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North American Academy of Ecumenists

2022 Annual Meetings

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October 7-9, 2022

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

New York City, NY

We are delighted to announce the new dates and host venue for the 2022 Annual Meeting of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, to be held on October 7-9, 2022, at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The conference will be conducted in a hybrid mode, with an in-person gathering combined with an option for remote attendance via Zoom.

Registration is now open through September, via the NAEE website - recommendations for meals and accommodations to follow (although participants are encouraged to secure their own accommodations as they see fit).

The theme for this year's conference is "Ecumenism and Asceticism":

It has not always been appreciated over the past decades of rapprochement between formerly antagonistic ecclesial communities that lasting peace cannot simply begin with dialogue or strategizing for the future of a relationship: it must begin with spiritual work and transformation within the communities that would take steps to reconcile. Peace and conflict research has made clear that identities and relationships alike accrue damage from histories of antagonism and the traumas of past violence, which cannot simply be set aside through formal accords as though they did not continue to constrain the available mentalities, emotional conditions, and very self-understanding of communities in the present. Painstaking ecumenical formation (which includes the uprooting of corrupt attitudes toward otherness and the weeds of rancor sown by history) therefore has to precede productive ecumenical engagement – even as guided and strategic encounter is doubtless crucial to ecumenical formation.

The 2022 annual meeting of the North American Academy of Ecumenists, therefore, will engage questions about the role of asceticism, broadly construed, in ecumenical affairs, for instance: formation for ecumenical engagement, ecumenical spirituality and liturgy, prayer practice as fuel for ecumenical compassion and attunement, virtue ethics and the theological anthropology of ecumenical engagement, the ways that closed or captive epistemologies foreclose on the possibility of authentic ecumenical understanding, the sins/passions/demons that exacerbate or incentivize corroded relationships and the ascetic traditions that confront such forces, monastic settings as venues for ecumenism or as training grounds for ecumenical virtue and praxis, and historical voices from the ascetic tradition that offer insights for contemporary ecumenical challenges.


Friday, October 7

2:00 pm - On-site registration

3:00 pm - Informal tour of the Cathedral

4:00 pm - Opening worship & welcome from NAAE and Cathedral leadership

5:00 pm - NAAE Presidential Address & annual membership meeting

6:00 pm - Wine & cheese reception

Saturday, October 8

9:00 am - Morning prayer in the Cathedral

9:30 am - Continental breakfast & coffee

10:00 am - Session 1: Asceticism in Contemporary Ecumenism

11:30 am - Break for lunch in Morningside Heights

2:00 pm - Session 2: Liturgy, Spirituality, and Formation

3:30 pm - Coffee break

4:00 pm - Session 3: Asceticism and Ecumenism: Voices from the Tradition

6:00 pm - Evening prayer in the Cathedral

6:30 pm - Banquet dinner for participants at V&T Pizzeria

Sunday, October 9

9:00 am - Panel & conversation featuring local ecumenical initiatives

10:30 am - Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral - all are welcome

12:00 pm - Final reflections & closing of conference

Fourth Annual Paul Wattson Lecture with Archbishop Donald J. Bolen

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October 10th, 2022, 7-9PM.

The James and Catherine Denny Center at Catholic Theological Union

5416 South Cornell Avenue, Chicago

His Eminence Archbishop Donald J. Bolen, Diocese of Regina, will present The Intersection Between Ecumenism and Justice at the annual Paul Wattson Lecture, sponsored by the Friars of the Atonement.

This yearly lecture, sponsored by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and Catholic Theological Union, honors the founder of the Friars, Fr. Paul Wattson, and focuses on ecumenical and interreligious dialogue and understanding as an important part of the mission to which Fr. Paul devoted his life.

Archbishop Donald J. Bolen was born on the Canadian prairies and studied in Regina, Ottawa and Oxford. After ordination, he taught in the Religious Studies department at Campion College at the University of Regina. In 2001, he was appointed to work at the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, where he served in international dialogues with Anglicans and Methodists. He was named the Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon in 2010 and the Archbishop of Regina in 2016. He is active in ecumenical work, justice work, and Indigenous relations, responding to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.