It's never too early to reserve time for the conferences of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology -- and this year is no exception. (As many of you know, I'm on the Board of the Center and subscribe its mission wholeheartedly. I do what I can to encourage people to attend the conferences (which are always more than wonderful both for the content and for the conversation with some of the Church's most interesting people) and to subscribe to the Center's journal, Pro Ecclesia (which is one of the finest theological journals on the market -- and often for much less money than the other good comparable ones).
This year's conference is scheduled for Washington, DC. It will be located at the John Paul II Cultural Center there (the John Paul II Center is cooperating with us on this conference) -- fittingly enough, since the theme of the conference is "Vatican II: Its Continuing Challenge to All Churches." The conference speakers, drawn from a variety of traditions, will address such questions as whether the promises of Vatican II remain unfulfilled; what paths have proven to be dead ends; what possibilities remain to be explored. And those speakers include George Lindbeck, professor emeritus at Yale, who served at all four sessions of the Council as the Lutheran World Federation's official "observer."
It promises to be a splendid conference, and I hope to see you there.
Check out more details (and go ahead and register online) at the CCET website: www.e-ccet.org.
The conference page says to contact Michael Root, the Center's Executive Director, with any questions. But feel free to contact me, too, with any questions or concerns you have.