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  • Figel Address on Ecumenical Dialogue

    This annual address focuses on contemporary issues in ecumenism and is sponsored by the devoted layman-ecumenist Jack Figel. It occurs in conjunction with the Prayer Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and includes the annual Ecumenism Award of the Consortium.

    2016: The Reformation and Contemporary Ecclesial Divisions

    The Ecumenism Award was given to Dr. Joseph Small, former director of the Office of Theology and Worship of the PCUSA,  and now with the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. His address was entitled:  The Body Lies Bleeding: The Reformation and Contemporary Ecclesial Divisions.



    2015: Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism

    In 2015, the Consortium presented the Ecumenism Award to Dr. John Ford, professor at the Catholic University of America.  His address was entitled:  “Vatican II’s Decree on Ecumenism at Age Fifty: Exhausted Inheritance or Living Legacy?”  This address was later published in Ecumenical Review.


    2014: On Being Catholic

    The recipient of the 2014 Ecumenism Award, Dr.Justo Gonzalez, offered his presentation of the Figel Address, “On Being Catholic,.” Dr. Gonzalez is a renowned historical theologian and a founder of the Association of Hispanic Theological Education. The event was held at Wesley Theological Seminary.



    2013: Creative Imagination and Ecumenism

    February 4, 2013:  Dr. Mel Robeck, “Creative Imagination and Ecumenism:  Implications of Changing Demographics”  at Catholic University of America, Caldwell Hall.

    Download Dr. Robeck’s 2013 Figel Address

    2012: A Dialogue of Transformation

    Dr. Margaret O’Gara, of blessed memory. We are grateful for Margaret sharing one of her final public addresses with us. “A Dialogue of Transformation.”
    Download Dr. O’Gara’s Figel Address