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End of Phase 3 in Dialogue between the Baptist World Alliance and the Catholic Church

Members of the Baptist-Catholic International Dialogue meet with Pope Francis. L-R: Sr Dr Marie-Hélène Robert NDA (France), Rev Dr Steven R. Harmon (USA), Dr Derek Hatch (USA), Rev Dr Lina Toth (Lithuania/UK), Rev Dr Stephen Fernandes (India), Dr Elizabeth Newman (USA), Rev Dr Elijah Brown (USA), Rev Prof Przemyslaw Kantyka (Poland), Bishop Emeritus Arthur J. Serratelli (USA), Pope Francis, Rev Dr Tomás Mackey (Argentina), Dr Valerie Duval-Poujol (France), Rev Dr Glenroy Lalor (Jamaica), Rev Everton Jackson (Jamaica/USA), Dr Peter Casarella (USA), Sr Dr Susan K. Wood SCL (USA), Rev Dr Jorge A. Scampini OP (Argentina), Rev Dr William Henn OFM Cap (Italy), Msgr Juan Usma-Gómez (Colombia), Not pictured: Rev Dr Paul Fiddes (UK)

The fifth meeting of Phase III of the international dialogue between the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and the Catholic Church took place 12-16 December 2022 in Rome, hosted by the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity (DPCU).
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Posted: Dec. 16, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13163
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Baptist World Alliance, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Baptist World Alliance, dialogue, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity


Dialogue with the Malankara Orthodox Churches

Members of the dialogue between the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church met in Kerala, India

Two parallel dialogues were established with the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Malankara (Jacobite) Syrian Orthodox Church, respectively in 1989 and 1990, and were maintained even after the foundation in 2003 of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.
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Posted: Dec. 14, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=13167
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church
Transmis : 14 déc. 2022 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=13167
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church


Joint statement on ending homelessness and housing need in our communities

The ELCIC National Bishop Susan C. Johnson and the Anglican Primate Archbishop Linda Nicholls have written a joint statement on ending homelessness and housing need in our communities

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada‘s (ELCIC) National Bishop Susan C. Johnson and the Anglican Church of Canada‘s Primate and Archbishop Linda Nicholls have written a joint statement encouraging members of both churches to learn more about the realities of housing needs in our communities, to pray for shelter for all, and to call on all levels of government to work together to identify solutions to our national housing crisis.
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Posted: Nov. 21, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12834
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, homelessness, statements
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, homelessness, statements


WCC statement on COP27

Climate activists gathered to demand climate justice during the 27th Conference of Parties (COP27)

As Christians we confess that “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it” (Ps 24). We acknowledge our responsibility as stewards and caretakers of God’s unique and abundant Creation of which we human beings are part. And yet we look around our world today, and see that due to our greed and negligence the entire living planet is threatened by accelerating climate change. “The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers…”, “The earth is defiled by its people…” (Isaiah 24:4-5).
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Posted: Nov. 12, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12844
Categories: Communiqué, WCC NewsIn this article: climate change, COP27, statements, WCC
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Catégorie : Communiqué, WCC NewsDans cet article : climate change, COP27, statements, WCC


Anglicans, Roman Catholics rejoice to gather in-person for ecumenical dialogue

Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada meeting at Châteauguay, Québec, 2-5 May 2022. L-R: Nicholas Jesson, Dr. Brian Butcher (staff), Sr. Donna Geernaert sc, Rev. Canon Dr. Scott Sharman (staff), Bishop Cynthia Halmarson (observer), Bishop Bruce Myers (co-chair), Rev. Dr. Iain Luke, Rev. Marie-Louise Ternier, Ana de Souza (staff), and Archbishop Brian Dunn (co-chair). Missing: Adèle Brodeur and Dr. Nicholas Olkovich

The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada) has been meeting regularly for 50 years, with a mandate to serve the cause of visible Christianity unity and common witness between the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Roman Catholic Church in Canada. Having continued the Dialogue online from 2020-2021, members rejoiced to be able to convene in person on May 2-5 at the Manoir D’Youville in Châteauguay, QC.

These days were the source of a renewed beginning in several ways: ARC Canada welcomed a few new members into its ranks, continuing a long tradition of gifted and dedicated ecumenical leaders who have contributed to its work over the decades. A new proposed terms of reference was reviewed that would, among other things, expand the participation of representatives from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) from a role as observers to full membership, as full communion partners within the ACC delegation. There was also a chance to engage with recent discussions of synodality in the Roman Catholic Church, and to review aspects of some of the latest ecumenical study on the subject of Anglican ordinations.
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Posted: May 13, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11274
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, dialogue
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, dialogue


Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness

The representatives of five Christian World Communions - Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed - at the Notre Dame Consultation

Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new ways to contemporary society. We “wish to make more visible our common witness, in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity, walking together, praying together and working together.”
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Posted: Apr. 3, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10483
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
Transmis : 3 avril 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10483
Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


Malines Conversations Group: Communiqué 2019

The members of the Malines Conversations Group gathered at York, UK in March 2019

The seventh international meeting of the Malines Conversations Group took place in York, UK, between Sunday 24th March and Thursday 28th March 2019. Under the patronage of The Right Reverend and Right Honourable The Lord Williams of Oystermouth (former Archbishop of Canterbury), this informal group comprises Anglican and Roman Catholic theologians from seven different countries and meets with the blessing and support of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Lambeth Palace. It includes members of both ARCIC and IARCCUM.
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Posted: Mar. 28, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10749
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, Malines
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, Malines


Anglican-Old Catholic International Coordinating Council meeting

Břevnov Monastery in Prague

The Anglican-Old Catholic International Coordinating Council has recently concluded its meetings, which were held at the Břevnov Monastery in Prague. This was the final meeting of the Council’s present mandate and much of the work was focussed on preparing the final report to the Anglican Consultative Council and the (Old Catholic) International Bishops’ Conference. The AOCICC is the official instrument serving the communion between Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht and the Churches of the Anglican Communion which was brought about in 1931 through the Bonn Agreement.
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Posted: Jan. 23, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10431
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican, dialogue, Old Catholic
Transmis : 23 janv. 2019 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10431
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican, dialogue, Old Catholic


Anglican-Jewish Commission releases communiqué from recent meeting

Members of the Anglican-Jewish Commission. Photo: ACNS

Immigration and minorities were chief topics of discussion at a meeting of the Anglican-Jewish Commission last month in Jerusalem. One particular focus was the situation facing Christians in the Middle East. They agreed that any responses to the situation must be grounded in an understanding and affirmation of human life and freedom.

This was the first time the group had met since 2014. Speaking afterwards members said they had been encouraged and hopeful about gathering more often in the future. The Commission expects to reconvene again in 2019.

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Programmes Coordinator for Inter Religious Affairs, Katie Hodkinson, said the meeting was very significant.

“It was something that the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel whilst on his two-week visit to the Holy Land last May, ” she said. “This renewed energy and commitment was warmly welcomed by both the Christian and Jewish communities.”
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Posted: Apr. 23, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10266
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism, Rabbis
Transmis : 23 avril 2018 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=10266
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Jewish-Christian relations, Judaism, Rabbis


Anglicans and Roman Catholics agree statement on ecclesiology

Members of the third-phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) met in the central German city of Erfurt early this month for their seventh meeting. They chose to meet in the city to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation - it is here that Martin Luther was ordained and lived as a monk. Photo: ARCIC

Anglicans and Roman Catholics should see in each other “a community in which the Holy Spirit is alive and active,” the latest communiqué from the official ecumenical dialogue between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church says.

Members of the third-phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) met in the central German city of Erfurt early this month for their seventh meeting. They chose to meet in the city to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – it is here that Martin Luther was ordained and lived as a monk.

During their meeting, the members of ARCIC agreed the text of a new statement looking at Anglican and Roman Catholic ecclesiology. Walking Together on the Way: Learning to be Church – Local, Regional, Universal, to be known as The Erfurt Document, will be published next year.
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Posted: May 30, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9695
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, ecclesiology
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, ecclesiology


Dialogue between Confessional Lutherans and Roman Catholics continues

Participants in the October 2016 meeting of the Informal Dialogue Group of the International Lutheran Council and Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Third Meeting of the Informal Dialogue Group between the International Lutheran Council and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. On October 14-15, the Informal Dialogue Group between the International Lutheran Council (ILC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity met. This time the gathering took place at the Johann-Adam-Möhler-Institute for Ecumenism in Paderborn, Germany.

The conversations centered on the Lutheran perception of the Roman Catholic liturgy. They focused particularly on the Roman Catholic understanding of the presence of Christ’s sacrifice and the sacrifice of the Church in the Lord’s Supper. It became apparent that there were different ways of thinking—not only between Lutheran and Roman Catholic approaches to the topic, but also in the various Roman Catholic Eucharistic prayers themselves. The debate centered in particular on the problem whether and to what extent the Church might play a distinct, or “active”, role in the performance of the liturgy.

The next meeting is scheduled for June 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. In preparing for this meeting, cross-confessional pairings were formed. They are meant to engage with the following topics: the understanding of co-operation of the Church (“synergeia”) and sacrifice; the theological understanding of “time”, that is to say the relationship between the history of salvation and the “event” of salvation, or the issue of the realization of salvation in the liturgy; the understanding of sacrifice against the background of article 24 of the Augsburg Confession and its Apology, and in The Examination of the Council of Trent by Martin Chemnitz, looking also at the document “The Eucharist” (1978); and questions concerning the office of the ministry and ordination. Moreover, they plan to identify and describe areas of major agreement between the Roman Catholic Church and the churches in the International Lutheran Council. The resulting texts will serve to steer the further debates in the year to come, and secure the results of this informal dialogue.
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Posted: Nov. 7, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9581
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, International Lutheran Council, liturgy, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, International Lutheran Council, liturgy, Lutheran


Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue finds unity in diversity

Some of the 24 bishops and support staff pose for a group photo in Accra, Ghana, at the 7th Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue

Introduced by the Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante as an ecumenical contribution from the Methodist Church of Ghana, the Akan concept of sankofa served as a guiding framework for the Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, which took place from May 25-29 in Accra, Ghana. The gathering brought together bishops from Canada, Ghana, Swaziland, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Burundi, Zambia, England, and the United States. Sankofa—literally, ‘It is not a taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind’—refers broadly to the unity of past and present, where the narrative of the past is a dynamic reality that cannot be separated from consideration of the present and future. The Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue emerged after the 2008 Lambeth Conference as a way for bishops from different backgrounds to continue an ongoing, respectful dialogue in the midst of significant disagreements, primarily over the issues of human sexuality and same-sex marriage.
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Posted: June 23, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9313
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican Communion, Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, Fred Hiltz, human sexuality, Michael Curry
Transmis : 23 juin 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9313
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, Fred Hiltz, human sexuality, Michael Curry


Common commitments to witness and action between WCRC and Catholic Church

A delegation from the World Communion of Reformed Churches visited the Vatican on June 10, 2016 for meetings with Pope Francis, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

The relationship between the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Roman Catholic Church was both broadened and deepened during a series of meetings at the Vatican on Friday, 10 June. WCRC and Roman Catholic officials, including Pope Francis, found reasons for celebration as well as a renewed urgency to work more closely together.

“It was both a joy and a mission fulfilled today to have a strong response from Pope Francis to affirm our common mission,” said Chris Ferguson, WCRC general secretary.

In his official address to Pope Francis, Ferguson stated that it was with a sense of both “joy and urgency” that these meetings were taking place. “Our joy comes from knowing that through repentance and dialogue we are growing closer to the unity that is Christ’s gift to the church, so that all may believe,” he said, noting the progress made through official dialogues and the process of associating with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ).
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Posted: June 13, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9401
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Dicastery for Justice and Peace, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 13 juin 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9401
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Dicastery for Justice and Peace, Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches


Pope, Ecumenical Patriarch, and Archbishop of Athens send message of concern for refugees

Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece met on the Greek island of Lesvos on 16 April to demonstrate their concern for the situation of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers who have come to Europe fleeing from situations of conflict and, in many cases, daily threats to their survival.

The three church leaders urged people not to ignore the humanitarian crisis created by the spread of violence and armed conflict, the persecution and displacement of religious and ethnic minorities, and the uprooting of families from their homes.

“The tragedy of forced migration and displacement affects millions, and is fundamentally a crisis of humanity, calling for a response of solidarity, compassion, generosity and an immediate practical commitment of resources,” reads their message. “From Lesvos, we appeal to the international community to respond with courage in facing this massive humanitarian crisis, and its underlying causes, through diplomatic, political and charitable initiatives and through cooperative efforts, both in the Middle East and in Europe.”

The three leaders said they are one in their desire for peace and in their readiness to promote the resolution of conflicts through dialogue and reconciliation.
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Posted: Apr. 21, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9129
Categories: Communiqué, WCC NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, refugees
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Catégorie : Communiqué, WCC NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, refugees


Conference calls for ecological reformation of Christianity

“An ecological reformation of Christianity is a matter of repentance, conversion, and renewal for all Christian traditions,” reads the “Volos Call,” a statement issued after a meeting of church representatives from different traditions and all continents, held in Greece, between 10-13 March.

Gathering at the Academy of Volos for the international conference on Eco-Theology, Climate Justice and Food Security, participants stressed the concern that “an ecological reformation of Christianity (in all its traditions) is possible, but can remain authentic only if it stays in the Spirit and is expressed in the form of a humble prayer: Veni, Creator Spiritus! Come, Holy Spirit, renew your whole creation!”

According to the statement, an ecological reformation of Christianity “implies a twofold critique, namely both a deeper Christian critique of the root causes of ecological destruction and an ecological critique of forms of Christianity which have not recognized the ecological dimensions of the Gospel.”
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Posted: Apr. 7, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9131
Categories: Communiqué, WCC NewsIn this article: creation, ecology, environment, Reformation
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Catégorie : Communiqué, WCC NewsDans cet article : creation, ecology, environment, Reformation


Hindu–Catholic dialogue encourages hospitality and open hearts in receiving refugees

The Hindu-Catholic dialogue of Canada meeting in Toronto
Le Dialogue hindou-catholique du Canada à Toronto

Following its last meeting in Toronto on February 6, 2016, the Hindu–Catholic Dialogue of Canada released a joint statement to reaffirm the importance of hospitality in receiving the stranger and welcoming refugee. “Hospitality is among the most sacred values in many religious traditions, including Hinduism and Christianity,” stated the members of the dialogue. The statement concluded with an appeal to all peoples in Canada “to offer our prayers to those reeling in response to war, terror, and hate…” and urging “all Canadians to respond with openness, care and generosity to those refugees who find their ways to our shores, and indeed to all strangers in our midst. Dialogue and encounter are among our most important resources for meeting the demands of the present refugee crisis.”

The theme of the last meeting of the Hindu-Catholic Dialogue was on the Theology of Incarnation in both Catholic and Hindu traditions. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has eight appointees on this national dialogue, with the Most Reverend Daniel Miehm, Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton, serving as the Catholic Co-Chair. Dr. Tinu Ruparell, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, is the Hindu Co-Chair. The Hindu-Catholic Dialogue meets twice annually and is scheduled to meet again in August 2016.
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Posted: Mar. 31, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9047
Categories: Communiqué, DialogueIn this article: Canada, Catholic, dialogue, doctrine, Hindu, incarnation, interfaith
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Catégorie : Communiqué, DialogueDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, dialogue, doctrine, Hindu, incarnation, interfaith


Le Dialogue hindou-catholique encourage l’hospitalité et l’ouverture du cœur dans l’accueil des réfugiés

The Hindu-Catholic dialogue of Canada meeting in Toronto
Le Dialogue hindou-catholique du Canada à Toronto

À la suite de sa dernière réunion, le 6 février 2016 à Toronto, le Dialogue hindou-catholique du Canada a publié une déclaration commune pour réaffirmer l’importance de l’hospitalité pour accueillir l’étranger et bien recevoir le réfugié. « L’hospitalité est une valeur des plus sacrées dans plusieurs traditions religieuses, dont l’hindouisme et le christianisme », ont affirmé les membres du dialogue. La déclaration concluait par un appel à toute la population du Canada afin d’offrir « des prières pour ceux et celles qui souffrent des conséquences de la guerre, de la terreur et de la haine… » et par une interpellation à « toutes les Canadiennes et tous les Canadiens à faire preuve d’ouverture d’esprit, de sollicitude et de générosité à l’endroit des réfugiés qui arrivent chez nous, de même qu’à l’égard de tous les étrangers parmi nous. Le dialogue et la rencontre sont les ressources les plus importantes dont nous disposions pour répondre aux exigences de la crise actuelle des réfugiés. »

Le thème de la dernière réunion du Dialogue hindou-catholique portait sur la théologie de l’incarnation pour les traditions catholique et hindoue. Huit délégués de la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada (CECC) participent à ce dialogue national, dont le coprésident catholique, Mgr Daniel Miehm, évêque auxiliaire à Hamilton. M. Tinu Ruparell, Ph.D., professeur d’études religieuses à l’Université de Calgary, est le coprésident hindou. Le dialogue catholique-hindou se réunit deux fois par année, et sa prochaine réunion est prévue pour août 2016.
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Posted: Mar. 31, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9049
Categories: Communiqué, DialogueIn this article: Canada, Catholic, dialogue, doctrine, Hindu, incarnation, interfaith
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Catégorie : Communiqué, DialogueDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, dialogue, doctrine, Hindu, incarnation, interfaith


Confessional Lutherans & Anglicans Draw Closer Together

Representatives of the Anglican Church in North America, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and Lutheran Church-Canada at the latest round of dialogue, February 8-9, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri

Participants in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), and Lutheran Church-Canada’s (LCC) ongoing ecumenical dialogue have released an interim report on their work so far. Entitled “On Closer Acquaintance,” the document is the culmination of six years of regular discussions between the three church bodies, and highlights the discovery of significant doctrinal agreement between the Anglican and Lutheran participants.

The authors are clear that there is still much work to be done before altar and pulpit fellowship between the two sides would be possible. Nevertheless, they have found the discussions promising enough to publicly declare their prayer “that, in the time and manner of His choosing, our Lord would grant each side in our conversations to acknowledge our ‘first cousin’ to be in fact a true sister church, with the result that we would welcome each other wholeheartedly to our respective altars and enjoy the blessed situation in which our clergy and people would be interchangeable with each other as we stand under the grace of God and work for His kingdom.”

In the meantime, they encourage all three church bodies to “consider the ways in which we can cooperate and come together in ways that fall short of full communion but do allow the greatest measure of cooperation while maintaining full theological integrity.”
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Posted: Feb. 23, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8987
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican Church in North America, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran Church Canada, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
Transmis : 23 févr. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=8987
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church in North America, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran Church Canada, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod


The official announcement of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches

The Synaxis of the Orthodox Churches, meeting at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy-Geneva

The Primates of the Orthodox Churches convened to finalize the texts for the Holy and Great Council. In the framework of the Synaxis, on Sunday, 24th January, a Divine Liturgy was held at the Holy Stavropegic Church of St. Paul. Along with the Ecumenical Patriarch, who presided, Their Beatitudes and Heads of the delegations of the Orthodox Churches concelebrated the Liturgy, with the exception of the Head of the delegation of the Patriarchate of Antioch.

During the Synaxis, whose sessions were held in the apostolic spirit of “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4.15), in concord and understanding, the Primates affirmed their decision to convene the Holy and Great Council. The Council will be held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete from June 16th to 27th, 2016. To this end, the Primates humbly invoke the grace and blessing of the Holy Trinity and fervently invite the prayers of the fullness of the Church, clergy and laity, for the period leading to and the sessions of the Holy and Great Council.
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Posted: Jan. 27, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9247
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox
Transmis : 27 janv. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9247
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox


Communiqué of the Ecumenical Patriarchate about the Synaxis of the Primates in Geneva

St. George's Cathedral in the Phanar district of Istanbul is the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople. Behind the church are the offices of the Patriarchate and the Patriarchate Library

The Ecumenical Patriarchate announces that, following an invitation by His All-Holiness to Their Beatitudes the Primates of the local most holy Orthodox Churches, he will chair a Synaxis at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from January 21st to 28th, 2016.

All of the Primates have declared that they will attend the Synaxis in person, with the exception of Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Poland, who are prevented for health reasons, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, for personal reasons, while all three will be represented by officially authorized representatives.
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Posted: Jan. 18, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9243
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox
Transmis : 18 janv. 2016 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=9243
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Great and Holy Council, Orthodox


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