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The Church as Koinonia of Salvation: Its Structures & Ministries

The Church as Koinonia of Salvation: Its Structures & Ministries
U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue
USCCB Publishing, 2005
ISBN: 978-1-5745-5633-9

Edited by Randall Lee & Bro. Jeffrey Gros, FSC
Series: Lutherans and Catholic in Dialogue, vol. 10

This important document proposes important new clarifications and pastoral steps that will serve the pilgrimage toward full unity. It provides the biblical, historical, and theological foundations for a common Catholic-Lutheran understanding of the Church.

Catholic Library World - March 1, 2006:
This book is the tenth publication in the Lutherans and Catholics in dialogue series. It is the agreed statement of the tenth assembly of Lutherans and Catholics in dialogue in the United States and includes the pre-assembly study papers. The work adds to the careful, gradual process of interfaith reconciliation. Publicly acknowledging the commonalities we share this book furthers the mutual understanding of ministry and structure within the churches. It is not an attempt to resolve old issues but rather to clarify the recent research and discussion on these topics. Part one is called "Deepening communion in structures and ministries." Local church, diocesan structure, and parish organization are discussed in two-part chapters offering Lutheran perspective followed by a Catholic presentation. Part two offers more biblical and historical support for the previous material. Early Christians living in community, medieval church structure, the Reformation and subsequent developments regarding church and ministry are presented in the same two part format as Part one. The book is heavy theology and is meant as a serious addition to theological discussions by theologians, ecumenical officers, and commissions on the diocesan and state level. Knowledge and background in interfaith dialogue are necessary to fully understand the significance of the Statement. The book should be in all libraries serving the aforementioned audience. The appendices list the participants of the assembly whose work is presented here as well as all the previous meeting participants.