Walking after Talking

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Our pilgrimage will draw to a close at the end of October after a few days in Rome, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Afterwards we’ll head for a week in Wittenberg, Germany, where the Institute for Ecumenical Research is hosting its annual two-week Studying Luther in Wittenberg program. We’ll be talking about our trip there, so if you’re in the neighborhood, drop us a line and we’ll let you know how to sit in on our presentation.

But for the great number of you who are not conveniently on the right continent to take a side trip to Wittenberg, you have three chances to see us in the U.S.!

The first is at Augsburg College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where we’ll be speaking at the Founders’ Day events on November 10 and 11. Andrew will give an address complete with photos on the evening of the 10th entitled, “Pomegranates, Pilgrims, and Pontiffs: A Kinetic View of Luther’s Walk to Rome,” and on the morning of the 11th I’ll be speaking on “What Has Erfurt to Do with Rome? Ecumenism as a Pilgrimage,” with some but probably not as many photos as Andrew’s presentation!

Our second appearance is quite a bit to the south at Lenoir-Rhyne University, where we’ll be the Theologians-in-Residence from November 14 to 17, which includes the same lectures on the evenings of the 14th and 15th and chapel preaching on the 17th.

Last but not least we’ll give a joint presentation at Roanoke College‘s Center for Religion and Society on the evening of November 18.

We’d love to see you, so please come if you can!

3 thoughts on “Walking after Talking

  1. I think what you’re doing is great. I come at this from a unique perspective, however. I was raised Lutheran and have been going through the process of conversion to Catholicism. Are you sure it’s realistic to attempt to find common ground between the two faiths? I’m not discouraging you. But I will be interested to listen to how your endeavor is received in Rome. Keep me posted

  2. Hi Steve,

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. You have an especially important vocation now as a “convert” to be an interpreter and peacemaker between the Lutheran and Catholic communities. As you join the Catholic Church, you will be undertaking the responsibilities enjoined upon Catholics in Vatican 2’s Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis Redintegratio) and John Paul 2’s encyclical Ut Unum Sint. I hope you will read them both and take them to heart.

    You will find in reading these two Catholic documents that it is incorrect to speak of “two faiths.” There is one faith, one Lord, one baptism that both Lutherans and Catholics share. Their common faith is explicitly stated in the mutually binding doctrinal document “The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” (There’ll be a lot more about the JD in the days ahead on this website!)

    And finally, we’re not being “received in Rome” as if we were presenting a proposal or requesting an audience (a lot of people have made this mistake). We’re not appealing to any authorities at all. We’re trying to relive a piece of the past in the service of the future, and we’re inviting the whole people of God to think through the issues involved with us as we go.

    All the best!
    Sarah & Andrew

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