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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.