Sixth Phase of Dialogue (2020-2025)

Through the conversations in the previous phase, both communions affirm once again our hope to share together at the Eucharistic table one day. As the fifth phase concluded in 2018, the commission realized that our forthy years of dialogue, the commission has not sufficiently explored the work of the Holy Sprite in relation to our unity and the oneness of the Church. At the “core group” meeting in January 2020 in Indianapolis, USA, the core group proposed that the topic of the sixth phase to be “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit” based on the Second Corinthians chapter 3. 

Proposal Read

List of the Disciples of Christ International Commission Members, 2020-2025 Read

First Session, Lexington, KY, USA, August 2020

 

Fifth Phase of Dialogue (2013-2018)

For over 25 years, Disciples and Roman Catholics have been in dialogue, looking to the hope of realizing full visible unity in Christ. The fifth phase of the dialogue has been approved to begin in 2013 on the theme, “Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist.”

Disciples Members of the Dialogue, 2013-2018

    Sixth Session, Green Bay, WI, June 2018

             The final report will be released soon after it is reviewed and approved by both communions.

Fifth Session, Bayamón, Puerto Rico, June 2017

News Release: Catholics and Disciples Commission for Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

Fourth Session, Calgary, AB, Canada, June 2016

News Release: Catholics and Disciples Commission for Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

Third Session, Bethany, WV, USA, June 2015

News Release: Catholics and Disciples of Christ Commission for Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

Second Session, Rome, Italy, June 2014

News Release: Disciples – Catholic Dialogue Explores Being “Formed by the Eucharist” (To see the news release, click here.)

First Session, Nashville, TN, USA, January 2014

News Release: Disciples Catholic Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)


Agreed Statements from Dialogue: 1977-2009

  • The first three Agreed Statements (“Catholicity and Apostolicity,” 1977-1982; “The Church as Communion in Christ,” 1982-1992; and, “Receiving and Handing on the Faith: the Mission and responsibility of the Church,” 1993-2002) were published in Call to Unity, Issue 1, August 2003
  • The Presence of Christ in the Church, with special reference to the Eucharist (2003-2009)

Fourth Phase of Dialogue (2003-2009)

Fifth Session, Vienna, Austria, June 2008

News Release: Disciples-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Presence of Christ in the ministry of the Church (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Merryl Blair (Churches of Christ Theological College – Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia) “According to the Order of Melchizedek”: Hebrews 7 and the Priesthood of Christ

James O. Duke (Brite Divinity School – Ft. Worth, Texas) The Priesthood of Christ in Church and Ministry: A Disciples Perspective

Aidan Nichols (Blackfriars – Cambridge, UK) The Priesthood of Christ in Church and Ministry

Fourth Session, St. Louis, Missouri, June 2007

News Release: Disciples-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Relationship of Word and Sacrament (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Gosbert T.M. Byamungu (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) Walking Home with a Stranger: The Riddle of Emmaus

David M. Thompson (Fitzwilliam College – Cambridge, UK) Word and Sacrament with special reference to the Eucharist – a Disciples Perspective

Robert Louis Wilken (Christianity University of Virginia – Washington, DC) Word and Sacrament

Third Session, Rome, Italy, June 2006

News Release: Disciples-Catholic dialogue focuses on unity in Christ (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Merryl Blair (Churches of Christ Theological College – Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia) Unity in Christ: One Faith, One Baptism and the Eucharistic Koinonia

Fr. Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy (Our Lady of Dallas Abbey, Dallas, Texas) Unity in Christ: One Faith, One Baptism, and the Eucharistic Koinonia

Michael Kinnamon (Eden Theological Seminary – St. Louis, Missouri) Unity in Christ: Baptism, Faith, and the Eucharistic Koinonia

Second Session, Indianapolis, Indiana, December 2005

News Release: Growing convergence marks Disciples/Catholic Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Fr. Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy (Our Lady of Dallas Abbey, Dallas, Texas) The Eucharistic Presence from a Biblical Perspective

Bible Study: Merryl Blair (Churches of Christ Theological College – Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia) The Prodigal Gift: Bread of Life and the Eucharist

Margaret O’Gara (University of St. Michael’s College – Toronto, Canada) The Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: A Roman Catholic Understanding

William Tabbernee (Philips Theological Seminary – Tulsa, Oklahoma) The Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

First Session, Bari, Italy, December 2004

News Release: “An Advent Dialogue”: Disciples and Roman Catholic Launch New Phase of International Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

David M. Thompson (Fitzwilliam College – Cambridge, UK) Background

Robert Louis Wilken (Christianity University of Virginia – Washington, DC) The Non-Eucharistic Presence of Christ in the Church