Upcoming Pro Ecclesia Theology Conference

CCET Conference 2017 at Loyola University, Baltimore
from Monday evening, June 5, to Wednesday noon, June 7

Repentance and Forgiveness

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 praxis 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.

The 2017 annual conference speakers will include:

  • Peter Bouteneff: How to be an Orthodox 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 praxis 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



Our Most Recent Theology Conference:


(June 6th – 8th, 2016, at Loyola University, Baltimore)
Christian churches find that they are no longer the essential center of American society’s spiritual and moral life. Christian faith and life is now seen, when it is seen at all, as one option among many. Symptomatic of the marginalization of the churches in North America are those cultural issues in which the catholic and evangelical voice is now a minority. Symptomatic also is the rise of the “nones”—the sociological term of art for those whose religion is “none of the above.” We are experiencing in general the emergence of a deeply fissured world that seems strangely, perhaps suddenly, other to our world of not that long ago. It is difficult to see clearly how to understand our present situation, to diagnose how we got here, and perhaps most of all to see how best to proclaim the Gospel and to claim the freedom to do so—in short, how best now to act faithfully.

The 2016 annual conference of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology will offer significant plenary addresses on these themes, and opportunity for question and discussion, in the context of common Christian prayer.

2016 Conference Speakers

David Novak, University of Toronto
Advice on Being a Millennially-Despised Minority

Paige Hochschild, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland
Realist Engagement in the Midst of a Crumbling Empire: Augustinian Thoughts

William T. Cavanaugh, DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois
Is It Good to Be Persecuted?

Kathryn Schifferdecker, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota
A Tree Planted by Streams of Water: Scriptural Lessons on Hope

Anton Vrame, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in America
American Orthodoxy: A Minority that Came of Age

Robert Hendrickson, St. John’s Cathedral, Denver, Colorado
Keeping up with Tradition: Preaching and Pastoring as an Emerging Minority

Joseph D. Small, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa
The Gospel in “A Secular Age”

Banquet Speakers (Tuesday evening):

Gregory Fryer,
Executive Director, CCET

Victor Lee Austin,
Program Director, CCET