News Brief by Jonathan Eubanks
This past Wednesday, the ecumenism chairs, Greg Snyder and Stephen Saroki, gave a presentation on their trip to InterSem. This is a conference comprised of seminarians from Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic seminaries, and it was held in Malibu, California, during first few days of spring break. The presentation was about Saroki and Snyder’s experience at InterSem and the useful bits of ecumenical tools they picked up from their experience.
The presenters both agreed that the time spent in any dialogue with members of a different faith group is always beneficial. “It is good to share our faith, because our faith is beautiful,” and “what the Church teaches us is beautiful,” Saroki told the audience.
During the retreat each faith group got to celebrate their respective liturgies, and then there was a question and answer period after each liturgy. One practical yet vital piece of information that was given in the presentation was that it is through simple dialogue, not necessarily with words but through presence, that the most effective ecumenism is accomplished.
All in all, the experience was beneficial for both Snyder and Saroki. However, both were open to the possibility of attending a different ecumenical event next year.