Our 2017 Conference

Repentance and Forgiveness

Detail, Return of the Prodigal Son, Rembrandt (1661-69)

Detail, Return of the Prodigal Son, Rembrandt (1661-69)

An Ecumenical Conference for Clergy and Laity

June 5-7, 2017, Monday evening – Wednesday noon

Loyola University, Baltimore, Md.

Reconciliation is the heart of Christianity. It is the point of the Incarnation, the cross, and the exaltation of Christ: that all people be drawn to God, and that it be possible for all people to be drawn to God. The good news of reconciliation is at the same time a call to repent and to be forgiven, and then, concomitantly, to forgive.

It is time to reexamine these fundamental Christian claims. The 2017 annual conference of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology will return to the biblical sources to help us understand reconciliation afresh. It will raise questions about repentance and forgiveness from various perspectives: Jewish, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. It will also consider our present-day context, what has been called the “technoculture,” as well as the practice of repentance and forgiveness.

The conference will offer opportunity for question, discussion, and reflection on these fundamental matters in the context of common Christian prayer.

2017 Conference Speakers

  • Peter Bouteneff: How to be a sinner.

  • John Burgess: Is reconciliation still relevant? Reflections on a theological theme in an era of diversity and inclusivity.

  • Ellen Charry: Repentance and forgiveness between Christianity and Judaism.

  • Carolyn Chau: The practice of repentance and forgiveness.

  • Dominic Langevin OP: Sacramental reconciliation: ecumenical and historical difference.

  • Brent Waters: Confession and repentance in the emerging technoculture.

  • Stephen Westerholm: Biblical foundations.

  • Banquet address: Carl Braaten