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PACT - Public and Contextual Theology

4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism

The Centre for Ecumenical Studies as part of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (CSU), together with The Australian Catholic University's Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry and the Research Centre for Public and Contextual Theology (PACT) are pleased to invite you to the 4th International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism titled 'Leaning into the Spirit: discernment, decision-making and reception'.


The Conference will be held at University house, Australian National University, Canberra, from Monday 6 to Thursday 9 November, 2017.

The context, in terms of both place and time, will make the Fourth International Conference on Receptive Ecumenism an extremely significant event.

It will be the first major international ecumenical gathering in Australia since the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Canberra in 1991.

Also, it will come at an auspicious time.  It will commence just six days after the 500thanniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg – the event that marks the beginning of the Reformation and the consequent divisions in the Western Church.

This conference will be the successor to, and build upon the work of, three similar conferences that have been held in England (2006 and 2009) and in the United States (2014).  Those earlier conferences introduced the basic idea of receptive ecumenism, firstly within the Catholic tradition and then more broadly across a wide range of Christian traditions.  Since its inception, the concept has taken root in many diverse contexts around the globe.

For further information

See the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture website

Event details

  • Date: Commencing 6th Nov 2017 12:07pm - 8th Nov 2017 12:07pm
  • Location: University House, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Cost: Early Bird $450 Full Registration $500