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Invitation Letter

November 13, 2006

Dear Friends of the Centro Pro Unione,

          On the occasion of the celebrations commemorating the first centennial of the diffusion of the Pentecostal Movement (1906-2006), the Centro Pro Unione wishes to dedicate a Study Day to the reflection on the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement, its relevance in today’s Christianity and in particular for the ecumenical movement.

          The title for this day is: “The Challenging Power of the Gifts of the Spirit”. It intends to present the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement from diverse perspectives with the goal of focusing key elements to better appreciate the specific contribution made to ecumenical dialogue. At the same time, this study day will offer the opportunity to clarify some controversial elements that make the interaction between the Pentecostal/Charismatic and Ecumenical Movements difficult.

          This Study Day will be held at the Centro Pro Unione, Wednesday, 29 November 2006 articulated in a morning session and an afternoon session. The language of the study day will be English. While everyone is invited to participate to the both sessions, we remind you that morning profile will be more academic, while the afternoon will be more ecclesial.

          Please find attached to this the invitation and structure of the Study Day with the various thematic areas to be explored.

          Hoping to meet you on this joyful occasion, we wish you “peace and all good”,

Fr. James F. Puglisi, S.A.


Study Day Program


Azusa Street Centennial 1906-2006
“The Challenging Power of the Gifts of the Spirit”

Study Day celebrating the first centennial
of the beginnings of the Pentecostal Movement 1906-2006
organized by the Centro Pro Unione

Wednesday 29 November 2006 - Rome

Centro Pro Unione - Via S. Maria dell’Anima, 30 - 1st floor


Specialist exchange between some Lecturers and a select audience of church leaders, ecumenists, teachers. Each lecturer will have 20 minutes at his/her disposal to present the assigned theme after which a debate with the public opens.

Some Listeners will be invited to identify real challenges, new convergences or unresolved points of divergence that emerge in the morning discussion.

The themes to be treated are the following:

- Ecumenical Perspective: what are the specifics of the dialogue with Pentecostals and the important elements to be gleaned from this experience for the formulation of a general ecumenical model (Msgr. Juan Usma Gomez, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican City);

- Anthropological Perspective: if they exist, what are the epistemological criteria for distinguishing a gift of the Holy Spirit from other phenomena (paranormal, religious phenomena, etc.) (Dr. Ruth Burgess, Missouri State University, Missouri);

- Pneumatological Perspective: from the Catholic and Pentecostal perspective, this session will outline a possible “genealogy of the manifestations of the Spirit” (fruits, gifts, charism in the Pauline lists, grace of baptism, Baptism in the Holy Spirit) (Rev.Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, ofm cap, Preacher of the Pontifical Household; Dr. David Cole, Eugene Bible College, Oregon);

- Moral Perspective: moral standards in the churches and in the public forum (Dr. Bruce Williams, op, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome).


The afternoon session is addressed to the same participants as the morning in addition to a wider public participation including ecclesial agents (students of theology, pastoral agents, representatives of ecclesial movements).

The sessions opens with the intervention of the “Listeners” from the morning session, who will have 10 minutes each to present a synthesis of the debate among the specialists held in the morning, as well as steering up debate with the wider public audience. The afternoon program will be partially in Italian and partially in English.

The synthesis of the morning session will be presented by the following “Listeners”:

- Dr. Thomas Best, Faith and Order Commission of the WCC, Geneva;

- Dr. Stanley Burgess, Regent University, Virginia;

- Maggiore Massimo Paone, Salvation Army, Italy;

- Rev. Msgr. John Radano, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican City;

- Dr. Charles Whitehead, International Charismatic Consultation, London;


          The day concludes with a fraternal agape.


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