Archive for tag: ecumenism

Archive pour tag : ecumenism

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Vatican’s top ecumenist Cardinal Koch assesses progress, prospects

A top Vatican ecumenist said different types of divisions affect Catholic relations with the Orthodox churches and with those that were born from the Protestant Reformation, but both can be resolved with dialogue.

He also criticized the “anti-Catholic attitude” displayed by some Pentecostals and said Catholics must resist a temptation to adopt the “sometimes problematic evangelical methods” of those churches.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, the Swiss-born president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, spoke at The Catholic University of America Nov. 3. The title of his talk was “Fundamental Aspects of Ecumenism and Future Perspectives.”
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Posted: November 9, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6975
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Baptists, Orthodox consider formal dialogue

Teams from the Baptist World Alliance and the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople held exploratory talks Oct. 30-Nov. 2 that could lead to formal dialogue between Baptist and Orthodox Christians internationally.
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Posted: November 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1823
Categories: NewsIn this article: Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Baptist, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Orthodox


Working to be One

In the first century, when the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians about the Church as “one body with many members,” he had no idea of the differences and divisions that would come to fragment the Church so many centuries later. Paul wrote to address the particular concerns that were plaguing the early Christian communities. He pointed out that “there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.”

It’s not difficult for us to apply the metaphor of the Church as the body to our congregations. We recognize the different gifts that are shared within our church communities – preaching, teaching, administration, music, hospitality, prayer, evangelism, and more – and we learn to value the different gifts and to acknowledge their importance for the healthy functioning of the church as a whole, as one body.

But what if this metaphor is meant to apply not only to the local congregation, but to the whole Church throughout the world? John’s Gospel indicates that it was Jesus himself who first prayed for the unity of the Church: “I ask … on behalf of those who will believe in me … that they may all be one … so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:20-21)
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Posted: December 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2187
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church in Canada
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church in Canada


New coordinator for Anglican ecumenical relations

Archdeacon Bruce Myers has been appointed coordinator for ecumenical relations with the Anglican Church of Canada's Faith, Worship and Ministry departmentAs of Jan. 2, the Anglican Church of Canada will have a dedicated new advocate for ecumenism.

Archdeacon Bruce Myers, missioner of communications in the diocese of Quebec, will assume a one-year, part-time position as coordinator for ecumenical relations with the Faith, Worship and Ministry department of General Synod.

“I’ve always had a passion for ecumenism even if I didn’t always call it that,” says Myers, who is manager of the Quebec diocese’s website and editor of its newspaper, Gazette. “Early on, I recognized that it was not right that the body of Christ was divided into so many pieces.”

Myers, who holds a master’s degree in ecumenical theology from the The Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Switzerland, now brings that passion to healing the divisions in Christendom, so much of which was united as one church for 15 centuries. “I think ordinary Christians of every denomination are questioning whether the differences are all that important when we share so much in common,” he says. “The overarching ecumenical task is how to mend those broken fences and relations.”
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Posted: December 13, 2011 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1829
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican, Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Alyson Barnett-Cowan, Anglican, Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism


Recommendations for advancing towards Christian unity

Representatives of a broad range of Christian churches and organizations met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 14 to 19 January to complete a report and make recommendations for significant advances toward Christian unity and inter-religious cooperation.
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Posted: January 26, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2222
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, WCC
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, WCC


Full unity is the ultimate aim of ecumenism, says Longley

The Archbishop of Birmingham has said he understands those frustrated with ecumenical dialogue but stressed the long term aim is “full visible unity”. Archbishop Bernard Longley was speaking to The Tablet days before members of Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) gathered for their latest round of meetings in Hong Kong, which was due to start on Friday.
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Posted: May 3, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2167
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism


Communiqué from the meeting of ARCIC III in Hong Kong

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission has completed the second meeting of its new phase (ARCIC III), at the Mission to Seafarers in Kowloon, Hong Kong (3-10 May 2012).

The Commission, chaired by the Most Revd David Moxon (Anglican Archbishop of the New Zealand Dioceses) and the Most Revd Bernard Longley (Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham) comprises nineteen theologians from a wide range of backgrounds across the world. According to the mandate given to it by the two Communions, the Commission is addressing interrelated issues: the Church as Communion, local and universal, and how in communion the local and universal Church come to discern right ethical teaching. The Commission has also been mandated to present the documents of ARCIC II for reception by the relevant authorities of both communions. Accordingly, the Commission is reviewing responses already received in order to prepare some elucidations, together with commentaries, which will enable the material of ARCIC II to be studied at all levels of the churches’ life.

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Posted: May 10, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2171
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism


French Reformed and Lutheran churches merge

After years of preparation, a new Christian denomination will be formed this week in France when two synods meet in the eastern town of Belfort, a location historically important in the growth of Protestantism.

The Reformed Church of France (L’Église Réformée de France, ERF) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of France (L’Église Évangélique Luthérienne de France, EELF) are merging to form the United Protestant Church of France (L’Église Protestante Unie). The new entity will be a reality after the churches’ synods meet 17-20 May, said Pastor Laurent Schlumberger, president of the ERF’s national council.
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Posted: May 16, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2172
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, France, Lutheran, Reformed churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, France, Lutheran, Reformed churches


Getting together through Canada

This Pentecost Sunday, May 27, Anglican and Lutheran leaders in the Holy Land will issue a joint pastoral letter informing their churches that they are fully committed to establishing closer relations, and in time, full communion. The letter was a result of a meeting held in Jerusalem May 15 to 21 in which national leaders of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) were invited to share their journey into full communion.

Read the complete story by Marites N. Sison from the Anglican Journal
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Posted: May 24, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2189
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Christian unity, ecumenism, full communion, Israel, Lutheran, Palestine
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Christian unity, ecumenism, full communion, Israel, Lutheran, Palestine


Renewed dialogue between Anglican and United churches

Members of the new Anglican-United dialogue pose on the grounds of St. John's Convent and Guest House in Toronto. Photo courtesy of Bruce MyersThe Anglican Church of Canada has entered a new round of dialogue with the United Church of Canada. The aim is to explore ways in which the two churches can work together for more effective ministry and mission.

“Much of the impetus for these conversations is coming from the grassroots of our two churches,” says Archdeacon Bruce Myers, the Anglican church’s coordinator for ecumenical relations. “Many communities across Canada are served by ecumenical shared ministries in which Anglicans and United church people and clergy work and worship side by side. They’re asking our churches’ leadership to find ways to facilitate such cooperation in mission and ministry.”

To that end, 12 new representatives from the two denominations met in Toronto May 14 to May 17 at St. John’s Convent, the headquarters of the Sisters of St. John the Divine. In addition to theological conversation, the group shared common prayer, meals and fellowship.
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Posted: May 29, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2188
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, UCC, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, UCC, United Church of Canada


Lutheran-Orthodox Commission Explores Understanding of Ministry/Priesthood

A preparatory meeting for the 16th session of the Lutheran-Orthodox Joint Commission identified areas of agreement and a considerable number of open questions and differences between the two traditions on their understanding of ministry/priesthood in the Church.

Meeting in London 5-10 May, representatives from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Ecumenical Patriarchate began a new phase in the commission’s work by exploring the topic “The Understanding of Ministry/Priesthood in the light of the Holy Scriptures and the early Church,” which had been agreed at their 2011 meeting.
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Posted: June 4, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2259
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, ministry, Orthodox
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, ministry, Orthodox


Carlos Malave to head Christian Churches Together in the USA

The Rev. Carlos Malave, who for the past 11 years has served as associate for ecumenical relations in the Office of the General Assembly, has accepted a call as executive director for Christian Churches Together (CCT).

Created in 2001, CCT is a forum of more than 35 churches and Christian organizations that encompasses the broad diversity of Christianity in the U.S. ― Evangelical, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Pentecostals, historic Protestant, Racial and Ethnic churches.

“I’m convinced CCT offers hope to our country for a reconciliation that’s inclusive of all Christian traditions,” Malave told Presbyterian News Service in a June 14 interview. His selection as CCT’s executive director was confirmed June 19. “CCT is still an experiment in the works,” Malave said. “There are still some gaps, but the intention and possibility of being fully inclusive is there.”
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Posted: June 22, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7275
Categories: PCUSA NewsIn this article: Christian Churches Together, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA
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Catégorie : PCUSA NewsDans cet article : Christian Churches Together, ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA


WCC F&O Commission approves new theological agreement

At a historic meeting in Malaysia, the World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Faith and Order approved a new theological agreement and proposed a major restructuring of its work in the future.

The commission approved the text on “The Church: Towards a Common Vision” the second convergence document in the history of Faith and Order. The WCC director of Faith and Order, Canon John Gibaut, explains that “this ‘convergence’ text show how closely the members of the commission are able to come together to agree on what it means to be the one Church of Jesus Christ. The agreement reached by the commission then will be tested among the churches.”

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Posted: July 3, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2199
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: church, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : church, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order


Communiqué: Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity

The Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity had its fourth meeting from 12-19 July 2012 at the “Johann-Adam-Möhler-Institut für Ökumenik” in Paderborn, Germany. This is the fifth round for an official dialogue which began already in 1967. Looking toward the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017, the Commission noted that this year will mark also the 50th anniversary of this process of dialogue. Harvesting the results of this ecumenical work, the Commission finalized a document “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.”
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Posted: July 19, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2253
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran


Margaret O’Gara: 1947–2012

Margaret O'Gara: 1947-2012One of Canada’s most eminent theologians and one of the greatest Catholic experts in ecumenism has died. Margaret O’Gara, Professor of Theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, entered the realm of eternal life on Thursday, August 16, at age 65. She had suffered from cancer for two years.

In 37 years of work as a theologian O’Gara was able to foster dialogue among Christians for the sake of overcoming divisions between the churches. Besides her teaching, research, writing, and extensive public lecturing, she was a member of official ecumenical dialogues in Canada, the United States, and at the international level. She served terms as president of both the North American Academy of Ecumenists and the Catholic Theological Society of America.
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Posted: August 22, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2235
Categories: Anglican Journal, MemorialsIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Anglican Journal, MemorialsDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism


Inter-Anglican commission considers ecumenical dialogues

An international Anglican commission considered a number of ongoing and proposed ecumenical dialogues at its meeting in Dublin from Sept. 12-19, according to a news release from the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS).

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) “reflected on the Christian calling to work for the visible unity of God’s Church as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation,” according to ACNS.

The commission received updates from ecumenical dialogues with Lutherans, Methodists, the Orthodox, Reformed, and Roman Catholics. Regarding Anglican-related work, the group discussed the proposed Anglican Communion Covenant, the Anglican “instruments of communion,” theological anthropology and reception.
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Posted: September 19, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7042
Categories: ENIIn this article: Anglican Communion, dialogue, ecumenism, IASCUFO
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Anglican Communion, dialogue, ecumenism, IASCUFO


Communiqué: Commission Inter-Anglicane sur l’Unité, la Foi et l’Ordre

Commission Inter-Anglicane sur l'Unité, la Foi et l'Ordre (IASCUFO) au Centre Emmaüs DublinRéunie au nom de Dieu Trinitaire, la Commission Inter-Anglicane sur l’Unité, la Foi et l’Ordre s’est tenue pour la prière quotidienne, étude biblique sur 2 Corinthiens, l’Eucharistie et s’est engagé dans la préparation du rapport pour la réunion du Conseil Consultatif Anglican devant se tenir à Auckland NZ en octobre et novembre 2012. Les travaux se sont aussi concentrés sur l’anthropologie théologique, la surveillance et la réception des rapports sur les dialogues oecuméniques bilatéraux comme Anglican-Luthérien ; Anglican-Catholique Romain ; et Anglican-Reformés. Le sujet de la Réception continue à être discuté par l’IASCUFO.
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Posted: September 20, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2269
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, ecumenism, IASCUFO
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, ecumenism, IASCUFO


Communiqué: Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order

Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO) meeting in the Emmaus Centre, DublinGathered in the name of the Triune God, the Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Unity, Faith and Order (IASCUFO), under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi, Archbishop of Burundi, met for daily prayer, Bible Study of 2 Corinthians and celebration of the Eucharist, and to prepare their report for the meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council to be held in Auckland, New Zealand, 26 October-8 November 2012 (ACC-15). Members reflected on the Christian calling to work for the visible unity of God’s Church as ambassadors for Christ in the ministry of reconciliation. The Commission received updates from ecumenical dialogues with Lutherans, Methodists, the Orthodox, Reformed, and Roman Catholics. Work relating to the Anglican Communion Covenant, Instruments of Communion, theological anthropology, and reception continued.
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Posted: September 20, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2268
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, ecumenism, IASCUFO
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, ecumenism, IASCUFO


Christian unity is intrinsic to God’s grace

Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit“Christian unity is an intrinsic dimension of God’s grace to us. It belongs to our faith, as we also confess it together in the creeds of the early church. To belong to Christ means to belong to the body of Christ, the church,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). He was referring to the covenanting process of five church denominations in Wales.
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Posted: October 17, 2012 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2276
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC


Baptism the focus of trilateral dialogue by Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans

The first meeting of the international trilateral dialogue between Mennonites, Catholics and LutheransAn international trilateral dialogue between Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans began in Rome, 9-13 December 2012.

According to a joint release issued after the Rome meeting, the overall theme of the five-year process is “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.” The release further stated: “This innovative trilateral forum will allow the dialogue to take up questions surrounding the theology and practice of baptism in the respective communions.”

The three international communions came to the inaugural meeting with a history of bilateral dialogues with each other. They mutually agreed to hold three-way talks on baptism, a topic that had surfaced in earlier exchanges.
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Posted: January 7, 2013 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2827
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference
Transmis : 7 janvier 2013 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=2827
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference


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