Archive for tag: Mennonite World Conference

Archive pour tag : Mennonite World Conference

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

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: ecu.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


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: ecu.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: ecu.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: ecu.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


Lutherans, Catholics and Mennonites at Halfway Point in Trilateral Dialogue

Participants of the trilateral dialogue in Elspeet. Photo: Alfred Neufelt/MWCThe 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: ecu.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


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. Photo: Lowell BrownThe 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: ecu.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


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: ecu.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


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. (Photo by Janet Bauman)

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: ecu.net/?p=10697
Categories: NewsIn this article: baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Transmis : 20 novembre 2019 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10697
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 in February 2017. Photo: Wilhelm Unger

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: ecu.net/?p=10804
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: baptism, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
Transmis : 12 aoüt 2020 • Lien permanente : ecu.net/?p=10804
Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : baptism, Catholic, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity


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