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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, SHJC
  • Justin Tse
  • Lusmarina Campos Garcia

Check-In and Registration

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

Teresa Okure, SHJC
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)

8:30pm Reception

Saturday, April 29

Check-In, Registration, and Continental Breakfast


ROUNDTABLE—Theological Perspectives on Christian Solidarity
  • Lusmarina Campos Garcia—The Solitude of Solidarity: A Narrative from Brazil
  • Mary Getui—What Motivates Grassroots Cooperation among Christians in Kenya?
  • Stan Chu IloFrom a Miraculous Water in Eastern Nigeria to the Earth Keepers of Zimbabwe: Ecumenical Stories of Healing, Health & Ecology in Africa
(Moderator: TBA)
11:00am-12:30pm Break for Lunch (on your own)

—Religious Competition
  • Elias Bongmba—From Comity to Competition in Cameroon & Uganda
  • 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: TBA)

2:30-3:00pm Coffee Break

—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 SepúlvedaEcumenical Cooperation in Contexts of Crisis: The Case of Chile under Military Dictatorship (1973-1990)
(Moderator: TBA)


—On Receptive Ecumenism  

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

(Moderator: TBA)

Sunday, April 30

Check-In and Registration

ROUNDTABLE—Ecumenism of Martyrdom

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

(Moderator: TBA)

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: TBA)

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)

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.