Can’t Christians just get along?

Is the ecumenical movement going anywhere? Or is it frozen time?

Nearly 400 Christians from many different camps will “gather in Ohio”:http://www.ncccusa.org/faithandorder/oberlin2007/program.html from July 19-23 to mark the 50th anniversary of the first meeting of the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches —in essense, the start of the modern ecumenical movement.

There are some heavy hitters taking part. Martin Marty, Mr. Mainline Protestant, will give the anniversary lecture. Cardinal Avery Dulles will be among those who offer their “visions of Christian unity.” The Rev. James Forbes, who just retired from Riverside Church in NYC, will preach.

Chances are, everyone there will know what everyone else believes about the state and future of the amorphous goal known as Christian Unity. Will anything new or interesting come out of the gathering? We’ll see.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.