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Fr. Ronald Roberson gave the key note at the Eastern Churches Seminar.
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DVDs of Eastern Churches Seminar Now On Sale

Notre Dame College’s Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry hosted its 26th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, which convened renowned theologians from the Catholic and Orthodox faiths, on Oct. 8 and 9. A DVD set of this year’s seminar titled “Orthodox and Catholics: Together Yet Apart” can now be purchased from Eastern Christian Media.

Cost of the DVDs is $29.95 plus $2.95 for shipping and handling for a total of $32.90. Make checks payable to Eastern Christian Media at 12801 Berea Road, Unit F, Cleveland, Ohio 4111. For more information, contact Eastern Christian Media at 216.252.4640 or bkasarda@geminivp.com.

This year’s seminar discussed changing world views and contemporary currents in Christianity that pose real opportunities and challenges to the Orthodox and Catholic “ancient Churches.” Together both churches can respond to these changing views and contemporary currents and also offer joint witness in areas such as the protection of human life and the care of our earth. Both Churches can and do speak with “one voice” while painfully aware that there still remain historical issues of doctrine and practice that keep the two churches estranged and apart.

Speaking together while owning the differences was the focus of the lectures at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma and at Notre Dame College in South Euclid.

Fr. Ronald Roberson, associate director for the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, opened the seminar Friday with a reflection entitled “The Current State of Affairs.”

The Saturday program at Notre Dame College featured three speakers. Dr. Richard Schneider, associate professor of history and humanities at York University, discussed “What Draws us Together”; Archpriest David Petras, director of ecumenical affairs for the Eparchy of Parma, addressed “What Keeps us Apart”; and Fr. Joseph Hilinski, delegate for ecumenical and interfaith affairs for the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, talked about “The Local Scene.”

The Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar is an annual dialogue between the clergy, bishops and laity of the Orthodox, Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches in the Greater Cleveland area. Over the years, the seminar has become a prototype for similar efforts in the United States and around the world.