Archive for tag: Christian unity

Archive pour tag : Christian unity

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Called to be the One Church: Porto Alegre ecclesiology text

1. We, the delegates to the Ninth Assembly of the World Council of Churches, give thanks to the Triune God, Father; Son and Holy Spirit, who has brought our churches into living contact and dialogue. By God’s grace we have been enabled to remain together, even when this has not been easy. Considerable efforts have been made to overcome divisions. We are “a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures, and therefore seek to fulfil their common calling to the glory of the one God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”.3 We reaffirm that “the primary purpose of the fellowship of churches in the World Council of Churches is to call one another to visible unity in one faith and in one eucharistic fellowship expressed in worship and in common life in Christ, through witness and service to the world, and to advance towards that unity in order that the world may believe”.4 Our continuing divisions are real wounds to the body of Christ, and God’s mission in the world suffers.

2. Churches in the fellowship of the WCC remain committed to one another on the way towards full visible unity. This commitment is a gift from our gracious Lord. Unity is both a divine gift and calling. Our churches have affirmed that the unity for which we pray, hope, and work is “a koinonia given and expressed in the common confession of the apostolic faith; a common sacramental life entered by the one baptism and celebrated together in one eucharistic fellowship; a common life in which members and ministries are mutually recognised and reconciled; and a common mission witnessing to the gospel of God’s grace to all people and serving the whole of creation”.5 Such koinonia is to be expressed in each place, and through a conciliar relationship of churches in different places. We have much work ahead of us as together we seek to understand the meaning of unity and catholicity, and the significance of baptism.
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Posted: February 23, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9704
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Christian unity, ecclesiology, WCC Assembly
Transmis : 23 février 2006 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=9704
Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecclesiology, WCC Assembly


WCC assembly wants closer moves to Catholics, Pentecostals

The World Council of Churches ended its once every seven years assembly held in Brazil with calls to reach out to Roman Catholic, Pentecostal and Evangelical churches that do not belong to the Geneva-based grouping.
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Posted: March 6, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=214
Categories: DialogueIn this article: 2006, Catholic, Christian unity, Pentecostal, WCC, WCC Assembly
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Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : 2006, Catholic, Christian unity, Pentecostal, WCC, WCC Assembly


Gifts to Each Other: Exploring our Treasures of Worship and Prayer

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism will be hosting a very special retreat this summer, perhaps a unique event in Canada. Pastors and members of three very different church traditions – the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Mennonite Church Saskatchewan and the Foursquare Gospel Church – will spend three days together sharing their treasures of corporate worship and private devotion. Each worship session will be led by a member of the tradition to which it belongs, with explanations of the service’s meaning and time for questions. In addition we will be introduced to ways of private prayer and devotion characteristic of these traditions, with explanations and private time in which to ‘try out’ different types of prayer for ourselves.

Thursday May 25 to Saturday May 27, 2006 at Queen’s House of Retreats (601 Taylor St. West, Saskatoon)

Costs: $175 live-in, $150 commuters. Please register with Queen’s House directly (tel. 306-242-1916) by May 10 to ensure the viability of this event. If you would like more information about the retreat, contact the PCE at (306) 653-1633. This event will be held in lieu of the 2006 Summer Ecumenical Institute.
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Posted: April 21, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=226
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Christian unity, events, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, prayer, Saskatoon, Summer Ecumenical Institute, worship
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Christian unity, events, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, prayer, Saskatoon, Summer Ecumenical Institute, worship


Ecumenical contacts workshop: God in Your grace, Transform the World

A workshop for ecumenical contacts and leaders entitled “God in Your grace, Transform the World: An eyewitness report from the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches” will be held April 22 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Saskatoon.
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Posted: April 22, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=227
Categories: CalendarIn this article: Christian unity, education, events, WCC
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Catégorie : CalendarDans cet article : Christian unity, education, events, WCC


nidus festival 2006: feel the current

Nidus is a festival for people from all streams of Christian faith with music, arts, keynotes, worship, dialogue, drama & dance. Several thousand youth, young adults, families and others will gather in Kitchener, Ontario from August 4th to 6th. It will be a unique opportunity for people to come together to express faith, celebrate through
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Posted: May 17, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=233
Categories: ConferencesIn this article: 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, Christian unity, events, justice, worship, youth
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Catégorie : ConferencesDans cet article : 2006, Canadian Council of Churches, Christian unity, events, justice, worship, youth


Interchurch families a laboratory of unity: Benedict XVI

By Nicholas Jesson In his address to a gathering of ecumenical leaders in Warsaw on May 25, Pope Benedict XVI has expressed strong support for pastoral care of interchurch families. Speaking to the Polish Council for Ecumenism and leaders of other religious groups, Benedict encouraged the work of a bilateral commission of the Catholic bishops’ conference
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Posted: May 26, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=234
Categories: NewsIn this article: Benedict XVI, Christian unity, interchurch families, marriage, pope
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Christian unity, interchurch families, marriage, pope


Making Peace in the Household of God

The Prairie Centre for Ecumenism is pleased to announce that its Summer Ecumenical Institute for 2007 will take place in Saskatoon June 26-29. The theme of the conference is conflict resolution and transformation within and among churches, under the working title “Making Peace in the Household of God.”

Many Canadian churches appear to be experiencing conflict, often more within than between denominations. Liberals and conservatives in many churches are in tension over issues such as human sexuality and the interpretation of scripture, and the ‘heat’ seems to be rising. The skills of courtesy, listening and dialogue, which ecumenically-minded people have been developing over the years, are today needed just as much within our churches as between them.
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Posted: June 15, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=242
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, conflict, peace, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, resolution, Saskatoon, Summer Ecumenical Institute, transformation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, conflict, peace, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, resolution, Saskatoon, Summer Ecumenical Institute, transformation


Methodists affirm Joint Declaration with Lutherans and Catholics

During the summer months ecumenical news dries up as church leaders, pastors, and theologians head off on their holiday plans. However, this year a very significant event occurred while we were all at the lake. Since 2001, Methodists have expressed appreciation for the Lutheran-Roman Catholic “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” (JDDJ). Not long after the formal affirmation of the JDDJ, representatives of the Methodist World Council and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches gathered with the two signatories to discuss the possibilities of expanding the consensus to include their constituencies. This summer, on July 23, the World Methodist Conference, a gathering of 76 churches in the Methodist tradition, affirmed the Joint Declaration in a signing ceremony together with Lutheran and Roman Catholic representatives.
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Posted: August 5, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=253
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, JDDJ, Lutheran, Methodist, statements
Transmis : 5 aoüt 2006 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=253
Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, JDDJ, Lutheran, Methodist, statements


ARC forum on Mary – Sept 28

The Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada invites you to attend a forum on the ARCIC Agreed Statement “Mary, Grace and Hope in Christ” on Thursday, September 28, 2006, 7:30 pm at Montreal Diocesan College, 3473 University St., Montreal. Presentations and responses will be given by two members of the dialogue: Dr. Catherine Clifford, Professor of Theology, St. Paul University, Ottawa and the Rev’d Canon Kevin Flynn, Director of Anglican Studies, St. Paul University, Ottawa. Discussion and refreshments to follow with presenters and other members of the Anglican Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada.
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Posted: September 14, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=266
Categories: DialogueIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Canada, Catholic, Christian unity, Mary
Transmis : 14 septembre 2006 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=266
Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Canada, Catholic, Christian unity, Mary


Evangelicals & Catholics Together in a culture of life

A new statement has been published by Evangelicals and Catholics Together, an ad-hoc group of theologians and church leaders headed by Charles Colson and Richard John Neuhaus. This text, entitled “That They May Have Life,” is the sixth statement issued by ECT since 1994. In their most recent offering, ECT returns its focus to public policy, morality, and the so-called “culture wars.” Seeking to promote dialogue within the US on the “culture of life,” the group affirms that they share common interests and concerns with those who oppose them. These include a common interest in the American experiment and a common humanity with its God-given capacity for reason. The text, which has the tone of a pastoral letter, appears to be interested in a dialogue between secular culture and Christians.

While this latest document is to be welcomed for its clear articulation of certain aspects of the “culture of life,” and for the continuing efforts of Evangelicals and Roman Catholics to speak together on issues of shared concern, it is disappointing for many of the same reasons that the first ECT statement was criticized. There is very little contribution made here to the ecumenical rapprochement between Evangelicals and Roman Catholics. Many of the issues that the participants agreed upon in this statement will divide them from others within their own churches. This statement will likely be received as just another contribution to the abortion debate by the Religious Right. To me, it seems like like they weren’t reaching high enough.
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Posted: September 20, 2006 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=268
Categories: Dialogue, Documents, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, Evangelicals, Evangelicals and Catholics Together
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Catégorie : Dialogue, Documents, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, Evangelicals, Evangelicals and Catholics Together


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