Category Archives: Unity of the Church

Christian Unity Week @ Judson University, Part Three

We ended Christian Unity Week at Judson University on Friday, October 10. The final message was given by one of my dearest friends on earth – Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth. Fr. Ellsworth, pastor of Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Warrenville, Illinois, … Continue reading

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Christian Unity Week @ Judson University, Part Two

On Wednesday, October 8, I introduced Fr. Thomas Baima to the Judson University community. I do not know if Judson has ever had a Roman Catholic priest speak as a primary preacher in their chapel but on this gorgeous fall … Continue reading

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Christian Unity Week @ Judson University, Part One

I noted a few days ago, on this blog, that I helped to facilitate a Christian Unity Week at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. Each of the three days in chapel, during the week of October 6-10, we had a … Continue reading

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How Should We Respond to Pope Francis and the Present Ecumenical Open Window?

When Pope Francis was first presented to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square in 2013 he said, “Pray for me.” This was not window dressing. It was a deeply earnest request to us all. Shortly after this introduction my friend … Continue reading

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New Possibilities in the Quest for Visible Unity

Dr. J. Norberto Saracco is a leading Pentecostal pastor in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Norberto has been a leader in the global ecumenical movement and deeply involved in the Lausanne Movement. He serves on the Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation committee that I … Continue reading

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A Week for Christian Unity on a Christian Campus

This morning ACT3 Network begins a new ministry that is, so far as I can tell, a first. It is certainly a first for our mission. I share this news because I believe it is ground-breaking and because I humbly … Continue reading

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Chicago Gets a New Archbishop: Does the Media Understand the Church?

I have come to the conclusion that the media rarely gets the “tone” right when it comes to reporting on religion. This is true in reporting on all religion but in particular it is true with regard to Christianity in … Continue reading

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Gospel Call – A Unique Event for Local Congregations

My friend Fr. Tom Ryan, C.S.P, partners with me in helping to facilitate an event three times each year that is co-sponsored by three or more local congregations in a town or city in the U.S. or Canada. The event is offered … Continue reading

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An Account of the Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation

Many of you already know that ACT3 facilitated the recent Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical dialogue. One of the participants, Fr. René Constanza, wrote a report of our meeting for the website of the Paulist Fathers. Fr. René’s clear and accurate repot follows. Continue … Continue reading

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ACT3 September Forum on Friendship in Diversity

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, ACT3 hosted its first fall evening forum. Our subject was Christian diversity and deep friendship. I invited an Orthodox priest, Fr. Wilbur Ellsworth, and a Catholic author and editor, Tom Masters, to join me for … Continue reading

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