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  • June 24, 2008

    Friends:

    When I was visiting my mother in Philadelphia, I saw in the Philadelphia Inquirer that Dr. John Reumann had died. He was the long-time Professor
    of New Testament at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.
    He received the Consortium Ecumenism Award two years ago. He was instrumental in the American Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue on Justification which was foundational for the Joint Declaration on Justification agreed to by the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican–and recently by the World Methodist Council.

    I was happy to read in the Seminary’s tribute to him on their website [under Latest News] that he had finished his longtime work on the letter to the Philippians and sent the final version off to his editor at Yale University Press before he died. He had mentioned this to me when he came to Washington to receive the Ecumenism Award.–he was toward the end of this ‘life’s work.’

    I look forward to the book.
    A final contribution of a man who made many contributions to the search for Christian Unity.

    Peace,
    John