Archive for 2007

Archive pour 2007

Kessler shines among all denominations

United Church of Christ ordained minister and Massachusetts Council of Churches executive director Diane Kessler, reminds members that the United Church of Christ history is rooted in the ecumenical visionThe Massachusetts Council of Churches executive director Diane Kessler “stunned” the Council with her announcement of retirement at the end of June 2007. What was more stunning was the legacy she has left after thirty-two years of service.

As Director of the Council, Kessler was responsible for direction and public presentation of the Council’s work in areas such as education and evangelism for Christian unity, ecumenical worship, cooperation with local councils of churches, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and social mission and prophetic witness.

Kessler, an Andover Newton graduate and ordained United Church of Christ minister, started with the Council in 1975 as an associate director, and became director in 1988. In those three decades she was able to help the 17 member denominations take ideas and transfer them into action, for example, by fostering an atmosphere of openness in ecumenical and interfaith relations, by developing a legislative campaign against casino gambling, and by founding the Ecumenical Institute of New England which has currently educated 500 people. She has done this while ensuring responsible stewardship of the Council’s resources, which come primarily from its member denominations. Kessler served as diplomatic liaison among religious leaders and denominations. “I have always thought it important to treat all churches with appreciation and respect,” she said. “Their diverse spiritual traditions enrich all of us.”
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Posted: February 15, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7338
Categories: NewsIn this article: ecumenism, USA
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Taizé in Edmonton

A weekend for young adults led by Brother Emile of Taizé will be held in Edmonton from February 23 to 25th, 2007. “Leaving Discouragement Behind – Finding new Hope” is the theme of the weekend. This ecumenical time of prayer, reflection, and sharing is part of Taizé’s “Pilgrimage of Trust across the Earth.”
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Posted: February 23, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=294
Categories: NewsIn this article: Edmonton, events, prayer, Taizé
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Edmonton, events, prayer, Taizé


Lenten study & reflection in 2007

Each year during Lent, churches across Saskatoon encourage study and reflection on a variety of Christian topics. This year, we have the following programmes to announce. Some have already begun, but you can join in at any time.

Ecumenical Lenten Worship. The churches of the Nutana Park Ecumenical Committee are again hosting their annual Lenten worship series. The services are held Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. at Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church, 3rd Street at Sommerfeld. The services are planned and led by the various churches of the neighbourhood.

Reconsidering Jesus. This series of 5 talks will be held at Knox United Church, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. beginning on February 28. The program seeks to further ongoing discussion throughout the church of the relevance and meaning of Jesus in his person and works. The talks will be led by various leaders in Saskatoon’s faith community. For further details, call Knox Church at 306-244-0159.

Searching the Scriptures. This is a series of 5 talks held at St. Timothy’s Anglican Church, 2101 Lansdowne Avenue, Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. starting February 28. The free program will study the weekly lectionary readings with Dr. Mary Ann Beavis, a biblical scholar and professor of religious studies at St. Thomas More College. Dr. Beavis will introduce participants to historical as well as traditional Jewish and Christian methods of interpretation.
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Posted: February 24, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=295 In this article: prayer, Saskatoon, study Transmis : 24 février 2007 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=295 Dans cet article : prayer, Saskatoon, study


Winds of change

Rather than be split by a much-trumpeted schism,the Anglican Communion emerged from its meeting in Tanzania this week as a new kind of twenty-first century Church, reflecting changes in ecclesial and geopolitical power

Will the Anglican Communion survive? Before the Primates’ Meeting in Africa this week there was much discussion of schism, and an atmosphere of crisis prevailed. At the heart of the problem is how Anglicans reconcile the value they place on diocesan and provincial structure of autonomy at the national level with the legitimacy given to a comprehensive range of practices and positions with the bonds of ecclesial communion that allow the Communion coherence as one effective, united, interdependent worldwide body of Christians. Given that, what does the Anglican Communion mean? Is it a fellowship of independent national churches with historical roots in the Church of England that worship through a provincial expression of the Book of Common Prayer, or is it a hierarchical system with the Archbishop of Canterbury at the top as a sort of mini-Pope?
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Posted: February 24, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6714
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Anglican Communion, Christian unity, human sexuality, Rowan Williams
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Through many dangers,toils and snares …

When Catholic cardinals meet in conclave they tend to do so under the stern eye of God in the Sistine Chapel. Anglican primates are different; this past week they have been meeting privately in the agreeable surroundings of a beach-front hotel overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean just outside Dar es Salaam. Where the cardinals have Swiss Guards to protect them, the Anglicans have enjoyed what we journalists took to calling satirically the ring of steel: a group of young askari cadets, dressed in white shirts and black berets, who nervously fingered their truncheons when anyone approached.
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Posted: February 24, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6712
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Anglican Communion, Christian unity, human sexuality, Rowan Williams
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Christian unity, human sexuality, Rowan Williams


Mary & the Eucharist — an ecumenical presentation

An ecumenical panel will give a presentation on Sunday, February 25th on the topics of “The role of Mary in the Church” and the “Understanding of the Eucharist.” The controversial issues have been the subject of extensive ecumenical dialogue over the past 40 years. The Keynote speakers are the Rev. Canon Colin Clay (Anglican), Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers (Roman Catholic), and Bishop Allan Grundahl (Lutheran). The panel will present at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2007 at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Parish, at the corner of Taylor Avenue and Munroe Street. This event is sponsored by St. Philip Neri Parish, St. Timothy Anglican Church, and Redeemer Lutheran Church.
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Posted: February 25, 2007 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=296
Categories: DialogueIn this article: events, Saskatoon, workshop
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Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : events, Saskatoon, workshop