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

The Hindu-Catholic dialogue of Canada meeting in Toronto in February 2016Following 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: March 31, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9047
Categories: Communiqué, DialogueIn this article: Canada, Catholic, dialogue, doctrine, Hindu, incarnation, interfaith
Transmis : 31 mars 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9047
Catégorie : Communiqué, DialogueDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, dialogue, doctrine, Hindu, incarnation, interfaith


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: April 7, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9131
Categories: Communiqué, WCC NewsIn this article: creation, ecology, environment, Reformation
Transmis : 7 avril 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9131
Catégorie : Communiqué, WCC NewsDans cet article : creation, ecology, environment, Reformation


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: April 21, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9129
Categories: Communiqué, WCC NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, refugees
Transmis : 21 avril 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9129
Catégorie : Communiqué, WCC NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Pope Francis, refugees


Anglicans affirm Lutheran-Catholic agreement, endorse Reformation anniversary

Lutheran Bishop Dr Matti Repo (far left) with other ecumenical guests at the 16th Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: ACNSAffirmation of the Lutheran-Catholic agreement on justification and a call for Anglicans to commemorate the 2017 Reformation anniversary were among ecumenical resolutions adopted by the Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) at its recent meeting in Lusaka, Zambia.

Bishop Dr Matti Repo of Tampere, Finland, who participated in the Anglican Communion’s governing body meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, mid-April says he was encouraged by the enthusiastic discussions on these issues “which both point to the grace of God and the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ.”

Repo was at the ACC as an ecumenical guest representing The Lutheran World Federation (LWF). He presented the call to affirm the substance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), which was signed by the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church in 1999. The LWF was also asking Anglicans to recognize the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation which will be observed next year.
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Posted: April 28, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9192
Categories: Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, Catholic, JDDJ, Lutheran
Transmis : 28 avril 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9192
Catégorie : Dialogue, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Consultative Council, Catholic, JDDJ, Lutheran


Anglican-Catholic dialogue coming to Toronto

Saskatoon RC Bishop Donald Bolen, left, and Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls will be among those speaking on Anglican-Catholic dialogue in Toronto May 11. Photo: Michael Swan/Catholic RegisterOne of the most important and troubled projects from the Second Vatican Council arrives in Toronto May 11 for some serious, scholarly, and saintly talk.

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, better known as ARCIC, rolls into town to puzzle over how Catholics and Anglicans make decisions over ethical questions and to find new ways to sum up its work over the last five decades.

ARCIC is the official ecumenical dialogue between the world’s 85 million Anglicans and 1.3 billion Catholics set up by the Vatican and the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1969.

This is the first time ARCIC has met in Canada, and it gives Canada’s own Anglican-Catholic dialogue partners a chance to rub shoulders with their international counterparts.
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Posted: April 29, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9055
Categories: Catholic Register, DialogueIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Canada, Catholic, dialogue
Transmis : 29 avril 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9055
Catégorie : Catholic Register, DialogueDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Canada, Catholic, dialogue


Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

British Archbishop Bernard Longley, co-chair of ARCIC III at the 2016 meeting in Toronto. Photo by Michael SwanAfter nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic.

ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday.

This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching.

The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and the Archbishop of Canterbury is meeting in Toronto until May 18, when a concluding communique is expected from the meeting of 22 bishops, theologians and support staff. It is the first time the body has met in Canada and, to the knowledge of the participants, the first time in 50 years that ARCIC has met during Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit first revealed the global unity of the Christian message expressed in the diversity of languages from around the world.
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Posted: May 16, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9085
Categories: Catholic Register, DialogueIn this article: ARCIC, dialogue, ecclesiology, IARCCUM
Transmis : 16 mai 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9085
Catégorie : Catholic Register, DialogueDans cet article : ARCIC, dialogue, ecclesiology, IARCCUM


Anglicans, Roman Catholics team up to tackle big questions

“Suddenly we felt the energy of addressing questions that were pulsing with interest for people,” says Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic diocese of Saskatoon. Photo: Diocese of SaskatoonIs doubt just the opposite of faith? Or is it more complicated?

Bishop Donald Bolen, of the Roman Catholic diocese of Saskatoon, says this is one of the central issues facing people today, and a question that’s been on his mind throughout his life as a priest.

For him, it’s definitely more complicated.

“In a sense, apathy is the opposite of faith, whereas a lively doubt is a part of our faith,” Bolen says. “Doubt wants faith to have its reasons… I think when people pay serious attention to their doubts and don’t give up on them, but work with them, the doubting becomes a motivation to think more, to search more, to pray more, to look harder, to find reasons, and I think that’s a motivation which leads to a deeper faith,” he says.

“The doubter is on a quest.”
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Posted: May 20, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9094
Categories: Anglican Journal, DialogueIn this article: Anglican, Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, dialogue, doubt, hope, resources, video
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Catégorie : Anglican Journal, DialogueDans cet article : Anglican, Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, dialogue, doubt, hope, resources, video


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 PeaceThe 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: ecu.net/?p=9401
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 13 juin 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9401
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches


Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue finds unity in diversity

Bishops from North America, Africa, and England meet at the Seventh Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue in Accra, GhanaIntroduced 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: ecu.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 : ecu.net/?p=9313
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Consultation of Anglican Bishops in Dialogue, Fred Hiltz, human sexuality, Michael Curry


Anglicans and Mennonites enter ecumenical dialogue

Willard Metzger, executive director of Mennonite Church Canada, addresses members of the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod 2016. Photo: Art BabychFor the first time in its history, the Anglican Church of Canada will enter into a bilateral ecumenical dialogue with Mennonite Church Canada (MC-Canada) following a motion passed at General Synod, July 12.

The motion’s mover, Bruce Myers, coadjutor bishop of the diocese of Quebec and former coordinator of ecumenical relations for the national church, explained that as the Anglican church’s relationship to mainstream society changes, it could benefit from talking to a church that has always had a fraught relationship with the mainstream.

“Mennonites have often existed as a church on the margins, both historically and in the contemporary Canadian context,” he noted. “As the Anglican Church of Canada enters a new stage of its life, some of us have been asking if there is something we can learn from our Mennonite sisters and brothers, about living faithfully as disciples of Jesus on the margins of society.”

Myers said the bilateral dialogue would be based on a new approach to ecumenism based not on an attempt to minimize differences, but to receive it as a “gift.”

This “receptive ecumenism” is a way for churches to learn from the differences in each other’s theology and lived experience, without feeling the need to push toward reunion or a full communion relationship.
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Posted: July 18, 2016 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9488
Categories: Anglican Journal, DialogueIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, Mennonite Church Canada
Transmis : 18 juillet 2016 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9488
Catégorie : Anglican Journal, DialogueDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, Mennonite Church Canada


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