Fifth Phase of Dialogue (2013-2018)

For over 25 years, Disciples and Roman Catholics have been in dialogue, looking to the hope of realizing full visible unity in Christ. A fifth phase of dialogue has been approved to begin in 2013 on the theme, “Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist.”

Disciples Members of the Dialogue, 2013-2018

Fourth Session, Calgary, AB, Canada, June 2016

News Release: Catholics and Disciples Commission for Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

Third Session, Bethany, WV,  June 2015

News Release: Catholics and Disciples of Christ Commission for Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

Second Session, Rome, Italy, June 2014

News Release: Disciples – Catholic Dialogue Explores Being “Formed by the Eucharist” (To see the news release, click here.)

First Session, Nashville, TN, January 2014

News Release: Disciples Catholic Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)


Agreed Statements from Dialogue: 1977-2009

  • The first three Agreed Statements (“Catholicity and Apostolicity,” 1977-1982; “The Church as Communion in Christ,” 1982-1992; and, “Receiving and Handing on the Faith: the Mission and responsibility of the Church,” 1993-2002) were published in Call to Unity, Issue 1, August 2003
  • The Presence of Christ in the Church, with special reference to the Eucharist (2003-2009)

Fourth Phase of Dialogue (2003-2009)

Fifth Session, Vienna, Austria, June 2008

News Release: Disciples-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Presence of Christ in the ministry of the Church (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Merryl Blair (Churches of Christ Theological College – Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia) “According to the Order of Melchizedek”: Hebrews 7 and the Priesthood of Christ

James O. Duke (Brite Divinity School – Ft. Worth, Texas) The Priesthood of Christ in Church and Ministry: A Disciples Perspective

Aidan Nichols (Blackfriars – Cambridge, UK) The Priesthood of Christ in Church and Ministry

Fourth Session, St. Louis, Missouri, June 2007

News Release: Disciples-Catholic Dialogue Explores the Relationship of Word and Sacrament (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Gosbert T.M. Byamungu (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) Walking Home with a Stranger: The Riddle of Emmaus

David M. Thompson (Fitzwilliam College – Cambridge, UK) Word and Sacrament with special reference to the Eucharist – a Disciples Perspective

Robert Louis Wilken (Christianity University of Virginia – Washington, DC) Word and Sacrament

Third Session, Rome, Italy, June 2006

News Release: Disciples-Catholic dialogue focuses on unity in Christ (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Merryl Blair (Churches of Christ Theological College – Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia) Unity in Christ: One Faith, One Baptism and the Eucharistic Koinonia

Fr. Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy (Our Lady of Dallas Abbey, Dallas, Texas) Unity in Christ: One Faith, One Baptism, and the Eucharistic Koinonia

Michael Kinnamon (Eden Theological Seminary – St. Louis, Missouri) Unity in Christ: Baptism, Faith, and the Eucharistic Koinonia

Second Session, Indianapolis, Indiana, December 2005

News Release: Growing convergence marks Disciples/Catholic Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

Bible Study: Fr. Abbot Denis Farkasfalvy (Our Lady of Dallas Abbey, Dallas, Texas) The Eucharistic Presence from a Biblical Perspective

Bible Study: Merryl Blair (Churches of Christ Theological College – Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia) The Prodigal Gift: Bread of Life and the Eucharist

Margaret O’Gara (University of St. Michael’s College – Toronto, Canada) The Presence of Christ in the Eucharist: A Roman Catholic Understanding

William Tabbernee (Philips Theological Seminary – Tulsa, Oklahoma) The Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

First Session, Bari, Italy, December 2004

News Release: “An Advent Dialogue”: Disciples and Roman Catholic Launch New Phase of International Dialogue (To see the news release, click here.)

David M. Thompson (Fitzwilliam College – Cambridge, UK) Background

Robert Louis Wilken (Christianity University of Virginia – Washington, DC) The Non-Eucharistic Presence of Christ in the Church