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2017 Schedule

All conference sessions, unless otherwise noted, will be held at the following location on DePaul University's Lincoln Park Campus:

DePaul Student Center, Room 314B (map)
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Friday, April 28

Pre-Conference Session
Undergraduate Research Poster & Awards Presentation

As a prelude to the conference, this interactive session features undergraduates from DePaul's Catholic Studies courses who are presenting their research on ecumenism in the global South. The top three presentations will be awarded prizes of $200, $100, and $50, respectively.

In addition, three of our conference speakers will be on hand to offer their feedback & comments, as well as present the awards to the winning students:

  • Teresa Okure, SHCJ
  • Justin K. H. Tse
  • Michael Cooper-White

Check-In and Registration

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION—"I Am With You Always" (Matthew 28:20): Jesus' Perspective on Ecumenism and the World Church

Teresa Okure, SHCJ
Member & sole representative of Catholic Africa, Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III)
Professor of Scripture (New Testament) & Gender Hermeneutics, Catholic Institute of West Africa
(Port Harcourt, Nigeria)

(Moderator: Rev. Joseph DeFrancisco—Professor of Theology and Pastoral Studies, St. Ambrose University)

8:30pm Reception

Saturday, April 29

Continental Breakfast and Registration/Check-In

ROUNDTABLE—Theological Perspectives on Christian Solidarity

  • Lusmarina Campos Garcia — The Solitude of Solidarity: A Narrative from Brazil
  • Mary N. Getui — What Motivates Grassroots Cooperation among Christians in Kenya?
  • Stan Chu Ilo — From Miraculous Waters in Eastern Nigeria to the Earth Keepers of Zimbabwe: Ecumenical Stories of Healing, Health & Ecology in Africa

(Moderator: Rev. Diane Dardón—Chaplain, Protestant Christian Ministries, DePaul University)

11:00am-12:30pm Lunch (on your own)

ROUNDTABLE—Religious Competition

  • Elias Bongmba — From Comity to Competition in Cameroon & Kenya
  • Justin K. H. Tse — Keeping the Family Together: The Geopolitics of Family Values Advocacy among Post-Handover Hong Kong Catholics & Protestants
  • Philip Wingeier-Rayo — Pentecostalism & Base Christian Communities in Mexico: Similarities, Differences & Juxtapositions

(Moderator: Rev. Joseph DeFrancisco—Professor of Theology and Pastoral Studies, St. Ambrose University)

2:30-3:00pm Coffee Break

ROUNDTABLE—Grassroots Cooperation

  • Patrick Alumuku — The Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N.): Ecumenical Unity in the Face of Persecution
  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim — Making Peace with the Earth
  • Juan Sepúlveda — Ecumenical Cooperation in Contexts of Crisis: The Case of Chile under Military Dictatorship (1973-1990)

(Moderator: Rev. Diane Dardón—Chaplain, Protestant Christian Ministries, DePaul University)

5:00-6:00pm Reception

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION— Formal Ecumenism, Receptive Ecumenism, and the Diverse Local Churches of the Global Catholic Communion

Paul D. Murray
Member, Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III)
Director, Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University
(Durham, UK)

(Moderator: Michael Canaris — Assistant Professor, Institute of Pastorial Studies, Loyola University Chicago) ​

Sunday, April 30


—Ecumenism of Martyrdom

  • Mark Chapman—Anglicans, the Ecumenism of Blood & Postcolonial Problems
  • Michael Cooper-White—Bishops Saving "Singers": Tales of Torture & Courageous Christian Witness in Pinochet's Chile

Moderator: William Cavanaugh—CWCIT Director and Professor of Catholic Studies, DePaul University)

3:00-3:30pm Coffee Break

ROUNDTABLE—Official Ecumenical Dialogues

  • Paul Avis—The Elusiveness of Consensus and the Road to Deeper Communion
  • Vincent C. Ifeme—Ecumenism & Immigration: The "New Christians" in Italy
  • Vimal Tirimanna, CSsR—Past Divisions & Present Ecumenical Dialogues: Are These Elements of God's Plan (Providence)?

(Moderator: Ellen K. Wondra—Research Professor Emerita of Theology & Ethics, Bexley Seabury Seminary)

5:30-6:00pm Closing Reception

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION—The Future of Ecumenism through the Lens of Postcolonial Theories

Rev. Felix Wilfred
President, Concilium: International Journal of Theology
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy & Religious Thought, State University of Madras
(Chennai, India)

(Moderator: Bernhard Spielberg—FRIAS Junior Fellow in Catholic Theology, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg—Germany)

On-Site Book Sales

CWCIT is working with the DePaul University Bookstore staff to offer a variety of our conference speakers' books for purchase at different times during the conference. Please stay tuned for the list of available titles and the schedule. ​