The U.S. Catholic Church: The Challenge of Communion Conference
STARTS: Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 8:30 AM
ENDS: Friday, November 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM
All are invited to participate in a two-day conference on Thursday, November 4, and Friday, November 5, sponsored by the Catholic Common Ground Initiative of the Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union and the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University.
This conference is intended to foster ways of seeking common ground within the Church today by addressing both the challenges and the opportunities for bringing voices within the Church into faithful and respectful dialogue. A series of critical issues with which the Church is contending today will be addressed: passing on the faith to youth, cultural integrity for immigrant communities, racism, Catholic identity, and liturgy. These issues will be engaged by bringing different points of view into dialogue and inviting the participants in the conference in this process, as a way of building up communion in the Church. We hope you will join us in this important undertaking!
November 4 will be hosted at DePaul Student Center, Lincoln Park Campus, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 120 A, Chicago, IL 60614
November 5 will be hosted at Catholic Theological Union’s Academic and Conference Center, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., Room 210, Chicago, IL 60615
Please register by Friday, October 29, 2010 at: http://challengeofcommunion.depaul.edu
Cost: $40 for two days; $25 for one day; CTU and DePaul Students and Faculty will receive complimentary registration.
Note: Payment can be submitted by check made out to DePaul University and mailed to Francis Salinel, Center for World Catholicism, 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614-3250, or at check-in time in cash or check. No credit/debit card payment supported.
About the Conference
The Catholic Church in the United States strives to attain the unity in communion that is confessed in the Creed: “One, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” At the same time, it experiences the diversity of its membership and debate on crucial issues that affect both its life as a community and its apostolic mission. At times this debate has become polarizing and threatens the unity in communion the Church seeks.
The Catholic Common Ground Initiative, now located in the Cardinal Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union, and the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University, are committed to finding ways of shaping the debate so that Church can be “a school of communion” as the late Pope John Paul II wished it to become. This conference, “The U.S. Catholic Church: The Challenge of Communion,” is one way of seeking to foster common ground within the Church today.
DAY ONE: Engaging in the Dialogue
Thursday, November 4 at DePaul Student Center
Lincoln Park Campus, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 120 A, Chicago, IL 60614
8:30 a.m. Coffee/Check-in
9:00 a.m. Opening Prayer
Welcome and introductions
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Plenary Session: The Challenge of Communion in the U.S. Church
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions I
• Track 1: Communion and Fragmentation among Youth and Young Adults
• Track 2: Communion and Cultural Integrity in U.S. Catholicism
• Track 3: Challenges of Communion and Racism
• Track 4: Catholic Identity and Challenges of Communion
• Track 5: Challenges of Communion and Liturgy
12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch break
2 - 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions II
3:45 p.m. Concluding Reflections
4:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
5:00 p.m. Reception
DAY TWO: Breaking New Ground: Finding Fresh Perspectives to Build Communion and Create Unity
Friday, November 5 at Catholic Theological Union’s Academic and Conference Center
5416 S. Cornell Ave., Room 210, Chicago, IL 60615
8:30 a.m. Coffee/Check-in
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer and Welcome
9:15 a.m. Plenary Session: Summary statements from five track reporters
10:00 a.m. Opportunities for Common Ground
10:45 a.m. Dialogue around Opportunities for Communion
11:45 a.m. Reports to the Large Group
12:30 p.m. Adjournme