Archive for tag: ecumenism

Archive pour tag : ecumenism

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Guide to WCC Common Vision document published

The Rev. Canon John Gibault, director of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, (left) helped produce the WCC's The Church: Towards a Common Vision document. The Rev. Canon Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan, director of Unity, Faith and Order for the Anglican Communion, (right) oversaw the production of the study guide. Both are priests in the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo: Bruce MyersAptly released for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Anglican Communion Office has produced a study guide to the World Council of Churches (WCC) document The Church: Towards a Common Vision, the result of 20 years of study and dialogue among the council’s member churches, who represent most of the world’s churches.

The WCC published Towards a Common Vision in March 2013 and asked its members to study it and comment on it. According to the WCC’s introduction, the document asks and offers answers to the questions “What can we say together about the Church of the Triune God in order to grow in communion, to struggle together for justice and peace in the world, and to overcome together our past and present divisions?” It begins by addressing “the Church’s mission, unity, and its being in the Trinitarian life of God” and then looks at ecumenical “growth in communion – in apostolic faith, sacramental life, and ministry – as churches called to live in and for the world.”
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Posted: January 20, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7195
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: church, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : church, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order


Praying together once a year is not enough for young Christians

Taizé prayerRecently 30,000 young adults from all over Europe came together in Strasbourg, France. This gathering was the 36th European Meeting, an annual event prepared by our Taizé Community and held each time in a different European city.

By giving young people the opportunity to make personal contacts across borders, we want to help them acquire a true European awareness. The work of international institutions is essential, but unless there is a meeting of persons, Europe cannot be built.

If there is no longer a wall between East and West, there are still walls between our perceptions. The young people who came to Strasbourg want an open and inclusive Europe. They want solidarity between all European countries and solidarity with the poorest peoples of other continents.

They ask that a globalised economy be closely linked to a globalisation of solidarity. They expect rich nations to show greater generosity, both through investments in developing nations that truly offer justice and by a worthy and responsible welcome given to immigrants from these countries.
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Posted: January 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7200
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Taizé, WPCU, youth
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Taizé, WPCU, youth


The divisions must stop! Pope Francis’ catechesis on Christian Unity

The papal general audience on January 22 with a sea of umbrellasPope Francis dedicated the catechesis of this Wednesday’s general audience to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ends next Saturday, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. It is a spiritual initiative in which Christian communities have participated for over one hundred years, and is a time dedicated to prayer for the unity of all baptised persons, in accordance with Christ’s will “that they may all be one”. Every year an ecumenical group from one region in the world, under the guidance of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, suggests the theme and prepares the activities for the Prayer Week. This year the initiatives were prepared by the Churches and Ecclesiastical Communities of Canada, who have proposed the question posed by St. Paul to the Christians of Corinth: “Has Christ been divided?”
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Posted: January 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7214
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU


One bishop’s guide to ecumenism

Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of SaskatoonBishop Don Bolen of Saskatoon is Canada’s most ecumenically minded bishop.

He worked seven years for the Pontifical Commission for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome where he co-ordinated Vatican participation in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and watched and encouraged official dialogues between the Catholic Church and Anglicans and Methodists. Though now leading one of Western Canada’s most important dioceses, he remains a member of the Vatican’s ecumenical commission, co-chairs the Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission, is a member of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission, sits on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada and is a member of the Evangelical-Roman Catholic International Consultation.
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Posted: January 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7223
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: bishops, Catholic, Christian unity, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : bishops, Catholic, Christian unity, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Saskatoon


Saskatoon’s Bolen makes history preaching to Evangelicals

Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of SaskatoonPreaching to Evangelicals at the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity didn’t phase Saskatoon Bishop Don Bolen — much.

“I’m always a bit nervous. I’m very mindful of my own shortcomings and inadequacies whenever I preach anywhere,” Bolen told The Catholic Register a few days after his Jan. 19 appearance at Saskatoon’s Circle Drive Alliance Church. “I did prepare more because they told me I had 30 minutes. Sweet, but it did require more preparation.”

Bolen preached on the story of the woman caught in adultery and Jesus’ ruling under the law that the one who has no sin should cast the first stone.

“He chose a beautiful text,” said Circle Drive Pastor Eldon Boldt. “Jesus showed grace and it was mercy upon mercy upon mercy. One girl wrote me (after the service) and said, ‘I don’t know why, but I found myself choking back tears as the bishop spoke.’ Well, that’s just the Holy Spirit.”

A Catholic bishop preaching in an Evangelical church is a rarity. As a member of the Evangelical-Roman Catholic International Consultation, Bolen hasn’t heard of other bishops preaching to Evangelicals. He plans to bring it up when the official international dialogue meets in March.
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Posted: January 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7221
Categories: Catholic Register, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Evangelicals, WPCU
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Catégorie : Catholic Register, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Evangelicals, WPCU


Pope Francis concludes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Francis at the Concluding Vespers of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in the Roman Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 25, 2014On Saturday, Pope Francis presided over evening Vespers at Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls Basilica where he was joined by members of the many different Christian Churches present here in Rome.

The celebration, which lands on the Feast of Saint Paul, marks the closing of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which has been exploring the theme, taken from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, “Has Christ been divided?”

Saturday’s celebrations coincide with the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
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Posted: January 25, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7227
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU


Bottoms Up: Future of ecumenism is local, not ‘macro,’ Cuban professor says

The Rev. Daniel Montoya, longtime professor at Seminario Evangelico Teologia (Evangelical Theological Seminary, or SET) here, calls his core class “Practical Theological Ecumenism.”

“In Cuba, Christians are a tiny minority, so they try to get together to know each other,” Montoya explains. “They are not so keen on institutional or ‘macro’ ecumenism, but on local or “base” ecumenism.”

In Cuba, as most everyplace else in the world, ecumenism at the national or interdenominational level is in crisis. “These institutional groups forget location,” Montoya says. “They forget the base.”

For example, he says, “people are neighbours, their children attend the same schools, they ride the same buses, they walk in the same streets ― they are friends. On the ground they don’t see any differences, just on Sundays when they go to different churches.”

Practical ecumenism for Montoya, then, means teaching seminary students how to involve people locally “so they have better understanding and don’t have prejudice.” His classes focus on ecumenical cooperation in local communities, not on the dogmatic or doctrinal differences between churches.

Practical ecumenism must also be theological “because all of our hope ― what it means to be the church ― is based on faith and confidence in God.”
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Posted: February 3, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7290
Categories: PCUSA NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Presbyterian
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Catégorie : PCUSA NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Presbyterian


Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogue held in India

Coptic icon of St. MarkPope Francis’ attitude of hospitality and humility towards Oriental Orthodox leaders has had a positive impact on the dialogue between Catholics and these ancient Orthodox Churches.

That‘s according to Fr Gabriel Quicke, who’s in charge of relations with the Oriental Orthodox Churches at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He came back this week from Kerala in India where he took part in the 11th meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

The two delegations at the meeting continued their ongoing discussions on the ways in which full communion was expressed in the first five centuries, before the divisions between the different Churches. Since the 5th century, these ancient communities of Christians have not been in communion with either the Roman Catholic Church or the Eastern Orthodox world, with the result that very little is known about their rich heritage and traditions outside the countries where they are based – Egypt, Armenia, Syria, India and Ethiopia.
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Posted: February 7, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7256
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Oriental Orthodox
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Oriental Orthodox


Pope records iPhone video greeting to Pentecostal leadership conference

Screen grab of Pope Francis' video greeting to a Kenneth Copeland Ministries leadership conferenceThis is a story that is classic Pope Francis: in late December he picked up the phone and called a Pentecostal bishop, Tony Palmer, to invite him to visit. By all accounts, they had been friends for a number of years already and this was just a social visit, so it wasn’t planned and facilitated by Vatican staff. When the Vatican’s daily news briefing on January 14 listed Bishop Palmer’s visit, the only detail given was that he is the ecumenical officer for the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a Pentecostal group that identifies as Anglican, but is not affiliated with the Anglican Communion.

That generated considerable curiosity, particularly in ecumenical circles. Until now, the Vatican has not had any formal contacts with non-Communion Anglicans. No further details were available until this week when a video was posted on YouTube. During their visit in January, Pope Francis and Bishop Palmer recorded a video message on the bishop’s iPhone. The message was for a conference of leaders from Kenneth Copeland Ministries, a Pentecostal mega-church ministry. Palmer was scheduled to address the conference a few days later, so Francis offered to send greetings. They recorded the video on the spot, and there is no indication that the Vatican staff were aware of its existence until it appeared on YouTube two days ago.
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Posted: February 20, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7381
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Pentecostal, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Pentecostal, Pope Francis


Communiqué from the Bilateral Dialogue between the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council

Representatives of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met January 30-February 5 at the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, AlabamaRepresentatives of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met January 30-February 5 at the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The meeting was the opening round of conversations in the first international dialogue between Methodists and Baptists. The overall theme of the dialogue is faith working through love. The delegations were welcomed by the Provost and Executive Vice President of the University, Dr. J. Bradley Creed, as well as Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and Rev. Dr. Mike McLemore, Director of Missions for the Birmingham Baptist Association.

Participants discussed presentations on the history, theology, and contemporary global situation of Methodists and Baptists. The dialogue is co-chaired by Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban, Superintendent Minister of the Cambridge Methodist Circuit and minister of Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge, England, and Rev. Dr. Curtis Freeman, Research Professor and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. Rev. Dr. Paul Chilcote, Dean of Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, and Rev. Dr. Fausto Vasconcelos, BWA director of Mission, Evangelism, and Theological Reflection, serve as co-secretaries.
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Posted: March 4, 2014 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7439
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Baptist, dialogue, ecumenism, Methodist
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Baptist, dialogue, ecumenism, Methodist


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