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National Workshop on Christian Unity

For over forty years, the National Workshop on Christian Unity has been the prime ongoing event in the United States for ecumenical education experienced in the midst of other Christian traditions. It is held yearly in various locations of the country.

When next?

The 2008 National Workshop on Christian Unity will be held in Chicago, Illinois, on April 14-17. 


It will meet at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare (8535 West Higgins Road, Chicago, Illinois 60631), in the direct vicinity of O'Hare Airport.


The organizing theme has been announced as "Pray Without Ceasing." More information will come as planning proceeds.


PC(USA) members of the national planning committee are Carlos Malave and Paul Masquelier.

The Chicago-based local planning committee is chaired by Presbyterian Grayson Van Camp and also includes Presbyterians Paul Rutgers and Gordon Zerkel, who serves as treasurer.

Contact one of the committee members if you have suggestions or questions.

What else?

The Ecumenical and Interfaith Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will meet in Chicago just prior to the opening of the 2008 Workshop. Planners are considering a venue near the Chicago theological seminaries. Save the dates. Look for future announcements on details.

Where in the future?

Cities interested in hosting a future National Workshop may send a proposal to the national planning committee's treasurer as much as three years in advance. A downloadable brochure lists the primary requirements.

Read the sermon delivered at the opening worship at the 2007 Workshop by Bishop Vicken Aykazian and the keynote address delivered Brother Jeffrey Gros (pictured). PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader For information on past workshops, go to the NWCU web site.

Read the winning essay by a Lutheran PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader in the 2007 seminarians' essay contest, on the theme of "The Significance of Ecumenical Activity in Congregational Life." The same theme was the subject for essays presented by seminarians to the networks PDF file requires use of Adobe Reader of Catholics and Episcopalians and to the Ecumenical Colleagues from other communions (ECCO) network. A panel of seminarians made presentations at the workshop.

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