Archive for 1998

Archive pour 1998

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A Treasure in Earthen Vessels: An Instrument for an Ecumenical Reflection on Hermeneutics

This text explores the complex, potentially conflictual but often creative field of hermeneutics, focused specifically on the hermeneutical task entailed in the ecumenical search for visible church unity. This exploration, carried out at the request of the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order (Santiago de Compostela, 1993), is a part of the ongoing work of Faith and Order.

Hermeneutical questions emerged in ecumenical work already in its beginnings. The churches’ responses to the Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry text made it especially clear that Faith and Order needed to reflect on what is involved when authors, readers and interpreters of ecumenical documents come from many different contexts and confessions. The significance of the hermeneutical task for the ecumenical movement has deepened and widened since this initial perception. Indeed, representatives of churches from all parts of the world who participated in the Santiago conference made it clear that the work of Faith and Order could progress fruitfully only with serious exploration of the hermeneutical issues.

This text is the product of three study consultations (Dublin 1994, Lyons 1996 and Bossey 1997), and two small drafting meetings (Boston 1994 and Faverges 1998). Participants in these gatherings included members of the World Council of Churches‘ Commission on Faith and Order, joined by scholars particularly interested in hermeneutical questions. Participants came from all parts of the world and represented many ecclesial traditions (e.g. Anglican, Anabaptist/Pietist, Lutheran, Methodist, Old Catholic, Orthodox, Reformed, Roman Catholic). Interim versions were reviewed and critiqued at various stages by the Board of Faith and Order and by its Plenary Commission meeting in Moshi, Tanzania, in 1996. They have also been studied and responded to by a number of scholars in the field. Each and every response along the way has received careful attention.
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Posted: January 1, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9731
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Christian unity, hermeneutics, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
Transmis : 1 janvier 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9731
Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Christian unity, hermeneutics, WCC Commission on Faith & Order


ELCA Leaders Stress Concordat Clarity

CHICAGO (ELCA) — Church leaders stressed clarity and candor in their advice to the teams charged with drafting a revised proposal for full communion between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church. An advisory panel of ELCA pastors and lay people, bishops and scholars met here Dec. 18-19, together with the ELCA
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Posted: January 8, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4674
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 8 janvier 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4674
Catégorie : ELCA News


No new dogmas please

As a child, a friend of mine used to be told by his nanny: Before you say anything, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? The same three questions may well be asked about the current proposal to define Mary as Co-Redeemer.

Is it true? The answer to that question depends on the way in which we interpret the title Co-Redeemer, along with the related titles Mediator of All Graces and Advocate of the People of God. As a member of the Orthodox Church I have no objection to these three titles in themselves — provided that they are rightly understood.

Indeed, closely similar language occurs in the prayers and hymns used in the Christian East. With the greatest frequency in Orthodox worship we say to the Virgin Mary, Most Holy Mother of God, save us. In our invocations to other members of the Communion of Saints, including St John the Baptist, except on very rare occasions we never say more than … pray for us.
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Posted: January 17, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6670
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, doctrine, ecumenism, Mary, Orthodox
Transmis : 17 janvier 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6670
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, doctrine, ecumenism, Mary, Orthodox


Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism

Jacques Dupuis, Toward a Christian Theology of Religious PluralismMore than 25 years ago in Northern India I first met Fr Dupuis. That meeting prefigured my contact with his remarkable book, and was also thoroughly physical. As he gunned his Yugoslavian motorcycle along narrow roads in the foothills of the Himalayas, I clung to him for dear life and prayed not to fall into the cavernous valleys that flanked our route to a high-altitude Buddhist monastery. After visiting the monks Dupuis roared off down another road to a self-help Tibetan refugee camp directed by the Dalai Lama’s sister-in-law and then to a mountaineering school run by the Sherpa Tensing who had conquered Mount Everest in 1953 with Sir Edmund Hillary. These visits shaped my first impressions of Jacques Dupuis as someone who wanted direct contact with other religious traditions and was certainly not content to learn about them simply by reading texts at his desk.
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Posted: January 24, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6701
Categories: The TabletIn this article: dialogue, interfaith, salvation, theology
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : dialogue, interfaith, salvation, theology


Ecumenical work will be honoured

by Gordon Legge, Calgary Herald One of the city’s most energetic ecumenists is being honoured in mid-February by a Montreal organization. Anna Tremblay, a member of the Roman Catholic Commission for Ecumenism, is receiving the 1997 Ecumenical Leadership Award from Montreal’s Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. At the same time, Rev. Richard Stetson, Tremblay’s nominator, will
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Posted: February 7, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6067
Categories: NewsIn this article: Calgary, Ecumenical Leadership Award
Transmis : 7 février 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6067
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Calgary, Ecumenical Leadership Award


Congregational Ecumenism on the Prairies

By Nicholas Jesson Growing up in Winnipeg, I had a stereotypical image of Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Albertans were cowboys and oilmen while people from Saskatchewan and rural Manitoba were all grain farmers.  Saskatchewan was flat, dull, and almost barren.  We used to joke, half seriously, that when driving west from Winnipeg one should leave in
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Posted: March 15, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6266
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Canada, ecumenism, Saskatchewan
Transmis : 15 mars 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6266
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Canada, ecumenism, Saskatchewan


Lutheran Bishops Encourage Ecumenical Progress

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (ELCA) — Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America meeting here March 5-10 adopted a statement encouraging members of the church to “participate in the ongoing development of the revised proposal for full communion” with The Episcopal Church. The Conference of Bishops’ action expressed gratitude that a first draft of a
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Posted: March 20, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4676
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 20 mars 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4676
Catégorie : ELCA News


Ecumenism Underlines ELCA-LCMS Differences

CHICAGO (ELCA) — Recent ecumenical decisions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have underlined differences between the 5.2-million member church and the 2.5-million member Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). There are about 8.6 million Lutherans in North America. The ELCA’s 1997 Churchwide Assembly approved a relationship of “full communion” with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),
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Posted: April 20, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4678
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 20 avril 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4678
Catégorie : ELCA News


Anglicans, Lutherans present united witness of their faith

by Virginia Battiste, Saskatoon Star Phoenix Jesus prayed that all believers might be one. In Saskatoon, two churches are close to achieving that goal. After several years of dialogue on national and international fronts, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are moving towards establishing closer ties that would
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Posted: May 2, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6227
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran
Transmis : 2 mai 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6227
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran


ELCA’s David Tiede: Pursuit of Full Communion Is Complicated

ST. PAUL, Minn. (ELCA) — The Rev. David W. Tiede, president of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., affirmed Lutheran commitment to ecumenism and explained the cultural and theological factors that make proposals for full communion between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and The Episcopal Church “complicated.” Tiede addressed a gathering of Lutherans and Episcopalians
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Posted: May 6, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4680
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 6 mai 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4680
Catégorie : ELCA News


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