Archive for 2011

Archive pour 2011

On Praying for Christian Unity

 — January 19, 201119 janvier 2011

Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience in Paul VI Hall. In his address, the Pope centered his meditation on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is being held these days with the theme “They devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).
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Dr Margaret O’Gara (1947-2012), Professor of Theology at the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto

Canadian Catholics and Evangelicals to enter into dialogue

 — January 19, 201119 janvier 2011

The Catholic Church in Canada has agreed to begin a formal theological dialogue with Evangelicals.

“It’s a new thing in Canada,” said Margaret O’Gara, a theology professor at Toronto’s University of St. Michael’s College who has been involved in Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox dialogue for the past 35 years. She will be among the Catholic participants.

“We all have the expectation that this will be a personally enriching experience and that, hopefully, we will contribute to the strength of the Church in Canada,” said David Freeman, who is strategic interface vice president for the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.

Freeman will be the Evangelical co-chair of the dialogue, with Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan as the Catholic co-chair.

The first set of meetings will take place March 24-25 in Toronto.
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Posted: January 19, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1785
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue

Archbishop Daniel Bohan and Bishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson at the ecumenical service for the signing of the new covenant.

Regina Covenant looks towards the future

 — January 25, 201125 janvier 2011

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina and the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle have entered into a covenant committing themselves to prayer together and for each other, to work together for justice, peace, and aboriginal reconciliation and healing, and to consult regularly where developments affect the other. Archbishop Daniel Bohan and Bishop Gregory Kerr-Wilson signed the covenant on behalf of their churches in a joint worship service on Sunday, January 23rd at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral in Regina.
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Posted: January 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1786
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican

Canadian evangelical pastors tour Israel

 — February 1, 20111 février 2011

Nineteen Canadian Christian evangelical pastors are spending nine days on a study tour of Israel that is intended to provide them with information and perspectives that could be used to defend Israeli government policies. The tour, a project of the Modern Israel Studies Department at Canada Christian College in Toronto in conjunction with the B’nai Brith World Center in Jerusalem, was funded by private donors.
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Posted: February 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1788
Categories: ENI
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Catégorie : ENI

Third phase of ARCIC announced

 — February 4, 20114 février 2011

The co-Chairmen and co-secretaries of the new phase of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) have drawn up a plan for the first meeting of the Commission. This will be hosted by the Monastery of Bose, northern Italy, from 17 to 27 May 2011. The new phase of ARCIC’s work was mandated by Pope Benedict XVI and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, at their meeting in Rome in November 2009.
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Posted: February 4, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1789
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism

Four Basic Principles of Ecumenism

 — February 8, 20118 février 2011

When I moved to Saskatoon sixteen years ago, I was surprised by the ecumenical interest that I encountered in the churches. I probably shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, Saskatoon has the only ecumenical centre in Canada which focuses on parish ecumenism. This diocese has a history of ecumenical cooperation and experimentation that goes back to our earliest settlements. Over the years I have discovered that at the core of the prairie ecumenical experience there are some basic principles that provide guidance and insight to the search for Christian unity here, just as they do throughout the church. These principles are found in our own experience, but they are rooted in our biblical and doctrinal convictions about Christian faith and life. I think we experience these in a particularly unique way in Saskatchewan.
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Posted: February 8, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6324
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, spiritual ecumenism
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, spiritual ecumenism

Four decades of Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue in Canada

 — February 9, 20119 février 2011

Last month, the national Canadian ARC Bishops’ Dialogue celebrated 40 years of bringing Anglican and Roman Catholics closer together. “The Canadian Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue is one of the longest running in the world,” says Bishop Michael Ingham of the Anglican diocese of New Westminster in Vancouver.

Unity headed the agenda as five Roman Catholic and four Anglican bishops (one was absent due to illness) met over three days in Pickering, Ont., to discuss–among other things–Growing Together in Unity and Mission, a document produced by the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission.

Growing Together encourages practical co-operation at local levels between Anglican and Roman Catholic churches and visible signs of religious unity. “For example, it recommends that the two churches consider offering baptismal preparation together, using the same baptismal certificates or making public professions of faith together at Pentecost or on other significant occasions,” says Bishop Ingham.

It also encourages other joint ventures such as non-Eucharistic worship, pilgrimages and social justice initiatives. Religious collaborations are not common now, but Bishop Ingham is optimistic that they may become so. “We discussed how to develop this co-operation in Canada. The bishops will be taking the recommendations back to the House of Bishops. If the bishops are supportive, then they have to go out to the dioceses and encourage the clergy there.”
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Posted: February 9, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1790
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue

Communiqué from the Anglican-Methodist International Commission for Unity in Mission

 — February 18, 201118 février 2011

Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, the members of the Anglican-Methodist International Commission for Unity in Mission (AMICUM) could not forget the courage, conviction and determination of those who had fought against the sin of apartheid and had then set about a process of truth and reconciliation. On a visit to Robben Island where the members heard a commentary by a former political prisoner, the Commission was left in no doubt of the need to be honest with each other if the painful divisions that deny the Gospel call to unity are to be overcome.
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Posted: February 18, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1801
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Methodist
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Methodist

During the opening prayer of the WCC Central Committee meeting, the Rev. Dr. Ofelia Ortega spoke on the issues of justice and peace, later chosen for the Assembly theme

2013 WCC Assembly: “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”

 — February 22, 201122 février 2011

“God of life, lead us to justice and peace” will provide the theme for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The Assembly is to be convened in October 2013 at Busan, South Korea.

The theme was determined by the WCC Central Committee on Tuesday 22 February following periods of discussion spread over several days. A “theme” is not merely a slogan or motto for a WCC assembly but provides a focus for theological reflection, worship and meditation surrounding the assembly, as well as for planning of programmatic activities before, during and after the event.
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Posted: February 22, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1791
Categories: WCC News
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Catégorie : WCC News

Ecumenical Effort Reaping Rewards

 — March 1, 20111 mars 2011

The Christian Reformed Church in North America and the Presbyterian Church in Canada are celebrating an “Affirmation of Relationship” approved and endorsed by the CRC Synod of 2010 and the General Assembly of the PCC.

Under this affirmation, the PCC becomes one of only a few “Churches in Dialogue” with the CRCNA. With the agreement, the denominations pledge to work even more closely together in the future than they have in the past. “The Christian Reformed Church and the Presbyterian Church in Canada have been neighbors and friends for many years,” says Rev. Bruce Adema, director of the CRC in Canada.

“The ‘Affirmation of the Relationship’ document outlines how our churches can demonstrate Christian affection and work together to reveal the Kingdom of God. We want to celebrate our unity as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

For several years the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee of the CRCNA has had a subcommittee that met with representatives of the PCC. “The Affirmation of the Relationship is the fruit of that,” said Adema.
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Posted: March 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=9634
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Christian Reformed Church in North America, dialogue, Presbyterian Church in Canada
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Christian Reformed Church in North America, dialogue, Presbyterian Church in Canada

Declaration by Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee

 — March 3, 20113 mars 2011

A joint declaration of the twenty-first International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Meeting was published at midday today. The meeting was held in Paris, France from 27 February to 2 March.
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Posted: March 3, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2201
Categories: NewsIn this article: Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Judaism

An inter-Orthodox Consultation in Cyprus on the WCC's Faith & Order text

An Orthodox response to The Nature and Mission of the Church

 — March 14, 201114 mars 2011

“Without any doubt, ecclesiology remains in our times the crucial issue for Christian theology in ecumenical perspective.” This was one of the conclusions drawn by a week-long consultation in Cyprus at which forty Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox representatives provided a common response to The Nature and Mission of the Church, a 2005 ecumenical text published by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
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Posted: March 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1792
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Orthodox
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Orthodox

Interfaith declaration on poverty in Canada: A Time for Inspired Leadership and Action

 — March 15, 201115 mars 2011

Together as people of faith, informed by our respective traditions, and compelled by our sincerely held beliefs to care for those in need within our communities and across this nation, we recognize this time to be a unique moment and opportunity in Canada for cooperative action to eradicate persistent poverty in our wealthy and wonderful land. It is a time when Canadians of all faiths, from all walks of life, from all parts of this great country are awakening to the unacceptable levels of poverty, inequity and homelessness, and acknowledging that this injustice must change.

But we cannot do this in isolation. Committed to doing all we can, we call upon our government to partner with us in ending poverty.

We acknowledge with gratitude the many positive government initiatives that continue to benefit the poor. In particular, it is gratifying to acknowledge that a majority of Canadians now live in provinces and territories that have developed and are implementing poverty reduction plans. But it is time for comprehensive, coordinated and collaborative action, with national leadership working in partnership with other jurisdictions.
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Posted: March 15, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8752
Categories: Documents, NewsIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, interfaith, poverty, statements
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Catégorie : Documents, NewsDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, interfaith, poverty, statements

Chennai Statement on the Theology of Tourism

 — March 21, 201121 mars 2011

Statement issued by the participants of an ecumenical Theological Consultation on Tourism organised by the Ecumenical Coalition On Tourism (ECOT), Thailand, and the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), in Chennai, India, from 19-21 March 2011.
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Posted: March 21, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2196
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: ecumenism, justice
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : ecumenism, justice

Orthodox churches find it difficult to overcome differences

 — March 22, 201122 mars 2011

Diptychs, an arcane liturgical term that describes the order in which Orthodox churches commemorate each other at their services, is one of the tangled issues blocking plans for what could be the first great church council in 1,200 years.

Some Orthodox leaders say the churches need to get together to discuss common issues and speak with one voice on such important topics as bioethics, sexuality and the environment, but differences over arcane church issues such as diptychs and autocephaly (the independent status of Orthodox churches) run deep.
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Posted: March 22, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1793
Categories: ENIIn this article: Orthodox
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Orthodox

Pastor Harry Strauss and Bishop Donald Bolen leading the Evangelical-Catholic worship service in Saskatoon

Evangelical-Catholic ecumenical prayer service held at Saskatoon cathedral

 — March 25, 201125 mars 2011

Evangelical and Catholic Christians recently gathered to pray and to celebrate their common faith in Jesus Christ at a joyful gathering at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Saskatoon.

Sharing song, scripture and prayer, some 300 people attended the groundbreaking gathering March 22, 2011. Pastor Harry Strauss of Forest Grove Community Church, representing the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers Fellowship, and Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon presided together at the service. Welcoming all those attending from many denominations and local churches, Bolen described the origins of the event, which he traced back to the prayer and friendship experienced when three Catholic women joined those in the Evangelical community gathering regularly to pray for local Alliance Church Pastor Ken Rutherford, who was ill with cancer and who died in September 2010.

“It was Ken’s request that those who gathered would also pray for the wounded body of Christ in the city of Saskatoon,” said Bolen, who attended one of the prayer services, where he first met Ken’s wife Lenna. “Eventually I got to meet Pastor Ken as well, and I was stirred by his profound desire for unity and reconciliation.”

In a sermon shared with Bolen and Strauss, Lenna Rutherford recalled her husband’s experience of joy when he introduced two of his beloved friends to each other – something that also reflected his experience of connecting to other friends through a mutual love of Jesus Christ.

Christ had introduced Ken to many other dear friends. Ken found them in many shapes and presentations, they came from many pastoral and priestly places, in various denominations across the city and Ken found that he was called to see not from a worldly, or religious, or denominational point of view, but from Christ’s point of view, which was: “let me introduce you to someone I love so much that I died for them too.’”
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Posted: March 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8878
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, prayer, Saskatoon, spiritual ecumenism
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, prayer, Saskatoon, spiritual ecumenism

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

New Ukrainian Catholic major archbishop elected

 — March 25, 201125 mars 2011

The Synod of Bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has elected the Most Rev. Sviatoslav Shevchuk as Major Archbishop
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Posted: March 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1794
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic

Pope demands more emphasis on ecumenism in German visit

 — March 26, 201126 mars 2011

by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt for The Tablet Pope Benedict XVI has intervened personally to demand more time for ecumenical talks with the Protestant Churches when he visits Germany in September. In a highly unusual move he has written directly to the leader of the Protestant Churches, Chairman Nikolaus Schneider, expressing dissatisfaction with the brevity of the
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Posted: March 26, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6740
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran

Ambassador Raul Estrada Oyuela spoke on the international diplomatic framework on climate change

Towards an eco-theology

 — March 30, 201130 mars 2011

The accepted axiom is, as the climate changes so the world, too, will change in dramatic and sometimes undesirable ways. What does this often rapid change mean to Christians whose faith is intertwined with the glory and beauty of God’s creation, but challenged when that creation is corrupted and irreversibly altered?
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Posted: March 30, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1813
Categories: Opinion, WCC NewsIn this article: climate change, ecology, environment
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Catégorie : Opinion, WCC NewsDans cet article : climate change, ecology, environment

From April 1 to 3, the executive councils of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will hold their first joint meeting

Anglicans and Lutherans collaborate on common mission

 — March 31, 201131 mars 2011

From April 1 to 3, the executive councils of the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will hold their first joint meeting in Mississauga, Ont. This meeting of the ACC’s Council of General Synod and the ELCIC’s National Church Council marks an important step in deepening the full communion relationship between the two churches.
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Posted: March 31, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1795
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Lutheran

Christian theological schools opening their doors to Jews, Muslims

 — April 20, 201120 avril 2011

The next generation of Canadian rabbis will be able to point to the Catholic roots of their training – or at least of their school. The Canadian Yeshiva and Rabbinical School will begin offering classes this fall in a classroom at the University of St. Michael’s College Faculty of Theology, part of the Toronto School of Theology (TST).

Canada’s future imams will have a similar story. A master’s program in Muslim studies is taking shape at the United Church of Canada’s seminary, Emmanuel College [also at TST].
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Posted: April 20, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1826
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Islam, Judaism
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Islam, Judaism

Celebrating Easter Together

 — April 23, 201123 avril 2011

This weekend we celebrate Easter together in the Eastern and Western calendars. This happens occasionally, and it can always be a moment of great ecumenical opportunity. However, it also reflects one of the deepest divisions in the Body of Christ. Easter, as the celebration of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, is at the heart of our Christian faith. The division over the date of Easter is a visible sign of division within a more profound unity, and thus is scandalous.
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Posted: April 23, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1796
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, Easter, ecumenism
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, Easter, ecumenism

10th anniversary pastoral letter on full communion

 — April 26, 201126 avril 2011

A new pastoral letter marks the 10th anniversary of full communion between Anglicans and Lutherans in both Canada and the United States. In 2001, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) signed the Waterloo Declaration. In that same year The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America signed a similar agreement, Called to Common Mission.

The new pastoral letter reflects on these full communion relationships and is signed by Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the ACC; Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the ELCIC; Archbishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; and Bishop Mark Hanson, Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

On May 1 simultaneous celebrations of full communion will be held at 3:00 pm EST at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Fort Erie, Ont. and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo, N.Y. Bishop Johnson will preside at St. Paul’s Anglican and Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori will preach. Presiding Bishop Hanson will preside and Archbishop Hiltz will preach at Holy Trinity Lutheran.

All Anglicans and Lutherans in Canada and the U.S. are encouraged to mark this celebration in their own communities.

Full text follows.
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Posted: April 26, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1797
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Lutheran
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Lutheran

The symbol of the TRC event in Inuvik this June will be the bear, which is regarded by native people as having the spirit of the warrior and protector

Inuvik TRC event includes Anglican Inuit and Catholic Dene reconciliation

 — April 27, 201127 avril 2011

Reconciliation — between the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches and between Inuit and Dene students who attended residential schools in the North — will be the major focus of the 2nd Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event June 28 to July 1.
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Posted: April 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1798
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Catholic
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen’s visit to Ireland may ‘heal divisions’

 — May 10, 201110 mai 2011

Religious leaders are hailing Queen Elizabeth II’s historic state visit to Ireland next week as a sign of reconciliation following centuries of sectarian hatred and violence.
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Posted: May 10, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1799
Categories: News
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Catégorie : News

Communiqué: Jewish-Catholic dialogue in the U.S.

 — May 24, 201124 mai 2011

“One cannot hold to the charge that the Jewish people, either in the first century or at any other time, are responsible for the death of Jesus (the so-called charge of deicide) without falling out of communion with the Catholic Church. It contradicts both Vatican II (1962-1965) and the Council of Trent (1548-1563), not to mention a proper reading of the New Testament,” Father Massa stated.
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Posted: May 24, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1802
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Judaism
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Judaism

ARCIC III first meeting at the monastery of Bose

Anglican-Catholic dialogue opens third phase

 — May 27, 201127 mai 2011

The third phase of ARCIC, or Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, started on Tuesday at the monastery of Bose in northern Italy. ARCIC III is spending its first few days reviewing the work of the previous phases of work, particularly looking at what ARCIC I and II said about ecclesiology and ethics. It is doing this within a context of regular community prayer with the members of the monastery. Biblical study of the Epistle to the Ephesians, led by the co-chairs, provides a biblical framework for the days’ discussions.
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Posted: May 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1800
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Catholic
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic

Plans for Trilateral Dialogue with Lutherans, Roman Catholics and Mennonites

 — June 17, 201117 juin 2011

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

Methodists and Church of England renewing efforts at unity

 — June 20, 201120 juin 2011

Leaders of the Church of England and the Methodist Church have been urged to work more closely in the future in order to strengthen Christian unity.

A statement issued by the Church of England’s communications office on June 16 said the Joint Implementation Commission (JIC) set up under the Anglican-Methodist Covenant of 2003 to enhance unity is recommending the two churches share their mission and ministry more widely.

A new JIC report, “Moving Forward in Covenant,” is due to be considered by the Methodist Conference and the Church of England’s General Synod, both taking place this summer. The JIC’s role is “to monitor and promote the implementation of the Covenant.”
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Posted: June 20, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7277
Categories: ENIIn this article: Anglican, Church of England, covenant, Methodist, mission
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Anglican, Church of England, covenant, Methodist, mission

On Pentecost Sunday, Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Anglican bishop of the Diocese of Qu'Appelle (left), and Daniel Bohan, Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of Regina, jointly celebrated a service in Regina

Anglicans and Roman Catholics celebrate Pentecost together

 — June 22, 201122 juin 2011

On Pentecost Sunday, Gregory Kerr-Wilson, Anglican bishop of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle, and Daniel Bohan, Roman Catholic archbishop of the Archdiocese of Regina, jointly celebrated a service in Regina.
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Posted: June 22, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1804
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Catholic
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic

Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World

 — June 28, 201128 juin 2011

Mission belongs to the very being of the church. Proclaiming the word of God and witnessing to the world is essential for every Christian. At the same time, it is necessary to do so according to gospel principles, with full respect and love for all human beings.

Aware of the tensions between people and communities of different religious convictions and the varied interpretations of Christian witness, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the World Council of Churches (WCC) and, at the invitation of the WCC, the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), met during a period of 5 years to reflect and produce this document to serve as a set of recommendations for conduct on Christian witness around the world. This document does not intend to be a theological statement on mission but to address practical issues associated with Christian witness in a multi-religious world.

The purpose of this document is to encourage churches, church councils and mission agencies to reflect on their current practices and to use the recommendations in this document to prepare, where appropriate, their own guidelines for their witness and mission among those of different religions and among those who do not profess any particular religion. It is hoped that Christians across the world will study this document in the light of their own practices in witnessing to their faith in Christ, both by word and deed.

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Anglican-Lutheran International Commission members during a drafting session of the commission's report 'To Love and Serve the Lord'

Lutherans and Anglicans conclude dialogue with statement on diaconal character of the Church

 — July 1, 20111 juillet 2011

The third Anglican – Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) held its sixth and final meeting in Jerusalem, 18-25 June.

The commission focused on the writing of its final report, “To Love and Serve the Lord,” which looks at the essential connection between koinonia (church unity) and diakonia (church service and witness). Including stories of diakonia from around the world, the report is written with the hope of reaching not only the international church bodies and church leaders but also institutions of theological education and even congregations seeking to deepen their commitment to discipleship.
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Posted: July 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2254
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, church, diakonia, dialogue, ecclesiology, Lutheran
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, church, diakonia, dialogue, ecclesiology, Lutheran

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Semaine de prière pour l'unité chrétienne

Week of Prayer 2012 asks what victory means for unity

 — July 11, 201111 juillet 2011

As Poland prepares to host the European Football Championship in 2012, Christians in the country have put the meaning of “victory” and “defeat” at the centre of their reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that will be celebrated earlier in the year. Preparatory resources based on these reflections are already available in five languages on the website of the World Council of Churches (WCC).
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Posted: July 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1808
Categories: WCC News
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Our Summer Ecumenical Institute in the Vatican newspaper

 — July 12, 201112 juillet 2011

The following article appeared in the July 11-12, 2011 issue of L’Osservatore Romano, published by the Holy See. L’impegno dei cristiani in Canada  Dal dialogo alla missione comunedi Riccardo Burigana«C’è un sostanziale accordo tra le Chiese cristiane su ciò che noi crediamo, e noi abbiamo una percezione più forte del fatto che siamo veramente fratelli
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Posted: July 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1807
Categories: NewsIn this article: Summer Ecumenical Institute
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Participants in the SDA-MWC conversations (left to right): William Johnsson (SDA co-chair); Tom Yoder Neufeld (MWC), Robert (Jack) Suderman (MWC); Danisa Ndlovu (MWC); Henk Stevers (MWC); Valerie Rempel (MWC); Teresa Reeve (SDA); Patricia Urueña (MWC); and John Graz (SDA). Missing are: Denis Fortin (SDA); Bert Beach (SDA); Gary Councell (SDA); Peter Landless (SDA); Ganoune Diop (SDA)

Seventh-day Adventists and Mennonite World Conference begin conversation

 — August 17, 201117 aoüt 2011

Representatives of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Mennonite World Conference held the first of several theological conversations June 28 to July 1, 2011 at the world headquarters of the 17 million-member Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland.

For four days representatives of both world communions exchanged ideas and perspectives centering on the theme of “Living the Christian Life in Today’s World.” After each group presented an overview of the history of their communion, papers were also presented by each group on the topics of peace, non-violence and military service; discipleship and non-conformity; health, healing/salvation and ecology; and the nature and mission of the church.

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Posted: August 17, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1811
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Mennonite World Conference, Seventh-day Adventist
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Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary (1993-2013)

Mouw presses the heart of the matter

 — August 26, 201126 aoüt 2011

When Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, was asked to speak at the Fellowship of Presbyterians’ big gathering in Minneapolis, organizers asked him not to say what he personally thinks Presbyterians ought to do in response to the latest crisis.

Mouw is well aware that many congregations and individuals are considering leaving the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), part of the fallout from the denomination’s recent decision to lift the categorical prohibition against the ordination of sexually active gays and lesbians.

So Mouw spoke instead during evening worship Aug. 25 about what Presbyterians should hold in their hearts and minds as they consider their options – and in doing so, he issued a call to theological orthodoxy, expanded ecumenism, a renewed commitment to the ordination of women and increased efforts to care for the world. He challenged evangelicals now in the PC(USA) to learn from those both more conservative and more liberal than themselves.
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Posted: August 26, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7341
Categories: NewsIn this article: Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed churches, schism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Presbyterian Church USA, Reformed churches, schism

Fiji: Government cracks down further – only Sunday worship allowed

 — August 30, 201130 aoüt 2011

The Fijian government has banned all Methodist Church meetings except for Sunday worship in an unprecedented crackdown on religious freedom. This includes house groups, women’s prayer fellowship, choir practice, mid-week communion and youth fellowship, as well as the Church’s governance meetings.
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Posted: August 30, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1809
Categories: News
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May We All Be One: Three Visions for the Unity of the Church

 — August 30, 201130 aoüt 2011

A workshop for Parish Ecumenical Contacts (PECs) and for all Christians who are praying and working for the unity of the church: Saturday, October 1, 2011 9 am to noon at Wildwood Mennonite Church (1502 Acadia Drive), Saskatoon. Registration begins at 8:30 am. (There is no cost for this workshop.)

We talk about unity a lot, but what do we really mean by it? What will unity look like? Does ecumenism mean that we will all be the same? Where are we going, and how are we going to get there? There are different models and methods of unity which influence our churches’ ecumenical priorities. This workshop will lay out some of the more significant positions. Presenters will include Bishop Donald Bolen (Roman Catholic), Bishop Cindy Halmarson (Lutheran) and Rev. Ron McConnell (United).

For further details email the PCE at or phone 306-653-1633.
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Posted: August 30, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1810
Categories: Calendar
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Koch says joint ‘admission of guilt’ for Reformation needed

 — September 3, 20113 septembre 2011

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
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : 2017, Catholic, ecumenism, Kurt Koch, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation

Jerusalem interfaith dialogue sees increased participation

 — September 14, 201114 septembre 2011

Religious leaders in Jerusalem are more willing than ever before to take part in dialogue with members of other faiths despite growing political turmoil in the region, said Daniel Milo, the director of the Jerusalem Center for Ethics, prior to the start of the third annual Interfaith and Ethics Symposium on 14 September.
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Posted: September 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1816
Categories: News
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New global digital library on theology and ecumenism

 — September 23, 201123 septembre 2011

WCC and Globethics.net launch global online theological resource

A unique and ambitious web-based theological resource was launched in Geneva on 23 September by the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Globethics.net. It aims to redress a global imbalance of access to research materials in theology and related disciplines.

The Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib) contains several hundred thousand articles, documents and other academic resources that can be accessed online free-of-charge by registered participants from anywhere in the world via Internet (www.globethics.net/gtl).
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Posted: September 23, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1812
Categories: NewsIn this article: books
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Benedict XVI meets Lutheran leaders at the Augustinerkloster, Erfurt

 — September 23, 201123 septembre 2011

As the Bishop of Rome, it is deeply moving for me to be meeting you here in the ancient Augustinian convent in Erfurt. As we have just heard, this is where Luther studied theology. This is where he was ordained a priest. Against his father’s wishes, he did not continue the study of Law, but instead he studied theology and set off on the path towards priesthood in the Order of Saint Augustine. And on this path, he was not simply concerned with this or that. What constantly exercised him was the question of God, the deep passion and driving force of his whole life’s journey. “How do I receive the grace of God?”: this question struck him in the heart and lay at the foundation of all his theological searching and inner struggle. For Luther theology was no mere academic pursuit, but the struggle for oneself, which in turn was a struggle for and with God.
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Posted: September 23, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6717
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther

Lutheran pastor appointed dean of Anglican cathedral in Canada

 — September 28, 201128 septembre 2011

In a historic move, the Anglican diocese of Rupert’s Land appointed a Lutheran pastor, the Rev. Paul Johnson, as dean of the diocese and incumbent for St. John’s Cathedral in Winnipeg, reports the Anglican Journal. This is the first time a Canadian Lutheran pastor has been appointed dean in an Anglican cathedral in Canada. A dean is the priest in charge of a cathedral (“mother church”) and occupies a senior position in a diocese.
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Posted: September 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1815
Categories: ENIIn this article: Anglican, Lutheran
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Catégorie : ENIDans cet article : Anglican, Lutheran

Benedict’s balancing act

 — October 1, 20111 octobre 2011

Pope Benedict XVI’s third visit to Germany last week was billed as the 84-year-old pontiff’s latest effort to help convince people in highly secularised Europe that their society would be better and more human if God were at its centre. He won high praise for a deeply philosophical paper given to the Bundestag in Berlin on the foundations for a free state of law (see page 10). In that address, he said it was “urgent” to start a “public debate” on the necessity of retrieving the natural law tradition in developing legislation. As with his speech at Westminster Hall a year ago, the Pope was hailed for reaching across the political and religious divide of Germany’s parliament and its intellectual class.
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Posted: October 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6742
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Society of St. Pius X
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Society of St. Pius X

Christian leaders plan ecumenical future at Global Christian Forum

 — October 3, 20113 octobre 2011

An estimated 275 Christian leaders are meeting in Indonesia from 4 to 7 October to plot an ecumenical future in what one veteran of the ecumenical movement called a watershed gathering.

Leaders of the fledgling Global Christian Forum (GCF) will gather evangelical, Pentecostal, mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians here to assess recent changes in global Christianity, Religion News Service reports.
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Posted: October 3, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1814
Categories: ENI, RNSIn this article: Global Christian Forum
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Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s grant grows

 — October 8, 20118 octobre 2011

The Rev. Eric Dyck, chaplain-general of the Canadian Priory of the Order of Saint Lazarus was in Saskatoon recently to confirm a financial grant the order is giving to the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism’s Ecumenical Shared Ministries Bureau. The Order of St. Lazarus, or, more correctly, the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of
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Posted: October 8, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6026
Categories: NewsIn this article: Prairie Centre for Ecumenism
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Pope ‘rehabilitated Luther’ during visit to eastern Germany

 — October 8, 20118 octobre 2011

Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, The Tablet The head of the German Church’s Ecumenical Commission has said that he believes the Pope “rehabilitated” the reformer, Martin Luther, during his visit to the country last month, write Jonathan Luxmoore and Christa Pongratz-Lippitt. Speaking on 23 September to the council of the Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, in
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Posted: October 8, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6746
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Benedict XVI, Catholic, ecumenism, Lutheran, Martin Luther
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Anglican-Lutheran International Commission, <i>To Love and Serve the Lord. A Report on Diakonia</i> (Lutheran World Federation & Anglican Communion, 2011)

Church Ministries That Are Transforming Anglican-Lutheran Relations

 — October 12, 201112 octobre 2011

To Love and Serve the Lord is the title of a new report published in October by the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission (ALIC) on diakonia (church social service work). Jointly produced by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Anglican Communion for the third phase of their bilateral dialogue – ALIC III – the publication offers a diverse array of stories about church ministries that are transforming relations between churches in both communions.

The ALIC III co-chairpersons Lutheran Bishop Dr Thomas Nyiwe (Cameroon) and Anglican Archbishop Bishop Fred Hiltz (Canada) point out that the concluding report of the 2006-2011 dialogue period was intended to highlight what both partners had learned from their growing experience and therefore focus on “why growth in relations between Anglican and Lutheran churches is possible.”
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Posted: October 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2252
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, ecumenism, Lutheran
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Research centre to mine insights of Vatican II

 — October 13, 201113 octobre 2011

A new research centre at Ottawa’s Saint Paul University will study the contribution Canadians made to Vatican II as well as how the Council has shaped religious communities here.

A year before the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Research Centre for Vatican II and 21st Century Catholicism launched Oct. 13. It will examine ecumenism and interreligious dialogue in contemporary society and look at issues of progress and decline in the Catholic community.

“I hope we find a way to help contemporary young Catholics, other Christians and non-Christians to understand the commitment and the opening of the Catholic Church to the world, to contemporary society and to contemporary issues,” said Saint Paul theology professor Catherine Clifford, one of Centre’s co-founders, in an interview.
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Posted: October 13, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6971
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Catholic, research centre, Second Vatican Council
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Canadian Council of Churches / Conseil canadien des églises
Conseil canadien des églises / Canadian Council of Churches

Can Faith Communities Change the Climate?

 — October 25, 201125 octobre 2011

Faith communities throughout Canada believe they have a moral responsibility to address global warming. As a result, religious leaders have prepared a Canadian Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change. This is among the first times that such a broad interfaith effort at a faith leaders’ letter has been undertaken in Canada.
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Posted: October 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1820
Categories: Documents, NewsIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment
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Catégorie : Documents, NewsDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, climate change, ecology, environment

Pope Benedict XVI and other religious leaders gathered in Assisi

Churches seek peace and justice through dialogue in Assisi

 — October 27, 201127 octobre 2011

At an interfaith gathering in Assisi, called by Pope Benedict XVI, the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit said, “The cross is not for crusades but a sign of God’s love embracing everybody.” He praised the role of “young change makers” in pursuit of peace and called faith leaders to engage in dialogue by addressing conflicts and accepting “the other.”
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Posted: October 27, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1819
Categories: WCC News
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US Episcopal Church rejects Anglican Covenant

 — October 28, 201128 octobre 2011

The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council has rejected the Anglican Covenant. On 24 Oct 2011 the council unanimously endorsed a resolution recommending the General Convention – the governing body of the Episcopal Church – not endorse the covenant as it now stands. The Anglican Covenant was a political and theological threat that would alter the American church’s power base and undo the advances made by the church’s liberal wing in recent years.
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Posted: October 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1817
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican
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Rowan Williams: Time for us to challenge the idols of high finance

 — November 1, 20111 novembre 2011

It’s sometimes been said in recent years that the Church of England is still used by British society as a sort of stage on which to conduct by proxy the arguments that society itself doesn’t know how to handle. It certainly helps to explain the obsessional interest in what the Church has to say about issues of sex and gender. It may help to explain just what has been going on around St Paul’s Cathedral in the last couple of weeks.
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Posted: November 1, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1818
Categories: News, OpinionIn this article: Anglican, economic ethics, Rowan Williams
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Catégorie : News, OpinionDans cet article : Anglican, economic ethics, Rowan Williams

Communiqué: Joint Working Group between RCC and WCC

 — November 5, 20115 novembre 2011

The island of Malta located in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and the shores of Tunisia and Libya was the setting for the last plenary meeting of the Joint Working Group between the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) and the World Council of Churches (WCC) before the forthcoming WCC assembly in 2013 in Busan (Korea). Malta has been at the crossroads of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East throughout its history. According to Acts 28, the Apostle Paul stayed three months on the island following his shipwreck on the way to Rome. While a prisoner, he established the Church in Malta that remains faithful to its apostolic origins until today. Meeting in Rome and Damascus before, the members of the JWG were again reminded of the breadth of St. Paul’s missionary vision of the church and community in Christ. Our deliberations were guided by the words of St. Paul to “receive one another just as Christ has received you, for the glory of God” (Rom 15:7).
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Posted: November 5, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1830
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, WCC
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, WCC

Vatican’s top ecumenist Cardinal Koch assesses progress, prospects

 — November 9, 20119 novembre 2011

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

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

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

Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council

Communiqué: Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council

 — November 11, 201111 novembre 2011

The Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) met in York, England from 4 to 8 November 2011.

In its most important piece of work the Council finalized the text of a joint statement on ecclesiology and mission “Belonging Together in Europe.” An earlier version of the text was the major focus of the International Old Catholic and Anglican Theological Conference held in Neustadt, Germany from August 29 to September 2, 2011.
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Posted: November 11, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1822
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Old Catholic
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Old Catholic

Baptists, Orthodox consider formal dialogue

 — November 11, 201111 novembre 2011

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

Janice Sanford Beck, chair of Good Food Junction, and Ralph Winterhalt, Station 20 West project manager provided church leaders with an update about the projects

Church leaders plan another Advent campaign to support Good Food Junction

 — November 12, 201112 novembre 2011

A number of church leaders gathered for an early morning meeting Oct. 12 at St. George Anglican parish in Saskatoon, to receive an update about Station 20West and discuss plans for another ecumenical Advent campaign in support of Good Food Junction Cooperative Grocery Store.

Good Food Junction continues to work to raise funds to equip and stock the cooperative grocery store, which is one part of Station 20 West, now under construction in the city’s core neighbourhood. During an Advent campaign undertaken by a number of Christian churches in Saskatoon last year, some $150,000 was raised for the project.

An estimated $350,000 to $400,000 is still needed to equip and stock the grocery store, permitting it to open without debt, something that the business plan deems necessary to ensure the Good Food Junction’s ongoing viability, said Ralph Winterhalt, the cooperative grocery store’s business development manager. “If that grocery store can open without debt for equipment, and has its inventory paid for, it’s going to be a very successful project in the core neighbourhoods.”
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Posted: November 12, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1824
Categories: NewsIn this article: poverty, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : poverty, Saskatoon

The 2011 gathering of religious leaders in Assisi

What Assisi Has Lost: A report from the meeting of religious leaders

 — November 14, 201114 novembre 2011

Of all the challenges faced by the Vatican in organizing the 25th anniversary of the historic interreligious gathering in Assisi in 1986, the hardest was how to make it newsworthy. The 176 delegates–representing, said the Vatican, “not only the world’s religions, but all people of good will, everyone seeking the truth”–whom Pope Benedict XVI led by train from Rome to the town of St Francis were comprehensive in their diversity. But if the Christian delegations on October 27 included the top men–Pope Benedict himself, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I–the delegates from Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others included no obvious celebrities, or even organizations whose presence might have raised an eyebrow. Even the inclusion of four non-believers failed to create a stir, for it was not Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens standing with the pope but little-known academic philosophers.
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Posted: November 14, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1821
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Assisi, interfaith
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Assisi, interfaith

Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School

Coming of age for Canadian Jews: Jewish seminary set to open in Catholic institution

 — November 25, 201125 novembre 2011

The first mainstream Jewish seminary in Canada “will be an important part of Judaism’s future in this country,” says Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum of the Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School

Rabbi Roy Tanenbaum marvels at the idea that the first mainstream Jewish seminary in Canada will be housed inside a Catholic school of theology and be part of seven Christian schools that comprise the Toronto School of Theology.

“I have never heard of a situation like this in the world in which a Jewish seminary is among Christian theological schools and seminaries,” said Rabbi Tanenbaum, president of the recently founded Canadian Yeshiva & Rabbinical School.

“The creation of this school really marks the coming of age for Canada’s Jewish community. It’s a sign of our maturity and will be an important part of Judaism’s future in this country.”
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Posted: November 25, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1828
Categories: NewsIn this article: Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Judaism

Participants from Canadian churches responding to the document Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Guidelines for Conduct

Canadian churches reflect on identity in a multi-religious world

 — November 28, 201128 novembre 2011

Churches in Canada addressed challenging questions, with a strong interfaith perspective, while responding to the document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Guidelines for Conduct” in an event held at the University of Toronto on 22 November.

The document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Guidelines for Conduct” was launched by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Evangelical Alliance in June. It was commended to the churches for reflections in their own particular contexts.
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Posted: November 28, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1825
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, evangelism/evangelization, interfaith, multifaith, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, proselytism, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, evangelism/evangelization, interfaith, multifaith, Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, proselytism, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance

Working to be One

 — December 1, 20111 décembre 2011

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

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

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

Vatican II treasure hunt: Committee seeks bishops’ notes, diaries

 — December 4, 20114 décembre 2011

With a view toward the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, a pontifical committee has launched a worldwide treasure hunt.

Many of the more than 2,800 cardinals and bishops who participated in all or part of the 1962-65 council kept diaries, or at least notes; some wrote articles for their diocesan newspapers and most — in the days before emails and relatively cheap trans-Atlantic phone calls — wrote letters home.

The Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences is asking church archivists, and even the family members of deceased council fathers, to look through their papers to find reflections that can add a personal touch to the historical research already conducted on the official acts of the council.
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Posted: December 4, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7009
Categories: CNSIn this article: Second Vatican Council
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Second Vatican Council

Participants of the WCC consultation on freedom of religion in Istanbul

Equal rights for all the measure for assessing freedom of religion

 — December 6, 20116 décembre 2011

An international study process developed by the World Council of Churches (WCC) is preparing a report on freedom of religion as a fundamental human right for all.

The fundamental rights of freedom of religion or belief are often violated by both governments and individuals, acting either on their own behalf or as members of majority groups. Despite significant initiatives taken by states and the international community, religious minorities in several parts of the world are becoming the targets of discrimination, acts of violence or hostility and persecution because of their religion.

The extent to which freedom of religion or belief can be considered as an absolute right in pluralistic societies, as well as its relation to various aspects of human rights, was the centre of discussion among experts who participated at an international consultation organized by the WCC’s Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA).
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Posted: December 6, 2011 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=1827
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: human rights, religious freedom, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : human rights, religious freedom, WCC

Archdeacon Bruce Myers has been appointed coordinator for ecumenical relations with the Anglican Church of Canada's Faith, Worship and Ministry department

New coordinator for Anglican ecumenical relations

 — December 13, 201113 décembre 2011

As of Jan. 2, the Anglican Church of Canada will have a dedicated new advocate for ecumenism.

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

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

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