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A Much Needed Place: Reflections on Tantur Rector Donald Nicholl (1923-1997)

Author: Dan Koski

Catholic Times contributor Chris McDonnell writes on the legacy of Tantur Rector Donald Nicholl.


I write of a place and a person. The place is on the edge of southern Jerusalem, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, the person is Donald Nicholl.


The vision for such a place came about in the 60s following the Vatican Council where both Anglican and Protestant observers were welcomed in their attendance. Paul VI, successor of the visionary John XXIII, who first called the Council, dreamed of an ecumenical institute to continue their discussions. The following year, in 1964, the Patriarch Athenagoras met with Paul VI on the Mount of Olives and so began an opening between the Western Church and that of the East. Their meeting was to culminate when the two leaders would lift the bans of excommunication that had been in effect since the Great Schism of 1054, an extraordinary event. Jerusalem became the obvious place for an institute to further this new relationship. Read More

"Let us go to the House of the Lord" - Reflections from a Salvation History Today summer conference participant.

Author: Dan Koski

In July 2018, Prof. Nenad Bozovic' PhD, of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade, Serbia, attended the "Salvation History Today" summer seminar held at Tantur.  This annual seminar is co-organized by the Department of Theology of the University of Notre Dame and Tantur Ecumenical Institute. Read More

TOOK, BLESSED, BROKE, GAVE - Tantur program alumni brought in as advisor to hit BBC1 series "Broken."

Author: Dan Koski

Fr. Denis Blackledge, SJ, was a participant in the 2014 Three Month Continuing Education Program, on sabbatical from serving as priest at Corpus Christ parish, Bournemouth of the Catholic Church of England and Wales.  Little did he know that not long after he would be transferred to St. Francis Xavier parish of the archdiocese of Liverpool, he would become an advisor to the hit BBC series Broken Read More

The Irony of Power: A review of Tantur-affiliated scholar Dorothy Jean Weaver's most recent publication

Author: Dan Koski

Last year, scholar and Professor Emerita of Eastern Mennonite University Dorothy Jean Weaver released her latest book, The Irony of Power.  26 years in the making, three essays within the book were written at Tantur during various sabbaticals from 1996 to 2010, the last sabbatical being the period of time in which Dorothy envisioned he book itself.  Here, New Testament scholar and journalist Reta Finger reviews The Irony of Power Read More

Landrum Bolling November 13th, 1913 - January 17th, 2018

Author: Dan Koski

It is with great sorrow that Tantur has learned of the passing of Landrum Bolling, noted journalist, author, professor, peace advocate, President of Earlham College, and rector of our Institute from 1985 to 1988. Landrum died at the age of 104 on January 17th, 2018. Landrum played a leading role in advancing Tantur as an Institute and a physical space that could advance the cause of peace in the Holy Land. His lifelong dedication to this mission remains an inspiration to Tantur. Read More