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Towards Unity: Ecumenical Dialogue
500 Years after the Reformation
Co-edited by Nicholas Jesson
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Since the Reformation, Christian unity has suffered many failures. Yet, especially in more recent times, it has also celebrated encouraging successes. Disparate Christian traditions are beginning to trust each other. Will Christians eventually find one shared identity? What are the theological and ecclesial challenges ahead? This timely collection of essays by prominent Catholic and Protestant ecumenists witnesses a hope for a future Christian unity born out of 50 years of honest and genuine dialogue. The essays also serve as a homage and testament to the inspired ministry of Monsignor John (Jack) Radano, who served as head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity’s Western Section for close to a quarter century. Archbishop Donald Bolen, Nicholas Jesson, and Donna Geernaert, SC all served as editors. (Novalis)

Published by Novalis

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My Take
A collection of essays on the current dialogues among the Christian churches to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. All the contributors are "insiders" who have witnessed great progress, but remain realistic about full unity. Much will depend on personal relationships, prayer and common public witness.
About the Co-editor
Nicholas Jesson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He completed a BA in Philosophy and an MA in Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba and St. Paul's College. He is currently ecumenical officer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. His academic work and ecumenical ministry have focused on dialogue between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics. He was director of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism from 1994 to 1999 and has been editor of the website Ecumenism in Canada (ecumenism.net) from 1995 to the present. He has developed the new digital archive Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue on behalf of IARCCUM. He is a member of the national dialogue between the United Church of Canada and the Roman Catholic Church. He lives with his wife Amanda Currie in Saskatoon.
“This book witnesses to what has been achieved through the work of dialogue over the past fifty years, and to the work of the Holy Spirit in evidence through the dialogue process. It also witnesses to the importance of ecumenical friendship in advancing the cause of unity.”

Donald Bolen
— Archbishop of Regina, SK and co-editor of “Towards Unity”