Since 2011, Evangelicals and Catholics in Saskatoon have been engaged in a theological dialogue. This builds on strong relationships built through the past decades by committed pastors, priests, and lay people who believe passionately that our communities can work more closely together and resolve many of the long-held suspicions of the other. After two years of regular discussions, the dialogue members decided that it would be useful to sketch out some of the areas where Catholics and Evangelicals already agree about the Christian faith. While not glossing over the considerable degree of difference that continues to exist between us, the dilaogue members contend that our common faith in Jesus Christ calls us to further dialogue, to common worship and service, and to common witness. The joint statement, entitled Called to Common Witness, is the work of the local dialogue between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers' Fellowship. It is a study document produced by participants in the dialogue and is here released so that it may be widely discussed. It is not an authoritative declaration of either the Catholic Church or of the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers' Fellowship, who have each commended the document for study and reflection in local churches.

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Gordon Smith: What can Evangelicals learn from Catholics?

On Thursday, April 30, Dr. Gordon Smith of Ambrose University in Calgary gave a public lecture entitled “What Can Evangelicals Learn from Catholic Christians? An Evangelical Response”. Smith is the president of Ambrose University, a college affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church of Canada. He is also a professor of theology and a spiritual director. He has spoken on other occasions about the importance of Evangelical-Catholic relations for the contemporary church. He was invited to Saskatoon by the Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Saskatoon to offer a reflection from an Evangelical perspective on the Catholic Church following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.

Following Dr. Smith’s presentation, Gertrude Rompré and Dr. Jeromey Martini offered responses. Rompré is the director of Mission and Ministry at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon. Martini is the president of Horizon College in Saskatoon, a professor of New Testament Studies, and a member of the local dialogue group. An extended period was available for question and answer, with questions about the details of Smith’s talk as well as the continuing prospects for dialogue. A video of Smith’s presentation is available. Over the next days additional video segments will be added here, including respondents Gertrude Rompré and Dr. Jeromey Martini. Smith’s outline is available as well.
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Posted: May 4, 2015 • Permanent link:
Categories: Dialogue, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, Gordon Smith, Saskatoon
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International Catholic-Evangelical consultation meets in Saskatoon – includes two public events

An international Evangelical-Roman Catholic consultation will meet in Saskatoon Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, offering the public a rare chance to learn more about the international dialogue process, and the relationship between Catholic and Evangelical Christians around the world.

The World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity convened this round of international consultation in 2009. The group of 14 theologians, pastors and other leaders from Brazil, Columbia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Kenya, Spain, Italy, Germany, the United States and Canada have been discussing challenging issues that have divided Catholics and Evangelicals, including the relationship between scripture and tradition, and the role of the church in salvation.

At the international level, there have been two earlier phases of dialogue between Roman Catholics and Evangelicals. The first phase resulted in the 1984 report Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Mission. The broad focus of the report was on the Christian mission, but it included initial treatment of a variety of theological points of tension, including the scriptures, salvation, the church, Mary and the saints, and the sacraments. A second phase of dialogue (1993- 2002) produced a report entitled Church, Evangelization and the Bonds of Koinonia.

The current round of international consultation has held meetings in São Paulo, Brazil (2009); Rome, Italy (2011); Wheaton/Chicago, USA (2012); Guatemala City, Guatemala (2013); Bad Blankenburg, Germany (2014), and finally this year’s gathering in Saskatoon.
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Posted: August 24, 2015 • Permanent link:
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Saskatoon, World Evangelical Alliance
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Robert Stackpole: What Can Catholics Learn from Evangelicals?

A public lecture with Dr Robert Stackpole, director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. This lecture is presented by the Evangelical-Catholic Dialogue of Saskatoon, and complements the April 2015 lecture “What can Evangelicals Learn from Catholics?” by Dr Gordon Smith (Ambrose University, Calgary). For further information, contact Nick Jesson (306-659-5814) or Pastor Harry Strauss (306-933-2266).

Robert has a special academic interest in ecumenical dialogue with Evangelical Christians, an interest that grew during his 10-years of teaching theology to undergraduates at Redeemer Pacific College at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC. Robert also enjoys reading and writing about the works of C.S. Lewis, and describes himself as an incurable “Narniac.” From 2012 to 2015, Robert taught at St. Therese Institute in Bruno, SK where he was the Assistant Director of Formation. During this period, he also served on the Evangelical-Roman Catholic dialogue in Saskatoon.

Since 1997, Robert has been the Research Director, and later Director, of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy based in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In that capacity, he has been a speaker at many conferences, and the author and editor of numerous journal articles and books, including Divine Mercy: A Guide From Genesis To Benedict XVI (Marian Press, 2009).
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Posted: February 4, 2016 • Permanent link:
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, ResourcesIn this article: Catholic, Evangelicals
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