The 2014-2015 Scarboro Missions Lecture
A Church in Dialogue: Pope Francis and the summons to ecumenical, inter-faith and cultural conversations The Church enters into dialogue with the world in which it lives, because God has first entered into dialogue with us. Pope Francis has stressed that “either we stand together with the culture of dialogue and encounter, or we all lose”. He has summoned us to enter with courage “into the Areopagus of contemporary cultures”, to dialogue with science, with non-believers, with other religious traditions and with other Christian communities. Why, how, and where do such ecumenical, inter-faith and cultural conversations take place? Why does faithfulness to the Gospel now summon us to be a Church in dialogue?
Bishop Donald Bolen
Bishop Bolen of the Diocese of Saskatoon, is currently co-chair of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), co-chair of the International Methodist-Catholic Dialogue, a member of the International Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue, and a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. In Canada, he co-chairs the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue. In 2008 he was awarded the Cross of Saint Augustine by the Archbishop of Canterbury for his service to relations between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Bishop Bolen is an Associate of the Madonna House Apostolate.
This lecture is endowed by a special fund created by the Scarboro Missions.