50 Years of Catholic Lutheran Dialogue

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:45 PM


Catholic Information Center, 360 Division Ave S, Suite 2A, Grand Rapids


The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation coincides with 50 years of intentional Catholic Lutheran Dialogue. Dr. Kathryn Johnson and Rev. Brian Daley were members of the ecumenical task force for the "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry, and Eucharist," which identifies agreements already reached in dialogues between Catholics and Lutherans on those topics. The heart of the Declaration is the "Statement of Agreements," which draws together 32 consensus statements, where Catholics and Lutherans have already said there are not church-dividing differences between them. Rev. Daley and Dr. Johnson will be discussing a more tentative section of the Declaration that identifies some remaining differences, suggesting ways forward to greater consensus and unity.  

Rev. Brian E. Daley, SJ, is a Jesuit priest. He is currently the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame and was the recipient of a Ratzinger Prize for Theology in 2012. He has been involved in the North American Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue since 1981, and was recently part of the ecumenical commission that created the Lutheran-Catholic document, "Declaration on the Way."

Dr. Kathryn Johnson has been director for ecumenical and inter-religious relations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America church wide office since 2015. She has worked also at the Lutheran World Federation Office in Geneva and as a church historian at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


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