Lord and Savior's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane before his passion
and death animates these monthly ecumenical dialogues.Jesus
prayed that all Christians would mimic the unity that exists between
the Father and the Son, and that through this unity the world would
know that Christ was sent from the Father.
also by Pope John-Paul II's call for a new springtime and Pope Benedict
XVI's call for a new Pentecost, the Faith Discussion Dinners seek to
bring together individual Catholics and Protestants to talk in charity
and sincerity about their differences.
We understand that these differences are real and substantive. Yet,
the cause of unity is not best served when Christians stay in their
theological silos and talk about one another rather than talking to one
with a shared love of Christ and a spirit of Christian fellowship, we
seek dialogue with each other to faithfully discuss these disagreements
so that we may move closer to the unity for which our Savior prayed.
Presenters from a Protestant perspective and the Catholic perspective each speak for 10 minutes.A 50-minute open dialogue follows between the presenters and the audience. Questions will rotate back and forth between Protestant attendees and Catholic attendees.
Presenters will range from scholars to clergy to laymen.The
questions and comments are evenly balanced throughout the discussion
between both sides. The moderator is a Catholic and he may comment once
or twice a discussion from the Catholic perspective when it becomes the
Catholic turn, but a Protestant question or comment immediately follows
and precedes any moderator remarks.
We, of course, welcome, encourage, and hope for charitable participation and lively challenge from folks of any confession.
Of course, we do all of this over a filling dinner, good brew, and plenty of Christian fellowship.The
discussion portion of the evening takes about 80 minutes, leaving the
remainder of the evening for socializing and fellowship.
If you plan on attending, please bring a side dish, dessert, or beverage to share.