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Grassroots Ecumenism – The 2024 De Margerie Lectures on Christian Reconciliation and Unity

Jan 3, 2024

Grassroots EcumenismThe 2024 De Margerie Lectures on Christian Reconciliation and UnityThe Rev. Dr. Karen Petersen Finch


Re-imagining Lay People as Stewards of Doctrine - Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at Campion College, Regina

Doctrine as the Fuel of Renewal - Thursday, January 25, at 7:00 pm at St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon

You are invited to the 12th annual De Margerie Lectures. In-person and livestreamed, there will be two different lectures. Please plan to view or attend both. Livestream link is below. 

The quest for Christian unity has traditionally been initiated at the international level between official leaders of Christian denominations, with the effects of their dialogue expected to trickle down to local Christian communities. In Grassroots Ecumenism, Karen Petersen Finch upends this process, proposing an approach to Christian unity that begins in your neighborhood. She draws directly from her experience equipping everyday Christians to know their own Christian tradition more thoroughly and to engage thoughtfully with separated Christians down the street and around the corner. 

De Margerie Lecture Series poster


Public Workshops sponsored by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism and the Archdiocese of Regina - all welcome!

The Eucharist: Where Is Jesus?

  • Saskatoon - Friday, January 26th, 10am-12pm, 12-1pm Soup lunch (free will offering), Holy Spirit Parish, 114 Kingsmere Blvd 
  • Regina - Saturday, January 27th, 10am-12pm, Christ the King Parish, 3239 Garnet Street

The Rev. Dr. Karen Petersen Finch is an ecumenical theologian in the Reformed tradition who specializes in dialogue withRoman Catholic theology at the local, national, and international levels. Karen is Professor of Pastoral Leadership at The Presbyterian College in Montréal, QC, Canada and represents the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in the Reformed-Catholic Dialogue in the United States. Karen earned her doctoral degree
from Gonzaga University with a dissertation recommending the theological method of Bernard Lonergan, S.J. for ecumenical dialogue. She later studied Lonergan as a Fellow of the Lonergan Institute at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Her book, Grassroots Ecumenism: The Way of Local Christian Reunion, is currently inspiring multilateral dialogue among lay people in the West Island of Montreal.The De Margerie Lectures are named in honour of Fr. Bernard de Margerie, a priest of the Diocese of Saskatoon who has dedicated his whole life in ministry to the promotion of Christian unity. In this 11th year of the lecture series, we are expanding to offer lectures in both Regina and Saskatoon under the sponsorship of St. Thomas More College, the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, the Archdiocese of Regina, and Campion College.