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 after our forty years of dialogue, the commission has not sufficiently explored the Holy Sprite’s work 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 sixth phase’s topic is to be “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit” based on the Second Corinthians chapter 3. 

First Session: Lexington, KY, USA; August 2020

The first session has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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.”

Agreed Statement from This Phase

Do This In Memory of Me: Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist Read

    Commentary by Rev. Dr. Mark G. Toulouse on the Final Report Read

Sixth Session: Green Bay, WI, USA; June 2018

News Release Read 

The final report was drafted and was shared with both communions for further reviews.

Fifth Session: Bayamón, Puerto Rico; June 2017

News Release: Catholics and Disciples Commission for Dialogue Read 

Fourth Session: Calgary, AB, Canada; June 2016

News Release: Catholics and Disciples Commission for Dialogue Read

Third Session: Bethany, WV, USA; June 2015

News Release: Catholics and Disciples of Christ Commission for Dialogue Download

Second Session: Rome, Italy; June 2014

News Release: Disciples – Catholic Dialogue Explores Being “Formed by the Eucharist” Download 

First Session: Nashville, TN, USA; January 2014

 

Fourth Phase of Dialogue (2003-2008)

Agreed Statement from This Phase

The Presence of Christ in the Church with Special Reference to the Eucharist, 2009 Read

Fifth Session: Vienna, Austria; June 2008

News Release: Disciples-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Presence of Christ in the ministry of the Church Read 

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, USA; June 2007

News Release: Disciples-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Relationship of Word and Sacrament Read 

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

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, USA; December 2005

News Release: Growing convergence marks Disciples/Catholic Dialogue Read 

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 Read 

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

 

Agreed Statements from the First Three Phases