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Ecumenical studies program offered

By Darren Dahl


SASKATOON — The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation is a three-year accredited program developed by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon.

Offered annually during the third week of June, the 2017 program will be held June 20 — 23 at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Upon completion of three years, participants are awarded a certificate in Ecumenical Studies and formation from St. Andrew’s College and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism (PCE).

The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation is of particular interest to ecumenical officers, those training for ministry, those engaged in ministry in an ecumenical setting, and lay people wishing to increase their knowledge of the ecumenical movement. Local scholars, ecumenists and international visiting scholars lead the program.

One of the 2017 visiting scholars is Rev. Thomas Ryan of Minnesota, a member of the Paulist Fathers. His ministry has been marked by three passions: spirituality, Christian unity, and inter-religious understanding and collaboration. Ryan is currently the director of the Paulist North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington, D.C. He is a former director of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, and of Unitas, an ecumenical centre for Christian meditation and spirituality in Montreal. He is the author or co-author of 14 books, and leads retreats internationally.

The other 2017 visiting scholar is Natasha Klukach, a lay theologian of the Anglican Church of Canada, who began serving the World Council of Churches as a program executive in 2010, with responsibility for Church and Ecumenical Relations, deepening and strengthening the fellowship of 348 member churches. Her appointment for a term to the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue culminated in a consensus document called In The Image And Likeness Of God: A Hope-Filled Anthropology. She is a former ecumenical officer for the Anglican Church of Canada, and was a member of the Faith and Order Standing Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from 2007 to 2010. She worked on the consensus text The Church: Towards a Common Vision adopted by the WCC in 2013. She is presently furthering her research of the contemporary ecumenical movement, writing a doctoral dissertation at King’s College, London.

An information video and more information is available on the PCE website at For more info contact (306) 653-1633 or email:

A program sampler is also available on the website, offering an opportunity to take a small part of the program for a reduced cost in order to determine whether to enroll in the June 20 - 23 program this year.

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