Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2006-12-05

Samford University's Beeson Divinity School will host the inaugural session of the International Baptist-Catholic Conversation Dec. 11-15.The week-long gathering is the first meeting in a five-year conversation process sponsored by the Baptist World Alliance and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The conversation team will include about 10 Catholics and 10 Baptists from around the world. The group of theologians and church leaders will discuss shared beliefs and ecclesial differences, "and will seek greater mutual understanding on a variety of issues," according to Beeson dean Dr. Timothy George.

George is one of several North Americans who will participate as Baptist representatives.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.