Monday, April 5, 2010

Ecumenical Trends highlights the Pentecostal-Roman Catholic dialogue report "On Becoming a Christian"

In a previous post I called attention to the report "On Becoming a Christian: Insights from Scripture and the Patristic Writings With Some Contemporary Reflections," which summarizes the findings of the fifth phase of the ongoing dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and representatives of Pentecostal churches. The January 2010 issue of Ecumenical Trends, currently available online as a sample issue, features a symposium on the report. Dale M. Coulter of Regent University (Virginia Beach, Va.) introduces this thematic issue with his article "Pentecostals and Catholics: On Learning to Read the Fathers Together." Teresa Francesca Rossi, Associate Director of the Centro Pro Unione and Professor of Ecumenical Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, offers a Catholic perspective on the report in "On Becoming a Christian: Reflections and Insights." (Dr. Rossi is also a member of the Catholic delegation to the current series of conversations between the Baptist World Alliance and the Roman Catholic Church in which I am participating as a member of the Baptist delegation.) Glen W. Menzies of North Central University (Minneapolis, Minn.) offers "A Pentecostal Response to On Becoming a Christian." Appropriately the remainder of the issue includes two additional articles by theologians from each communion: "Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--2010" by Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., an Assemblies of God theologian teaching at Fuller Theological Seminary, and "Immigration Ministry: An Ecumenical Opportunity?" by John T. Ford, CSC, Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

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