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
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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


Orthodox churches hold WCC at arms’ length

A pan-Orthodox conference that took place from April 29 to May 2, 1998, at Thessaloniki, Greece, was devoted to relations between Orthodoxy and the ecumenical movement – a topic which has caused concern among very many people not only in the Russian but also other Local Orthodox Churches.
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Posted: May 8, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Orthodox, WCC
Transmis : 8 mai 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, WCC


Forging liaisons between neighbouring congregations is goal of Covenanting 2000

Giving visible witness to Christian unity is the goal of a number of Saskatoon churches which have joined themselves together in Covenanting 2000.

Rev. Walter Donovan, of Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Covenanting 2000 project. His church has been twinned with Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church for a two-year period.

Donovan is one of the eight church leaders and representatives who has signed the Covenanting 2000 pastoral letter encouraging local inter-church initiatives. It has also been signed by leaders and representatives of the Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Mennonite Ministerial, Orthodox Church of America, Roman Catholic and Ukrainian Catholic Churches, and the United Church of Canada.
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Posted: May 16, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6016
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon
Transmis : 16 mai 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6016
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon


Centre hires Associate Director

The Saskatoon Centre for Ecumenism takes great pleasure in introducing Sister Anne Keffer of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada who will become Associate Director of the Centre as of June 1, 1998. Sr. Anne Keffer completed her deaconess training at the Baltimore Deaconess School, and is an active member of the Lutheran Deaconess Community, ELCA (USA).
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Posted: June 1, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2228
Categories: NewsIn this article: Lutheran, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism
Transmis : 1 juin 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2228
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Lutheran, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism


In memory of Winifred O’Rourke

Winifred M. O’Rourke, a founding mother of the Saskatoon Centre for Ecumenism, went to be with her Lord on October 8, 1997 at the age of 85. When the Centre was begun, she was responsible for setting up the library, spending many hours in organizing and cataloging the books. Her work and love of the Centre has been appreciated in so many ways through the years. Winifred also had a remarkable library of her own. Following her passing, her daughter Jennifer O’Rourke made many of those books available to the Centre. It is with sincere gratefulness that we have accepted this generous gift, as the collection of books has made a valuable addition to our library. For those of us who had the opportunity to know Winifred, it is like having a part of her with us.” All the books listed elsewhere in this issue are from this collection, and are available for borrowing. We wish to publicly thank the O’Rourke family for recognizing her mother’s deep love and understanding of ecumenism and thereby realizing that by passing on these books to our Centre, Winifred’s memory will continue to live on in the hearts of many people.
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Posted: June 1, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2229
Categories: MemorialsIn this article: Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, Saskatoon
Transmis : 1 juin 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2229
Catégorie : MemorialsDans cet article : Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, Saskatoon


The church and the nation

In his address on “Nation and Identity” to the Anglican General Synod, the Rt. Rev. Andrew Hutchison, Bishop of Montreal said that his vision of the church in Quebec would see it stay out of partisan politics while pursuing goals of reconciliation, justice and peace. Bishop Hutchison told the Synod that the church has no mandate to advocate one form of government over another. “How we choose to organize ourselves for collective security and well being is a political question that must be settled by voters at the ballot box, be they Christian or not,” he said.  But he added: “We do, on the other hand, have a mandate … to strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.”
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Posted: June 1, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2230
Categories: News
Transmis : 1 juin 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2230
Catégorie : News


To dialogue, or not?

Cooperation between the churches of Canada is at a significant level. We share our problems, we share our plans, we even share our resources. But what of dialogue? Are we talking about our theological perspectives as we cooperate? Or, has dialogue fallen into a secondary or tertiary importance?
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Posted: June 1, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2231
Categories: Opinion
Transmis : 1 juin 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2231
Catégorie : Opinion


Ecumenist renews call for Universal Christian Council

Dr. Konrad Raiser, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, has renewed his call for the main Christian churches to start, in the year 2000, a process to lead to a universal Christian council uniting all churches and Christians. He requested the bodies of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Pentecostal churches to make a solemn promise not to rest until such a council has been achieved.
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Posted: June 1, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2232
Categories: ENI
Transmis : 1 juin 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2232
Catégorie : ENI


United Church challenges $27 billion Gambling industry

Canada’s largest Protestant church, the United Church of Canada (UCC), has launched a challenge to the nation’s multi-billion dollar gambling industry, and to the federal and provincial governments which receive massive revenue by taxing gambling. The Canadian Council of Churches and other faith groups are being approached to support the campaign for an inquiry into gambling.
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Posted: June 1, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2233
Categories: ENIIn this article: gambling, United Church of Canada
Transmis : 1 juin 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2233
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : gambling, United Church of Canada


Family’s faith stands on twin foundations

When Bernie and Shirley Karstad were considering marriage, they had an added twist to consider. While both were dedicated, devoted and active church members, the catch was that they belonged to different churches. Neither had any interest in switching to another church tradition. Adding further complication, each was bringing children from a previous marriage into
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Posted: September 26, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6035
Categories: NewsIn this article: interchurch families, marriage, Saskatoon
Transmis : 26 septembre 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6035
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : interchurch families, marriage, Saskatoon


ELCA Presiding Bishop Says Ecumenism Is Lutheran

CHICAGO (ELCA) — “The ecumenical question is often posed as a vote for or against ‘Lutheran identity.’ We cite our confessional tradition as the reason for our continued separation from other Christian bodies,” said the Rev. H. George Anderson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). “I believe that it is precisely
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Posted: October 8, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4682
Categories: ELCA News
Transmis : 8 octobre 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4682
Catégorie : ELCA News


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