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Bishop Brian Farrell, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Bishop Farrell: ‘Synodality’ and the search for Christian unity

 — January 20, 202220 janvier 2022

As Christians come together to mark the annual ecumenical Week of Prayer, the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), Bishop Brian Farrell, says Pope Francis’ synodal process could make a “hugely important” contribution to improving relationships between the different churches.

Congregations and individuals in many parts of the globe participate in the 18-25 January Week of Prayer initiative which originated over a century ago and is organized by the PCPCU in partnership with the World Council of Churches (WCC). Each year, they invite an ecumenical group in a particular region to prepare resources that can be used for different kinds of ecumenical initiatives during the octave of prayer.

This year, worship materials have been prepared by members of the Middle East Council of Churches, focusing on the theme of the Magi who “saw the star in the East and came to worship” the Christ Child in Bethlehem. Bishop Farrell notes that the material, available in seven languages, is “filled with a deep, genuine spirituality that will be very effective when used by communities around the world.”
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Posted: January 20, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11280
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Brian Farrell, Christian unity, synodality, WPCU
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Brian Farrell, Christian unity, synodality, WPCU

At its March 2022 meeting, the Council of General Synod spent more than 4 hours, spread across several in-camera sessions, discussing the #ACCtoo letter

‘What happened … was gravely wrong’

 — March 29, 202229 mars 2022

The Council of General Synod (CoGS) has committed itself to improving the church’s practices in a range of areas including sexual abuse and journalistic governance in the wake of public allegations that senior church management failed to protect the identities of victims of alleged sexual assault by sharing last year an early draft of an article for an Anglican Journal sister publication.

A number of Anglicans, however—including the Journal’s former editor, one member of CoGS and the two responsible for these public allegations—say they have serious concerns about the council’s response and are calling for, among other things, the resignation of the church’s general secretary.

Over the course of three days during its March meeting, the national church council spent more than 4 hours in-camera, discussing a response to an open letter published online in February. The letter, written by a group calling itself #ACCtoo, called for action from the church to address harm it said was caused last spring when a member of General Synod leadership passed on a draft of an unfinished article to four Anglican institutions. The article, intended for the Anglican Journal’s online magazine, Epiphanies, reported on allegations of sexual misconduct related to these institutions, and, according to #ACCtoo, in its draft state it also included personal information about the complainants which tied them to the institutions and could have revealed their identities.
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Posted: March 29, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11272
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada

Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity at the final meeting of their Fifth Phase in Strasbourg in 2018

Lutheran-Catholic report: Baptism and Growth in Communion

 — April 7, 20227 avril 2022

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have issued a joint press release announcing the online publication of the report of the Fifth Phase of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The report is entitled Baptism and Growth in Communion. The new document, which has been in preparation for the past seven years, includes important impulses for ongoing theological and ecclesiological discussion and makes “a significant step in proposing a differentiating consensus on baptism.”

The report seeks to find a language for the ecclesial dimensions of growth in communion. It concludes with six commitments setting out a road map for the ongoing dialogue and for the growing cooperation at all levels between Lutherans and Catholics. It highlights particular events over recent years that have contributed to the journey ‘from conflict to communion’, notably the joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, the Declaration of Intent endorsing fuller collaboration between the LWF’s World Service arm and the Caritas Internationalis network, as well as local initiatives such as the visit of Pope Francis to the Lutheran parish in Rome in 2015.
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Posted: April 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11278
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: baptism, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : baptism, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Mark MacDonald has resigned as national Indigenous archbishop

National Indigenous archbishop resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

 — April 20, 202220 avril 2022

News of former National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop Mark MacDonald’s resignation due to sexual misconduct allegations has shocked many in the church, with Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders describing both emotional and practical challenges in coming to terms with it.

MacDonald resigned as national Indigenous archbishop and formally relinquished his exercise of ordained ministry April 20 following allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a pastoral letter to the church, Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said MacDonald had acknowledged the sexual misconduct. His resignation took effect in accordance with Canon XIX on Relinquishment or Abandonment of the Ministry. The primate confirmed to the Anglican Journal that there are no allegations of criminal offences.

“This is devastating news,” Nicholls said in her pastoral letter. “The sense of betrayal is deep and profound when leaders fail to live up to the standards we expect and the boundaries we set. Our hearts hold compassion for human frailty and space for repentance while we also ache with the pain that such betrayal causes first to the complainant; then to so many others and to the life of our Church.”
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Posted: April 20, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11270
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Mark Macdonald
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Mark Macdonald

Archbishop Justin Welby, with local leaders at James Hill Cree Nation, watches a traditional dance. Left to right: Reverend Martha Stonestand, James Smith Cree Nation, retired; Michael Charles, dancer; Emmerick Stonestand, dancer; Chief Rob Head, Peter Chapman Cree Nation; Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; Florence Sanderson, Head-Woman Chakastaypasin First Nation; Sandra Sanderson; McKenzie Stonestand, dancer; Taylor Brittain, dancer

‘Apologies are cheap … unless accompanied by action’: In Canada for 6 days, archbishop of Canterbury re-commits to reconciliation

 — May 6, 20226 mai 2022

When Geronimo Henry stood up to speak at a May 3 meeting between Indigenous community leaders, residential school survivors and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in Toronto, he told the story of his 11 years in the Mohawk Institute residential school near Brantford, Ont.

He told those gathered how he and other children had been locked in an empty “playroom” for hours at a time, gazing out the single window and wishing to see his mother drive up the laneway to bring him home.

He told them about when the city of Brantford built a dump out behind the school and he and the other boys would sneak out to rifle through it for food to supplement the school’s paltry fare.

And he told them that when Stephen Harper’s government issued an official apology for the residential school system in 2008, he used to take a printed copy with him to speaking engagements at universities so that when someone asked what he thought of the apology, he could take it out and rip it up.

“Why did it take the churches and the government so long to bring out this apology? Don’t they know the schools closed in 1970?” asked Henry. “That’s when they should have come and gathered us all up and said they were sorry. But they never.”

Canada’s Indian residential schools began to close in earnest after 1969 when the partnership between the federal government and the churches that had run them dissolved. The Mohawk Institute closed in 1970.
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Posted: May 6, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11268
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Indigenous peoples, Justin Welby, Reconciliation
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Indigenous peoples, Justin Welby, Reconciliation

ELCA adopts Declaration to the Muslim Community

 — May 9, 20229 mai 2022

During the month of Ramadan, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) sent an open letter to the Muslim community in the United States. Acknowledging the conjunction of Christian and Muslim holy days in April, the ELCA Church Council unanimously adopted “A Declaration of the ELCA to the Muslim Community” (2022). The Declaration affirms the ELCA’s “friendship and solidarity with Muslims, nurtured over time through meaningful cooperation, dialogue, and common action.”

Kathryn M. Lohre, ELCA Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological Discernment, explained that “This latest declaration stands alongside ‘A Declaration of the ELCA to the Jewish Community‘ and as a concrete expression of ‘A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment.’ More than a corpus of statements, these declarations remind us of who we are in relationship to our neighbours, and who we strive to be. Grounded in real relationships, they are more than aspirational; grounded in reality, they reflect commitments not yet fully realized.”

The ELCA also plans to publish new resources to support these inter-religious efforts, including a preaching guide that affirms the ELCA’s commitments to Jewish relations and a set of pastoral guidelines for ministry in a multi-religious world.
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Posted: May 9, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11266
Categories: News
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Catégorie : News

Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Church of England apologizes for anti-Jewish laws, 800 years on

 — May 9, 20229 mai 2022

A special service to mark the eighth centenary anniversary of the Synod of Oxford aims to encourage Christians to reject contemporary forms of anti-Judaism and antisemitism. The Church of England has issued an apology to the Jewish community over laws that were passed 800 years ago which paved the way for the expulsion of Jews from England for hundreds of years. A special service held on Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford for the eighth centenary anniversary of the Synod of Oxford saw the presence of civic dignitaries and religious leaders, including Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis and representatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The 1222 Synod of Oxford passed laws that forbade social interactions between Jews and Christians, placed a specific tithe on Jews and required them to wear an identifying badge. The Jews were also banned from some professions and from building new synagogues. Other harsher restrictions against the Jews followed over the years that eventually led to the mass expulsion of approximately 3,000 Jews at the time, by an edict in 1290 by King Edward I. More than 360 years passed before Jews were readmitted to England by Oliver Cromwell in 1656.
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Posted: May 9, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11276
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: anti-semitism, Church of England, Judaism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : anti-semitism, Church of England, Judaism

In this 2018 photo, Lorne Brandt (right), then chair of Mennonite Church B.C.’s Service, Peace and Justice Committee, presents Steve Heinrichs with a vest and moccasins made by Cree craftspeople. The governing body of Mennonite Church Canada has ended the full-time Indigenous-Settler Relations position that Heinrichs held for the last decade

MC-Canada Indigenous relations work revamped and reduced

 — May 11, 202211 mai 2022

The governing body of Mennonite Church Canada has decided to end the full-time Indigenous-Settler Relations (ISR) position held by Steve Heinrichs and replace it with a new half-time position.

Heinrichs’s 10-plus notable years with MC Canada are over.

At the same time, MC Canada will add a half-time climate action position and a half-time associate executive minister position. The decisions were made at the April 9 to 10 meeting of the Joint Council.

The MC Canada release states that Heinrichs will not be filling the new half-time ISR position. MC Canada executive minister Doug Klassen says policies prevent him for disclosing whether Heinrichs was offered the half-time position. Heinrichs is similarly limited in what he can say.

That said, his preference would have been to continue in the role he had. Heinrichs was not involved in the April 9-10 decision. The cutback was effective immediately, although Heinrichs has offered to remain for a short time, to assist with transition and to wrap up projects. Klassen hopes to have the half-time position filled in the fall.
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Posted: May 11, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11134
Categories: NewsIn this article: Mennonite Church Canada, Reconciliation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Mennonite Church Canada, Reconciliation

Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada meeting at Châteauguay, Québec, 2-5 May 2022. L-R: Nicholas Jesson, Dr. Brian Butcher (staff), Sr. Donna Geernaert sc, Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman (staff), Bishop Cynthia Halmarson (observer), Bishop Bruce Myers (co-chair), Rev. Dr. Iain Luke, Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier, Ana de Souza (staff), and Archbishop Brian Dunn (co-chair). Missing: Adèle Brodeur and Dr. Nicholas Olkovich

Anglicans, Roman Catholics rejoice to gather in-person for ecumenical dialogue

 — May 13, 202213 mai 2022

The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada) has been meeting regularly for 50 years, with a mandate to serve the cause of visible Christianity unity and common witness between the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Roman Catholic Church in Canada. Having continued the Dialogue online from 2020-2021, members rejoiced to be able to convene in person on May 2-5 at the Manoir D’Youville in Châteauguay, QC.

These days were the source of a renewed beginning in several ways: ARC Canada welcomed a few new members into its ranks, continuing a long tradition of gifted and dedicated ecumenical leaders who have contributed to its work over the decades. A new proposed terms of reference was reviewed that would, among other things, expand the participation of representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) from a role as observers to full membership, as full communion partners within the ACC delegation. There was also a chance to engage with recent discussions of synodality in the Roman Catholic Church, and to review aspects of some of the latest ecumenical study on the subject of Anglican ordinations.
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Posted: May 13, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11274
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, dialogue
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, dialogue

Pope Francis meets with members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission in the library of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican

Pope Francis: Anglicans are ‘valued traveling companions’

 — May 14, 202214 mai 2022

Pope Francis said on Friday that members of the Anglican Communion are “valued travelling companions” as Catholics take part in a worldwide synodal process.

Speaking to the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission (ARCIC) on May 13, the pope said he hoped that Anglicans would contribute to the two-year initiative leading to the Synod on Synodality in Rome in 2023.

He said: “As you know, the Catholic Church has inaugurated a synodal process: for this common journey to be truly such, the contribution of the Anglican Communion cannot be lacking. We look upon you as valued travelling companions.”

The 85-year-old pope noted that in July he is due to travel to South Sudan with Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the Anglican Communion.

The pope, who has been making his public appearances in a wheelchair since May 5 due to a torn ligament in his right knee, said: “As part of this concrete journey, I wish to recommend to your prayers an important step. Archbishop Justin Welby and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, two dear brothers, will be my travelling companions when, in a few weeks’ time, we will at last be able to travel to South Sudan.”
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Posted: May 14, 2022 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=11749
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, dialogue
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, dialogue

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