In memoriam: Dr. George Vandervelde

 — Jan. 30, 200730 janv. 2007

It is with great sadness that “Ecumenism in Canada” notes the passing of Dr. George Vandervelde, an ecumenist widely known and respected in Canada, the United States and around the world. Vandervelde was emeritus professor at the Institute of Christian Studies in Toronto since his retirement in 2004, and lecturer at Wycliffe College in the Toronto School of Theology. A lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church, he was for many years an active participant in the Canadian Council of Churches‘ Faith and Witness Commission, and the U.S. National Council of Churches‘ Faith and Order Commission. He was convenor of the World Evangelical Alliance‘s Ecumenical Issues Taskforce and secretary of the WEA‘s dialogue with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Although it is an exaggeration to credit him with single-handedly establishing the Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue, his passion for this important work marked his entire career.

Dr. Vandervelde will be remembered fondly by all his students and colleagues. The WEA announced his death with these words: “We are grateful to have had his input and influence. We are comforted to know that he has gone on before us and now belongs to the “cloud of witnesses” cheering us on (Hebr.12,1 and Hieronymus).”

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