No Turning Back The Future of EcumenismOctober 14, 2014 By Collegeville Institute Margaret O'Gara Edited by Michael Vertin Collegeville, MN, Liturgical Press, 2014 Visit this title on the publisher's website » Jesus’ prayer on behalf of his followers is “that all may be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be one in us” (John 17:21). No Turning Back illustrates significant developments in ecumenism during the thirty-plus years of ecumenical theologian Margaret O’Gara’s own engagement in ecumenical dialogue. This collection of selected papers from the final fifteen years of O’Gara’s work before her untimely death in 2012 aims to illustrate the broad lines of ecumenism for general readers to share concrete details of recent ecumenical developments with specialist readers to encourage both groups of readers in their commitment to the pursuit of full communion among the Christian churches An invaluable resource for academic and ecclesial specialists in ecumenism, teachers and students of theology and religious studies, Christian ministers, and all educated Christian adults who take seriously Jesus’ prayer “that all may be one.” The characteristic aim of Margaret O’Gara’s 37 years of work as a theologian was to foster dialogue among Christians for the sake of overcoming divisions between the churches. Besides her teaching, research, writing, and extensive public lecturing, she was a member of official ecumenical dialogues in Canada, the United States, and at the international level. She also served as president of the North American Academy of Ecumenists and the Catholic Theological Society of America. Her effectiveness in all these arenas came from a combination of her scholarly rigor, her ability to listen sympathetically, her uncommon energy, and her contagious delight at the growth of mutual understanding and friendship. Margaret was also a deeply loved board member of the Collegeville Institute. Margaret died on August 16, 2012, and is survived by her husband, Michael Vertin. Like this post? Subscribe to have new posts sent to you by email the same day they are posted.