Archive for 2011

Archive pour 2011

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Christian theological schools opening their doors to Jews, Muslims

The next generation of Canadian rabbis will be able to point to the Catholic roots of their training – or at least of their school. The Canadian Yeshiva and Rabbinical School will begin offering classes this fall in a classroom at the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology, part of the Toronto School of Theology (TST).

Canada’s future imams will have a similar story. A master’s program in Muslim studies is taking shape at the United Church of Canada‘s seminary, Emmanuel College [also at TST].
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Posted: April 20, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1826
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Islam, Judaism
Transmis : 20 avril 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1826
Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Islam, Judaism


Celebrating Easter Together

This weekend we celebrate Easter together in the Eastern and Western calendars. This happens occasionally, and it can always be a moment of great ecumenical opportunity. However, it also reflects one of the deepest divisions in the Body of Christ. Easter, as the celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, is at the heart of our Christian faith. The division over the date of Easter is a visible sign of division within a more profound unity, and thus is scandalous.
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Posted: April 23, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1796
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, Easter, ecumenism
Transmis : 23 avril 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1796
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, Easter, ecumenism


10th anniversary pastoral letter on full communion

A new pastoral letter marks the 10th anniversary of full communion between Anglicans and Lutherans in both Canada and the United States. In 2001, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) signed the Waterloo Declaration. In that same year The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America signed a similar agreement, Called to Common Mission.

The new pastoral letter reflects on these full communion relationships and is signed by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the ACC; Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the ELCIC; Archbishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; and Bishop Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

On May 1 simultaneous celebrations of full communion will be held at 3:00 pm EST at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Fort Erie, Ont. and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo, N.Y. Bishop Johnson will preside at St. Paul’s Anglican and Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will preach. Presiding Bishop Hanson will preside and Archbishop Hiltz will preach at Holy Trinity Lutheran.

All Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada and the U.S. are encouraged to mark this celebration in their own communities.

Full text follows.
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Posted: April 26, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1797
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Lutheran
Transmis : 26 avril 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1797
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Lutheran


Inuvik TRC event includes Anglican Inuit and Catholic Dene reconciliation

Reconciliation — between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches and between Inuit and Dene students who attended residential schools in the North — will be the major focus of the 2nd Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event June 28 to July 1.
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Posted: April 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1798
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Catholic
Transmis : 27 avril 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1798
Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic


Queen’s visit to Ireland may ‘heal divisions’

Religious leaders are hailing Queen Elizabeth II’s historic state visit to Ireland next week as a sign of reconciliation following centuries of sectarian hatred and violence.
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Posted: May 10, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1799
Categories: News
Transmis : 10 mai 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1799
Catégorie : News


Communiqué: Jewish-Catholic dialogue in the U.S.

“One cannot hold to the charge that the Jewish people, either in the first century or at any other time, are responsible for the death of Jesus (the so-called charge of deicide) without falling out of communion with the Catholic Church. It contradicts both Vatican II (1962-1965) and the Council of Trent (1548-1563), not to mention a proper reading of the New Testament,” Father Massa stated.
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Posted: May 24, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1802
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Judaism
Transmis : 24 mai 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1802
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Judaism


Anglican-Catholic dialogue opens third phase

The third phase of ARCIC, or Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, started on Tuesday at the monastery of Bose in northern Italy. ARCIC III is spending its first few days reviewing the work of the previous phases of work, particularly looking at what ARCIC I and II said about ecclesiology and ethics. It is doing this within a context of regular community prayer with the members of the monastery. Biblical study of the Epistle to the Ephesians, led by the co-chairs, provides a biblical framework for the days’ discussions.
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Posted: May 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1800
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Catholic
Transmis : 27 mai 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1800
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic


Plans for Trilateral Dialogue with Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites

At its meeting in Geneva, 9-14 June, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council approved plans for a three-way talks that will include Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites.
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Posted: June 17, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2258
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference
Transmis : 17 juin 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2258
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference


Methodists and Church of England renewing efforts at unity

Leaders of the Church of England and the Methodist Church have been urged to work more closely in the future in order to strengthen Christian unity.

A statement issued by the Church of England‘s communications office on June 16 said the Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) set up under the Anglican-Methodist Covenant of 2003 to enhance unity is recommending the two churches share their mission and ministry more widely.

A new JIC report, “Moving Forward in Covenant,” is due to be considered by the Methodist Conference and the Church of England‘s General Synod, both taking place this summer. The JIC’s role is “to monitor and promote the implementation of the Covenant.”
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Posted: June 20, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7277
Categories: ENIIn this article: Anglican, Church of England, covenant, Methodist, mission
Transmis : 20 juin 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=7277
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Anglican, Church of England, covenant, Methodist, mission


Anglicans and Roman Catholics celebrate Pentecost together

On Pentecost Sunday, Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Anglican bishop of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, and Daniel Bohan, Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of Regina, jointly celebrated a service in Regina.
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Posted: June 22, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1804
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Catholic
Transmis : 22 juin 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1804
Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic


Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World

Mission belongs to the very being of the church. Proclaiming the word of God and witnessing to the world is essential for every Christian. At the same time, it is necessary to do so according to gospel principles, with full respect and love for all human beings.

Aware of the tensions between people and communities of different religious convictions and the varied interpretations of Christian witness, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and, at the invitation of the WCC, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), met during a period of 5 years to reflect and produce this document to serve as a set of recommendations for conduct on Christian witness around the world. This document does not intend to be a theological statement on mission but to address practical issues associated with Christian witness in a multi-religious world.

The purpose of this document is to encourage churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the recommendations in this document to prepare, where appropriate, their own guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and among those who do not profess any particular religion. It is hoped that Christians across the world will study this document in the light of their own practices in witnessing to their faith in Christ, both by word and deed.

Read the complete document in PDF.
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Posted: June 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1805 Transmis : 28 juin 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1805


Lutherans and Anglicans Conclude Dialogue with Statement on Diaconal Character of the Church

The third Anglican – Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) held its sixth and final meeting in Jerusalem, 18-25 June.

The commission focused on the writing of its final report, “To Love and Serve the Lord,” which looks at the essential connection between koinonia (church unity) and diakonia (church service and witness). Including stories of diakonia from around the world, the report is written with the hope of reaching not only the international church bodies and church leaders but also institutions of theological education and even congregations seeking to deepen their commitment to discipleship.
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Posted: July 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2254
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, church, diakonia, dialogue, ecclesiology, Lutheran
Transmis : 1 juillet 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2254
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, church, diakonia, dialogue, ecclesiology, Lutheran


Week of Prayer 2012 asks what victory means for unity

As Poland prepares to host the European Football Championship in 2012, Christians in the country have put the meaning of “victory” and “defeat” at the centre of their reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that will be celebrated earlier in the year. Preparatory resources based on these reflections are already available in five languages on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
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Posted: July 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1808
Categories: WCC News
Transmis : 11 juillet 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1808
Catégorie : WCC News


Our Summer Ecumenical Institute in the Vatican newspaper

The following article appeared in the July 11-12, 2011 issue of L’Osservatore Romano, published by the Holy See. L’impegno dei cristiani in Canada  Dal dialogo alla missione comunedi Riccardo Burigana«C’è un sostanziale accordo tra le Chiese cristiane su ciò che noi crediamo, e noi abbiamo una percezione più forte del fatto che siamo veramente fratelli
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Posted: July 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1807
Categories: NewsIn this article: Summer Ecumenical Institute
Transmis : 12 juillet 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1807
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Summer Ecumenical Institute


Seventh-day Adventists and Mennonite World Conference begin conversation

Representatives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Mennonite World Conference held the first of several theological conversations June 28 to July 1, 2011 at the world headquarters of the 17 million-member Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

For four days representatives of both world communions exchanged ideas and perspectives centering on the theme of “Living the Christian Life in Today’s World.” After each group presented an overview of the history of their communion, papers were also presented by each group on the topics of peace, non-violence and military service; discipleship and non-conformity; health, healing/salvation and ecology; and the nature and mission of the church.

… continued.
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Posted: August 17, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1811
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mennonite World Conference, Seventh-day Adventist
Transmis : 17 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1811
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mennonite World Conference, Seventh-day Adventist


Mouw presses the heart of the matter

Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993-2013)When Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, was asked to speak at the Fellowship of Presbyterians’ big gathering in Minneapolis, organizers asked him not to say what he personally thinks Presbyterians ought to do in response to the latest crisis.

Mouw is well aware that many congregations and individuals are considering leaving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), part of the fallout from the denomination’s recent decision to lift the categorical prohibition against the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians.

So Mouw spoke instead during evening worship Aug. 25 about what Presbyterians should hold in their hearts and minds as they consider their options – and in doing so, he issued a call to theological orthodoxy, expanded ecumenism, a renewed commitment to the ordination of women and increased efforts to care for the world. He challenged evangelicals now in the PC(USA) to learn from those both more conservative and more liberal than themselves.
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Posted: August 26, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7341
Categories: NewsIn this article: Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed churches, schism
Transmis : 26 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=7341
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed churches, schism


Fiji: Government cracks down further – only Sunday worship allowed

The Fijian government has banned all Methodist Church meetings except for Sunday worship in an unprecedented crackdown on religious freedom. This includes house groups, women’s prayer fellowship, choir practice, mid-week communion and youth fellowship, as well as the Church’s governance meetings.
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Posted: August 30, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1809
Categories: News
Transmis : 30 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1809
Catégorie : News


May We All Be One: Three Visions for the Unity of the Church

A workshop for Parish Ecumenical Contacts (PECs) and for all Christians who are praying and working for the unity of the church: Saturday, October 1, 2011 9 am to noon at Wildwood Mennonite Church (1502 Acadia Drive), Saskatoon. Registration begins at 8:30 am. (There is no cost for this workshop.)

We talk about unity a lot, but what do we really mean by it? What will unity look like? Does ecumenism mean that we will all be the same? Where are we going, and how are we going to get there? There are different models and methods of unity which influence our churches’ ecumenical priorities. This workshop will lay out some of the more significant positions. Presenters will include Bishop Donald Bolen (Roman Catholic), Bishop Cindy Halmarson (Lutheran) and Rev. Ron McConnell (United).

For further details email the PCE at or phone 306-653-1633.
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Posted: August 30, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1810 Transmis : 30 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1810


Koch says joint ‘admission of guilt’ for Reformation needed

The joint commemoration of the Reformation by Catholics and Lutherans could begin with an admission of guilt by both sides, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, said in an interview last week. The Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation are planning a joint declaration on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. “Without joint recollection, joint purification and without an admission of guilt on both sides, an honest commemoration will not be possible,” Cardinal Koch told the Austrian Catholic Press Agency.
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Posted: September 3, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6737
Categories: The TabletIn this article: 2017, Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation
Transmis : 3 septembre 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6737
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation


Jerusalem interfaith dialogue sees increased participation

Religious leaders in Jerusalem are more willing than ever before to take part in dialogue with members of other faiths despite growing political turmoil in the region, said Daniel Milo, the director of the Jerusalem Center for Ethics, prior to the start of the third annual Interfaith and Ethics Symposium on 14 September.
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Posted: September 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1816
Categories: News
Transmis : 14 septembre 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1816
Catégorie : News


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