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Women in Christian-Muslim dialogue want to break down stereotypes

Can women play a strong role in bringing reconciliation and tolerance to the communities in conflict? Can divisions and divides be resolved from a faith-based perspective, when religion often is considered a cause of violence?
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Posted: September 22, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=497
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Islam
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Islam


Les catholiques ont aussi des choses à apprendre de Luther, selon le cardinal Kasper

Les catholiques ont aussi des choses à apprendre de Luther, selon le cardinal Kasper

[Francfort/Wittenberg, Allemagne • ENI] Les catholiques romains ont des choses à apprendre du réformateur protestant du XVIe siècle Martin Luther, selon le responsable de l’unité chrétienne au Vatican, alors que les Eglises protestantes d’Allemagne viennent de lancer une décennie de manifestations conduisant à la célébration, en 2017, du 500e anniversaire de la Réforme luthérienne.
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Posted: September 22, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=498
Categories: NewsIn this article: Walter Kasper
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Walter Kasper


Le Comité exécutif du COE s’apprête à désigner un secrétaire général intérimaire

Le Comité exécutif du COE s’apprête à désigner un secrétaire général intérimaire

[Genève – ENI\Peter Kenny] Le Comité exécutif du Conseil œcuménique des Eglises (COE) doit nommer un secrétaire général intérimaire pour la plus grande organisation chrétienne du monde, lors de sa réunion à Lübeck, en Allemagne, du 23 au 26 septembre.
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Posted: September 22, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=499 Transmis : 22 septembre 2008 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=499


Saints and martyrs: international ecumenical symposium

Saints and martyrs: international ecumenical symposium

[WCC News] Can saints and martyrs – or for that matter, Christians who lived exemplary lives – help unite the churches into which they were born? An international group of experts will discuss this and other related questions at a symposium in an Italian monastery.
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Posted: September 23, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=500
Categories: Conferences, WCC NewsIn this article: dialogue, saints
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Catégorie : Conferences, WCC NewsDans cet article : dialogue, saints


Saints et martyrs: symposium œcuménique international

Saints et martyrs: symposium œcuménique international

[COE News] Les saints et les martyrs – ou tout simplement, les chrétiens et chrétiennes qui ont mené une vie exemplaire – peuvent-ils contribuer à unifier les Eglises dans lesquelles ils sont nés? Un groupe d’experts internationaux va se pencher sur cette question et tout ce qu’elle implique lors d’un symposium organisé dans un monastère italien.
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Posted: September 23, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=501
Categories: Conferences, NewsIn this article: dialogue, saints
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Catégorie : Conferences, NewsDans cet article : dialogue, saints


Canadian federal election guides – 2008

Canadian federal election guides – 2008

Another federal election has come to Canada. Canadians will go to the polls on October 14 to select members of Parliament in all 308 ridings across the country. For more information about who can vote, the candidates, and the locations of the polls, please see the Elections Canada website.

Here at “Ecumenism in Canada” we have a continuing interest in highlighting the reflections offered by the Canadian churches on matters of public policy. With this in mind, we have compiled the following links to election resources prepared by the churches and their ecumenical justice groups.

CCCB Federal Election 2008 Guide
EFC 2008 Election Kit
• United Church of Canada 2008 Federal Election Kit
• Mennonite Central Committee’s 2008 Election Primer
• Citizens for Public Justice 2008 Election Guide
• Candidates Against Poverty

The Catholic bishops of Canada have a long history of public statements on justice issues, both during and between elections. As in recent elections the CCCB has issued an election guide that is intended to enumerate principles of Catholic social teaching that are relevant to the elections. Like all churches, the CCCB does not endorse any political party. Instead, the CCCB’s Social Affairs Commission “encourages Catholics to become better informed about the issues, to voice their concerns with the political candidates … and, most of all, to vote.” The four-page text goes on to list some basic principles from Catholic moral and social teaching to help voters examine and evaluate public policy and programs. These principles include respect for life and the dignity of the human person, as well as the preferential option for the poor. The text also addresses the question of the war in Afghanistan and the debate on the environment. The four Bishops who signed the document call on the political parties to “engage in a peace process for Afghanistan” and to ensure that “future generations … can have a healthy environment.” The Social Affairs Commission admits that “choices can be tough” for Catholics when a political candidate or a political party holds “values that are not fully in line with Church teaching.” Citing the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the CCCB Social Affairs Commission points out that “a well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals.”

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada has also issued an election kit. The EFC says that “Canada needs strengthened families and secure marriages. Canada needs to protect its most vulnerable: children, the poor, the unborn and the disabled.” The EFC’s kit is not entirely focussed on personal and family ethics. It also affirms that “Canada needs to share its blessings with the world, especially meeting commitments made to foreign relief and development work.” The EFC kit includes position papers on various issues, and is expected to be updated with further statements as the campaign proceeds.

The United Church of Canada also regularly issues public statements during federal elections. The United Church website says that their new 2008 Federal Election Kit “takes a non-partisan approach. It lifts up justice concerns that need voice to get on the election agenda and into public awareness. As well as offering a brief background and sample questions on issues important to the United Church, the kit offers tips for asking questions at all candidates meetings and advice on how to use the media effectively.” There are a variety issues that the United Church highlights, however it brings a special focus to Aboriginal issues.

The Mennonite Central Committee serves both Canadian and American churches, both of which are in the midst of elections. However the issues and concerns are different, and an election primer is offered by MCC-Canada for Canadian Anabaptists. The MCC is not a church, and thus does not speak on behalf of its member churches. It therefore frames its election reflection in the form of “questions for Anabaptist Christians to consider during the 2008 federal election campaign.”

As of September 16th, there were no election guides or other resources available on the websites of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC), the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), or KAIROS. If these become available, this website posting will be revised to include these links.

There are two other resources of interest. The Citizens for Public Justice is an independent social justice research and advocacy group. The CPJ has issued election guides during many of the past elections. The CPJ 2008 election guide addresses a number of issues of concern in the current campaign: poverty, immigration, tax policy, and the environment. These are issues that CPJ has addressed for many years, and thus their guide draws on additional resources available through their website. The CPJ invites Canadian voters to consider their electoral choices through the lens of public justice.

The Religious Social Action Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador has created a new website to encourage candidates to establish a government priority to end poverty in Canada. The coalition is “a nonpartisan group from a broad array of religions — Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and others — united in our religious commitment to call on society to abolish poverty at home and abroad. … It is the goal of our coalition to call upon all candidates for Parliament to pledge to move our society toward greater economic fairness. … To finally fulfill the promise that Parliament made to abolish poverty among Canadian children, even though they have missed their own deadline by seven years. To make sure that working families can find affordable housing. And to fulfill Parliament’s Kelowna pledge to Canada’s Aboriginals. … It is our goal to get citizens talking about poverty — and to make Ending Poverty a voting issue.”

The coalition has established an admirably low-tech website entitled Candidates Against Poverty which lists all the candidates who have taken a simple pledge to make poverty a governmental priority. At this point, the number of candidates who have responded is quite small. Voters can explore the website to see whether their candidates have made the pledge. Voters can also challenge their candidates to make this pledge and have it recorded on the website.
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Posted: September 23, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=502
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, elections, justice
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, elections, justice


Les évêques ont rendu public un message pastoral sur contraception

Au terme de leur Assemblée plénière, qui s’est déroulée à Cornwall, du 22 au 26 septembre, les évêques du Canada ont rendu public un message pastoral intitulé « Un potentiel libérateur ». Les évêques invitent ainsi les baptisés à une découverte — ou une redécouverte — de l’Encyclique Humanae Vitae, publiée en 1968 par le pape Paul VI.
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Posted: September 26, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=503
Categories: NewsIn this article: birth control, bishops, Catholic, CCCB, ethics, human sexuality
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : birth control, bishops, Catholic, CCCB, ethics, human sexuality


CCCB marks 40th anniversary of Birth Control encyclical

At the close of their 2008 Plenary Assembly which met in Cornwall, 22-26 September, the Bishops of Canada issued a pastoral letter, titled “Liberating Potential”, which invites all the faithful “to discover or rediscover,” the message of the Encyclical Humanae Vitae, issued by Pope Paul VI in 1968.
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Posted: September 26, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=504
Categories: NewsIn this article: bishops, Catholic, CCCB, ethics, human sexuality
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : bishops, Catholic, CCCB, ethics, human sexuality


Germans remember Anglican bishop George K. A. Bell

German Protestants recall Anglican bishop who was a ‘bridge builder’ and ‘reconciler’

Protestants in Germany are recalling the life of George K. A. Bell, a Church of England bishop who opposed the Nazi regime of Adolf Hitler but also sharply criticised indiscriminate bombing of German cities during the Second World War.

“He was a fighter for peace and for the truth, and never shied away from using the authority of his office and person to uphold his beliefs, even in the political arena,” said Bishop Wolfgang Huber, who heads the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), in a statement to mark the 50th anniversary of the Anglican bishop’s death on Oct.3, 1958.
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Posted: October 3, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=505
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican


Communiqué: Orthodox-Roman Catholic International Dialogue

The Coordinating Committee of the Joint International Commission for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church met in Elounda, Crete, Greece from 27 September to 4 October 2008.

At the opening session, the two Co-Presidents of the Commission, His Eminence Cardinal Walter Kasper (President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity) and His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon (Ecumenical Patriarchate), expressed their joy and thankfulness to God for the continuation of the theological dialogue between the two Churches. They reaffirmed the goal of the dialogue as stated at its beginning in 1980: “The purpose of the dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church is the re-establishment of full communion between these two churches. This communion, based on unity of faith according to the common experience and tradition of the early Church, will find its expression in the common celebration of the Eucharist.”
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Posted: October 3, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=506
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Orthodox
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Orthodox


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