Ecumenical Relations Forum Held

LATROBE, PENNSYLVANIA – “A Spirituality for Christian Unity” was the theme for the Forum on Ecumenical Relations, held on the Saint Vincent campus on October 27. The forum is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Conference on Interchurch Cooperation and is held for Church leaders, ecumenical commission and agency persons and others interested in the unity of Christ’s Church. Previous forums were held in the Diocese of Harrisburg.


This year’s presenters were Rev. Jason DelVitto, pastor of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Bridgeville; Rev. Demetrius R. Dumm, O.S.B., faculty member and former rector of Saint Vincent Seminary; Rev. Dr. Warren M. Eshbach, director of pastoral care at The Brethren Home Community, New Oxford and Rev. Dr. Donald Freeman, HCR/ManorCare Professor of Congregational Life at Lancaster Theological Seminary.


Rev. Dumm, who is the author of two books and is currently working on a book about the mystical teaching of the Fourth Gospel, spoke on “Ecumenical Lessons from the Gospel of John.”


Rev. DelVitto, who teaches courses in Orthodoxy at Saint Vincent College, spoke on “Unity in Faith – Spiritual Witness and Ecumenical Imperative.”


“Spirituality through Community and Discipleship” was the topic of Rev. Dr. Eshbach, who is also the Dean of Graduate Studies at Church of the Brethren and former District Executive Minister of Church of the Brethren.


Concluding the program was “The Unity of the Spirit” by Rev. Dr. Freeman, who has also served as Professor of Theology and Ministry and Director of Doctoral Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary and is a founding member of the Association for Doctor of Ministry Education.


The forum was convened by Rev. James F. Podlesny, O.S.B., of Saint Vincent, who is currently pastor of Holy Spirit Church in Palmyra, in the Diocese of Harrisburg.