[given in the book, Evangelicalism and the Orthodox Church
] offers hope for transforming our past tensions into positive resources for realignment and renewal."
Nassif believes that a global dialog is emerging
and thus we should not revert to the pre-ecumenical era isolation that dominated our respective churches in the past but rather we ought to go forward and discuss more openly where we agree and disagree and exactly why. Nassif even calls upon our respective churches to "explore how [our] common beliefs and values can be visibly expressed in our local communities throughout the world."
I write this because ACT 3 will host an important ACT 3 Forum to foster such a dialog on
September 28 @ 6:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. This event will feature two evangelicals theologians (Dr. Grant Osborne of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Dr. George Kalantzis of Wheaton College) and two Orthodox theologians (Father Patrick Henry Reardon, a priest in Chicago and an editor of Touchstone magazine
and Dr. Bradley Nassif). I will moderate this discussion and the public is heartily urged to attend. A video and audio version of the evening will be made and then offered via ACT 3’s resources in our Web site store as, was our Roman Catholic and evangelical forum in September of 2007.
Please mark this date. It will be a wonderful opportunity to act upon the encouragement that is given to us by the Evangelical Alliance in the UK.
(I still hope for the day when the National Association of Evangelicals, in the United States, might spend serious time on such dialog rather than on the various "issues" that they adopt and promote! The NAE is far less involved in such expressions of unity, and the pursuit of common concerns, than their U.K. counterparts in the Evangelical Alliance.)