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Creighton hosting conversation on ecumenism, Feb. 7

St. John's Church on the campus of Creighton University.Internationally recognized theologians and clergy members from around Omaha and the U.S. will take part in a conversation on ecumenism Saturday, Feb. 7 at Creighton University.

Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism coming out of the Second Vatican Council, will be the subject of a discussion between keynote speakers William Rusch, D.Phil., of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Yale Divinity School; Steven Harmon, Ph.D., a Baptist and professor of Christian theology at Gardner-Webb University; and the Rev. John Crossin, Ph.D., a priest in the order of the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales and a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This conversation is part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II in 1965 and Creighton’s Founders Week 2015 festivities.

The event, taking place at the Skutt Student Center Ballroom on the Creighton campus, begins with a complimentary continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by morning prayers and introductions at 9 a.m. Each speaker will then present individually, talking about the Unitatis Redintegratio and its implications for their particular denomination and for Christianity as a whole.

Dr. Rusch will speak at 10 a.m., Dr. Harmon at 11 a.m., and Fr. Crossin at 1 p.m. At 1:45 p.m. A panel discussion featuring the keynote speakers and Omaha-area ecumenical leaders will continue the conversation and accept questions from attendees. Local leaders on the panel are the Rev. Gary Eller, Ph.D., of Westminster Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Jane Florence, D.Min., of First Methodist Church; and the Rev. E. Scott Jones, Ph.D., of First Central Congregational Church.

This event is free and open to the public, with a complimentary lunch provided at 11:45 a.m. For more information, visit

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