SEI 2007: Making Peace in the Household of God

 — June 26, 200726 juin 2007

Advance notice

Updated: change of date to June 26-29, 2007

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism is pleased to announce that its Summer Ecumenical Institute for 2007 will take place in Saskatoon June 26-29. The theme of the conference is conflict resolution and transformation within and among churches, under the working title “Making Peace in the Household of God.”

Many Canadian churches appear to be experiencing conflict, often more within than between denominations. Liberals and conservatives in many churches are in tension over issues such as human sexuality and the interpretation of scripture, and the ‘heat’ seems to be rising. The skills of courtesy, listening and dialogue, which ecumenically-minded people have been developing over the years, are today needed just as much within our churches as between them.

Our keynote speaker for the conference will be Dave Brubaker, who since 2004 has been Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. Before that he was Senior Partner in ‘Cooperative by Design’ an Arizona-based peacebuilding consortium, and has held other posts in community development, conciliation services and with the Mennonite Central Committee. Dave has 20 years’ experience of research and teaching conflict transformation skills and of working as a ‘hands-on’ conflict mediator in church settings in North America, Africa, the UK, Nepal and Brazil. Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an MBA in Global Economic Development. He is currently completing doctoral research with the University of Arizona, specializing in religious and organizational conflict. He is a member of the Brethren in Christ Church, one of the Mennonite family of churches.

Working on the conviction that conflict within the Body of Christ can be transformed into a source of life-giving energy, this conference will explore the biblical and theological foundations for conflict transformation, discuss current research into conflict transformation in the church setting, and provide an introduction to practical training in conflict transformation skills. As always, the SEI will offer inspiring worship, short workshops on a variety of subjects related to ecumenism, and the opportunity to network and share fellowship with others who are committed to inter-church cooperation. It is open to all who are committed to inter-church cooperation, both lay and ordained, whether working at a grassroots or an institutional level. The timetable will provide an opportunity for church leaders and ecumenical officers to meet each other and discuss common concerns, and for those involved in shared ministries to meet together.

Set aside these dates: June 26-29, 2007. Registration and program details will be forthcoming. For further information, please contact the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism. Telephone 306-653-1633 or email

Rev. Dr. Jan Bigland-Pritchard

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