Come to our International Conference at Georgetown – May 21-24 2015: Vatican II – Remembering the Future

Vatican II – Remembering the Future:

Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Perspectives on the Council’s Impact and Promise

May 21-24 2015

You are cordially invited to participate in this major international gathering in

May 2015

The Gathering Itself

The aim of this event is to promote global dialogue and understanding across different faiths, different churches, between different nations and between faith communities and secular groups through focusing upon the impact of the historic and groundbreaking event that was the Second Vatican Council (held in Rome between 1962-65), fifty years on. This was the watershed moment when the Roman Catholic Church embraced global dialogue and cooperation with those beyond its own doors. Pope Francis has spoken of Vatican II as ‘a beautiful work of the Holy Spirit’ and the legacy and work of the council goes on.

The concept of the event planned for 2015 is to explore the council’s impact and legacy through the eyes ofscholars and practitioners from beyond the Roman Catholic world, followed by perspectives from prominent Roman Catholics.

There will be contributions on the council and its key documents from Christians belonging to other churches, figures from other faith traditions and leading secular thinkers alike.

The Gathering’s Program

Day 1: Thursday May 21st: Vatican II – Revisiting the Vision

Day 2: Friday May 22nd - Opening to the World

Day 3: Saturday May 23rd - Church and Churches

Day 4: Sunday May 25th - Religion – Opening to Other Faiths

The event is a collaboration between Georgetown University, Marymount University, the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network and other local, national and international institutions.

We hope to bring participants from most continents and to involve established scholars as well as emerging voices in the differing fields alike. We will feature speakers who were around during the council itself as well as voices from scholars not yet born when the council closed. The aim is not merely to have academic reflections on dialogue but for participants to engage one another in dialogue during and beyond the gathering itself.

The conference website and call for paper are live: