TKU Faculty Participate in Historic Pentecostal-Catholic Dialogue

The first session of the seventh phase of the International Catholic-Pentecostal Dialogue took place in Springfield, Missouri, this July between the Roman Catholic Church and several Pentecostal leaders, including The King’s University Provost David Cole and faculty member, Dr. David Moore.

“The Catholic and Pentecostal participants enjoyed rich and meaningful fellowship as they worshipped together, engaged in heartfelt dialogue, and shared meals,” said Dr. Cole, who serves the Dialogue in the role of Pentecostal co-secretary. “They were blessed by warm local Springfield hospitality and benefitted greatly from the privilege of learning more about some of the significant heritage and current realities of the global Pentecostal movement.”

Inaugurated in 1972, the goal of the Dialogue is to promote mutual respect and understanding in matters of faith and practice. Genuine exchange and frank discussion concerning the positions and practices of the two traditions have been guiding principles of the conversations, which include daily prayer services led alternately by Catholic and Pentecostal members.

The general topic for the seventh phase is “lex orandi, lex credendi” (“Praying, Believing”). During this first session a Catholic paper entitled, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi: Praying, Believing, A Way of Living,” was written and presented by Father James Puglisi. Father Puglisi is the director of Centro Pro Unione; Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas/Pontifical University of St. Anselm, Rome, Italy. The Pentecostal paper entitled, “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi: Pentecostal Perspectives,” was written and presented by Bishop Christopher A. Stephenson. Bishop Stephenson is assistant professor of systematic theology at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

“Ecumenical dialogues allow respective Christian traditions to clarify our differences through frank discussion and yet also celebrate our shared faith in Christ and our profound points of theological agreement,” said Dr. Moore, TKU’s M. G. Robertson Professor of Pneumatology. “The Roman-Catholic Pentecostal Dialogue has helped me more fully appreciate Paul’s exhortation to ‘Make every effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit…’ (Eph 4:3).”

A photo gallery from the event can be viewed here, courtesy of The Mirror.


Posted August 28, 2018