NAAE 2014
The Church - Towards a Common Vision

Keynote speaker: Rev Canon John Gibaut, director of the WCC's Faith & Order Commission

September 26-28, 2014 in Burbank, CA

A joint conference of the North American Academy of Ecumenists and Southern California Ecumenical Council.

For further information, see the NAAE website

Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity

Taizé Prayer originated in the ecumenical monastery of Taizé in France. Come to experience a simple form of meditative prayer with Taizé music, Scripture reading, and a time of silence in a candle-lit atmosphere.

Taizé Prayer for Christian Unity will be held:

1st Tuesday of each month from 7:30-8:30 pm in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family [September to June only]

2nd Tuesday of each month from 8-9 pm in the Chapel at Queen's House of Retreats

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Global Church groups agree to confront Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom together
by par , September 10, 201410 septembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Global Christian Forum

Discrimination, persecution and violence against Christians and churches around the world is set for further exposure after a group representing high profile Christian churches and organizations agreed to pursue together an international response on the issue.

A meeting convened by the Global Christian Forum in Strasbourg, France, including representatives from the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pentecostal World Fellowship, agreed on 9 September to press ahead with a global gathering on the issue of ‘Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom’ for late 2015.

Preceding the consultation a number of significant actions will be undertaken:

  • collation of the most recent and thorough data on religious persecution sourced from churches and organizations on a global level;
  • production of a glossary with an examination of the use of language of discrimination, persecution and martyrdom, since many words and concepts are ill-defined and used in various ways;
  • ‘team visits’ to four countries to explore the different nature of religious persecution.

The process will also examine the possibility that discrimination is taking place in secularized first world nations where legal compliance and secular practice is leading to discrimination against people of Christian faith.

Larry Miller, Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, said “The GCF exists to enable churches of all traditions to face common challenges together. It is highly fitting that the first of these initiatives is to support Christians around the world as they face discrimination, persecution and martyrdom in their communities.”

Rev Dr. Hielke Wolters, Associate General Secretary of the World Council of Churches said, “It is a strong sign of hope that churches and ecumenical organizations with such a diverse background are ready to work together to support Christians that go through difficult times. Religious freedom is important for all of us, whether Christian, Muslim or adherent of any other religion.

“This joint initiative is very much in line with the WCC’s efforts to accompany Christians and churches in countries like Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Nigeria. We are grateful that we can strengthen this important work in cooperation with churches and organizations from the Catholic, Pentecostal and Evangelical traditions.”

Pastor Ingolf Ellssel, a representative of the Pentecostal World Fellowship Executive, said he was “excited about this initiative of the Global Christian Forum bringing world Christianity together and lifting up the voices of those suffering discrimination, persecution and martyrdom. I hope is the beginning of a new process of unity in the Body of Christ.”

Local church leaders from every continent will also be asked to describe their experience of persecution and discrimination in their regions.

It was agreed that half of the delegates to the consultation would be from churches that had experienced discrimination, persecution or violence due to their faith.

The Global Christian Forum initiative to explore the area of religious discrimination across Christian traditions arose out of its own global gathering in Manado, Indonesia in 2011, to enable all the churches to confront common challenges together.

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Francis blesses Vatican cricket team
by par , September 10, 201410 septembre 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Cardinal Ravasi of the Pontifical Council for Culture presented the priests and seminarians of the St Peter's Cricket Club to Pope Francis on 9 September ahead of their Light of Faith Tour to England (12-20 September 2014), which culminates in a match against an Anglican, Church of England XI. Together with the cultural encounter experience of visiting London and Canterbury, they shall be praying at various holy shrines together with our ecumenical partners and raising funds for the Global Freedom Network, which fights against modern slavery and human trafficking.Pope Francis has given his blessing to the Vatican’s international cricket team as it prepares to take on the Church of England. The side of Catholic priests are preparing for their first tour to England, which will include a match with the Church of England XI in Canterbury. Pope Francis, who is a supporter of Buenos Aires football side San Lorenzo, put on a cricket cap and signed a bat that the team will take with them during their tour of England, which begins on Friday. After the tour the bat will be auctioned in order to raise money for a joint Catholic and Anglican campaign against modern-day slavery and indentured labour, the Global Freedom Network, the Vatican said. The papal XI will play matches against chaplains of the British armed forces at Aldershot and the Royal Household Cricket Club at Windsor Castle, as well as two other games. Then in Canterbury on September 19 the team will take on the Anglican XI. … Read more » … À suivre »

US bishops reassert commitment to dialogue with Muslims
by par , August 19, 201419 aoüt 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

United States Conference of Catholic BishopsThe Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reasserted their commitment to dialogue with other religions and Muslims in particular in a statement developed between October 2013 and its release August 19. The committee, which is chaired by Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore, listed tensions between Christians in Muslims in different parts of the world as a primary reason for reaffirming the need for dialogue.

“We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad,” the bishops wrote. “Along with many of our fellow Catholics and the many Muslims who themselves are targeted by radicals, we wish to voice our sadness, indeed our outrage, over the random and sometimes systematic acts of violence and harassment—acts that for both Christians and Muslims threaten to disrupt the harmony that binds us together in mutual support, recognition, and friendship.” … Read more » … À suivre »

Pope’s friend Bishop Tony Palmer dies in motorcycle crash
by par , July 22, 201422 juillet 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Pope Francis’ friend Bishop Tony Palmer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) died in England July 20 after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle.

According to e-mail reports obtained from The Ark Community he founded, three teams of surgeons tried to save Bishop Palmer’s life but he passed away in the evening, leaving behind his wife Emiliana and two teenaged children. Bishop Palmer was in his early 50s, and grew up in South Africa, though recently he had been living in England. … Read more » … À suivre »

Archbishop Welby writes to ecumenical partners about women bishops
by par , July 17, 201417 juillet 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

Archbishop Justin WelbyThis is an occasion of deep rejoicing for many, especially for many of the women clergy in the Church of England. They feel that this decision affirms their place and ministry in the life of the Church. For others in the Church of England, the decision may be a source of disappointment and concern.

As the Synod moved towards the decision many were struck by the spirit of the debate: frankness, passion and, I am glad to say, a good deal of Christian charity. It all indicated an intention and sincere assurance to hold all of us together in one Church. There appeared a determination that the genuinely held differences on the issue of the ordination of women to the episcopate should not become a dividing factor in the Church of England, and there was care and expressions of love for those troubled by the outcome. … Read more » … À suivre »

Catholic Church reaffirms goal of unity with Anglican world
by par , July 15, 201415 juillet 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Anglican world, despite the Church of England’s decision to ordain women bishops. In a statement issued as the Church of England’s General Synod on Monday voted to admit women to the episcopate, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales said the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion.

That goal, the statement says, embraces full communion in the episcopal office and therefore the decision “sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us.” Nevertheless, the bishops say, “we are committed to continuing our ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible.”

The statement, signed by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, head of the bishops’ Department for Dialogue and Unity and co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), also notes with appreciation the provision made by the Church of England for those who “continue to hold to the historic understanding of the episcopate shared by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.” … Read more » … À suivre »

Church of England to have women bishops
by par , July 14, 201414 juillet 2014Add a commentÉcrire un commentaire

The General Synod of the Church of England has today given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England.

The vote in the General Synod on the measure was carried by the required two-thirds majority in the three constituent parts of the Synod: the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity. … Read more » … À suivre »