Archive for 2011

Archive pour 2011

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New global digital library on theology and ecumenism

WCC and Globethics.net launch global online theological resource

A unique and ambitious web-based theological resource was launched in Geneva on 23 September by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Globethics.net. It aims to redress a global imbalance of access to research materials in theology and related disciplines.

The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib) contains several hundred thousand articles, documents and other academic resources that can be accessed online free-of-charge by registered participants from anywhere in the world via Internet (www.globethics.net/gtl).
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Posted: September 23, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1812
Categories: NewsIn this article: books
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : books


Benedict XVI meets Lutheran leaders at the Augustinerkloster, Erfurt

As the Bishop of Rome, it is deeply moving for me to be meeting you here in the ancient Augustinian convent in Erfurt. As we have just heard, this is where Luther studied theology. This is where he was ordained a priest. Against his father’s wishes, he did not continue the study of Law, but instead he studied theology and set off on the path towards priesthood in the Order of Saint Augustine. And on this path, he was not simply concerned with this or that. What constantly exercised him was the question of God, the deep passion and driving force of his whole life’s journey. “How do I receive the grace of God?”: this question struck him in the heart and lay at the foundation of all his theological searching and inner struggle. For Luther theology was no mere academic pursuit, but the struggle for oneself, which in turn was a struggle for and with God.
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Posted: September 23, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6717
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther


Lutheran pastor appointed dean of Anglican cathedral in Canada

In a historic move, the Anglican diocese of Rupert’s Land appointed a Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Paul Johnson, as dean of the diocese and incumbent for St. John’s Cathedral in Winnipeg, reports the Anglican Journal. This is the first time a Canadian Lutheran pastor has been appointed dean in an Anglican cathedral in Canada. A dean is the priest in charge of a cathedral (“mother church”) and occupies a senior position in a diocese.
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Posted: September 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1815
Categories: ENIIn this article: Anglican, Lutheran
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Anglican, Lutheran


Benedict’s balancing act

Pope Benedict XVI’s third visit to Germany last week was billed as the 84-year-old pontiff’s latest effort to help convince people in highly secularised Europe that their society would be better and more human if God were at its centre. He won high praise for a deeply philosophical paper given to the Bundestag in Berlin on the foundations for a free state of law (see page 10). In that address, he said it was “urgent” to start a “public debate” on the necessity of retrieving the natural law tradition in developing legislation. As with his speech at Westminster Hall a year ago, the Pope was hailed for reaching across the political and religious divide of Germany’s parliament and its intellectual class.
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Posted: October 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6742
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Society of St. Pius X
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Society of St. Pius X


Christian leaders plan ecumenical future at Global Christian Forum

An estimated 275 Christian leaders are meeting in Indonesia from 4 to 7 October to plot an ecumenical future in what one veteran of the ecumenical movement called a watershed gathering.

Leaders of the fledgling Global Christian Forum (GCF) will gather evangelical, Pentecostal, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians here to assess recent changes in global Christianity, Religion News Service reports.
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Posted: October 3, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1814
Categories: ENI, RNSIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Catégorie : ENI, RNSDans cet article : Global Christian Forum


Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s grant grows

The Rev. Eric Dyck, chaplain-general of the Canadian Priory of the Order of Saint Lazarus was in Saskatoon recently to confirm a financial grant the order is giving to the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism‘s Ecumenical Shared Ministries Bureau. The Order of St. Lazarus, or, more correctly, the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of
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Posted: October 8, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6026
Categories: NewsIn this article: Prairie Centre for Ecumenism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Prairie Centre for Ecumenism


Pope ‘rehabilitated Luther’ during visit to eastern Germany

Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, The Tablet The head of the German Church’s Ecumenical Commission has said that he believes the Pope “rehabilitated” the reformer, Martin Luther, during his visit to the country last month, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt. Speaking on 23 September to the council of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, in
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Posted: October 8, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6746
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther


Church Ministries That Are Transforming Anglican-Lutheran Relations

Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, To Love and Serve the Lord. A report on diakonia. (Lutheran World Federation/Anglican Communion, 2012).To Love and Serve the Lord is the title of a new report published in October by the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) on diakonia (church social service work). Jointly produced by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Anglican Communion for the third phase of their bilateral dialogue – ALIC III – the publication offers a diverse array of stories about church ministries that are transforming relations between churches in both communions.
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Posted: October 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2252
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, ecumenism, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, ecumenism, Lutheran


Research centre to mine insights of Vatican II

A new research centre at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University will study the contribution Canadians made to Vatican II as well as how the Council has shaped religious communities here.

A year before the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism launched Oct. 13. It will examine ecumenism and interreligious dialogue in contemporary society and look at issues of progress and decline in the Catholic community.

“I hope we find a way to help contemporary young Catholics, other Christians and non-Christians to understand the commitment and the opening of the Catholic Church to the world, to contemporary society and to contemporary issues,” said Saint Paul theology professor Catherine Clifford, one of Centre’s co-founders, in an interview.
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Posted: October 13, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6971
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Catholic, research centre, Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, research centre, Second Vatican Council


Can Faith Communities Change the Climate?

Faith communities throughout Canada believe they have a moral responsibility to address global warming. As a result, religious leaders have prepared a Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change. This is among the first times that such a broad interfaith effort at a faith leaders’ letter has been undertaken in Canada.
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Posted: October 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1820
Categories: Documents, NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment
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Catégorie : Documents, NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment


Churches seek peace and justice through dialogue in Assisi

At an interfaith gathering in Assisi, called by Pope Benedict XVI, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said, “The cross is not for crusades but a sign of God’s love embracing everybody.” He praised the role of “young change makers” in pursuit of peace and called faith leaders to engage in dialogue by addressing conflicts and accepting “the other.”
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Posted: October 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1819
Categories: WCC News
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Catégorie : WCC News


US Episcopal Church rejects Anglican Covenant

The Episcopal Church‘s Executive Council has rejected the Anglican Covenant. On 24 Oct 2011 the council unanimously endorsed a resolution recommending the General Convention – the governing body of the Episcopal Church – not endorse the covenant as it now stands. The Anglican Covenant was a political and theological threat that would alter the American church’s power base and undo the advances made by the church’s liberal wing in recent years.
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Posted: October 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1817
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican


Rowan Williams: Time for us to challenge the idols of high finance

The full text of an article by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, published in The Financial Times newspaper:

It’s sometimes been said in recent years that the Church of England is still used by British society as a sort of stage on which to conduct by proxy the arguments that society itself doesn’t know how to handle. It certainly helps to explain the obsessional interest in what the Church has to say about issues of sex and gender. It may help to explain just what has been going on around St Paul’s Cathedral in the last couple of weeks.
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Posted: November 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1818
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Anglican, economic ethics, Rowan Williams
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Anglican, economic ethics, Rowan Williams


Communiqué: Joint Working Group between RCC and WCC

The island of Malta located in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and the shores of Tunisia and Libya was the setting for the last plenary meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) before the forthcoming WCC assembly in 2013 in Busan (Korea). Malta has been at the crossroads of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East throughout its history. According to Acts 28, the Apostle Paul stayed three months on the island following his shipwreck on the way to Rome. While a prisoner, he established the Church in Malta that remains faithful to its apostolic origins until today. Meeting in Rome and Damascus before, the members of the JWG were again reminded of the breadth of St. Paul’s missionary vision of the church and community in Christ. Our deliberations were guided by the words of St. Paul to “receive one another just as Christ has received you, for the glory of God” (Rom 15:7).
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Posted: November 5, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1830
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, WCC
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, WCC


Vatican’s top ecumenist Cardinal Koch assesses progress, prospects

A top Vatican ecumenist said different types of divisions affect Catholic relations with the Orthodox churches and with those that were born from the Protestant Reformation, but both can be resolved with dialogue.

He also criticized the “anti-Catholic attitude” displayed by some Pentecostals and said Catholics must resist a temptation to adopt the “sometimes problematic evangelical methods” of those churches.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Swiss-born president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, spoke at The Catholic University of America Nov. 3. The title of his talk was “Fundamental Aspects of Ecumenism and Future Perspectives.”
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Posted: November 9, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6975
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Communiqué: Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council

Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council. Photo: ACNSThe Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) met in York, England from 4 to 8 November 2011.

In its most important piece of work the Council finalized the text of a joint statement on ecclesiology and mission “Belonging Together in Europe.” An earlier version of the text was the major focus of the International Old Catholic and Anglican Theological Conference held in Neustadt, Germany from August 29 to September 2, 2011.
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Posted: November 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1822
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Old Catholic
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Old Catholic


Baptists, Orthodox consider formal dialogue

Teams from the Baptist World Alliance and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople held exploratory talks Oct. 30-Nov. 2 that could lead to formal dialogue between Baptist and Orthodox Christians internationally.
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Posted: November 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1823
Categories: NewsIn this article: Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox


Church leaders plan another Advent campaign to support Good Food Junction

A number of church leaders gathered for an early morning meeting Oct. 12 at St. George Anglican parish in Saskatoon, to receive an update about Station 20West and discuss plans for another ecumenical Advent campaign in support of Good Food Junction Cooperative Grocery Store.
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Posted: November 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1824
Categories: NewsIn this article: poverty, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : poverty, Saskatoon


What Assisi Has Lost: A report from the meeting of religious leaders

Of all the challenges faced by the Vatican in organizing the 25th anniversary of the historic interreligious gathering in Assisi in 1986, the hardest was how to make it newsworthy. The 176 delegates–representing, said the Vatican, “not only the world’s religions, but all people of good will, everyone seeking the truth”–whom Pope Benedict XVI led by train from Rome to the town of St Francis were comprehensive in their diversity. But if the Christian delegations on October 27 included the top men–Pope Benedict himself, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I–the delegates from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others included no obvious celebrities, or even organizations whose presence might have raised an eyebrow. Even the inclusion of four non-believers failed to create a stir, for it was not Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens standing with the pope but little-known academic philosophers.
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Posted: November 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1821
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Assisi, interfaith
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Assisi, interfaith


Coming of age for Canadian Jews: Jewish seminary set to open in Catholic institution

The first mainstream Jewish seminary in Canada “will be an important part of Judaism’s future in this country,” says Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School

Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum marvels at the idea that the first mainstream Jewish seminary in Canada will be housed inside a Catholic school of theology and be part of seven Christian schools that comprise the Toronto School of Theology.

“I have never heard of a situation like this in the world in which a Jewish seminary is among Christian theological schools and seminaries,” said Rabbi Tanenbaum, president of the recently founded Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School.

“The creation of this school really marks the coming of age for Canada’s Jewish community. It’s a sign of our maturity and will be an important part of Judaism’s future in this country.”
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Posted: November 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1828
Categories: NewsIn this article: Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Judaism


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