ReJUNEvation 2021 will be livestreamed June 16-18, 2021, with the theme, “Now it Springs Forth: Do you Not Perceive it? Looking for Ecumenical Movement with Fresh Eyes." The theme invites us to reflect on some of the most interesting and promising new directions for the ecumenical movement as we head further into the 21st century.
There is no registration fee for this event but a donation of $50 will contribute to the event expenses. For donations over $50, a tax receipt will be issued for any amount over $50.
The Rev’d. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman is a theologian and priest in the Anglican tradition. He holds a Ph.D. in theology from St. Michael’s College, Toronto. His research focused on 20th and 21st century ecumenical and interreligious history and thought. Scott is the Animator for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Anglican Church of Canada, staffing bilateral and multilateral dialogues and partnerships with numerous Christian churches and other faith communities at the national level. He also serves as the Canon Theologian for the Anglican Diocese of Edmonton. He thus engages in the ecumenical and interfaith movements through academic, practical, and activist streams, all at the same time. Scott lives in Treaty 6 Territory, Edmonton AB, and is married to the Very Rev’d. Alexandra Meek. Together they have three boys and one dog: Elliot, Felix, Graeme, and Sparky.
Scott will address the “sense of stall and stagnation and 'ecumenical winter’ that came to dominate during the '90s and '00s,” and offer a theological and spiritual diagnosis as to why that might have happened. But then he will go on to offer examples of things that seem to be leading to new life and impetus for a renewed ecumenical movement – an “ecumenical spring” – especially in the Canadian context, including the call to healing and reconciliation with indigenous peoples, the urgency of interfaith dialogue, ecclesial demographic shifts and the growth of the Church in the global south, and the emergence of post-colonial forms of discipleship.
Theme times will feature talks by Dr. Scott Sharman, singing with Tannis Schmidt, St Andrew’s College Musician-in-Residence, and time for questions and discussion with Scott and one another.