What is Dialogue?

DIALOGUE IS A PROCESS of formation. It is not new. At best Bishops, priests and people have been in “dialogue” since the foundation of the Church. But as Pope Francis acknowledges in Evangelii Gaudium it now takes place to meet a specific need –to enable the laity to play their rightful part in dialogue:

“A clear awareness of this responsibility of the laity, grounded in their baptism, does not appear in the same way in all places. In some cases, it is because lay persons have not been given the formation needed to take on important responsibilities. In others, it is because in their particular Churches room has not been made for them to speak and to act, due to an excessive clericalism which keeps them away from decision-making….. The formation of the laity and the evangelization of professional and intellectual life represent a significant pastoral challenge.”  (Para 102)

Included here are papers given by speakers at our Open Meetings between 2013 and 2015 which make contributions to what we mean by “dialogue” and how it has emerged from the recent story of Church teaching, from the Second Vatican Council onwards.

Resource Detail 
The Process of Dialogue.
David Jackson (2016)
Reflections on Dialogue by Mgr William Steele
A paper given to the ACTA meeting at LTU in 2014
The Spirituality of Dialogue
Try using "Dialogue" as a lens to bring old truths of the faith into sharper focus:
the Trinity is dialogue; all creation is a word (dialogue) from God; the bible is the record of the divine-human dialogue...
Sat-Nav for Dialogue
How do we translate theories about dialogue into practice in our own circumstances. Try this - a Sat-Nav map as guide. Some suggestions from John Sullivan of Hope University.
Why Pope John called the Council
Mgr Anthony Boylan, at the ACTA Open Meeting in 2013
"Evangelii Gaudium" The Joy of the Gospel.
A presentation given by Canon Joe Smith and Margaret Siberry at the ACTA Open Meeting of 2015
The Vision of "Evangelii Gaudium".
A talk given by Andrew Thomson at a local ACTA meeting in Harrogate in 2015
The Principles of Collaborative Ministry.
A talk given by Dr.Christine Dodds at the ACTA Open Meeting in 2015

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