, September 23-25, will be held near Atlanta, Georgia, at the Candlier School of Theology, Decatur, GA. Theme: Commemorating the Reformation: Churches Looking Together Toward 2017.
  • The Ecumenical Movement: An Anthology of Key Texts and Voices – Included in this updated collection are the most widely influential texts produced by assemblies and consultations of the World Council of Churches and other ecumenical bodies, as well as statements by leading ecumenists, all carefully selected, edited, and introduced. “At this critical juncture,” says editor Michael Kinnamon, “this book brings together ‘texts and voices’ that reveal both the profound legacy of the ecumenical movement and the spiritual, theological basis on which it can build to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.” Print this flyer.

A Winter Blessing

Blessed are you winter,
you teach us valuable lessons
about waiting in darkness
with hope and trust.

Blessed are you winter,
frozen and cold on the outside,
within your silent, nurturing womb
you warmly welcome all that longs for renewal.

Joyce Rupp

Tom Ryan, CSP
Paulist Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations
North American Paulist Center 
3015 Fourth Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20017-1102

Tel: 202-269-2511 
Fax: 202-269-2507

unity.paulist.org