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Presentations and Contributions by the Vicar, Very Reverend Thomas A. Baima

Very Rev. Thomas Baima, vicar for the Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is former president of the Illinois Conference of Churches, the Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and the O’Hare Interfaith Chapel Corporation. Fr. Baima is trustee emeritus of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. He is the author of Concordat of Agreement Between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Lessons on the Way Toward Full Communion, and the co-author of Understanding Four Views of The Lord’s Supper. Fr. Baima serves as editor of A Legacy of Catholic/Jewish Dialogue: The Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Jerusalem Lectures, and What is a Parish? Canonical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives. He is a contributor to A Sourcebook of the World Religions, A Blessing to Each Other: The Writings of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin on Catholic/Jewish Relations and The Community of Religions: Voices and Images from the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Fr. Baima is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Catholic Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers and the North American Academy of Ecumenists. He is a fellow of the Christian Leadership Initiative and Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

See below for a list with links to recent presentations and works by Fr. Baima:
Yesterday, Today, Forever: Address to Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly, June 9, 2017
Sermon: Growing in knowledge of each other: Anglican Centre Anniversary, May 5, 2017 
Winnetka Interfaith Council Thanksgiving Service, 2016 
Remarks: Thirty Years of Catholic/Muslim Relations in Chicagoland, July 6, 2015 
Lecture: Fraternity in the Christian Tradition, June 25, 2015 
Video: Interreligious Observance Remembering Cardinal George, April 22, 2015
Statement on Iraq: Saint Andrew’s Assyrian Church of the East, August 24, 2014 
Remarks: A Questionable Period, Fort Hill Country Patriotic Celebration, July 5, 2014 
Remarks: An Urgent Task of Dialogue, Hispanic Summer Program Academic Convocation, June 9, 2014
Sermon: Parish to Parish Learning Community, January 2014
Sermon: Christian Unity Octave 2014  
Sermon: Is Christ Divided, Christian Unity 2014
Remarks: Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela, December 15, 2013|
Letter on the Occasion of the Death of Brother Jeffrey Gros, FSC, August 15, 2013
Sermon on the Retirement of Sister Joan M. McGuire, OP, Director, July 2013
Interreligious Relations and Advocacy in a Culture of Violence, February 7, 2013
Remarks on Installation as Vicar, July 10, 2012