Acton University, an annual event held in Grand Rapids, MI, is the most authentically ecumenical event I have ever attended. It doesn’t set up to be obviously ecumenical, of course. Perhaps that why you find an authentic ecumenism here.
Most of the participants have a base of common principles to work from and, therefore, conversation can be frank, tough and civil… and fascinating.
While there are some Muslim and Buddhist participants, I believe, the balance is – if I am not mistaken 60/40 Protestant/Catholic. There are some 30 protestant ministers here this year and quite a few priests, including some well-known names.
Each day there are Masses available for participants.
For example, the first morning Mass was offered in the Extraordinary Form at 0630 by H.E. Most Rev. Bp. Fernando Arêas Rifan, the Apostolic Administrator of São João Maria Vianney, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Over 20 participants attended.
UPDATE: 15:27 GMT
I am on break between morning classes.
The first session was The Economic Thought of Augustine and Aquinas
The next session will be Economic Science and the School of Salamanca.
A friend, the great Fabrizio, has come from Rome for Acton U.
Mr. Azzola and Fr. Sirico
Fr. de Mariana (deceased):
In a class: Truth and Fiction: Economic History of the Great Depression
Enjoying an evening talk by Robert George.