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Christian Initiation


Diana Dudoit Raiche
Associate Professor of Theology
University of Dallas

1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving, Texas 75062-4736

[email protected]

Mission Statement

The seminar explores the historical record and the pastoral experience of Christian initiation, and considers the implications. What is the vision of church, of discipleship, of conversion and of growth implicit in the rites? How do the rites of initiation affirm and also challenge the initiating communities?


2018 Academy Meeting Agenda

The Christian Initiation Seminar deals with any and all aspects of the processes and rites of Christian initiation and post-initiation rites related to it. Past presentations and discussions have included parish celebration and the assembly's involvement in multi-stage initiation processes; rites celebrated during the catechumenate and the post-baptismal period of mystagogy; ongoing adult catechesis; practices and issues related to baptism of infants and children; sacramental preparation; confirmation and affirmation of baptism; ongoing reflection on baptismal callings and vocation; penitential and reconciliation services (what some have called "second baptism"); the call of the baptized to pray for the world; issues around the open communion table for those not yet baptized; and theological reflection on everything from baptismal pools (ancient and modern) and the baptismal water to the liturgical and ethical implications for the baptized regarding care of all of creation. The discussions are ecumenical and wide-ranging.

Friday, January 5
10:30 AM-Noon Check-In and Introductions Adjustments to the topics and/or times on the agenda Vicky Tufano gave an update on the Christian Initiation Seminar held in Chicago (Summer 2017).

1:30-3:00 PM Paul Turner presented on the book Guide for Celebrating® Christian Initiation with Adults (Victoria M. Tufano, Paul Turner, D. Todd Williamson).

David B Batchelder presented on his book, Pathways to the Waters of Grace.

4:00-5:30 PM Timothy Gabrielli presented on his book Confirmation: How a Sacrament of God's Grace Became All about Us.

Paul Turner presented on his Amen Corner on “Conditional Baptism” in Worship.

Saturday, January 6 9:30 AM-Noon Christine Condyles presented a chapter from her dissertation, “‘Rights’ of Christian Initiation: Manifesting Sacramental Grace in Daily Life through a Divinized Nature.”

Steve Wilbricht presented a chapter entitled "What Is 'Baptismal Ecclesiology'?" from his forthcoming book, Baptismal Ecclesiology and the Order of Christian Funerals.