Archive for tag: ecumenism

Archive pour tag : ecumenism

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Will the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Continue in COCU?

by John A. Bolt. Reprinted from “The Presbyterian Outlook” [DALLAS] Nearly four decades of Presbyterian presence in the Consultation on Church Union (COCU) could come to an end in Syracuse as commissioners to the 209th General Assembly consider whether to proceed in the face of overwhelming presbytery rejection of the mechanism proposed to participate in
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Posted: June 19, 1997 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4915
Categories: News, OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, church union, Consultation on Church Union, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA
Transmis : 19 juin 1997 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4915
Catégorie : News, OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, church union, Consultation on Church Union, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA


Lutheran Theologians “Square Off” on Reformed Proposals

PHILADELPHIA (ELCA) — Two prominent Lutheran theologians squared off Aug. 16 on the subject of relations between Lutheran and Reformed churches. The exchange between the Rev. William H. Lazareth, former bishop of the Metro New York Synod and the Rev. Timothy Lull, president of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., opened a discussion at
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Posted: August 17, 1997 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4667
Categories: ELCA NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, full communion, Lutheran, Reformed churches
Transmis : 17 aoüt 1997 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4667
Catégorie : ELCA NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, full communion, Lutheran, Reformed churches


Lutherans Reject “Full Communion” with Episcopalians

PHILADELPHIA (ELCA) — By a narrow margin the Evanglical Lutheran Church in America has rejected a proposal to enter into “full communion” with The Episcopal Church here Aug. 18. The proposal needed the support of two-thirds of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly for approval. It failed by a vote of 684 to 351 — six votes
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Posted: August 18, 1997 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4669
Categories: ELCA NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, full communion, Lutheran
Transmis : 18 aoüt 1997 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4669
Catégorie : ELCA NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, full communion, Lutheran


The wound that will not heal

When Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople made a month-long tour of 16 cities in the United States in October and November, he was feted with honours at Washington’s Jesuit-run Georgetown University and greeted with splendour in Baltimore’s Catholic cathedral. As so often in inter-Church relations, however, the conciliatory declarations belied bitter realities.

Ironically, the sharp downturn in Catholic-Orthodox relations during the past six months came into the open after one of the Pope’s most impassioned appeals for Christian unity. The occasion John Paul II picked was a Eucharistic Congress held in May at Wroclaw in Poland. “In this our second millennium, when the unity of Christ’s disciples has suffered tragic divisions between East and West, prayer for the rediscovery of full unity is a special obligation”, the Pope said. “Can we bear joint and effective witness to Christ if we are not reconciled with one another? Can we be reconciled with one another without forgiving one another?”
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Posted: December 6, 1997 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6598
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox
Transmis : 6 décembre 1997 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6598
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox


No new dogmas please

As a child, a friend of mine used to be told by his nanny: Before you say anything, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? The same three questions may well be asked about the current proposal to define Mary as Co-Redeemer.

Is it true? The answer to that question depends on the way in which we interpret the title Co-Redeemer, along with the related titles Mediator of All Graces and Advocate of the People of God. As a member of the Orthodox Church I have no objection to these three titles in themselves — provided that they are rightly understood.

Indeed, closely similar language occurs in the prayers and hymns used in the Christian East. With the greatest frequency in Orthodox worship we say to the Virgin Mary, Most Holy Mother of God, save us. In our invocations to other members of the Communion of Saints, including St John the Baptist, except on very rare occasions we never say more than … pray for us.
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Posted: January 17, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6670
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, doctrine, ecumenism, Mary, Orthodox
Transmis : 17 janvier 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6670
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, doctrine, ecumenism, Mary, Orthodox


Congregational Ecumenism on the Prairies

By Nicholas Jesson Growing up in Winnipeg, I had a stereotypical image of Saskatchewan and Alberta.  Albertans were cowboys and oilmen while people from Saskatchewan and rural Manitoba were all grain farmers.  Saskatchewan was flat, dull, and almost barren.  We used to joke, half seriously, that when driving west from Winnipeg one should leave in
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Posted: March 15, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6266
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Canada, ecumenism, Saskatchewan
Transmis : 15 mars 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6266
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Canada, ecumenism, Saskatchewan


Anglicans, Lutherans present united witness of their faith

by Virginia Battiste, Saskatoon Star Phoenix Jesus prayed that all believers might be one. In Saskatoon, two churches are close to achieving that goal. After several years of dialogue on national and international fronts, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) are moving towards establishing closer ties that would
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Posted: May 2, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6227
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran
Transmis : 2 mai 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6227
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran


Forging liaisons between neighbouring congregations is goal of Covenanting 2000

Giving visible witness to Christian unity is the goal of a number of Saskatoon churches which have joined themselves together in Covenanting 2000.

Rev. Walter Donovan, of Calvin Goforth Presbyterian Church, is an enthusiastic supporter of the Covenanting 2000 project. His church has been twinned with Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church for a two-year period.

Donovan is one of the eight church leaders and representatives who has signed the Covenanting 2000 pastoral letter encouraging local inter-church initiatives. It has also been signed by leaders and representatives of the Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the Mennonite Ministerial, Orthodox Church of America, Roman Catholic and Ukrainian Catholic Churches, and the United Church of Canada.
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Posted: May 16, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6016
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon
Transmis : 16 mai 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6016
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon


Book Review: Margaret O’Gara, The Ecumenical Gift Exchange

Margaret O’Gara, The Ecumenical Gift ExchangeI remember, as an MA student, reading one of Margaret O’Gara’s essays in Grail on petrine ministry and what she called “the ecumenical gift exchange.” Drawing a comparison to the exchange of gifts in a large family at Christmas, O’Gara says that “in ecumenical dialogue, each Christian communion brings one or many gifts to the dialogue table, and each receives riches from their dialogue partners as well. But in the ecumenical gift exchange, the gift-giving enriches all of the partners, since we do not lose our gifts by sharing them with others.” Throughout my own research and the past four years of ecumenical ministry I have kept this concept close at hand.

O’Gara’s new book The Ecumenical Gift Exchange collects her own essays exploring issues of contemporary ecumenical dialogue, particularly: petrine ministry; infallibility; authority and dissent; feminism, and of utmost importance: the process of reception itself. How does one church receive the gifts of another? What level of agreement is necessary? When does the dialogue move from talking to acting? How does dialogue lead to repentance and then to reception?

She points out, “In a sense, the entire ecumenical movement rests on the recognition of the need for repentance, a willingness to ask whether we have a beam in our own eye before we concern ourselves with the mote in the eye of the other.”
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Posted: November 15, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6328
Categories: Catholic Register, OpinionIn this article: books, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, exchange of gifts
Transmis : 15 novembre 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6328
Catégorie : Catholic Register, OpinionDans cet article : books, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, exchange of gifts


Mennonites and Catholics sit down to talk

For five days in October, seven Mennonites sat face-to-face with six Roman Catholics to discuss reasons for the centuries-long separation between the two churches. The meeting here on October 14-18 was held to promote better understanding of each others’ faith and to overcome long-standing prejudices.

This international consultation was sponsored by the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (Vatican City). Helmut Harder (Canada) and Joseph Martino (United States) chaired the meeting.
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Posted: December 7, 1998 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6476
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference
Transmis : 7 décembre 1998 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6476
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference


Keeping Company: Evangelicals and Catholics Walk and Talk Together

Protestants and Catholics are working together more and more these days in Canada. Each believes it is the best expression of Christian faith, and each has often condemned the other’s teachings. Now some are trying to move beyond these criticisms and to forge limited new forms of cooperation, according to a series of articles in the May/June issue of Faith Today.

Gary Walsh, president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada (EFC), visited the offices of the Catholic Bishops in Ottawa and found himself “thanking the Lord for the things we share in common.” Despite doctrinal differences between the two organizations, EFC is having regular contact and working closely with Catholics on public policy issues such as abortion, family life and euthanasia, according to the lead article by Harold Jantz, a consultant and project manager of church-related projects in Winnipeg.

Sr. Donna Geernaert, who speaks for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in Ottawa, observes that not only have Catholics and the EFC joined with one another for presentations to government, they’ve also coordinated their efforts so they could prepare complementary briefs.

George Vandervelde of Toronto, convener of the World Evangelical Fellowship‘s task force on ecumenical issues, believes that dialogue between evangelicals and Catholics is important “simply to understand one another and clarify how we are different and how we are similar.” He says we shouldn’t be bearing false witness against each other. “If in evangelicalism we say this or that against Roman Catholicism, we should know that we are speaking truth, and you can find that out only by speaking to one another.”
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Posted: May 1, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelicals
Transmis : 1 mai 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4
Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelicals


Ecumenism must Be More Popular, less Elitist, Says WCC Official

by Jerry L. Van Marter, Ecumenical News Service GENEVA – The ecumenical movement of the 21st century must focus less on church institutions and more on the church as “the whole people of God,” the moderator of the World Council of Churches‘ (WCC) central committee said on August 26. At a press conference following his
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Posted: August 30, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4867
Categories: ENIIn this article: ecumenism
Transmis : 30 aoüt 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=4867
Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : ecumenism


Signing of Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

Anglican Communion Office letter to the Lutheran & Roman Catholic churches, October 25, 1999 His Eminence Edward Cardinal Cassidy Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity 00120 Vatican City The Revd Dr Ishmael Noko General Secretary The Lutheran World Federation PO Box 21 00 1211 Geneva 2 Switzerland Dear Cardinal Cassidy and Dr Noko, The signing
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Posted: October 25, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
Transmis : 25 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


WCC welcomes signing of the Joint Declaration on Justification

The World Council of Churches (WCC) warmly welcomes the forthcoming signing of the Joint Declaration on the doctrine of justification by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church. The signing will take place on 31 October, in Augsburg, Germany. According to the Rev. Dr Dagmar Heller, WCC Faith and Order, bilateral relations and
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Posted: October 28, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran
Transmis : 28 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=7
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran


History in our own time: The Joint Declaration on Justification

By Nicholas Jesson This homily was presented on Sunday, October 31, 1999 during Mass at St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto. “How are we saved?” This was the central question of the Protestant Reformation. Or, as Martin Luther phrased it: “How are we, as sinners, found righteous in the sight of a just God?” This
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Posted: October 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6258
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Transmis : 31 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6258
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Justification by Faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Good neighbours: now they’ve put it in writing

Good neighbours: McClure United and Holy Spirit congregations have always been close; now they’ve put it in writing If Covenant 2000 were a play, Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church and McClure United Church would be well into the second act. The two churches recently signed a formal ecumenical covenant, committing themselves to breaking down barriers
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Posted: February 26, 2000 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6037
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon, United Church of Canada
Transmis : 26 février 2000 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=6037
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon, United Church of Canada


Churches sign covenant agreement

EXCHANGE OF GIFTS — Gifts of identical chalices and patens are exchanged by Rev. Bernard de Margerie, left, of Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Church, and Rev. Ron McConnell of McClure United. The exchange is symbolic of the yearning and hunger for full eucharistic communion and the commitment to the work and ministry of reconciliation and
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Posted: March 8, 2000 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=8
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon, United Church of Canada
Transmis : 8 mars 2000 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=8
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon, United Church of Canada


Friendship draws two churches closer together

GIFT OF UNITY — The covenant banner features a rainbow that connects the logos of McClure United and Holy Spirit Roman Catholic parishes. By Andrea Ledding, Prairie Messenger SASKATOON — It was a Valentine in the form of a covenant signed by a Roman Catholic bishop, a United Church Presbytery chair, two local pastors and
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Posted: March 8, 2000 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=9
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, covenant, ecumenism, Saskatoon, United Church of Canada


Disciples / Roman Catholic dialogue explores evangelization

“Evangelization” was the major focus of a May 18-24 meeting of the 16-member Disciples of Christ-Roman Catholic International Dialogue Commission which gathered at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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Posted: May 30, 2000 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=13
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Disciples of Christ, ecumenism, evangelism/evangelization
Transmis : 30 mai 2000 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=13
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Disciples of Christ, ecumenism, evangelism/evangelization


Archbishop of Canterbury’s comments on ‘Dominus Iesus’

Statement by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the Roman Catholic document ‘Dominus Iesus‘ [ACNS 2219 – Lambeth Palace, 5 September 2000] By restating the long-held view of the Roman Catholic Church on the position of other Christian churches, this document breaks no new ground. But neither does it fully reflect the deeper understanding that has
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Posted: September 5, 2000 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=17
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation
Transmis : 5 septembre 2000 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=17
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Dominus Iesus, ecumenism, interfaith, salvation


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