Archive for tag: Lutheran World Federation

Archive pour tag : Lutheran World Federation

History in our own time: The Joint Declaration on Justification

“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 is a question that has challenged Christians throughout our history, and has challenged our Hebrew brothers and sisters for even longer. The fact that we believe we will be saved is evident in our decision to come here today, for we all believe that God has offered us salvation. But why are we saved? Because we come here? Because we do our homework, say our prayers and try not to pick on our little brother?
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Posted: October 31, 1999 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6258
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Transmis : 31 octobre 1999 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6258
Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


First joint meeting of WARC and LWF governing bodies

Future of Ecumenical Assemblies Is of Crucial Importance for Conciliar Ecumenism in the 21st century [CHAVANNES-DE-BOGIS, Switzerland | LWI] The Officers of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Executive Committee of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), holding their meetings in the course of overlapping days, met for the first time in joint
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Posted: November 20, 2006 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4971
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches


LWF Affirms Historic Statement on Episcopal Ministry

After eight years of preparation, the Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), meeting in Lund, Sweden, from 20 to 27 March, adopted a historic statement on the episcopal ministry.

The full title of the statement is Episcopal Ministry within the Apostolicity of the Church – The Lund Statement by the Lutheran World Federation – A Communion of Churches. It has been developed as a clarification of how the Lutheran churches understand the character and purpose of the ministry of oversight in the church, paying particular attention to how this ministry serves the church’s apostolicity – its continuity with Christ and the apostles.
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Posted: April 2, 2007 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2262
Categories: NewsIn this article: episcopé, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation
Transmis : 2 avril 2007 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=2262
Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : episcopé, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation


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: ecumenism.net/?p=477
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation
Transmis : 1 juillet 2008 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=477
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation


Lutherans adopt statement asking forgiveness from Mennonites

Lutherans adopt atatement asking forgiveness from Mennonites

LWF Council Unanimously Adopts Statement Asking Forgiveness from Mennonites
Mennonites Welcome Move Toward Reconciliation, says MWC General Secretary Miller

The Council of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) has approved a statement that prepares for a significant action of reconciliation with churches of the Anabaptist family.

With this endorsement, the statement “Action on the Legacy of Lutheran Persecution of ‘Anabaptists'” is recommended for adoption at the July 2010 LWF Eleventh Assembly in Stuttgart, Germany. The statement expresses “deep regret and sorrow” for the legacy of violent persecution of Anabaptists, and especially for the ways in which Lutheran reformers supported this persecution with theological arguments. It asks forgiveness, “from God and from our Mennonite sisters and brothers,” for these past wrongs and also for the ways in which later Lutherans have forgotten or ignored this persecution and have continued to describe Anabaptists in misleading and damaging ways.

The statement then makes commitments with respect to how the violent history of persecution by Lutherans will be remembered, and how the Lutheran confessional legacy will be interpreted from now on in light of this action.

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Posted: November 1, 2009 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=609
Categories: NewsIn this article: Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference, repentance
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference, repentance


Lutherans to seek formal reconciliation with Anabaptists

by Byron Rempel-Burkholder, Mennonite World Conference news service [Strasbourg, France • MWC] When Lutherans from around the world gather in July, they will seek a historic reconciliation with Mennonites and other Christians of the Anabaptist tradition. On July 22, the third day of the eleventh assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to be held
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Posted: July 19, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=631
Categories: DialogueIn this article: Christian unity, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference, statements
Transmis : 19 juillet 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=631
Catégorie : DialogueDans cet article : Christian unity, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference, statements


Lutheran World Federation President Says Ecumenical Commitment to Continue

Rev. Mark S. Hanson, president of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America speaking at a news conference during the LWF Assembly

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 LWF Assembly is the organization’s highest legislative body, and it is meeting here July 20-27. The LWF is 140 member churches in 79 countries, representing more than 70 million Christians worldwide.

Speaking at a July 21 news conference following the presentation of his report to the LWF Eleventh Assembly, Hanson outlined progress made in ecumenical relations, but said that “we must continue the dialogue about theological issues that still prevent us from communing together,” LWI reported.
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Posted: July 22, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.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


Munib Younan elected President of Lutheran World Federation

Bishop Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land is president of the Lutheran World Federation

Bishop Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) has been elected President of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) by the Eleventh Assembly in Suttgart, a gathering of 418 delegates and others from the LWF member churches.
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Posted: July 24, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=632
Categories: NewsIn this article: Lutheran World Federation, Munib Younan, Palestine
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Lutheran World Federation, Munib Younan, Palestine


Mennonites, Lutherans and Catholics to dialogue on baptism

A recent meeting of the executive committee of the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from July 28 to August 4, 2010. Among other topics on the agenda for the meeting were proposals for two ecumenical dialogues, one with Seventh Day Adventists, and the other with Lutherans and Catholics.
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Posted: August 26, 2010 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=635
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference, Seventh-day Adventist
Transmis : 26 aoüt 2010 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=635
Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference, Seventh-day Adventist


Plans for Trilateral Dialogue with Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites

At its meeting in Geneva, 9-14 June, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Council approved plans for a three-way talks that will include Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites.
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Posted: June 17, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2258
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference


Koch says joint ‘admission of guilt’ for Reformation needed

The joint commemoration of the Reformation by Catholics and Lutherans could begin with an admission of guilt by both sides, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, said in an interview last week. The Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation are planning a joint declaration on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. “Without joint recollection, joint purification and without an admission of guilt on both sides, an honest commemoration will not be possible,” Cardinal Koch told the Austrian Catholic Press Agency.
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Posted: September 3, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6737
Categories: The TabletIn this article: 2017, Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation
Transmis : 3 septembre 2011 • Lien permanente : ecumenism.net/?p=6737
Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation


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

The first meeting of the international trilateral dialogue between Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans was held in Rome from 9-13 December 2012. Front row (from left): Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Second row: Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Third row: William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Fourth row: César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Fifth row: Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel
La première réunion du dialogue trilatéral international entre mennonites, catholiques et luthériens s'est tenue à Rome du 9 au 13 décembre 2012. Premier rang (à partir de la gauche) : Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Deuxième rang : Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Troisième rang : William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Quatrième rang : César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Cinquième rang : Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel

An 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: ecumenism.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 : ecumenism.net/?p=2827
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference


Le baptême au cœur du dialogue entre mennonites, catholiques et luthériens

The first meeting of the international trilateral dialogue between Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans was held in Rome from 9-13 December 2012. Front row (from left): Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Second row: Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Third row: William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Fourth row: César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Fifth row: Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel
La première réunion du dialogue trilatéral international entre mennonites, catholiques et luthériens s'est tenue à Rome du 9 au 13 décembre 2012. Premier rang (à partir de la gauche) : Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Deuxième rang : Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Troisième rang : William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Quatrième rang : César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Cinquième rang : Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel

Un dialogue international trilatéral entre mennonites, catholiques et luthériens a eu lieu pour la première fois à Rome, du 9 au 13 décembre 2012.

Un communiqué commun publié après la réunion de Rome annonce le thème général de ce processus de cinq ans : ‘Baptême et intégration dans le Corps du Christ, l’Église’. Le communiqué précise : « Ce forum trilatéral innovant permettra d’aborder des questions concernant la théologie et la pratique du baptême dans chaque communion ».

Les trois communions internationales ont déjà eut des dialogues bilatéraux les unes avec l’autre. Elles ont décidé ensemble d’avoir des conversations à trois sur le baptême, un sujet qui avait fait surface lors des échanges précédents.
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Posted: January 14, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10810
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


La FLM commente l’idée d’un ordinariat luthérien au sein de l’Église catholique romaine

À la suite des remarques formulées par l’archevêque Gerhard Ludwig Müller, préfet de la Congrégation pour la doctrine de la foi, à l’occasion du lancement d’un livre le 11 janvier 2013 à Rome, indiquant que le Vatican pourrait envisager de créer un ordinariat pour les luthériens au sein de l’Église catholique romaine, Lutheran World Information
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Posted: January 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4730
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation


LWF on a Lutheran ordinariate within the Roman Catholic Church

Following remarks by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at an 11 January 2013 book launch in Rome that the Vatican might consider an ordinariate for Lutherans within the Roman Catholic Church, Lutheran World Information asked LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge to reflect on the implications
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Posted: January 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4727
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation


Lutherans and Roman Catholics jointly tell the Reformation story

Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity at their July 2011 meeting in Helsinki, Finland

For the first time, Lutherans and Roman Catholics at the global level have worked together to tell the story of the Reformation as part of their commitment to deepen Christian unity.

The publication From Conflict to Communion will be published this month by the Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The commission is mandated by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) to facilitate the global ecumenical dialogue between the two Christian World Communions.

LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka said the publication From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran–Roman Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 contributes to strengthening the commitment to work for the visible unity of the Church. It will be presented to the LWF Council at its meeting this June.
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Posted: May 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4535
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformation
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformation


Catholics, Lutherans launch historic joint document on Reformation

The Reformation Monument in Geneva

Events in Christianity that led to the Reformation nearly half a millennium ago split the Roman Catholic Church, ushering the advent of Protestant churches.

When the 500th anniversary is commemorated in 2017, Lutherans and Catholics hope to be drawn closer in the quest for church unity.

Catholic and Lutherans announced a special joint publication Monday entitled From Conflict to Communion for this that helps bury many past differences and brings Catholics and Lutherans closer together.

“The awareness is dawning on Lutherans and Catholics that the struggle of the 16th century is over,” the report said. “The reasons for mutually condemning each other’s faith have fallen by the wayside.”
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Posted: June 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6284
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation


Anglican members on Lutheran and Old Catholic dialogues appointed

The Secretary General today announced the names of Anglican members who have agreed to serve on one of two international co-ordinating bodies.

Both the Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) and the Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) reported to the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand in November 2012 and the ACC renewed their mandates.
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Posted: June 25, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6277
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Old Catholic
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Old Catholic


WCC and LWF laud full communion between Canada’s Anglicans and Lutherans

Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, addresses United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees dialogue with faith-based organizations in December 2012

The Lutheran World Federation has lauded the full communion of Canada’s Lutheran and Anglican churches, marked in an unprecedented Joint Assembly as a key development that can help global church unity.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) held their first fully integrated national gathering in Ottawa, from July 3 to 7 Lutheran World Information has reported.

The churches entered into a relationship of full communion, called the Waterloo Declaration in 2001, which means they work closely together in all respects, exchanging clergy and establishing joint congregations, while remaining separate church bodies.

At the meeting the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit expressed deep admiration for the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada for holding their first-ever joint assembly in Ottawa, Canada.

“You have refused to say ‘I have no need of you’ [1 Corinthians 12:21] but rather have said that with the other you can better live out your calling as churches here in Canada and the world,” said Tveit, a Norwegian theologian.

“You do this in the context of belonging to a much bigger Christian family, therefore the efforts you make have the potential to transform beyond yourselves.”
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Posted: July 9, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6882
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran World Federation, WCC
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran World Federation, WCC


Communiqué: Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee

Co-Chairs of the Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee, Bishop Michael Pryse (Canada) and The Most Revd Maurício Andrade (Brazil)

The Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) held its first meeting in the Cultural Centre Sofia, Helsinki, Finland from 19 to 25 September 2013, under the leadership of the Most Reverend Maurício Andrade, Primate of Brazil, and of Bishop Michael Pryse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The meeting was hosted by the Lutheran World Federation with the generous assistance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

The Co-ordinating Committee studied the mandate given by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Anglican Communion. The focus of this work is to monitor and encourage existing Anglican-Lutheran relations, as well as to advance co-operation between the two Churches in areas where there are not yet any formal agreements. To enable the Committee to function as an encourager as well as a catalyst, the Committee has begun a process of mapping agreements, initiatives and projects in different regions. This mapping project is an ongoing task for the Committee and we urge Churches, in both communions, to provide information to further this task.
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Posted: September 27, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6854
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation


Lutheran delegation meets Pope Francis

The Pope received a refugee’s teapot as an invitation to work together for the suffering neighbour

During an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier today, leaders from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Roman Catholic Church that makes it possible for churches to strengthen their commitment to the poor and vulnerable.

“As people who have been encountered by Christ, we are called to accompany the poor and vulnerable. The message of reconciliation entrusted to us turns into the hope for our fragmented world and its yearning for peace with justice,” LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan said in LWF’s greeting to the pope.

Younan expressed gratitude for the ecumenical milestones of the partnership with Catholics, including the recent publication of the report “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration in 2017.”

By jointly approaching a shared history which includes elements of pain “the promise of healing appears on the horizon,” Younan said of the publication that outlines the mutual responsibility by Lutherans and Catholics for a common approach to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

The June 2013 report by the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity marked the first time that both partners have worked together at the global level to tell the history of the Reformation as part of their commitment to deepen Christian unity. Baptism is the focus of ongoing dialogue by the commission, which will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017.
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Posted: October 21, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6849
Categories: Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsIn this article: Lutheran World Federation, pope, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism
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Catégorie : Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Lutheran World Federation, pope, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism


Trilateral Dialogue discusses significance of baptism

Participants from the Trilateral Dialogue, January 26-31 in Strasbourg, France. Photo: MWC/Elke Leypold

Representatives of the Lutheran World Federation, the Mennonite World Conference and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity met in Strasbourg, France, from 26 to 31 January 2014 for the second meeting of the Trilateral Dialogue Commission. The general topic of the dialogue “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church” was developed in the meeting through papers on the theme “Baptism: God’s Grace in Christ and Human Sin”. Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga and Rev. Gregory Fairbanks (Catholic), Professors Alfred Neufeld and Fernando Enns (Mennonite) and Professor Friederike Nüssel (Lutheran) presented papers on this topic. The commission also continued to study the baptismal rites of each participating Christian tradition, with special attention in this meeting to the Lutheran tradition, particularly regarding the contextualization of baptismal rites in the African region. Papers on these themes were presented by Professor Sarah Hinlicky-Wilson and Rev. Dr Kenneth Mtata. The commission began its working days with prayers and joint reflections on biblical texts relating to baptism.
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Posted: January 31, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7460
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans hold second round of dialogue on baptism

Participants from the Trilateral Dialogue, January 26-31 in Strasbourg, France. Photo: MWC/Elke Leypold

“I continue to be inspired by the mutuality of our work,” commented John Rempel of Toronto, Ontario, one of the Mennonite participants in the 26-31 January 2014 second meeting of the Trilateral (Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite) Dialogue Commission on Baptism. The general topic of the dialogue, which is to extend over four years, is “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.” The theme for this year was “Baptism: God’s Grace in Christ and Human Sin”.

“Everyone is treated equally even though we are by far the smallest confession,” noted Rempel. “We are all trying to rethink the issues in terms of the 21st century, not only the 16th century.” He commented further, “I find myself grappling especially with two aspects of this year’s meeting. I’m discovering how important sacraments are to Lutherans and Catholics as expressions of God’s initiative: God is mysteriously at work by means of prayer and water, whether we respond to it or not. And yet I can’t understand God’s initiative in the New Testament without the human response to grace.”
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Posted: July 4, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10812
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Deuxième rencontre du dialogue sur le baptême entre les mennonites, les catholiques et les luthériens

Coprésidents de la commission (à partir de la gauche) : Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Friederike Nüssel, Alfred Neufeld. Photo par Eleanor Miller

« Je demeure encouragé par notre travail mutuel » a commenté John Rempel de Toronto en Ontario, un des participants mennonites de la deuxième rencontre de la commission du dialogue trilatéral sur le baptême entre les mennonites, les catholiques er les luthériens qui a eu lieu du 26 au 31 janvier 2014.

Le thème général du dialogue qui s’étend sur une période de quatre ans est : « Baptême et intégration dans le Corps du Christ, l’Église ». Le sujet à l’étude cette année était « Le baptême : grâce de Dieu en Christ et péché humain ».

« Chacun a droit à un traitement égal même si nous sommes de loin la plus petite communion, dit Rempel, nous cherchons tous à repenser les questions dans le contexte du 21e siècle, pas seulement du 16e siècle. »
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Posted: July 4, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10816
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee Communiqué

Members of ALICC at the Mariner's Club, Hong Kong, November 19-25, 2014

The Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) held its second meeting at the Mariners’ Club, Hong Kong, 19 to 25 November 2014, under the leadership of the Rt Revd Dr Tim Harris of the Anglican Church of Australia (acting co-chair as Archbishop Mauricio was unable to attend), and of Bishop Michael Pryse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The meeting was hosted by the Anglican Communion and the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. The Committee warmly appreciated the generosity and the hospitality received from the Mission to Seafarers. The Committee continued its work of mapping Anglican and Lutheran relationships around the world. In order to fulfill its role to be a catalyst for such relationships, it drew up a template of the differing patterns of relationships and the contexts in which they are lived out. For example, some are national churches meeting with other national churches, while others share the same geography. Some have relatively the same demographics, while in other places one church is much larger than the other. The Committee hopes to provide examples of the kinds of joint initiatives which might be appropriate for some rather than others. The Committee is exploring the theological theme of ‘communion in mission’, and hopes to provide resources for deeper mutual engagement with this theme, which undergirds the living out of the ecumenical calling.
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Posted: December 9, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7940
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, dialogue, full communion, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, dialogue, full communion, Lutheran World Federation


Lutherans and Catholics Plan Joint Ecumenical Commemoration in 2016

Rev. Martin Junge (left) and Cardinal Koch

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) will jointly host an ecumenical event in the fall of 2016 as a continuation of the process “From Conflict to Communion” and to express the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. 2017 also marks 50 years of ecumenical dialogue between the LWF and the Roman Catholic Church.

Within the framework of the forthcoming Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it is important for the LWF and PCPCU to communicate to the wider ecumenical constituency that they have begun deliberations on the details of the event that comes a year before the global Reformation anniversary.

The joint event in 2016 will highlight the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans which are captured in their joint report From Conflict to Communion – Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017.
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Posted: January 15, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7980
Categories: Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsIn this article: 2017, Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation


Lutherans, Catholics and Mennonites at Halfway Point in Trilateral Dialogue

The five-year trilateral dialogue between Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites focusing on baptism has reached its halfway point, with the continued study on 'Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.' Participants of the trilateral dialogue in Elspeet, Netherlands

The five-year trilateral dialogue between Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites focusing on baptism has reached its halfway point, with the continued study on “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.”

The trilateral dialogue commission of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Mennonite World Conference (MWC) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), held its third meeting, 9-13 February at Elspeet, Netherlands, on the topic, “Baptism: Communicating Grace and Faith.”

Besides hearing presentations on the topic of the meeting from all three dialogue parties, the commission this time paid special attention to baptismal rites in the Mennonite tradition. It further reviewed the work of the two previous meetings, and agreed on an outline for a final report due in 2017. The members also had opportunity to meet with leaders of the local Mennonite community to learn about the life of the Dutch Mennonite church today, including their practice of baptism in a highly secularized society.
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Posted: February 20, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9577
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: baptism, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : baptism, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


WCRC deepens relationship with Lutherans

Jerry Pillay, president of the WCRC, and Martin Junge, general secretary of the LWF

The executive committee of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) has concluded its meeting in Lebanon. The executive warmly welcomed Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), to its meeting. “The Reformation, this we have been stressing as we journey towards the [500th] anniversary [in 2017], does not belong exclusively to Lutherans,” he said. “It calls us indeed to reflect how we, Reformed and Lutherans, intend to give expression to our shared sense of ownership of reformation, while expressing at the same time the distinctiveness of our theological and spiritual profiles.” Building on a successful series of dialogues between the WCRC and LWF, the executive committee is seeking to move from dialogue to implementation as an expression of visible unity and an embodiment of the Lund Principle on the global level between the organizations. The Lund Principle affirms that churches should act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act separately. Two processes will push this goal ahead. One will look toward the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and will include specific proposals at the 2016 executive committee meeting. The second will engage in an analysis of the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification,” a theological statement made by both the LWF and the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, through a series of consultations.
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Posted: May 21, 2015 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8522
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches


Reconciling the radical reformation

At the Mennonite World Conference Assembly in 2009, MWC President Danisa Ndlovu embraces Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation

The reconciliation process between the Lutheran World Federation and Mennonite World Conference has created fertile ground for collaboration. A report summarizing the LWFMWC action of reconciling with Mennonites over the condemnations in the Augsburg Confession aims to help LWF churches, pastors, seminaries and congregations to “implement the LWF commitment to teach differently about Anabaptists, especially to how they are described in the Augsburg Confession.”

“The seeds of reconciliation sown more than 30 years ago, which flowered at the service of reconciliation in Stuttgart in 2010, are now truly bearing fruit,” says John D. Roth, MWC representative on the LWF Task Force and contributor to the document. “Mennonite and Lutheran pastors and church leaders will find lots of ideas for how they might engage each other at the local level.”

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Posted: July 22, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9514
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, mission, witness
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, mission, witness


Looking forward to ecumenical event with pope in Sweden

Together in Hope, Lund, Sweden

Pope Francis will join people from all over the world in celebration of the ecumenical developments of the Catholic and Lutheran Churches. The event takes place 31 October in southern Sweden. The celebration will be divided into two, one in a cathedral in Lund and one for 10,000 people in a sports arena in Malmö.

The 31 October is called “Reformation Day” by Lutherans. It was the day Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

The Lund Cathedral ceremony will be a prayer with the pope and the president of the Lutheran church together. It’s the first time for something like this to happen. Then later that day, there will be performances, songs and prayers in Malmö. All of them will be under the general theme of “Together in Hope”.

The programme will include testimonies of people from around the world. One of the speakers is Marguerite Barankitse, the “Mother of Burundi”. She is the founder of “Maison Shalom”. It helps orphans of the civil war lead a normal life. They can get an education and have a chance at a good future. She has experienced brutal war, but continues to have hope for peace.
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Posted: October 25, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9528
Categories: NewsIn this article: Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Pope Francis, Reformation
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Catholics and Lutherans commemorate the Reformation together

Cardinal Kurt Koch with Rev Mounib Younan, Pope Francis and Rev Martin Junge in Lund Cathedral on October 31st, 2016. Photo: AP

Commemorations of next year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation – which led to the separation of protestant churches from the Catholic Church – have begun with a combined prayer service in Lund Cathedral, Sweden, attended by Pope Francis and the Revd Dr Martin Junge, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. The participation of Pope Francis at the start of the year of commemorations is hugely significant and symbolises the growing ecumenical thaw which has been taking place over the past 50 years.

The prayer service is taking place in Lund Cathedral, which began life in 1080 as the seat of the Catholic archiepiscopal diocese of Lund; but since Danish Reformation in the 1520s and 1530s, has been a Lutheran cathedral. It became part of the Church of Sweden when the Province of Skåne (Scania) was ceded from Denmark to Sweden in 1658.

Through the Porvoo Communion, the Church of Sweden is in full communion with several Anglican churches, including the Church of England, the Church of Ireland, the Lusitanian Church of Portugal, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain, and the Church in Wales. Elsewhere across the globe, other Anglican churches are in varying degrees of unity and communion with other Lutheran churches.

“We are on our way from conflict to communion,” Archbishop Antje Jackelén, leader of the Church of Sweden, said at a press conference, referencing the ground-breaking 2013 joint report between the two churches. “We are going to express our joy and gratitude for what we have in common: namely, the Gospel of Jesus Christ which unites us – that can be celebrated never enough.

“But there are also things that we definitely do not want to celebrate; but to repent and express our lament and sorrow; and that is, of course, the pain that division has caused throughout so many centuries.”
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Posted: October 31, 2016 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11433
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, Lutheran World Federation, Pope Francis, Reformation
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, Lutheran World Federation, Pope Francis, Reformation


Mennonite World Conference completes dialogue with Catholics, Lutherans

A five-year discussion of baptism among Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans has yielded new insights.

Representatives of the Catholic Church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Lutheran World Federation, and the Mennonite World Conference gathered Feb. 9-14 in Augsburg, Germany for the fifth and final meeting of the Trilateral Dialogue Commission on Baptism.

John Rempel of Canada said reflecting on each group’s practice of baptism helped participants learn to respect, trust and challenge each other.

“From the Lutherans, I have seen more clearly that their concern about justification by grace through faith is not that discipleship is a secondary matter,” said Rempel, who is professor emeritus of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind., and the Toronto School of Theology. “Their concern is that following Christ be a lifestyle of gratitude for God’s grace and not good works to earn God’s favour.

“From the Catholics, I have learned that the sacrament of baptism does not have an automatic role in salvation. If someone persistently lives life against the Spirit of Christ, baptism will not save them.”
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Posted: March 21, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9641
Categories: NewsIn this article: baptism, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : baptism, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


WCRC’s Ferguson calls for joint LWF-WCRC assemblies

Chris Ferguson, general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), addressed the Lutheran World Federation's Assembly on May 13, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. Photo: LWF/Albin Hillert

In his greetings to the Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), Chris Ferguson, general secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), called for consideration of a joint meeting between the organizations.

“There are many things that we can and should do together,” Ferguson said. “I give thanks that God has given us the gift of partnership in mission, witness and diakonia with LWF. I hope that in six or seven years we will be able to celebrate our general assemblies in the same time and place. Separate meetings, yes, but joined for common worship, reflection and witness together. Can you imagine that! Let’s think about it!”

Ferguson noted that the two organizations continue to grow closer together, despite the WCRC’s move from Geneva to Hannover. In particular he raised the WCRC’s upcoming association with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ), which will be signed at a special worship service in Wittenberg during the WCRC’s General Council.
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Posted: May 15, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9693
Categories: NewsIn this article: Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Lutheran World Federation, World Communion of Reformed Churches


Canterbury Archbishop presents Anglicans’ affirmation of the JDDJ to Lutherans and Catholics

A service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation was held at Westminster Abbey, London on 31 October 2017. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby addressed the congregation at the worship led by the Dean of Westminster Rev. Dr John Hall and attended by LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and PCPCU Secretary Bishop Dr Brian Farrell. Photo: Andrew Dunsmore/Westminster Abbey

During a special service to commemorate 500 years of the Reformation at the Westminster Abbey today, representatives of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church received the Anglican Communion’s affirmation of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ).

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presented LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) Bishop Dr Brian Farrell with the 2016 Anglican Consultative Council (ACC) resolution “welcoming and affirming the substance of the JDDJ.”

The event was witnessed by the General Secretaries of the World Methodist Council (WMC) and the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) Rev. Ivan Abrahams and Rev. Dr Chris Ferguson respectively.

Addressing the congregation, Archbishop Welby said, “When the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church signed the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999, you resolved the underlying theological question of 1517, in a decisive moment for all churches in the search for unity and reconciliation.” The ACC resolution, he said, “welcomed and affirmed the substance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification, noting its profound convergences with our own dialogues with Lutherans and Catholics.”

Receiving the Anglican action on the JDDJ, General Secretary Junge said its public presentation on Reformation Day itself was significant on the journey toward church unity. “We are grateful to God that together with Catholic, Methodist and Reformed sisters and brothers, we are witnessing today the affirmation of the substance of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification by the Anglican Communion. May this moment serve as an important witness on the way of growing unity among our churches,” he said.
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Posted: October 31, 2017 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9779
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, JDDJ, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


Healing the wounds in the body of Christ

Representatives of the five churches who signed the <i>Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification</i> gathered at the PCPCU offices in Rome

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) together with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU), as well as the Methodist, the Reformed and the Anglican communion will start a consultation process to discuss spiritual and ecclesial implications of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.

“We have now five signatories of this ecumenical declaration,” says Kaisamari Hintikka, LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations. “We feel we are called to ask together what kind of spiritual and ecclesiastical consequences the JDDJ might have for our churches.”
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Posted: June 5, 2018 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10250
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


Deeply Committed to Christian unity

Rev. Dr Miriam Haar, LWF's Theological Assistant

Ahead of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the JDDJ later this year, the LWF is launching a new publication, reaffirming its ecumenical commitments in light of these latest developments. These commitments were formally adopted by the LWF Council in 2018, putting into practice the Lutheran communion’s pledge to be more accountable to its ecumenical partners.

Entitled ‘The Lutheran World Federation’s Commitments on the Ecumenical Way to Ecclesial Communion’, the publication was launched at a prayer service in the Geneva Ecumenical Center Chapel on 16 January. The user-friendly booklet summarises recent progress and lists six ways in which Lutherans pledge their commitment to the search for full and visible unity of all Christians.
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Posted: January 16, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10324
Categories: Documents, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: ecumenism, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : Documents, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : ecumenism, Lutheran World Federation


Senior ecumenical panel to discuss Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification

The Presidents of the Lutheran World Federation, Christian Krause, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Edward Idris Cassidy, sign the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification at St Anna’s Lutheran Church in Augsburg, Germany, on 31 October 31 1999. The document has since been adopted or affirmed by the World Methodist Council, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, and the Anglican Consultative Council

The five Christian denominations closely associated with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ) are taking part in a private consultation and public events this week to discuss how to take the document further. The JDDJ was originally agreed by the Roman Catholic Church and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999. The significant ecumenical text has been described as resolving the doctrinal dispute at the heart of the Reformation; and has since been adopted or affirmed by the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Methodist Council and the Anglican Consultative Council.
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Posted: March 27, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10421
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


Statement from Notre Dame Consultation: Visible Unity and Common Witness

The representatives of five Christian World Communions - Anglicans, Catholics, Lutherans, Methodists and the Reformed - at the Notre Dame Consultation

Participants at a historic gathering of church leaders from five Christian World Communions have issued a statement recommitting themselves to communicating the biblical message of salvation in new ways to contemporary society. We “wish to make more visible our common witness, in worship and service, on our journey together towards visible unity, walking together, praying together and working together.”
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Posted: April 3, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10483
Categories: Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Communion, JDDJ, justification by faith, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches, World Methodist Council


Deepening the meaning of baptism

Cristina Vanin, second from left, responds to feedback at the ‘One Baptism? A Symposium on Baptism and the Christian Life’ event during a panel discussion. Also pictured, from left to right: John Rempel, Mary (Joy) Philip, Anthony Siegrist and facilitator Jeremy Bergen

After five years of meetings by an international commission of Mennonites, Lutherans and Roman Catholics on the topic of baptism, John Rempel, the commission’s Mennonite representative, presented a trilateral report from that dialogue at an event called “One Baptism? A Symposium on Baptism and the Christian Life,” at Waterloo North Mennonite Church on Nov. 8.

Pastors, denominational leaders, professors and some students from Conrad Grebel University College attended the Anabaptist Learning Workshop event, sponsored by Grebel and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada.

Framed around scriptures emphasizing the image of the church as one body with one baptism, the symposium began and ended with times of worship. In between, Rempel summarized the report and then invited three people, one from each tradition, to respond. They formed a panel that fielded further comments and questions.

Mennonite World Conference (MWC) engaged in the trilateral dialogue because “Jesus Christ calls us to be one.” Participation was seen as a way to build on previous reconciliation efforts between the denominations, nurturing mutual understanding and cooperation.
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Posted: November 20, 2019 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10697
Categories: NewsIn this article: baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Remember your baptism: Trilateral dialogue report presents gifts and challenges

Members of the Trilateral Dialogue Commission at their meeting

The final report on the Lutheran-Mennonite-Roman Catholic Trilateral Conversation has been published. The report summarizes five years of theological consultations between the three communions on the understanding and practice of baptism in light of contemporary pastoral and missional challenges facing all three Christian communities.

“The report shows that today these three churches agree that baptism is for discipleship,” says Mennonite delegation member Larry Miller. “It raises the question for each of these churches: are there ways of acknowledging our different practices of baptism that grow the unity for which Jesus prayed?”

Representatives of the Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity), Lutheran World Federation (LWF), and Mennonite World Conference (MWC) met from 2012–2017 to discuss understanding and practice of baptism.
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Posted: August 12, 2020 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10804
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: baptism, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : baptism, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


Lutheran-Catholic report: Baptism and Growth in Communion

Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity at the final meeting of their Fifth Phase in Strasbourg in 2018

The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have issued a joint press release announcing the online publication of the report of the Fifth Phase of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The report is entitled Baptism and Growth in Communion. The new document, which has been in preparation for the past seven years, includes important impulses for ongoing theological and ecclesiological discussion and makes “a significant step in proposing a differentiating consensus on baptism.”

The report seeks to find a language for the ecclesial dimensions of growth in communion. It concludes with six commitments setting out a road map for the ongoing dialogue and for the growing cooperation at all levels between Lutherans and Catholics. It highlights particular events over recent years that have contributed to the journey ‘from conflict to communion’, notably the joint commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Lund, Sweden, the Declaration of Intent endorsing fuller collaboration between the LWF’s World Service arm and the Caritas Internationalis network, as well as local initiatives such as the visit of Pope Francis to the Lutheran parish in Rome in 2015.
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Posted: April 7, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=11278
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: baptism, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Walking a new path together towards Christian unity

During the 15th Lambeth Conference, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, poses with LWF General Secretary, Rev. Anne Burghardt, and Associate General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations, Rev. Dirk Lange

How do we – as Christian world communions – define the goal of visible unity for our churches? Can we find a way forward, walking together towards a shared vision? Or do we “simply fall back and expect the other to look like us?”

Those were key questions posed by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt to Anglican bishops and representatives of other Christian world communions gathered at the 15th Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England.

Under the leadership of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, over 650 Anglican leaders, as well as bishops in full communion from across the globe, are meeting from 26 July to 8 August. Reflecting on the theme ‘God’s Church for God’s World: walking, listening and witnessing together’, they are discussing the mission and the priorities of the worldwide communion for the next decade.
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Posted: August 5, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12347
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anne Burghardt, Christian unity, Lambeth Conference, Lutheran World Federation
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Full house when Lutherans gather at WCC Assembly

Participants in the Lutheran confessional meeting at the WCC 11th Assembly in Karlsruhe, Germany

“One in every eight persons you meet at the World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly is likely to be a Lutheran,” said The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) General Secretary Rev. Anne Burghardt at the opening of a Lutheran confessional meeting at the 11th World Council of Churches (WCC) Assembly in Karlsruhe earlier this week.

Lutherans from churches all over the world came together for the meeting to share their joys, concerns, and hopes and reflect on the assembly theme from a perspective of Lutheran churches and theology.
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Posted: September 2, 2022 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=12508
Categories: Conferences, Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anne Burghardt, Lutheran World Federation, WCC, WCC Assembly
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