Archive for tag: World Communion of Reformed Churches

Archive pour tag : World Communion of Reformed Churches

Disappointment and dismay

Rev. Dr Setri Nyomi, general secretary of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, has written to Cardinal Edward Cassidy, head of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, to express “disappointment and dismay” following the publication this week of Dominus Iesus, a declaration by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
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Posted: September 9, 2000 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=2248
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Dominus Iesus, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 9 septembre 2000 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=2248
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Dominus Iesus, World Communion of Reformed Churches


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: https://ecumenism.net/?p=4971
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 20 novembre 2006 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=4971
Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches


World Communion of Reformed Churches is Born

WCRC: a new day in Reformed history
More than 80 million Reformed Christians in 108 countries united Friday when the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC) and the Reformed Ecumenical Council (REC) agreed to form the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).
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Posted: June 18, 2010 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=628
Categories: NewsIn this article: World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Pope offers good wishes to WCRC

Pope offers good wishes to WCRC
Pope Benedict XVI has been one of several church leaders who have acknowledged the newly organized World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC). The pope sent a letter to the new organization as well as a representative of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.
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Posted: June 18, 2010 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=629
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, papacy, Reformed churches, Vatican, World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, papacy, Reformed churches, Vatican, World Communion of Reformed Churches


Reformed-Catholic dialogue concludes latest talks on key doctrine

Reformed and Catholic theologians recently concluded the latest in a decades-long series of ongoing international talks on a matter theologians see as central to the disputes of the Reformation era. Theologians from the World Communion of Reformed Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity met from April 7-13 as part of the third session in the fourth phase of the Catholic-Reformed dialogue which will conclude in 2017. The theme of the phase is “Justification and Sacramentality: The Christian Community as an Agent for Justice.” The talks began in 1970. The next meeting in the series will take place in Scotland. The themes to be covered are Justification: Holy Communion/Eucharist and Justice” and “Justification and Justice: Sanctification/ Universal Call to Holiness.” The ongoing dialogue could eventually determine if the World Communion of Reformed Churches aligns itself with a joint document on the doctrine of justification agreed to by Roman Catholics and a top Lutheran body in 1999.
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Posted: April 16, 2013 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=3663
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 16 avril 2013 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=3663
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches


WCRC gives thanks for 65 years in Geneva

The light will remain burning in all locations: WCRC President Jerry Pillay and Vice-Presidents Lu Yueh Wen and Bas Plaisier. Photo: Stephen BrownAt a service in the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) marked the more than six decades in which the Reformed church family has been based in the Swiss city. In January 2014, WCRC’s operating office moves to Hannover, Germany.

“We gather here to join our hearts in thanksgiving for 65 years of God’s presence,” said WCRC General Secretary Setri Nyomi. He recalled that the Presbyterian World Alliance, a forerunner of WCRC, moved from Edinburgh to Geneva in 1948 to be near to the newly-founded World Council of Churches (WCC).

The service on 5 December was attended by WCRC President Jerry Pillay and officers, current and former staff, representatives of Swiss and German churches, and sister organizations in the Ecumenical Centre, as well as the German Ambassador to Switzerland, Otto Lampe.

“We certainly thank God for the fact that … we could be physically part of a wider ecumenical family,” said the WCRC’s Executive Secretary for Theology and Communion, Douwe Visser, in his sermon. Above all, however, the period in Geneva, he said, was a time of being able to receive God’s word. “Looking at our 65 years of being with you here in Geneva from the perspective of God’s word given to us, we see so much to thank God for.”
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Posted: December 18, 2013 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6957
Categories: NewsIn this article: World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : World Communion of Reformed Churches


WCRC leaders praise progress to unity among Reformed churches in South Africa

WCRC South Africa task team visit to South Africa's Reformed churchesThe President of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), Jerry Pillay, has welcomed progress in the past two years by churches of the Reformed family in South Africa to overcome major hurdles on the path to unity.

“We give thanks to God,” Pillay said at the end of a visit to South Africa by the WCRC South Africa task team from 29 September to 2 October.

The team led by Pillay also included WCRC General Secretary Setri Nyomi, Sabine Dressler of the Reformed Alliance in Germany and Oscar McCloud of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The team had meetings with the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), the Dutch Reformed Church (NGK), the Reformed Church in Africa (RCA) and the Dutch Reformed Church in Africa (DRCA). These four churches have been engaged in reunification talks for more than a decade. The team said they felt encouraged about what they heard from the four churches. Challenges that had created mistrust and stalled the process seemed to be dissipating.
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Posted: December 18, 2013 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=6961
Categories: NewsIn this article: World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : World Communion of Reformed Churches


Reformed-Catholic Dialogue focuses on justice

Theologians from the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) met together 6-12 April at Coatbridge, Scotland, for their fourth session in the fourth phase of the International Reformed-Catholic Dialogue.

The theme designated for this current phase of the dialogue, which is slated to conclude in 2017, is “Justification and Sacramentality: The Christian Community as an Agent for Justice.”

The two teams discussed several papers on topics related to the theme of justice. Marina Behara presented a paper titled “Sanctification: The middle term between justification and justice.” Jorge Scampini presented a paper on “The relationship between the Eucharist and justice from a Catholic perspective.” George Hunsinger addressed the topic “The Eucharist and social ethics.” Peter De Mey offered a paper on “Justification and the universal call to holiness.”
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Posted: April 16, 2014 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7520
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: dialogue, ecumenism, justice, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 16 avril 2014 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=7520
Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : dialogue, ecumenism, justice, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches


Canadian elected as new General Secretary for world’s Reformed churches

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Ferguson has been elected as the new General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. He takes up his duties August 1.The Reverend Christopher Ferguson has been elected as the next General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC).

Ferguson was elected by the WCRC Executive Committee after an extensive search process. The WCRC, an ecumenical organization based in Hannover, Germany, represents Reformed, Congregational, Presbyterian, Waldensian, United and Uniting churches, most of them in the Global South, while working with a particular focus on issues of environmental, social and economic justice. The Executive Committee, the governing board of the WCRC, is holding its annual meeting in Hannover, Germany, 11-18 May. It is composed of 30 members from around the world.

“The WCRC is at the edge of a new moment of renewal and transformation. It is exciting and uplifting to be called to be part of this renewed commitment to communion and justice,” said Ferguson.

“I’m convinced Chris Ferguson will be an outstanding general secretary,” said Clifton Kirkpatrick, convener of the search committee. “I look forward to great things for the WCRC under his leadership.”
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Posted: May 18, 2014 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=7571
Categories: NewsIn this article: World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : World Communion of Reformed Churches


WCRC deepens relationship with Lutherans

Jerry Pillay, president of the WCRC, and Martin Junge, general secretary of the LWFThe 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: https://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


World Communion of Reformed Churches executive committee convenes

Guests, staff, and members of the WCRC Executive Committee outside the Luyanó Presbyterian Reformed Church. Photo: WCRCVibrant opening worship held at Luyanó Presbyterian Reformed Church in Havana, Cuba marked the beginning of the executive committee meeting of the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) in Havana, Cuba from 7-13 May. The meeting was hosted by the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Cuba, a member church of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

The WCRC’s executive committee is comprised of officers and members selected by a general council, as well as elected leaders of the regional councils. The executive committee’s mandate includes oversight of WCRC’s vision and activities between councils, including fostering church unity and coordinating common initiatives for mission, theological reflection and formation, church renewal, justice and dialogue.

In his annual report, WCRC President Rev. Jerry Pillay, a member of the Uniting Presbyterian Church of Southern Africa, stressed the theme of the upcoming General Council in 2017: “Living God, renew and transform us.” He urged the member churches to engage more deeply with this perspective. “We need to embrace a greater and deeper vision…as we continue to pursue our work and witness as an organisation. Our efforts of renewing and transforming the world must start with us if we are to earn respect and remain relevant in addressing the challenges in a changing world.”

The General Council will take place in Leipzig, Germany from 27 June to 7 July 2017. In preparation, the executive committee reviewed plans, focusing on the discernment and consensus process that will be used at the General Council. The committee also approved the final phase of the WCRC’s strategic plan.
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Posted: May 19, 2016 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=9104
Categories: NewsIn this article: World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Common commitments to witness and action between WCRC and Catholic Church

A delegation from the World Communion of Reformed Churches visited the Vatican on June 10, 2016 for meetings with Pope Francis, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and the Pontifical Council for Justice and PeaceThe relationship between the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and the Roman Catholic Church was both broadened and deepened during a series of meetings at the Vatican on Friday, 10 June. WCRC and Roman Catholic officials, including Pope Francis, found reasons for celebration as well as a renewed urgency to work more closely together.

“It was both a joy and a mission fulfilled today to have a strong response from Pope Francis to affirm our common mission,” said Chris Ferguson, WCRC general secretary.

In his official address to Pope Francis, Ferguson stated that it was with a sense of both “joy and urgency” that these meetings were taking place. “Our joy comes from knowing that through repentance and dialogue we are growing closer to the unity that is Christ’s gift to the church, so that all may believe,” he said, noting the progress made through official dialogues and the process of associating with the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification (JDDJ).
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Posted: June 13, 2016 • Permanent link: https://ecumenism.net/?p=9401
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches
Transmis : 13 juin 2016 • Lien permanente : https://ecumenism.net/?p=9401
Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformed churches, World Communion of Reformed Churches