Archive for tag: ecumenism

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PC(USA) General Assembly adopts new ecumenical top ten

The question of how Christians can witness to their faith in an interfaith world is never easy — and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is hoping to provide guidance in that through a new ecumenical policy statement.

With little discussion, the 218th General Assembly approved the new policy statement on June 25 – listing 10 priorities ranging from peacemaking to bringing more ecumenical voices to the table.

The assembly also reaffirmed the PC(USA)’s commitment to continue working through the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the National Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches, while at the same time strengthening other ecumenical relationships.

And the document contains a biblical and confessional section and an historical overview of the PC(USA)’s long-time ecumenical involvements – putting the 10 priorities into context.

The statement is an effort to explain “why we do what we do” in ecumenical work, said Edward W. Chan, an elder from Los Angeles and chair of the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical Relations.

The last policy statements were written before the northern and southern branches of the Presbyterian Church re-united in 1983, and the world has changed a lot since then, Chan told the assembly.
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Posted: June 26, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=7283
Categories: NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA
Transmis : 26 juin 2008 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=7283
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Presbyterian Church USA


LWF Council receives ecumenical reports

LWF Council receives ecumenical reports

• LWF Council Approves Preparation of a Lutheran Statement to Ask Forgiveness for Anabaptists Persecutions
• Council Actions Affirm Ecumenical Dialogues and Conversations

[Arusha, Tanzania • LWI] The Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) voted to provide for preparation of a statement that will, on behalf of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), ask for forgiveness for Lutheran persecutions of “Anabaptists,” in which many died as this violence was justified by appeal to the Lutheran Reformers’ theological statements.

Receiving recommendations from its Program Committee for Ecumenical Affairs, the Council also acknowledged with appreciation the communiqués from the Lutheran-Mennonite International Study Commission in 2007 and 2008, and commended the study commission for its thorough and important work. It encouraged the Commission to publish the final report of its work in 2009.

The committee, chaired by Prof. Joachim Track, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria, Germany, had discussed the outcome of the Lutheran-Mennonite study commission, and focusing on the 11th Assembly in July 2010, elaborated possible Assembly actions with regard to weighing the language of regret and asking for forgiveness.

The Council endorsed the committee’s recommendation that Rev. Dr Theodor Dieter, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Strasbourg, France; Rev. Dr Donald McCoid, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; and Archbishop Nemuel A. Babba, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, prepare a draft of such a statement.

Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity

Based on recommendations from the ecumenical affairs program committee on a fifth phase of the discussions on the Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, the LWF Council received with appreciation the report from the 2007 preparatory meeting, and noted it was looking forward “with hope” to the beginning of a fifth round of the Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity.

The LWF governing body also approved the preparation of a “Text on the Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017”, and approved the theme of the Commission’s work, “Baptism and Growth in Communion.”

The Council approved the appointment of Lutheran members to the dialogue, taking into account gender and regional balances. They include co-chair Bishop Dr Eero Huovinen (Finland); Rev. Dr Wanda Deifelt (Brazil); Prof. Turid Karlsen Seim (Norway); Dr Fidon Mwombeki (Tanzania); Prof. Friedericke Nüssel; (Germany); Prof. Michael Root, USA; Prof. Hiroshi Augustin Suzuki, Japan; Rev. Dr Theodor Dieter as a consultant; and an additional woman from Eastern Europe.

Lutheran – Orthodox Relations

The Council received the Common Statement from the 2008 plenary of the Lutheran – Orthodox Joint Commission. It requested the General Secretary and the Office for Ecumenical Affairs to identify one or two additional members for the Commission in order to allow academic specialties necessary for its examination of ministry to be present on the Commission, and to strengthen its gender and regional balance.

The Council also received with appreciation the report from the 2008 conversations with the Oriental Orthodox churches.

Lutheran – Anglican

The Council received the 2007 and 2008 communiqués from the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission.

It also received the communiqué from the 2007 All Africa Anglican-Lutheran Commission (AAALC), and affirmed it would support efforts toward the goal of a full communion relationship among LWF members and those belonging to the Anglican Communion in Africa.

Lutheran – Reformed

The LWF Council received the communiqué from the Lutheran-Reformed Joint Commission 2007 with appreciation. It affirmed the continuation of the common efforts of cooperation between the LWF and its Reformed partners during the time of transition to the World Communion of Reformed Churches, which will unite the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and the Reformed Ecumenical Council.

International Lutheran Council

The Council received for information the communiqué from the 2008 contact meeting between the LWF and International Lutheran Council (ILC). It expressed appreciation for the continued consultative process between both global Lutheran bodies.

It affirmed the importance of the communication between the two Lutheran families on issues that are important to both of them and to their respective member churches.

Global Christian Forum

The Council received with appreciation the Final Message from the November 2007 gathering of the Global Christian Forum (GCF). It also received the report of the first subsequent meeting of the GCF committee, and expressed hope for the new expression of Christian unity, and encouragement for its ongoing structure.

Ecumenical Assemblies

The possibility for the Lutheran communion to find room to gather in the context of the “expanded space” foreseen for future assemblies of the World Council of Churches (WCC) was discussed by the program committee. The Council asked the general secretary to establish an ad-hoc group of about four people to assist in developing and articulating the LWF’s position in preparation for meetings of the WCC Discernment Committee and other discussions on the relation of LWF Assemblies to other ecumenical gatherings. (781 words)

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Around 170 participants attended this year’s Council meeting including church leaders, officials from LWF partner organizations, invited guests, stewards, interpreters and translators, LWF staff and co-opted staff and accredited media.

The Council is the LWF’s governing body meeting between Assemblies held every six years. The current Council was appointed at the July 2003 Tenth Assembly in Winnipeg, Canada. It comprises the President, Treasurer and 48 persons elected by the Assembly. Other members include advisors, lay and ordained persons, representing the different LWF regions.
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Posted: July 1, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=477
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation


Final meeting of Anglican commission on ecumenical relations

The Inter-Anglican Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations (IASCER) held its last meeting in Kyoto, Japan, under the chairmanship of the Most Revd Drexel Gomez, Primate of the Church in the Province of the West Indies. The Commission is charged with reviewing current international ecumenical dialogues involving Anglicans, and provincial and regional initiatives towards unity with other Christians. IASCER consists of representatives from each international dialogue involving Anglicans, including the multilateral dialogue of Faith and Order, and of certain other commissions and networks, and consultants who bring particular regional or theological expertise.
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Posted: December 17, 2008 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=538
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Christian unity, ecumenism
Transmis : 17 décembre 2008 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=538
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Christian unity, ecumenism


SEI 2009: Formation of Catholics on unity still ‘severely lacking’

SEI 2009: Formation of Catholics on unity still ‘severely lacking’

Four panelists reflected on the state of the ecumenical movement during a Summer Ecumenical Institute organized by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism June 2 – 5 in Saskatoon.

The churches and their leadership need a new conversion to Christian unity, said Rev. Bernard de Margerie, founder of the Prairie Centre. “The journey has become too long, too heavy, and light has dimmed.”

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Posted: June 25, 2009 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=584
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Summer Ecumenical Institute
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Summer Ecumenical Institute


Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission Begins Discussion on Reformation Anniversary

The fifth round of the Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity had its first meeting, 19-24 July 2009 at the Christian Jensen Kolleg in Breklum, Germany. The commission’s work will focus first on the ecumenical significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and then on the topic “baptism and growth in communion.”
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Posted: July 24, 2009 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=2260
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran


The ties that bind

Two ecumenical partners greeted the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod members on Wednesday. The Archbishop of Halifax Anthony Mancini represented the Roman Catholic Bishops of Canada, and Moderator Mardi Tindal represented the United Church of Canada.
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Posted: June 9, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1600
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, ecumenism, UCC, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Catholic, CCCB, ecumenism, UCC, United Church of Canada


Anglicans planning joint meeting with Lutherans

A fully integrated meeting with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) is planned to take place at the Anglican Church of Canada’s General Synod 2013 in Ottawa.
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Posted: June 10, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1597
Categories: Anglican Journal, DialogueIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran
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Catégorie : Anglican Journal, DialogueDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, ecumenism, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran


Lutheran World Federation President Says Ecumenical Commitment to Continue

STUTTGART, Germany (ELCA) — The Lutheran commitment to ecumenism will not end until members can share the Eucharist with other churches, said the Rev. Mark S. Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, according to a news release from Lutheran World Information (LWI). The
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Posted: July 22, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=4861
Categories: ELCA NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : ELCA NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Lutheran World Federation


U.S. Lutheran-Catholic dialogue on “The Hope of Eternal Life”

Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue in the United States approved by unanimous consent on October 17 the dialogue’s final report on “The Hope of Eternal Life.” The 65-page report represents the fruit of the dialogue’s four-and-a-half-year study. It explores issues related to the Christian’s life beyond death, such as the communion of saints, resurrection of the dead, and final judgment, as well as historically divisive issues such as purgatory, indulgences, and prayers for the dead.
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Posted: October 26, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=1518
Categories: Dialogue, Documents, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, indulgences, Lutheran, purgatory
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Catégorie : Dialogue, Documents, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, indulgences, Lutheran, purgatory


Celebrating Easter Together

By Nicholas Jesson On April 24th next year, we will celebrate Easter together in the Eastern and Western calendars. This happens occasionally, and it can always be a moment of great ecumenical opportunity. However, it also reflects one of the deepest divisions in the Body of Christ. Easter, as the celebration of the passion, death,
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Posted: October 27, 2010 • Permanent link: ecu.net/?p=6263
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, Easter, ecumenism, WCC
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, Easter, ecumenism, WCC


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