The format of Forum will remain the same with a theme addressed by one or two presenters who have planned the event together. Some people, in no particular order, I would be excited to invite to present at Future Forums.
- Tina Beattie (U.K.) presenting 2018 with Catherine Cavanagh
- Ilia Delio OSF presenting 2019
- Paul Collins (Australia)
- Ivone Gebara OSA (Brazil)
- Richard Gaillardetz
- Gary Macy
- Ron Rolheiser OMI
- Stephen Bede Scharper
- Mary Colwell (U.K.)
- Archbishop Paul Gallagher (U.K.)
- Brian Coyne (Australia)
- Jan Novotka
- Roger Haight SJ
Let me know what you think of these and please let me know by email or in person during forum whom you would like to see at Future Forums
Thoughts on FORUM from participants…
Vision: Why FORUM?
Adult faith needs to be nourished not only in regular habits of the heart (Eucharist, prayer, service) but also by seeking the fullness of God across an ever-expanding horizon envisioned through the lens of contemporary theology and science.
Each year FORUM provides just that opportunity.
The immeasurable value of varied and renowned presenters rests in their deep personal appreciation of Catholic faith and Catholic T/tradition, their prophetic witness to the Gospel and their willingness to push theology to new limits of understanding.
FORUM is not for the faint-hearted.
It’s another step on one’s faith journey toward a more profound relationship with the Spirit of the living God.
Need for what FORUM offers:
There is definitely a need for FORUM! Adult faith formation at the parish and diocesan level is generally very limited and restricted to catechesis and Scripture study when available. Having local access to distinguished international speakers and theologians is a privileged opportunity for serious spiritual seekers. The FORUM experience offers individuals the occasion to connect with others on the same journey.
FORUM speakers are moving Catholic faith into the future. They are voices to be heard and prophets in their own time! They respect but challenge the status quo and push faith to new heights and depths! Prophets are not easily accepted in their own times but essential for others seeking a relationship with God and worthy of God.
Future speakers: Would love to hear Ilia Delio. (Presenting in 2019)
Forum just like life, it has evolved over the years. What was a initially a foundational theological opportunity for secondary teachers has developed into a cutting edge theological discourse. For some, it is sorely needed, and welcomed. For others (especially some of the new teachers, or those who “accidentally” teach Religious Ed) it is beyond their current need.
I’ve had the pleasure of attending only two CFOTAE conferences so far, but plan to never miss a future one! I can’t think of any other event in this country that brings together such a thoughtful and intelligent group of faith-filled seekers. And, interestingly, I have learned as much from my fellow attendees as from the thought-provoking speakers. As a practising Catholic, I appreciate a venue in which various perspectives and interpretations of our faith – and of societal issues – can be dissected and discussed in a non-judgemental and open-minded manner. Most of the other Church-run institutions I have contact with do not promote this same type of openness. Important questions are raised, perceptive and well-supported responses are offered, and everyone – no matter what conclusions are reached on a personal level – comes away from Forum with a deeper and more authentic connection to the Spirit.
I have for the most part, found your choice of topics and speakers, to be challenging and inspirational. I must have attended more than a dozen of the sessions/workshops over maybe 20 years. I believe that the forum addresses the following needs: a de-construction of the cultural & historical accretions of the teaching of Rabbi Jesus and a prophetical wake up call for present moribund patriarchal structure of religious institutions, especially that of the R.C. Church, but not limited to this manifestation. The process needs to continue to be radical and involving. The vision of forum that I would submit for your consideration: continue along the lines of more participation. design the whole forum as a liturgy. have people come with their articulations re faith, values, and assumptions and use the forum to explore and experience the presence as they wrestle with their questions.