Archive for 2014

Archive pour 2014

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Francis blesses Vatican cricket team

Cardinal Ravasi of the Pontifical Council for Culture presented the priests and seminarians of the St Peter's Cricket Club to Pope Francis on 9 September ahead of their Light of Faith Tour to England (12-20 September 2014), which culminates in a match against an Anglican, Church of England XI. Together with the cultural encounter experience of visiting London and Canterbury, they shall be praying at various holy shrines together with our ecumenical partners and raising funds for the Global Freedom Network, which fights against modern slavery and human trafficking.Pope Francis has given his blessing to the Vatican’s international cricket team as it prepares to take on the Church of England. The side of Catholic priests are preparing for their first tour to England, which will include a match with the Church of England XI in Canterbury. Pope Francis, who is a supporter of Buenos Aires football side San Lorenzo, put on a cricket cap and signed a bat that the team will take with them during their tour of England, which begins on Friday. After the tour the bat will be auctioned in order to raise money for a joint Catholic and Anglican campaign against modern-day slavery and indentured labour, the Global Freedom Network, the Vatican said. The papal XI will play matches against chaplains of the British armed forces at Aldershot and the Royal Household Cricket Club at Windsor Castle, as well as two other games. Then in Canterbury on September 19 the team will take on the Anglican XI.
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Posted: September 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7778
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Anglican, Church of England, ecumenism, Francis, Vatican
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Anglican, Church of England, ecumenism, Francis, Vatican


Global Church groups agree to confront Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom together

Global Christian ForumDiscrimination, persecution and violence against Christians and churches around the world is set for further exposure after a group representing high profile Christian churches and organizations agreed to pursue together an international response on the issue.

A meeting convened by the Global Christian Forum in Strasbourg, France, including representatives from the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pentecostal World Fellowship, agreed on 9 September to press ahead with a global gathering on the issue of ‘Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom’ for late 2015.
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Posted: September 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7775
Categories: NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum, martyrdom, Pentecostal World Fellowship, persecution, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, religious freedom, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum, martyrdom, Pentecostal World Fellowship, persecution, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, religious freedom, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance


E-RC dialogue plans three public meetings

The Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Saskatoon has recently issued a draft “Common Statement of Faith” after three years of study. The text is offered to our sponsoring churches for study and discernment, with the prayer that this text might be adopted as a sufficient statement for further dialogue and common mission.

Three community-wide meetings have been planned to present and discuss the draft statement.

The text of the joint statement is available online at: ecumenism.net/archive/docu/2014_erc-saskatoon_common-statement-of-faith.pdf

For further information contact Nick Jesson, Roman Catholic diocesan ecumenical officer at jesson [at] ecumenism [dot] net or (306) 659-5814; or Pastor Harry Strauss, Forest Grove Community Church at harry [at] forestgrovecc [dot] com or (306) 933-2266.
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Posted: September 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7814
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Evangelicals, statements of faith
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Evangelicals, statements of faith


Joint Statement of Faith for Evangelicals and Catholics in Saskatoon

The Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Saskatoon has recently issued a draft “Common Statement of Faith” after three years of study. The text is offered to our sponsoring churches for study and discernment, with the prayer that this text might be adopted as a sufficient statement for further dialogue and common mission.

The dialogue is sponsored by the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers’ Fellowship (SEMF) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. The group was established in 2011 to build upon earlier efforts to draw our churches together. The twenty members of the dialogue are drawn from across the Evangelical and Catholic communities with both clergy and lay people well represented. The dialogue spent two years exploring issues that have historically divided Catholics and Evangelicals before concluding that a statement of the faith we share in common would assist in promoting the growing relationship between our churches. Over a year in drafting and revision, the statement offered to our church at this time is not intended to be a final or complete exposition of these doctrinal matters or of all of the matters essential to Christian faith. We intend to give an account of the hope that we share for the visible witness of Jesus Christ by his followers in Saskatoon.
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Posted: September 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7786
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Evangelicals, Saskatoon, statements of faith
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Evangelicals, Saskatoon, statements of faith


Anglican, Lutheran Leaders offer a Pastoral Message on Climate Change

We are united as Christian leaders in our concern for the well-being of our neighbours and of God’s good creation that provides life and livelihood for all God’s creatures. Daily we see and hear the evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Glaciers are disappearing, the polar ice cap is melting, and sea levels are rising. Incidents of pollution- created dead zones in seas and the ocean and toxic algae growth in water supplies are occurring with greater frequency. Most disturbingly, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at an unprecedented rate. At the same time we also witness in too many instances how the earth’s natural beauty, a sign of God’s wonderful creativity, has been defiled by pollutants and waste.

Many have reacted to these changes with grief and anger. In their outrage some have understandably focused on the neglect and carelessness, both in private industry and in government regulation, that have contributed to these changes. However, an honest accounting requires a recognition that we all participate both as consumers and investors in economies that make intensive and insistent demands for energy. In addition, as citizens we have chosen to support or acquiesce in policies that shift the burdens of climate change to communities that are most vulnerable to its effects. People who are already challenged by poverty and by dislocation resulting from civil war or famine have limited resources for adapting to climate change’s effects.
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Posted: September 19, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7818
Categories: Anglican Journal, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, climate change, Lutheran, statements
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Catégorie : Anglican Journal, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, climate change, Lutheran, statements


Interfaith declaration on climate change

Participants in Interfaith Summit on Climate Change in New York. Photo: WCC/Melissa Engle HessAs hundreds of thousands of people flooded through the streets of New York City on 21 September in a march for action on climate change, 30 faith leaders representing nine religions signed their names to a statement calling for concrete actions to curb carbon emissions. The document was the centrepiece of an interfaith conference jointly hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC), a body that includes 345 churches representing about 560 million Christians worldwide, and Religions for Peace, an interfaith coalition with members in more than 70 countries. Signatories hailed from 21 countries on six continents. “When in January I listened to the general secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, calling the world’s heads of state for a summit on climate change, I thought we also have to get together as leaders of faith communities to offer our contributions,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fkyse Tveit, the WCC general secretary. Large changes require “deep and strong conviction” which, he said, can be found in the “beliefs, rituals, symbols, sacred texts and prayers of faith [that] give meaning and direction for a large portion of the world’s population.”
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Posted: September 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7824
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: climate change, interfaith, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : climate change, interfaith, WCC


Anglican XI beat Vatican in historic cricket match

The Archbishop of Canterbury with the triumphant Anglican XI at Kent County Cricket Ground, 19 September 2014Church of England cricketers beat a Vatican team on Friday in a historic match in support of a joint initiative to wipe out modern slavery and human trafficking. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, congratulated both sides and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray after the match, played in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral at Kent County Cricket Ground. The match was organized to raise awareness and funds for the Global Freedom Network, a joint initiative between religious leaders including Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury which is committed to eliminating modern slavery and human trafficking across the world.
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Posted: September 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7820
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Vatican
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Vatican


The Montreal School of Theology celebrates 100 years of ecumenism

The centenary celebration Sept. 24 of what is now known as the Montreal School of Theology will probably pass almost unnoticed, at a time when religion is often a topic of strife. But in its quiet way, the anniversary is also a reminder that religious strife and debate in Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada have been around for a while. The three theological seminaries on the McGill University campus — Presbyterian, United Church and Anglican — will be celebrating 100 years of what is now known as ecumenism, a word hardly anyone used in that sense a century ago. The celebration will be a modest affair. Presbyterian College, the (United Church) United Theological College and the (Anglican) Montreal Diocesan Theological College will have open house at their respective quarters on University St. between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. And there will be worship at 4:30 down the street in the Heritage Chapel of what was known until 1972 as Divinity Hall, but is now McGill’s Birks Building. On Friday, a select group will ponder the future of theological education in Montreal.
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Posted: September 23, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7850
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, ecumenism, Montréal, theological education
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, ecumenism, Montréal, theological education


International Anglican-Orthodox dialogue meets in Jerusalem

The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met at St George's Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, from 17 to 24 September 2014In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met at St George’s Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, from 17 to 24 September 2014. The Commission is grateful for the generous hospitality extended by Bishop Suheil Dawani and the Diocese of Jerusalem. The Commission was presented with resources both Anglican and Orthodox on issues concerning the beginning and end of life, and it was agreed that these matters will be discussed in the next phase of its work. The Commission discussed at length the draft of an agreed statement on the theological presuppositions of the Christian understanding of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God. At its next meeting it intends to consider the practical implications and the ethical questions, of pressing concern in today’s world, that follow from these presuppositions.
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Posted: September 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7822
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox, theological anthropology
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox, theological anthropology


KAICIID deplores the abuse of religion to justify violent conflict

The King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue, based in New York, U.S.A., yesterday published a declaration of principles, signed by the foreign ministers of Austria, Saudi Arabia and Spain, as well as by Fr. Miguel Angel Ayuso Guixot, M.C.C.J., secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, in his role as Holy See Observer, to help build a united front to the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the north of Iraq, as well as in other regions of the world. The declaration was approved unanimously by the multireligious Board of Directors of KAICIID, who represent the major world religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
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Posted: September 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7816
Categories: Communiqué, Vatican NewsIn this article: dialogue, interfaith, peace, violence
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Vatican NewsDans cet article : dialogue, interfaith, peace, violence


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