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The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met at St George's Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, from 17 to 24 September 2014

International Anglican-Orthodox dialogue meets in Jerusalem

 — September 24, 201424 septembre 2014

In 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: ecumenism.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

 — September 26, 201426 septembre 2014

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: ecumenism.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

New UN document means churches can do more on indigenous rights

 — September 26, 201426 septembre 2014

Scattered throughout the recent history of Indigenous Peoples are national treaties, declarations and laws that languish in obscurity or are brushed aside and ignored. Adding insult to injury, when many national and local churches attempt to speak out about the denial of rights of Indigenous Peoples they are told by governments that the church has no place in politics, effectively being seen but not heard. Yet a new “outcome document” of the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples is about to turn that perspective on its head. The world’s governments are now inviting churches and other civil society groups to be seen and heard when it comes to advocating for Indigenous Peoples’ human rights. For ecumenical representatives of indigenous faith communities who attended the UN conference, held in New York on 22 and 23 September, and other side events, the six-page outcome document is significantly lending motivation and teeth to a movement that has sought to secure the rights of Indigenous People’s around the world. The document was agreed upon by all UN member states on Monday, 22 September, and reinforces the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), effectively turning a page where governments are concerned.
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Posted: September 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7828
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Indigenous peoples, United Nations
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Indigenous peoples, United Nations

The Lambeth Conference

Lambeth Conference cancelled

 — September 30, 201430 septembre 2014

The 2018 Lambeth Conference has been cancelled. The precarious state of the Anglican Communion has led the Archbishop of Canterbury to postpone indefinitely the every ten year meeting of the bishops of the Anglican Communion. A spokesman for Archbishop Justin Welby told Anglican Ink that as the archbishop had not yet met with each of the primates of the communion, he would not be commenting on the news. Since his installation last year, the Archbishop of Canterbury has travelled extensively and plans on visiting the 37 other provinces of the Anglican Communion within the first 18 months of his term of office. News of the cancellation was made public by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori on 23 Sept 2014. In response to a question from the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt. Rev. Prince Singh, who asked if money was being set aside to fund the Episcopal Church’s participation in the 2018 meeting, the Presiding Bishop told the Fall Meeting of the House of Bishops gathered in Taipei, Taiwan, that she had been told by Archbishop Welby the meeting had been cancelled. According to a report of the exchange printed by the Episcopal News Service, the Presiding Bishop said Archbishop Welby had “been very clear that he is not going to call a Lambeth until he is reasonably certain that the vast majority of bishops would attend. It needs to be preceded by a primates meeting at which a vast majority of primates are present.” She further stated that “as he continues his visits around the communion to those primates it’s unlikely that he will call such a meeting at all until at least a year from now or probably 18 months from now. Therefore I think we are looking at 2019, more likely 2020, before a Lambeth Conference.”
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Posted: September 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7832
Categories: News
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Catégorie : News

WCC general secretary welcomes Muslim scholars’ letter

 — October 1, 20141 octobre 2014

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has welcomed publication of an open letter by a group of 126 Muslim scholars to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, leader of the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) and his followers.

The letter, issued on 24 September, condemns actions of the IS from an Islamic religious perspective.

“The meticulous, detailed and scholarly rebuttal of the claims of the IS to represent authentic Islam offered by this letter will be an important resource for Muslim leaders who seek to enable people of all religions to live together with dignity, respecting our common humanity.”

“I am especially concerned at present for the safety and flourishing of Christian communities in the Middle East, as well as in other continents. This document is a significant contribution to how we together as people and leaders from our faith perspective and address threats to our one humanity,” Tveit said.

“We look forward to continuing to collaborate with our key Muslim friends and partners, a number of whom are signatories of this letter, to work together with them for peace and justice throughout the Middle East and in other parts of the world,” Tveit concluded.

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Posted: October 1, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7830
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Islam, statements, violence
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Islam, statements, violence

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says a decision about the 2018 Lambeth conference will be made once he has visited all provinces of the Anglican Communion by the end of the year

Primates to decide on Lambeth 2018

 — October 6, 20146 octobre 2014

In an interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette on Oct. 3, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed speculation that the next Lambeth Conference, which is usually held every 10 years and was expected to be in 2018, might be postponed. When asked by Gazette editor Canon Ian Ellis if he had made up his mind or was rethinking Lambeth 2018, Welby said, “I am not rethinking. I’m following through with what I said to the primates when I was installed as archbishop, which was that I would, by the end of 2014, seek to visit them all in their home country, in their own home, discuss with them the future of what it looked like and then we would collectively make up our minds where we went.”
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Posted: October 6, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7845
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Communion, Justin Welby, Lambeth Conference
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Justin Welby, Lambeth Conference

<a href='http://oikoumene.ca' target='_blank'>Centre canadien d'œcuménisme/Canadian Centre for Ecumenism

The 2014 Irénée Beaubien Ecumenical Institute

 — October 6, 20146 octobre 2014

To promote Christian Unity and Dialogue among World Religions

The October launching of the 1st Irénée Beaubien, s.j. Ecumenical Institute by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism will assemble noted experts in ecumenism (Christian unity) and interreligious dialogue. Fifty years after the foundation of the Centre and the publication of the Vatican Council II decree on ecumenism, this event will create a space where the theory and the practice of ecumenism can intersect and serve as a platform for future action. Pioneers who laboured to establish dialogue when this was not the popular thing to do will pass on their experience and the knowledge gleaned from their efforts to a younger generation passionate about overcoming differences and working together. Society will reap the benefits.

The Irénée Beaubien Ecumenical Institute will bring together people from different churches and different religions for two days of conferences, October 24-25, in the Anglican diocese’s Fulford Hall in Montréal located at 1444 Union Avenue. Participants will learn from some fourteen church leaders and specialists in the fields of inter-church and interfaith dialogue as these speakers explore the understanding and the practice of ecumenism from different angles. Question periods following each talk will provide the opportunity for clarification and exchange.
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Posted: October 6, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7836
Categories: Calendar, NewsIn this article: Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, ecumenism, education, Montréal
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Catégorie : Calendar, NewsDans cet article : Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, ecumenism, education, Montréal

Saint Paul University theology professor Catherine Clifford

Ecumenism needs to get more pastoral

 — October 6, 20146 octobre 2014

Fifty years on, it’s time for the ecumenical movement to take on a more pastoral mission and worry less about trying to untie the knots of history and theology, Saint Paul University theology professor Catherine Clifford told a small gathering of bishops, clergy and lay people in Toronto commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism. Clifford and Anglican ecumenist Archdeacon Bruce Myers were the featured speakers at a prayer service marking the anniversary sponsored by the Ontario Diocesan Directors for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario. “We’ve lost sight of the pastoral importance of ecumenism,” Clifford said. From interchurch marriages to dwindling communities that can’t survive in isolation, the Church’s ecumenical mission is urgent, she said. “A perception that it (ecumenism) has been the domain of professional ecumenists” must be overcome, said Myers.
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Posted: October 6, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7848
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, ecumenism

On Friday October 10th a delegation of Bishops from the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) met for several hours in Rome with Pope Francis

Pope meets with CEEC bishops

 — October 10, 201410 octobre 2014

On Friday October 10th a delegation of Bishops from the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) met for several hours in Rome with Pope Francis. The purpose of the meeting was to continue talks on Christian unity that began almost a year ago between Pope Francis and his long-time friend, CEEC Bishop Tony Palmer. Bishop Palmer, whose iPhone video of Pope Francis pleading for increased unity among Christians went viral after it was presented to a gathering of Protestant Evangelicals, tragically lost his life in highway crash in the UK earlier this year. In spite of this, Pope Francis wanted the talks to move forward; and he has encouraged Bishop Tony’s wife Emialana and CEEC Ecumenical officer Bishop Robert Wise to continue advancing the dialogue of Christian unity that he and Bishop Palmer had begun.
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Posted: October 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8304
Categories: NewsIn this article: Evangelicals, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Evangelicals, Pope Francis

Canon John Gibaut (left), pictured here with Pope Francis, is well-known in ecumenical circles

Canadian ecumenist heads to Anglican Communion

 — October 10, 201410 octobre 2014

The Revd Canon Dr John Gibaut has been appointed to succeed the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan in March as Director for Unity, Faith and Order of the Anglican Communion. Canon Gibaut is currently the Director of the World Council of Churches’ Commission on Faith and Order based in Geneva Switzerland. Faith and Order is the theological commission that resolves issues of Christian disunity, and promotes a vision of the Church as a communion of unity in diversity. A priest and canon theologian of the Diocese of Ottawa, Anglican Church of Canada, Canon Gibaut is currently an assistant priest of Eglise St-Germain, Geneva, église catholique-chrétienne (Old Catholic Diocese of Switzerland). Previously to his appointment to the WCC position, he was a professor at Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University, Ottawa. Here he taught in the areas of ecumenism, liturgy, church history, historical theology, homiletics, and Anglican studies. Canon Gibaut has also served at Toronto’s St James’s Cathedral and St Clement’s Mission Centre in the Diocese of Quebec. Well known in ecumenical circles, the 55-year-old Canadian has served on several national and international dialogues and commissions including the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations, and the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order.
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Posted: October 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7855
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, John Gibaut, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, John Gibaut, WCC Commission on Faith & Order

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Gérald Lacroix of Quebec at the conclusion of an Oct. 12 Mass of thanksgiving for the April canonization of two 17th-century Canadian saints

Catholics and Anglicans celebrate new Canadian saints together

 — October 14, 201414 octobre 2014

On the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian saints: St. François de Laval and St. Marie de l’Incarnation. The two were made saints in April when Pope Francis set aside the normal process. The two were significant in spreading Catholicism in New France, both among the French settlers and the indigenous peoples. Laval (1623-1708) was the first bishop of Québec. Marie de l’Incarnation (1599-1672), an Ursuline sister, was responsible for establishing the first schools in the fledgling colony at Québec and for extending education to girls and natives. Pope Francis has described the new saints as models of spreading the faith. “Missionaries have gone out to call everyone, in the highways and byways of the world,” Francis said in his homily. “In this way they have done immense good for the Church, for once the Church stops moving, once she becomes closed in on herself, she falls ill, she can be corrupted, whether by sins or by that false knowledge cut off from God which is worldly secularism.”
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Posted: October 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7857
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Canada, Catholic, ecumenism, Pope Francis, saints
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Canada, Catholic, ecumenism, Pope Francis, saints

Anglican, Lutheran delegates say synod’s concerns are theirs, too

 — October 16, 201416 octobre 2014

Upholding the Christian ideal of marriage and family life while also reaching out to those whose lives do not reflect that ideal is a pastoral challenge faced by all Christian communities, said the Anglican representative to the Synod of Bishops.

Anglican Bishop Paul Butler of Durham, England, and “fraternal delegates” from seven other Christian communities addressed the synod Oct. 10. Bishop Butler also spoke to Vatican Radio Oct. 15 as synod members worked in small groups to amend the assembly’s midterm report.

He told members of the synod that he and his wife have been married 32 years and have four grown children. Although Anglicans have married bishops and clergy, “like you,” he told them, Anglicans “are wrestling with how best to respond” to the challenges facing family life around the world.

“As part of this response,” he said, “we want to speak more of the promise of and hope from the family than focus on the threats,” while also making it clear that “marriage is between a man and a woman and is intended to be for life.”
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Posted: October 16, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7862
Categories: CNSIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, family, Lutheran, synods
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, family, Lutheran, synods

The Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission meeting at St Mark's Center, Cairo, Egypt from 13-17 October, 2014

History made, as Anglicans, Oriental Orthodox agree on Christ’s incarnation

 — October 27, 201427 octobre 2014

Senior theologians in Anglican Communion and Oriental Orthodox Churches recently made history by signing an agreement on their mutual understanding of Christ’s incarnation. This was not just a minor point of theology, rather it was a subject that divided the Church following the Council of Chalcedon* in 451 AD, leaving the Oriental Orthodox Churches separated from the Eastern Orthodox Churches and the Church of Rome. The work to reconcile these branches of the Christian family on the question of how the two natures, human and divine, were united in one human being: Jesus Christ began in earnest in the 1990s.
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Posted: October 27, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7870
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Christology, dialogue, Oriental Orthodox, theology
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Christology, dialogue, Oriental Orthodox, theology

Alyson Barnett-Cowan said she is 'happy to fill in -- to bridge the gap -- while the search process is going on'

Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan to act as interim Secretary General of the Anglican Communion

 — October 28, 201428 octobre 2014

The Rt Revd James Tengatenga and Mrs Elizabeth Paver, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee, Anglican Communion, have appointed the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan as Interim Secretary General. Canon Barnett-Cowan, who will retire at the end of January as Director for Unity Faith and Order, has agreed to be a half-time consultant for the position until the position of Secretary General has been filled. She will be based at her home in Canada but will work at the Anglican Communion Office for some days each month. Canon Kenneth Kearon, the present Secretary General, will leave the post at the end of December as he has been elected Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in the Church of Ireland. His consecration date is January 24.
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Posted: October 28, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7867
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican Communion
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican Communion

Catholics and Muslims, working together to serve others

 — November 13, 201413 novembre 2014

The third seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum was held in Rome from 11 to 13 November, on the theme “Working Together to Serve Others”. Three specific issues were considered: working together to serve young people, enhancing interreligious dialogue, and service to society.

The Catholic delegation was headed by Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, co-ordinator of the Muslim side, was unable to attend the event for health reasons. The assembled participants sent him a message expressing their good wishes. The Muslim delegation was therefore headed by Seyyed Hossein Nasr, professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
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Posted: November 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7874
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Muslim, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Muslim, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

'The potential of the Communion under God is beyond anything we can imagine or think about' - Archbishop Justin Welby. In his Presidential address to the General Synod today, Archbishop Justin spoke about the issues faced by the Anglican Communion and possible ways forward

Archbishop Welby: the Anglican Communion’s challenges and the way forward

 — November 17, 201417 novembre 2014

In his Presidential address to the General Synod today, Archbishop Justin spoke about the issues faced by the Anglican Communion and possible ways forward. “During the last eighteen months or so I have had the opportunity to visit thirty-six other Primates of the Anglican Communion at various points. This has involved a total of 14 trips lasting 96 days in all. I incidentally calculated that it involves more than eleven days actually sitting in aeroplanes. This seemed to be a good moment therefore to speak a little about the state of the Communion and to look honestly at some of the issues that are faced and the possible ways forward.”
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Posted: November 17, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8813
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England, Justin Welby, synods
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England, Justin Welby, synods

Christians and Muslims condemn extremism and violence committed in the name of religion

 — November 27, 201427 novembre 2014

The Centre for Interreligious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue held their Ninth Colloquium of dialogue from 24 to 26 November in Teheran, Iran, under the joint chairmanship of Abuzar Ibrahimi Turkaman, president of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation, and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. At the end of the meeting, the participants agreed on the following:
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Posted: November 27, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8180
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Iran, Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Shiite
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Iran, Islam, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Shiite

Bishop Farrell presents an episcopal ring to the Bishop-Designate of Limerick and Killaloe, Canon Kenneth Kearon

A moving gift from our Roman Catholic dialogue partners

 — November 29, 201429 novembre 2014

Every year those who hold official positions in the Anglican Communion with regard to Roman Catholic relations meet with their counterparts in the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) for what are termed “the Informal Talks”. These are sessions when information is shared about developments in each Communion (including our ecumenical relations with other partners) and the progress in the dialogue between us is monitored and assessed.

I participate in these “Informal Talks” in my role as the Anglican Co-Chairman of the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Communion for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) along with the Anglican Co-Chairman of ARCIC, who also happens to be the Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome, Archbishop Sir David Moxon. The Anglican Communion’s Director of Unity, Faith and Order, the Revd Canon Dr Alyson Barnett-Cowan attends, as well as the Secretary General of the Communion, the Revd Canon Dr Kenneth Kearon. The Roman Catholic Church fields our opposite numbers.

At our recent sessions Canon Kearon, who has recently been elected Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in his home Church of Ireland, was given a gift by Bishop Brian Farrell, the Secretary of the PCPCU. It was an Episcopal ring. Canon Kearon said of this moving gesture, “This is both a personal gift from someone who has become a good friend during our annual meetings and other conversations, and also symbolic of the deep relationships which now exist between our two Communions, which are now being expressed at every level of our Churches”.

It was a gesture reminiscent of the visit of Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey to Pope Paul VI in 1966. At that time, the Pope gave an Episcopal ring to the Archbishop. That historic meeting led to the setting up of the Anglican Centre in Rome and to the inauguration of the official dialogue between the two Communions.
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Posted: November 29, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9060
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Anglican Communion, ARCIC, IARCCUM, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Communion, ARCIC, IARCCUM, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople greet a small crowd after delivering a blessing in Istanbul Nov. 30

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

 — November 30, 201430 novembre 2014

We, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, express our profound gratitude to God for the gift of this new encounter enabling us, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod, the clergy and the faithful of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to celebrate together the feast of Saint Andrew, the first-called and brother of the Apostle Peter. Our remembrance of the Apostles, who proclaimed the good news of the Gospel to the world through their preaching and their witness of martyrdom, strengthens in us the aspiration to continue to walk together in order to overcome, in love and in truth, the obstacles that divide us.
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Posted: November 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7918
Categories: Communiqué, Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, interfaith, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, interfaith, pope, Pope Francis

In this photo provided by Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Patriarch Bartholomew I, right, kisses Pope Francis' head during an ecumenical service at the Patriarchal Church of St. George in Istanbul, Saturday, November 29, 2014

Francis and Bartholomew issue resounding, historic calls for church reunification

 — November 30, 201430 novembre 2014

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leaders of the millennium-long separated Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, have issued resounding and historic calls for the reunification of their global communities. Speaking to one another after a solemn Orthodox divine liturgy in St. George, an historic Christian center, Sunday, both leaders pledged to intensify efforts for full unity of their churches, saying such unity already exists among Christians dying in conflicts in the Middle East. For his part, Francis made what appears to be the strongest and most encompassing call yet from a Catholic pontiff for unity. Seeking to assure Orthodox leaders that restoration of full communion between the churches would respect Eastern traditions, he said reunion would “not signify the submission of one to the other, or assimilation.” “I want to assure each one of you here that, to reach the desired goal of full unity, the Catholic church does not intend to impose any conditions except that of the shared profession of faith,” said the pope.
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Posted: November 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7921
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, pope, Pope Francis

While Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called the Anglican Church in North America an

Why ACNA isn’t an ecumenical partner – yet

 — December 4, 20144 décembre 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby recently articulated his understanding of the status of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), formed in 2009 by a coalition of a dozen groups that chose to break communion with the Anglican Church of Canada and, in the United States, with The Episcopal Church. ACNA, said the archbishop in an October interview with the Church of Ireland Gazette, “is a separate church. It is not part of the Anglican Communion.” Instead, he described ACNA as “an ecumenical partner.” The Anglican Church of Canada has a number of ecumenical partners. One, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, has become a full communion partner with which we enjoy a full and mutual recognition of ministry and sacraments. With others, like the Roman Catholic Church and the United Church of Canada, we’re still on that journey—an admittedly longer one. To be an ecumenical partner means to repent of our divisions and to understand them as a scandalous contradiction of the will of Christ. It means to fervently desire reconciliation with the churches from which we are separated, and to manifest this desire in prayer, dialogue and action. To be an ecumenical partner also means recognizing that the other with whom you are seeking to reconcile demonstrates signs of the Holy Spirit at work, even if you are in disagreement about some significant issues.
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Posted: December 4, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8449
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church in North America, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, ecumenism, Justin Welby
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church in North America, Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, ecumenism, Justin Welby

Members of ALICC at the Mariner's Club, Hong Kong, November 19-25, 2014

Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee Communiqué

 — December 9, 20149 décembre 2014

The Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) held its second meeting at the Mariners’ Club, Hong Kong, 19 to 25 November 2014, under the leadership of the Rt Revd Dr Tim Harris of the Anglican Church of Australia (acting co-chair as Archbishop Mauricio was unable to attend), and of Bishop Michael Pryse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The meeting was hosted by the Anglican Communion and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. The Committee warmly appreciated the generosity and the hospitality received from the Mission to Seafarers. The Committee continued its work of mapping Anglican and Lutheran relationships around the world. In order to fulfill its role to be a catalyst for such relationships, it drew up a template of the differing patterns of relationships and the contexts in which they are lived out. For example, some are national churches meeting with other national churches, while others share the same geography. Some have relatively the same demographics, while in other places one church is much larger than the other. The Committee hopes to provide examples of the kinds of joint initiatives which might be appropriate for some rather than others. The Committee is exploring the theological theme of ‘communion in mission’, and hopes to provide resources for deeper mutual engagement with this theme, which undergirds the living out of the ecumenical calling.
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Posted: December 9, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7940
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, dialogue, full communion, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, dialogue, full communion, Lutheran World Federation

Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has praised progress in interfaith dialogue following last week’s Third Catholic-Muslim Summit. The Summit, organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took place in Rome from 2-4 December

Jordanian Prince hails progress at Christian-Muslim summit

 — December 9, 20149 décembre 2014

Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal has praised progress in interfaith dialogue following last week’s Third Catholic-Muslim Summit. The Summit, organized by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, took place in Rome from 2-4 December.

Prince El Hassan was among dozens of Sunni, Shia, Christian and other faith leaders taking part in the Summit to reflect on the theme, “Christians and Muslims: Believers Living in Society.”

Tracey McClure spoke to Prince El Hassan following the summit. She asked him what made the gathering different from preceding meetings.
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Posted: December 9, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7982
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian, dialogue, Muslim
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian, dialogue, Muslim

Members of IASCUFO at the Ecumenical Centre, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, December 3-10, 2014

IASCUFO Communiqué – December 2014

 — December 10, 201410 décembre 2014

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order met at the Ecumenical Centre, Chateau de Bossey, Switzerland, 3 to 10 December 2014. For the first time an Anglican Communion Commission met in the ecumenical context of the historic city of Geneva. IASCUFO met with staff leadership of the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, and students and staff of the Bossey Ecumenical Institute, where the meetings were held. On Sunday the members worshipped in three parishes: Holy Trinity Church (Diocese in Europe); Emmanuel Church (Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe); and St Germain (Swiss Old Catholic Diocese of the Union of Utrecht). They are all in full communion with each other. As always the Commission celebrated daily Eucharist, and prayed the offices. Bible study engaged the First Letter of John. The Commission benefited from hearing stories from the provinces of the Communion represented, and time spent with the students and Director of the Bossey Institute. IASCUFO is grateful to all who showed hospitality to the Commission. The ecumenical context shaped this meeting: we enjoyed hearing first-hand from the Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka and her colleagues in the LWF Department of Theology & Public Witness about their work. This included plans for the commemoration of 2017 (marking the 500th anniversary of the publication of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses).
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Posted: December 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7938
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, IASCUFO
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, IASCUFO

Bishop Cindy Halmarson was bishop of the Sasktchewan Synod of the ELCIC from 2002 to 2014. She takes up her new role in the ELCA in March 2015

New appointment for retired Bishop Cindy Halmarson

 — December 17, 201417 décembre 2014

Rev Cindy Halmarson, the former bishop of Saskatchewan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, has accepted a position in the Global Mission Unit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Her new position as Area Program Director for Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (Europe/MENA), based at the Lutheran Center in Chicago, will involve building and maintaining relationships with partner churches in order to strengthen Christ’s mission in the world. Mission accompaniment is focused on churches in Central Eastern Europe, including Siberia, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) as well as supporting ELCA-sponsored English language ministries in the typically Lutheran areas of Scandinavia, Germany and Western Europe.
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Posted: December 17, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7943
Categories: NewsIn this article: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Saskatchewan
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Saskatchewan

Pope Francis. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Christians can’t ignore differences on life issues, pope says

 — December 18, 201418 décembre 2014

Christianity has something to say about human dignity, and “it would be a shame” if differing positions on the sanctity of all human life or on marriage were to increase the divisions among Christian churches and communities, Pope Francis said. “Questions related to the dignity of the human person at the beginning and end of life, as well as those related to the family, marriage and sexuality, cannot be concealed or overlooked just because we do not want to jeopardize the ecumenical consensus already reached,” he said Dec. 18 during a meeting with German Catholics and Lutherans. “Ecumenical dialogue today can no longer be separated from the reality and lives of our churches,” the pope told leaders of the German Lutheran Church and members of the German Catholic bishops’ ecumenical commission. Pope Francis praised the German Catholic-Lutheran dialogue commission for its joint study on “God and human dignity,” a study which is drawing to a close. Different theological understandings of the church and different opinions about what would constitute unity also seem to be moving Christians further from one another, Pope Francis said; but instead of resigning themselves to their divided state, “we must concentrate on the next possible step.” After 50 years of formal dialogue he said, “the notable progress that, with the help of God, has been made is a solid foundation of sincere friendship lived in faith and spirituality.”
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Posted: December 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7933
Categories: CNSIn this article: 2017, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Pope Francis

If the 2016 General Synod decides to approve a motion to change the marriage canon, the Anglican Church of Canada will become the first province in the Anglican Communion to allow same-sex marriage

Anglican Communion body urges Canadian church not to change marriage policy

 — December 19, 201419 décembre 2014

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) has urged the Anglican Church of Canada not to amend its marriage canon (church law) to allow the marriage of same-sex couples, saying such a move would “cause great distress for the Communion as a whole, and for its ecumenical relationships.” The IASCUFO’s statement came in response to a request from the Canadian church’s Commission on the Marriage Canon for an opinion about proposed changes to Canon 21 that would allow for same-sex marriages. Canon Kenneth Kearon, secretary general of the Anglican Communion, decided IASCUFO would be the “most appropriate” body within the Communion to deal with such a question. The Anglican Church of Canada has the prerogative “to address issues appropriate to its context,” the IASCUFO said, but it noted the ramifications of “a change of this magnitude” for the Communion and its ecumenical partners. In a letter addressed to Canon Robert Falby, chair of the marriage canon commission, IASCUFO members said they were unanimous “in urging you not to move beyond your present policy of ‘local option.’ ” They noted that the absence of a General Synod decision about the blessing of same-sex unions or same-sex marriages “has given space for the rebuilding of fragile relationships across the Communion.”
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Posted: December 19, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7929
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, human sexuality, IASCUFO, marriage, synods
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Anglican Communion, human sexuality, IASCUFO, marriage, synods

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