Healing the wounds in the body of Christ

 — June 5, 20185 juin 2018

Representatives of the five churches who signed the JDDJ in Rome. File photo: LWF
Representatives of the five churches who signed the JDDJ in Rome. File photo: LWF

Five signatories of JDDJ to discuss implications for church life

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) together with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), as well as the Methodist, the Reformed and the Anglican communion will start a consultation process to discuss spiritual and ecclesial implications of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

“We have now five signatories of this ecumenical declaration,” says Kaisamari Hintikka, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. “We feel we are called to ask together what kind of spiritual and ecclesiastical consequences the JDDJ might have for our churches.”

Milestone in ecumenical dialogue

The signing of the Joint Declaration on Doctrine of Justification in Augsburg in 1999 was a milestone in the Catholic- Lutheran dialogue. It was built on 30 years of continuous ecumenical dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics.

On 18 July 2006, following an internal process, the World Methodist Council, meeting in Seoul, South Korea, voted unanimously to adopt the Declaration. In July 2017, the World Communion of Reformed Churches formally associated with the Declaration at an ecumenical prayer service in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany; and the Anglican Communion affirmed and welcomed the substance of the Declaration in the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in April 2016 and publicly signed it at a prayer event at Westminster Abbey on 31 October 2017.

On 31 October 2016, Lutherans and Catholics jointly commemorated the Reformation anniversary in Lund, Sweden, presided over by Pope Francis together with the leadership of the Lutheran World Federation, as well as with their ecumenical partners on the worldwide level.

“We are witnessing momentum in our shared ecumenical journey,” Hintikka says. “This consultation is meant to appreciate and to use that gift, which calls us to healing the wounds in the body of Christ.”

Manifest the growth in communion

The consultation was planned at a meeting of the five signatories in Rome, Italy, and will take place in March 2019. It will also feature a public lecture or panel discussion about ecumenical relations.

“This consultation will be the beginning of a process, that aims to respond to the aspirations of the people in the pews,” Hintikka says. “We want to offer our churches recommendations in order to grow in communion.”

Posted: June 5, 2018 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=10250
Categories: 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 : 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

Pope to Lutherans: ‘may the Holy Spirit unite what is still divided’

 — June 4, 20184 juin 2018

Pope Francis receives in audience a delegation of the German Evangelical Lutheran ChurchPope Francis urged members of the German Lutheran Church, whom he received in the Vatican, to continue walking the path to unity.

Receiving a Delegation of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in audience, Pope Francis on Monday recalled his positive 2016 visit to Lund in Sweden to mark the Common Commemoration of the Reformation.

Pointing out that “for the wounds of the past” the event could have provoked controversy and hatred, he said that instead it took place in a spirit of fraternal communion highlighting the fact that the last fifty years have been characterized by a “growing communion”.

“Thanks to the work of the Spirit, fraternal meetings, gestures based on the logic of the Gospel rather than human strategies, and through the official Lutheran-Catholic dialogue, it has been possible to overcome old prejudices on both sides” he said.
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Pope, patriarch call for ethical intervention in economy

 — May 28, 201828 mai 2018

Pope Francis presents a gift to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during a meeting in the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican May 26. CNS photo/Paul HaringPope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople called on Christians to work together to build a culture of solidarity in the face of growing economic inequality and a lack of respect for the human dignity of the poor and of migrants.

The two leaders met privately May 26 before addressing an international conference sponsored by the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, which seeks to promote the teaching of St. John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical on social and economic justice.

“The current difficulties and crises within the global economic system have an undeniable ethical dimension,” Pope Francis told some 500 business leaders, theologians and proponents of Catholic social teaching.
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Bishop of Qu’Appelle begins cross-Canada cycling journey for unity and reconciliation

 — May 22, 201822 mai 2018

Bishop Rob Hardwick prepares to begin his cross-Canada pilgrimage alongside his wife Lorraine, who will be travelling with him for support on his cycling journey. Photo: Dell BornowskyDipping his bicycle tires into the Pacific Ocean on the morning of Saturday, May 19, Bishop Rob Hardwick of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle officially began a cross-country pilgrimage to the Atlantic coast to promote unity, healing, and reconciliation within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Over the course of a planned 62 days, the 7,877-kilometre cycling journey will take Bishop Hardwick from Victoria, B.C. to St. John’s, Newfoundland, during which he will meet and pray with thousands of people in hundreds of congregations.

“I’m hoping to gather people’s comments, what they understand those three words [unity, healing, and reconciliation] to mean in their own lives,” the bishop said.

“Obviously in our church, we are fairly conflicted in some issues. So what does it mean to be a church of unity? What does it mean to be a church of healing and reconciliation as well?”
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Informal group of Anglican–Roman Catholic theologians discusses “new layers of unity”

 — May 1, 20181 mai 2018

Cardinal Désiré Joseph Mercier presided over the original Malines Conversation Group in the early 1920s. Photo Credit: Bibliothèque nationale de FranceAn informal but officially-sanctioned ecumenical dialogue between Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians has met to consider “the difficult question of Anglican Orders.” The Malines Conversation Group was originally established in the early 1920s by Cardinal Désiré-Joseph Mercier, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malines-Brussels; some 24 years after Pope Leo XIII declared that Anglican Orders were “absolutely null and utterly void”. The 1920s Malines Conversations Group envisioned the restoration of communion between Anglicans and Roman Catholics in the phrase l’Église Anglicane unie non absorbée – united, but not absorbed.

Since then, a number of formal dialogues and relational groups between the two churches have been established, including the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), which undertakes theological dialogue; and the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), an episcopal commission which seeks ways to put joint agreements into practice.
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Anglican-Jewish Commission releases communiqué from recent meeting

 — April 23, 201823 avril 2018

Members of the Anglican-Jewish Commission. Photo: ACNSImmigration and minorities were chief topics of discussion at a meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission last month in Jerusalem. One particular focus was the situation facing Christians in the Middle East. They agreed that any responses to the situation must be grounded in an understanding and affirmation of human life and freedom.

This was the first time the group had met since 2014. Speaking afterwards members said they had been encouraged and hopeful about gathering more often in the future. The Commission expects to reconvene again in 2019.

The Archbishop of Canterbury‘s Programmes Coordinator for Inter Religious Affairs, Katie Hodkinson, said the meeting was very significant.

“It was something that the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel whilst on his two-week visit to the Holy Land last May, ” she said. “This renewed energy and commitment was warmly welcomed by both the Christian and Jewish communities.”
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The Canadian Council of Churches and the future of ecumenism

 — March 23, 201823 mars 2018

Participants in an Intercultural Ministry program organized by the Canadian Council of Churches stand on a map identifying the locations of various First Nations across Canada. Photo: CCCMuch of the work of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) today is reflected in its two commissions: the Commission on Faith and Witness, and the Commission on Justice and Peace. Where the former promotes theological reflection to improve mutual understanding between denominations, the latter focuses on efforts to foster peace and social justice in Canada and around the world.

Certain issues, such as the ordination of women or same-sex marriage, may be of both theological and social importance, and can find very different views reflected within the council.

In such cases, CCC President Alyson Barnett-Cowan said, “We try two things. One is we will have exploratory sessions where we try to get the sense of where different people are coming on different issues, and that would be one of them … But then on other matters, where we think there might be a consensus, we work hard to articulate what that consensus might be. So for example, protection of refugees, that’s kind of a no-brainer for the members of the council.”
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‘Part of who we are’: Anglicans, ecumenism, and the Canadian Council of Churches

 — March 20, 201820 mars 2018

Members of the Canadian Council of Churches Governing Board attend a meeting in Ottawa at Saint Paul University in May 2017. Photo by Kaeli SweigardAs one of the founding members of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), the Anglican Church of Canada has long played a major role in the country’s leading ecumenical council.

Ecumenism “is in the Anglican DNA”, according to Bishop Michael Oulton—one of the two current appointed Anglican representatives on the CCC governing board, along with Canon Mary Conliffe.

“I think that’s the heart of who we are as a church … I’m a huge believer in the importance of partnerships and building expanded partnerships wherever possible, and the Canadian Council of Churches is, I think, a critical part of that for us,” Oulton said.

“It’s always been part of who we are as Anglicans to try to find a common table around which to sit.”
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Pope to visit Geneva for World Council of Churches anniversary

 — March 2, 20182 mars 2018

Pope Francis meets in the Vatican with WCC General Secretary Rev. Olav Fykse TveitPope Francis will travel to Geneva on June 21st to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches. The announcement was made on Friday at a press conference in the Vatican by the WCC General Secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit and by Cardinal Kurt Koch, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The WCC was founded in 1948 with a membership of 147 Christian Churches, largely in Europe and North America. Today it brings together 348 members in countries across the globe, including most of the world’s Orthodox, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches.

Since 1965 the Catholic Church has worked closely together with the WCC through a Joint Working Group, as well as through participation in specific commissions or practical initiatives.
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Cardinal Koch: Relations between the Catholic Church and the WCC

 — March 2, 20182 mars 2018

An address by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, regarding relations between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches (WCC). At a press conference held Friday 2nd March in the Vatican, the WCC General Secretary, Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit and Cardinal Kurt Koch announced that Pope Francis will be travelling to Geneva on June 21st to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches.

The visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva during the year of the 70th Anniversary of the foundation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will be a sign of recognition of a unique contribution of the WCC to the modern ecumenical movement. It will be an expression of the personal commitment of the Holy Father to the goal of Christian unity as expressed in many occasions. In visiting the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Pope Francis will follow the steps of his two predecessors Paul VI, who visited the WCC in 1969 (10 June), and John Paul II who did the same in 1984 (l2 June). The visit will be an occasion to give thanks to God for a longstanding and rich collaboration which the Catholic Church maintains with the WCC for more than half a century. Indeed, our relations began during the preparation of the Second Vatican Council. Vatican II committed the Catholic Church to the modern ecumenical movement and opened a new page in the history of our relations with the World Council of Churches generating a spirit of rapprochement and mutual understanding. Although the Catholic Church is not a member of the WCC, various dicasteries of the Roman Curia and different Catholic organizations or religious communities collaborate closely with its different programmatic areas. There is a sustained collaboration in the field of justice and peace, human rights, works of charity and humanitarian aid, especially regarding migrants and refugees, protection of creation, the youth, interreligious dialogue, mission and evangelism. The most developed is the collaboration between the WCC and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), which also takes place through various channels.
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