Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness

 — April 3, 20193 avril 2019

The representatives of five Christian World Communions - Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed - at the Notre Dame Consultation. Photo: Steve Toepp/University of Notre Dame
The representatives of five Christian World Communions - Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed - at the Notre Dame Consultation. Photo: Steve Toepp/University of Notre Dame
Lutheran World Information

Five Christian communions proclaim anew the good news of God’s liberating grace

Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new ways to contemporary society. We “wish to make more visible our common witness, in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity, walking together, praying together and working together.”

The meeting, which took place at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, United States from 26 to 28 March, brought together ecumenists from the five global Christian communions who have affirmed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ). That landmark agreement was originally signed by leaders of the Catholic Church and The Lutheran World Federation in 1999 and has since been broadened to include the World Methodist Council, the Anglican Communion and the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

In the statement, participants say that their churches witness to the fact that through the JDDJ process “centuries-old controversies” are being overcome. They underline the urgency of bringing this witness of reconciliation to a “broken, divided and contentious world” and they pledge to “communicate this message to people of our time in meaningful and relevant ways though our common witness and service.”

Read the complete statement.

Posted: April 3, 2019 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10483
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council

Senior ecumenical panel to discuss Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

 — March 27, 201927 mars 2019

The Presidents of the Lutheran World Federation, Christian Krause, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification at St Anna’s Lutheran Church in Augsburg, Germany, on 31 October 31 1999. The document has since been adopted or affirmed by the World Methodist Council, the World Council of Reformed Churches, and the Anglican Consultative Council. Photo: K Wieckhorst / LWF

The five Christian denominations closely associated with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) are taking part in a private consultation and public events this week to discuss how to take the document further. The JDDJ was originally agreed by the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999. The significant ecumenical text has been described as resolving the doctrinal dispute at the heart of the Reformation; and has since been adopted or affirmed by the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Methodist Council and the Anglican Consultative Council.
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From sacred to secular: Canada set to lose 9,000 churches, warns national heritage group

 — March 10, 201910 mars 2019

The Village of Meath Park, Sask., 170 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon, demolished this church in 2018 over safety concerns related to its crumbling foundation. Residents who tried to stop the demolition had to be removed by RCMP

Shrinking congregations and rising maintenance costs force old churches to be closed, sold or repurposed. A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 religious spaces in Canada will be lost in the next decade, roughly a third of all faith-owned buildings in the country. National Trust for Canada regeneration project leader Robert Pajot says every community in the country is going to see old church buildings shuttered, sold off or demolished. “Neighbourhoods are going to have multiple churches closing,” Pajot said. “Some people qualify this as a crisis, and I kind of agree. It is going to hit everybody.”
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Pope: Cardinal Bea a model and inspiration for dialogue

 — February 28, 201928 février 2019

Pope Francis meets participants commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Cardinal Augustin Bea.  Photo: Vatican Media

Cardinal Augustin Bea was the first President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and worked tirelessly in the field of ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Cardinal’s death, the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pontifical Biblical Institute and the Center for the Study of Christianity in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, have been holding a series of scholarly lectures.
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Document on Human Fraternity for world peace and living together: Full text

 — February 4, 20194 février 2019

Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayeb sign the Document on Human Fraternity (Vatican Media)

Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved. Through faith in God, who has created the universe, creatures and all human beings (equal on account of his mercy), believers are called to express this human fraternity by safeguarding creation and the entire universe and supporting all persons, especially the poorest and those most in need.

This transcendental value served as the starting point for several meetings characterized by a friendly and fraternal atmosphere where we shared the joys, sorrows and problems of our contemporary world. We did this by considering scientific and technical progress, therapeutic achievements, the digital era, the mass media and communications. We reflected also on the level of poverty, conflict and suffering of so many brothers and sisters in different parts of the world as a consequence of the arms race, social injustice, corruption, inequality, moral decline, terrorism, discrimination, extremism and many other causes.
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Pope and the Grand Imam: Historic declaration of peace, freedom, women’s rights

 — February 4, 20194 février 2019

Pope Francis shakes hands with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb (Vatican Media)

The “Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together” signed on Monday afternoon in Abu Dhabi by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad el-Tayeb, is not only a milestone in relations between Christianity and Islam but also represents a message with a strong impact on the international scene. In the preface, after affirming that “Faith leads a believer to see in the other a brother or sister to be supported and loved”, this text is spoken of as a text “that has been given honest and serious thought”, which invites “all persons who have faith in God and faith in human fraternity to unite and work together”.
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Are we on the brink of a new ecumenical spring?

 — January 24, 201924 janvier 2019

Pope Francis greets Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby during a private audience at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2017. Photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano

It is not uncommon to read optimistic appraisals of how the cause of Christian unity is progressing. There are in fact undeniable signs of continuing progress in relations between the divided churches as set out, for example, in the study document From Conflict to Communion, describing the substantial advance of relations between Catholics and Lutherans in fifty years of dialogue.

But not all is plain sailing. To the careful observer there are also signs of frustration and even retrenchment. To not a few, the traditional ways of doing ecumenism seem no longer capable of meeting new challenges coming from developments both within the Catholic Church and within the other Churches, our ecumenical partners.
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Anglican-Old Catholic International Coordinating Council meeting

 — January 23, 201923 janvier 2019

Břevnov Monastery in Prague

The Anglican-Old Catholic International Coordinating Council has recently concluded its meetings, which were held at the Břevnov Monastery in Prague. This was the final meeting of the Council’s present mandate and much of the work was focussed on preparing the final report to the Anglican Consultative Council and the (Old Catholic) International Bishops’ Conference. The AOCICC is the official instrument serving the communion between Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht and the Churches of the Anglican Communion which was brought about in 1931 through the Bonn Agreement.
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Joint Meeting of Catholic and Anglican Bishops in UK

 — January 17, 201917 janvier 2019

27 Catholic bishops of England and Wales and 27 Church of England bishops met in Leicester from 16 to 17 January for their biennial conference

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales and Church of England bishops met in Leicester from 16 to 17 January for their biennial conference.

Together 27 Catholic and 27 Anglican bishops explored a diverse range of subjects including opportunities for closer collaboration at a regional and national level. Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu were present throughout. Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Welby addressed the gathering.

Dr Paula Gooder and Professor Paul Murray, members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, led the bishops in reflection on its latest document Walking Together On The Way. Drawing on their rich experience of walking together as fellow pilgrims, the bishops considered the life of their global communions. They explored similarities and differences between the structures of their churches.
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Deeply Committed to Christian unity

 — January 16, 201916 janvier 2019

Rev. Dr Miriam Haar, LWF's Theological Assistant. Photo: LWF/S. Gallay

Ahead of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the JDDJ later this year, the LWF is launching a new publication, reaffirming its ecumenical commitments in light of these latest developments. These commitments were formally adopted by the LWF Council in 2018, putting into practice the Lutheran communion’s pledge to be more accountable to its ecumenical partners.

Entitled ‘The Lutheran World Federation‘s Commitments on the Ecumenical Way to Ecclesial Communion’, the publication was launched at a prayer service in the Geneva Ecumenical Center Chapel on 16 January. The user-friendly booklet summarises recent progress and lists six ways in which Lutherans pledge their commitment to the search for full and visible unity of all Christians.
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