Pilgrimage toward Christian Unity:
Beginning with Baptism

Baptism of the Lord by John

Bridgefolk Conference 2017

Keynote Speaker

Maxwell Johnson PhD

Professor of Liturgical Studies
University of Notre Dame

School of Theology and Ministry
Seattle University and
Seattle Mennonite Church
Seattle, WA

July 27-30, 2017



1 – 5 p.m.       Arrival, Registration and Room Assignment (Student Center 160)

5:30 p.m.     Dinner – Barbecue (Tea Garden – Chardin Hall)

7 p.m.            Opening Session (Ecumenical Chapel – Campion Hall)

  • Worship – Ken Nafziger
  • Introductions – Marilyn Stahl and Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Bridgefolk Co-chairs
  • Welcome to STM – Michael Trice, Assistant Dean for Ecumenical & Interreligious Dialogue
  • Presentation: Back Home to the Font
    • Maxwell Johnson
      Professor of Liturgical Studies, University of Notre Dame


7 a.m.  Morning Prayer

7:30  a.m.    Breakfast (Cafeteria – second floor, Student Center)

8:45  a.m.    Worship (Student Center 160)

9:15  a.m.    Morning Session (Student Center 160)

  • Presentation: The STM Story: A Vision of Forming Spiritual Leaders Ecumenically

Response: “The Mennonite Partnership with STM:  Why Mennonites Support Ecumenical Theological Formation”

  • Weldon Nisly and Marlene Kropf
  • Student Experiences

How can baptism form us more fully into our identity as members of one body in Christ?
Re-imagining how formation might fulfill a larger vision of one body.


10:45  a.m.   Small Group Conversations – table groups

11:15  a.m.  Large Group Questions and Conversation

12 p.m.  Lunch (Cafeteria)

1:30 p.m.   Afternoon Session (Student Center 160)

  • Lectio Divina
    • Facilitator: Pat Shaver
  • Catholic and Mennonite trends in the national political scene
    • Gerald Schlabach
    • Facilitator: Weldon Nisly


3 p.m.  Afternoon Options

  • Free time
  • Campus tours
    • Sandra Richardson artwork commemorating Jesuit martyrs
    • Chapel of St. Ignatius
  • Opportunities for spiritual direction (sign-up sheets in Student Center 160)

5:30 p.m.  Liturgy of Footwashing and Agape Meal (Ecumenical Chapel – Campion Hall)


7 a.m.   Morning Prayer

7:30  a.m.   Breakfast (Cafeteria)

8:45  a.m.  Worship (Student Center 160)

9:15  a.m.   Morning Session (Student Center 160)

Panel Discussion:  The Trilateral on Baptism

  • Elizabeth Groppe (Catholic)
  • Maxwell Johnson (Lutheran)
  • John Rempel (Mennonite)

Facilitator:  Margaret Pfeil

What did participants discover about how baptism forms Christians in each of their traditions?
            What did participants discover about the connection between baptism and Christian unity?


10:45  a.m.      Small Group Conversation – table groups

11:15  a.m.      Large Group Questions and Conversation with Panelists

11:45  a.m.      Centering Prayer

12 p.m.  Lunch (Cafeteria)

1:30 p.m.    Ecumenical Pilgrimage

  • Guides: Stanley & Marlene Kropf
    @ Seattle Mennonite Church, 3210 NE 125th St., Seattle, WA

(Metro Bus Route 522; depart SMC at 4 p.m.)

  • Megan Ramer, Lead Pastor
  • Sharing: “A Mennonite-Catholic Family”
    • Lenae Nofziger
      @ St.  James Cathedral, 804 9th Ave., Seattle, WA
  • Brenda Bellamy, Children’s Faith Formation

5:30 p.m.    Vigil Mass (St. James Cathedral)

6:30 p.m.    Dinner Buffet (St. James Cathedral – social hall)

7:30 p.m.    Hymn Sing (St. James Cathedral – Choir)

  • Ken Nafziger, song leader
  • Tony Brown, soloist (African-American spirituals)
  • Aelred Senna, OSB, “Litany of Witnesses”

8:45 p.m.    Ice Cream Social


7 – 10 a.m.   Check-out

7:30 a.m.    Breakfast  (Cafeteria)

8:45 a.m.    Mennonite-led Communion Service (Ecumenical Chapel – Campion Hall)

10 a.m.  Reflection on our time together

What is the significance of our baptismal identity for the future of Bridgefolk?

11 a.m. – Noon  Lunch boxes available

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Bridgefolk is a grassroots ecumenical movement of Catholics and Mennonites “proceeding through friendship”