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Archive for 2011

Archive pour 2011

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Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World

 — June 28, 201128 juin 2011

Mission belongs to the very being of the church. Proclaiming the word of God and witnessing to the world is essential for every Christian. At the same time, it is necessary to do so according to gospel principles, with full respect and love for all human beings.

Aware of the tensions between people and communities of different religious convictions and the varied interpretations of Christian witness, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and, at the invitation of the WCC, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), met during a period of 5 years to reflect and produce this document to serve as a set of recommendations for conduct on Christian witness around the world. This document does not intend to be a theological statement on mission but to address practical issues associated with Christian witness in a multi-religious world.

The purpose of this document is to encourage churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the recommendations in this document to prepare, where appropriate, their own guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and among those who do not profess any particular religion. It is hoped that Christians across the world will study this document in the light of their own practices in witnessing to their faith in Christ, both by word and deed.

Read the complete document in PDF.
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Posted: June 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1805 Transmis : 28 juin 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1805

Lutherans and Anglicans Conclude Dialogue with Statement on Diaconal Character of the Church

 — July 1, 20111 juillet 2011

The third Anglican – Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) held its sixth and final meeting in Jerusalem, 18-25 June.

The commission focused on the writing of its final report, “To Love and Serve the Lord,” which looks at the essential connection between koinonia (church unity) and diakonia (church service and witness). Including stories of diakonia from around the world, the report is written with the hope of reaching not only the international church bodies and church leaders but also institutions of theological education and even congregations seeking to deepen their commitment to discipleship.
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Posted: July 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2254
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, church, diakonia, dialogue, ecclesiology, Lutheran
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, church, diakonia, dialogue, ecclesiology, Lutheran

Week of Prayer 2012 asks what victory means for unity

 — July 11, 201111 juillet 2011

As Poland prepares to host the European Football Championship in 2012, Christians in the country have put the meaning of “victory” and “defeat” at the centre of their reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that will be celebrated earlier in the year. Preparatory resources based on these reflections are already available in five languages on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
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Posted: July 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1808
Categories: WCC News
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Catégorie : WCC News

Our Summer Ecumenical Institute in the Vatican newspaper

 — July 12, 201112 juillet 2011

The following article appeared in the July 11-12, 2011 issue of L’Osservatore Romano, published by the Holy See. L’impegno dei cristiani in Canada  Dal dialogo alla missione comunedi Riccardo Burigana«C’è un sostanziale accordo tra le Chiese cristiane su ciò che noi crediamo, e noi abbiamo una percezione più forte del fatto che siamo veramente fratelli
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Posted: July 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1807
Categories: NewsIn this article: Summer Ecumenical Institute
Transmis : 12 juillet 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1807
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Summer Ecumenical Institute

Seventh-day Adventists and Mennonite World Conference begin conversation

 — August 17, 201117 aoüt 2011

Representatives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Mennonite World Conference held the first of several theological conversations June 28 to July 1, 2011 at the world headquarters of the 17 million-member Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

For four days representatives of both world communions exchanged ideas and perspectives centering on the theme of “Living the Christian Life in Today’s World.” After each group presented an overview of the history of their communion, papers were also presented by each group on the topics of peace, non-violence and military service; discipleship and non-conformity; health, healing/salvation and ecology; and the nature and mission of the church.

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Posted: August 17, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1811
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mennonite World Conference, Seventh-day Adventist
Transmis : 17 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1811
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mennonite World Conference, Seventh-day Adventist

Mouw presses the heart of the matter

 — August 26, 201126 aoüt 2011

Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993-2013)When Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, was asked to speak at the Fellowship of Presbyterians’ big gathering in Minneapolis, organizers asked him not to say what he personally thinks Presbyterians ought to do in response to the latest crisis.

Mouw is well aware that many congregations and individuals are considering leaving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), part of the fallout from the denomination’s recent decision to lift the categorical prohibition against the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians.

So Mouw spoke instead during evening worship Aug. 25 about what Presbyterians should hold in their hearts and minds as they consider their options – and in doing so, he issued a call to theological orthodoxy, expanded ecumenism, a renewed commitment to the ordination of women and increased efforts to care for the world. He challenged evangelicals now in the PC(USA) to learn from those both more conservative and more liberal than themselves.
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Posted: August 26, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7341
Categories: NewsIn this article: Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed churches, schism
Transmis : 26 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=7341
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed churches, schism

Fiji: Government cracks down further – only Sunday worship allowed

 — August 30, 201130 aoüt 2011

The Fijian government has banned all Methodist Church meetings except for Sunday worship in an unprecedented crackdown on religious freedom. This includes house groups, women’s prayer fellowship, choir practice, mid-week communion and youth fellowship, as well as the Church’s governance meetings.
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Posted: August 30, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1809
Categories: News
Transmis : 30 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1809
Catégorie : News

May We All Be One: Three Visions for the Unity of the Church

 — August 30, 201130 aoüt 2011

A workshop for Parish Ecumenical Contacts (PECs) and for all Christians who are praying and working for the unity of the church: Saturday, October 1, 2011 9 am to noon at Wildwood Mennonite Church (1502 Acadia Drive), Saskatoon. Registration begins at 8:30 am. (There is no cost for this workshop.)

We talk about unity a lot, but what do we really mean by it? What will unity look like? Does ecumenism mean that we will all be the same? Where are we going, and how are we going to get there? There are different models and methods of unity which influence our churches’ ecumenical priorities. This workshop will lay out some of the more significant positions. Presenters will include Bishop Donald Bolen (Roman Catholic), Bishop Cindy Halmarson (Lutheran) and Rev. Ron McConnell (United).

For further details email the PCE at or phone 306-653-1633.
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Posted: August 30, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1810 Transmis : 30 aoüt 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1810

Koch says joint ‘admission of guilt’ for Reformation needed

 — September 3, 20113 septembre 2011

The joint commemoration of the Reformation by Catholics and Lutherans could begin with an admission of guilt by both sides, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, said in an interview last week. The Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation are planning a joint declaration on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. “Without joint recollection, joint purification and without an admission of guilt on both sides, an honest commemoration will not be possible,” Cardinal Koch told the Austrian Catholic Press Agency.
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Posted: September 3, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6737
Categories: The TabletIn this article: 2017, Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation
Transmis : 3 septembre 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6737
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation

Jerusalem interfaith dialogue sees increased participation

 — September 14, 201114 septembre 2011

Religious leaders in Jerusalem are more willing than ever before to take part in dialogue with members of other faiths despite growing political turmoil in the region, said Daniel Milo, the director of the Jerusalem Center for Ethics, prior to the start of the third annual Interfaith and Ethics Symposium on 14 September.
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Posted: September 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1816
Categories: News
Transmis : 14 septembre 2011 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=1816
Catégorie : News

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