Cardinal Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago and Chancellor of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake joined Dr. Matthew Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and Dr. Philip Ryken, President of Wheaton College for an interdenominational conversation at Concordia University Monday night. Additionally, USML’s Feehan Memorial Library joined Wheaton and Concordia in contributing rare books to a special exhibition “Let the Books Tell the Story.”
USML contributed texts from the first generation of printing including a Latin Bible, and works of Saint Augustine, the patron saint of Luther’s religious order. Fr. Thomas A. Baima, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Lois Guebert, Technical Services Librarian arranged for USML’s participation in the exhibit with the help of Dr. Paul Hilliard, from the Church History department. Cardinal Cupich and the other religious leaders visited the exhibit prior to the dialogue program.
During the interdenominational conversation, moderated by Manya Brashear Pashman of the Chicago Tribune, the three theologians replied to questions about whether the Reformation was a tragic necessity, about prospects for church unity, doctrine, and the Christian’s relationship to civil society. A live stream of the dialogue can be viewed at https://livestream.com/accounts/1463756/events/4448793/videos/165196661 The program begins approximately 9:00 min. into the recording.