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Friday, December 9, 2016
Ushaw College hosts Colloquium to start bicentennial year
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¬†Ushaw College is to host an international gathering of theologians as the first event to mark its 200th anniversary. The Colloquium ≠ Formation for the Future ≠ Discovering Mutually Receptive Gifts ≠ takes place at the college from January 16 to 20. The Colloquium's theme has been chosen to reflect Ushaw's continuing work in the formation of people for the priesthood, as lay ministers and as deacons. It will seek to initiate debate by bringing together empirical and theological research projects. Brother Brendan Geary, Director of Human Formation at Ushaw College, is one of the Colloquium's organisers. He said: "Rather than just celebrate what Ushaw has achieved in 200 years, the colloquium is an event that says yes to what we have been and yes to what we will be. "A unique aspect of Ushaw is that we work in ecumenical partnership with other people. Our future has to be done with an ecumenical perspective. And as our primary task is formation, we need to ask, 'What does this mean for formation?'. The three areas of ministry ≠ Priesthood, Diaconate, lay ministry ≠ are not parallel lines that don't connect. They constantly interact in the saving work of Jesus Christ and the Church. "Each day of the Colloquium will start with someone who has done research on one of these areas, then we will ask, 'What does theology have to say to this?' Our hope is that after these presentations people can then go into groups and have conversations on a range of perspectives. "The key thing is the Colloquium is not just another conference, it's about encouraging people to have conversations with each other." Formation for the Future seeks to build on the work of the 2006 colloquium, which was held at Ushaw on the theme of Receptive Ecumenism. The Colloquium will open with a lecture by Cardinal Godfried Danneels, Archbishop of Brussels-Mechelen. Participants ≠ both clergy and lay people ≠ are expected to attend from Australia, USA, Holland, Lithuania, Latvia and Sweden, as well as from the rest of the UK. The Colloquium will also be attended by Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, Fr Timothy Radcliffe, theologian and former worldwide leader of the Dominicans, and the Anglican Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright. It has been funded by The Waterside Trust and The Jerusalem Trust. The College will also be holding a series of events from April to July, 2008, including an exhibition and concerts to mark the bicentenary.
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