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Cristo non può essere diviso - The artwork from the Italian translation of the 2014 resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Has Christ Been Divided? The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2014

 — January 2, 20142 janvier 2014

The world will pray with Canada this January, and in a special way with native Canadians. For the second time in the 106-year history of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Canadians have written the biblical reflections, prayer services and educational materials to be used worldwide.

Celebrated Jan. 18-25, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is prepared each year in a different country under the direction of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome and the Geneva-based World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Commission. Since the two major ecumenical organizations took over the annual event in 1968, Canada is just the second country to be asked twice to prepare the worship and study material.

Coming back to Canada, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity wanted to make sure the material is fresh and reflects a different perspective. In 1989 Canada’s offering was prepared by the Canadian Council of Churches. This time, preparations were led by the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism in Montreal and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Saskatoon.

Having Canada’s independent ecumenical centres take over was the initiative of Saskatoon Bishop Donald Bolen, who for years worked on the Week of Prayer as an official for the Pontifical Council in Rome. Though the CCC did not lead the 2014 effort, general secretary Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton played an important role helping to review the material, said Nicholas Jesson, ecumenical officer for the diocese of Saskatoon and part of the 2014 writing committee.
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Posted: January 2, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7054
Categories: Catholic Register, ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : Catholic Register, ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

Professor Ralph Del Colle (1954-2012), Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

WPCU 2014 resources dedicated to the memory of two great ecumenists

 — January 3, 20143 janvier 2014

In Memoriam

Professor Ralph Del Colle (1954 – 2012), a Roman Catholic systematic theologian, Associate Professor of Theology at Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA), died on 29 July 2012. From 1998, he was a member of the Pentecostal/Catholic International Dialogue, and took part in the Informal Conversations with the Seventh-Day Adventists (2001-2002) as well as in the official delegation attending the General Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Harare in 1998. A dedicated spirit and a joyful approach always marked his contribution to the meetings of the dialogue. Professor Del Colle never turned away from any issue, and he combined a lively and perceptive sensitivity with a dedication to the service of the truth. Throughout his career, he generously offered his expertise in the firm conviction that unity is God’s will and the irrevocable path for all Christians.

Dr Margaret O’Gara (1947 – 2012), Professor of Theology at the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto, died on 16 August 2012 after two years of illness. A Roman Catholic who specialized in Church teaching authority and ecumenical dialogue, she was active in ecumenical work for over 35 years, and was appointed to numerous ecumenical dialogue commissions. Dr O’Gara served on the Disciples of Christ/Roman Catholic International Commission for Dialogue (1983), the US Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue (1994), and the Evangelical/Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (2008). In addition, she also served for 18 years on the Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (1976-1993) and for 12 years on the Lutheran/Roman Catholic International Commission for Unity (1995-2006). She also served as President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and of the North American Academy of Ecumenists.
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Posted: January 3, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7097
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

The Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada meeting in Montréal. Back: Raymond Lafontaine, Alexander Laschuk, David Neelands, Catherine Clifford, Kevin Flynn, Front: Bruce Myers, Joseph Mangina, Bishop Don Bolen, Bishop Linda Nicholls, Eileen Conway, Carolyn Chau
La réunion à Montréal du Dialogue anglican et catholique romain du Canada. Retour: Raymond Lafontaine, Alexander Laschuk, David Neelands, Catherine Clifford, Kevin Flynn. Avant: Bruce Myers, Joseph Mangina, Bishop Don Bolen, Bishop Linda Nicholls, Eileen Conway, Carolyn Chau

Anglicans, Roman Catholics ‘committed to dialogue’

 — January 7, 20147 janvier 2014

Canadian Roman Catholics have expressed the hope that the Anglican Church of Canada would seek input from its ecumenical partners as it continues discussion concerning a resolution to amend the church’s marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage.

The marriage canon resolution was discussed at a joint meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Bishops’ Dialogue (ARCB) and the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada) held last December. Anglican Bishop Linda Nicholls, ARC Canada co-chair, reported on the Anglican-Lutheran Joint Assembly held last summer, which included an explanation of the said resolution passed by General Synod.

Nicholls assured her Catholic counterparts that since the resolution states that action taken on the marriage canon must demonstrate “broad consultation,” this could be interpreted to include consultation with the church’s ecumenical partners, including the Roman Catholic Church, said Archdeacon Bruce Myers, General Synod co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations. who assisted the ARC meeting as staff. [On Jan. 6, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada appointed Nicholls as a member of the commission on the marriage canon, which will conduct a broad consultation on the proposed change to the marriage canon.)

Catholic members stated that consultations were necessary since “any decision our church takes regarding our understanding of marriage will have implications for our relationships with other churches,” said Myers.
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Posted: January 7, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7113
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, human sexuality
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, human sexuality

Four bishops in leadership of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. At the back: Archbishop Fred Hiltz and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; at the front ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Seaton and ELCIC Bishop Susan Johnson

Four-way Anglican-Lutheran dialogue deepens

 — January 7, 20147 janvier 2014

The heads of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) have agreed to co-ordinate their responses to “events that transcend” their borders, such as natural disasters.

They could, for instance, issue a joint pastoral letter in response to a natural calamity and invite their members to contribute to relief and recovery efforts through one of their four relief agencies, said Archdeacon Bruce Myers, General Synod’s co-ordinator for ecumenical and interfaith relations. Myers served as staff support at the meeting.

Leaders of the four churches reached this agreement when they met for a day and a half of informal talks last December in Winnipeg. Since 2010, the heads of these four churches have met for informal talks, “becoming colloquially known as the ‘Four-Way,’ ” said Myers.

The Anglican Church of Canada’s primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, ELCIC Bishop Susan Johnson and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori were joined in the meeting by the new presiding bishop of the ELCA, Elizabeth Eaton.
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Posted: January 7, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7116
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, ecumenism, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, ecumenism, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion

Is Christ Divided? - The artwork from the British and Irish resources for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Has Christ Been Divided? Introduction to the WPCU 2014 theme

 — January 8, 20148 janvier 2014

Canadians live in a country that is marked by diversity in language, culture, and even climate, and we also embody diversity in our expressions of Christian faith. Living with this diversity, but being faithful to Christ’s desire for the unity of his disciples, has led us to a reflection on Paul’s provocative question in 1 Corinthians: “Has Christ been Divided?” In faith we respond, “No!” yet our church communities continue to embody scandalous divisions. 1 Corinthians also points us to a way in which we can value and receive the gifts of others even now in the midst of our divisions, and that is an encouragement to us in our work for unity.

2. Canada is known for its natural splendour: its mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, seas of wheat and three ocean shorelines. Our land stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the U.S. border to the north pole. This is a land rich in agriculture and natural resources. Canada is also a land of diverse peoples: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis,1 and many people who came to settle here from around the world. We have two official languages, French and English, yet many Canadians celebrate the cultural and linguistic heritage from their ancestral homelands. Our social and political divisions frequently hinge upon linguistic, cultural, and regional distinctions, yet we are learning to understand how these national identities contribute to a healthy Canadian diversity. Within this multicultural milieu, many Christians have brought their particular ways of worship and ministry. Paul’s letter addresses us within our diversity and invites us to recognize that as church in our particular places we are not to be isolated or to act over against each other, but rather to recognize our interconnectedness with all who call on the name of the Lord.
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Posted: January 8, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7051
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

Franciscans to Leave St. Michael’s Retreat in 3 Years

 — January 8, 20148 janvier 2014

Reverend Dennis Vavrek, OFM, Western Canada Provincial for the Franciscans, in a January 2 telephone interview confirmed that Franciscans are leaving St. Michael’s Retreat Ministries. “Like most religious communities in the Western world our numbers are declining and we have two retreat centres. At our chapter meeting in May 2013 the future was discussed and it was decided that we can no longer maintain two retreat centres, that we’d have to leave one and it was decided that we would leave St. Michael’s Retreat in Lumsden on or before the next Chapter meeting which will be in 2016.” St. Michael’s Retreat Ministries celebrated its 50th anniversary during 2013 and the community did not wish to discuss the issue until the end of the anniversary year. The other Retreat facility is Mount St. Francis in Cochrane, Alberta.

Retreat houses do not make money, said Vavrek. St. Michael’s income pays the operating bills but doesn’t make a profit and the Franciscan community, because it owns the building, pays all capital costs.

Vavrek said the ecumenical board of Anglican, Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic faith traditions and representatives from the Franciscans and the Regina Archdiocese will continue to govern but other options are being considered. “Yes, we have sort of tested the waters to see what interest there might be but our number one priority is to find a way to continue as St. Michael’s Retreat Ministries,” said Vavrek.
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Posted: January 8, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7174
Categories: NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Regina
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Regina

Written from the context of the Canadian pluralist society, this new 16-page document is intended for “all Catholics who desire to understand better and respond more zealously to their call to evangelize the modern world.”

CCCB issues text on the Essential Elements of Evangelization Today

 — January 9, 20149 janvier 2014

The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has now posted on the CCCB Website a text entitled “The Essential Elements of Evangelization Today”. Written from the context of the Canadian pluralist society, this new 16-page document is intended not only for priests, consecrated men and women, and those actively involved in pastoral work, but also for “all Catholics who desire to understand better and respond more zealously to their call to evangelize the modern world.” Although composed prior to the release of Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), its approach and recommendations are similar, while providing a uniquely Canadian perspective.
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Posted: January 9, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7161
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: CCCB, evangelism/evangelization
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : CCCB, evangelism/evangelization

A beatification in St. Peter's Square

Matteo Ricci one step closer to sainthood

 — January 11, 201411 janvier 2014

The diocesan phase of the process leading to the canonization the Jesuit priest who proclaimed the Christian message in China, is complete. Ricci’s beatification cause moved to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints yesterday.

The dossiers on Matteo Ricci’s beatification cause were received by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome yesterday. The news was announced by Claudio Giuliodori, the Apostolic Administrator of the Italian Diocese of Macerata at a public meeting yesterday. The diocesan phase of the process leading to the canonization of this great Jesuit who brought the Gospel to China, has concluded in Macerata, where the priest was born in 1552. Once all relevant documentation has been studied, the Roman phase of the canonization process will begin: a Relator will be appointed to organise the material collected to certify that the candidate for sainthood has lived their human and theological virtues to a heroic level.
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Posted: January 11, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7202
Categories: NewsIn this article: evangelism/evangelization, inculturation, saints
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : evangelism/evangelization, inculturation, saints

The International Commission for Dialogue between Disciples of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church meeting in Nashville, Tennessee

Disciples-Catholic Dialogue to Focus on “Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist”

 — January 12, 201412 janvier 2014

The International Commission for Dialogue between Disciples of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church began its fifth round of dialogue on the theme for this phase, “Christians Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist.” This dialogue is co-sponsored by the Disciples Ecumenical Consultative Council and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Meeting at the Disciples of Christ Historical Society in Nashville, Tennessee on January 8-12, 2014, the agenda focused upon two areas: (1) reviewing the previous four phases of dialogue (which have taken place from 1977 to 2009); and, (2) exploring the place of the Eucharist (the Lord’s Supper) in the life and practice of the Disciples and the Catholic traditions.
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Posted: January 12, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7241
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Disciples of Christ, ecumenism, eucharist
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Disciples of Christ, ecumenism, eucharist

Le Christ est-il divisé ? - The artwork from the French resources for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Has Christ Been Divided? The Ecumenical Context in Canada

 — January 13, 201413 janvier 2014

Among the many factors that influence Canadian religious experience is the sheer size of our country. Canada is the second largest country in the world, 40% of which is in the Arctic, north of 60o latitude. Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the United States to the North Pole, Canada has ten provinces and three territories. We are surrounded by three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic. Our only land border is with the United States and it has experienced almost 200 years of peace. Canada is a confederation of former British colonies, with a parliamentary form of government in a federal system of ten provinces and three territories. The union of the former colonial territories and independence from Britain occurred peacefully, and Canada remains a strong proponent of international engagement and cooperation. The vast distances between our cities have promoted both self-reliance and formation of distinct identities in the regions, but can also engender feelings of alienation or resentment.

Canada is known for its natural splendour: its mountains, forests, lakes and rivers, seas of wheat and three ocean shorelines. This is a land rich in agriculture and natural resources. Canada is also a land of diverse peoples: First Nations, Inuit, and Métis,2 and many people who came to settle here from around the world. We have two official languages, French and English, yet many Canadians also celebrate the cultural and linguistic heritages of their ancestral homelands.
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Posted: January 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7065
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

Ecumenical Patriarch calls for Orthodox, Anglican student swap

 — January 13, 201413 janvier 2014

The Ecumenical Patriarch said today he hoped for a continuing exchange of Orthodox and Anglican students to aid the two Churches’ relationship.

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who occupies the First Throne of the Orthodox Christian Church, was speaking today during his welcome of the Anglican Communion’s spiritual head Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.

He said, “In the past, the rapprochement between our two Churches has been greatly assisted by the exchange of students, and we trust that this will continue. Our Theological School at Halki used to offer scholarships to Anglicans, and when it is reopened – as will happen in the near future (so it may be hoped) – we shall certainly wish to revive this tradition.

“These exchange students have frequently gone on to become leaders in their respective Churches, and their early inter-Church experience has enabled them to further the cause of Christian unity in highly constructive ways.”

Archbishop Welby is on what has been described as an ‘intensive two-day visit’ that will include official reception in the Chamber of the Throne, and a discussion with the Synodical Committee for Inter-Christian Affairs.
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Posted: January 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7176
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Justin Welby, Orthodox
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Justin Welby, Orthodox

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meets with Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

Archbishop of Canterbury meets Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

 — January 14, 201414 janvier 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury affirmed his commitment to the reconciliation of Eastern and Western churches during a meeting with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew yesterday.

The Most Revd Justin Welby was meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew during a two-day visit to Istanbul.

During their meeting Archbishop Justin said that Patriarch Bartholomew had been “an example of peace and reconciliation, politically, with the natural world, and in your historic visit to the installation of His Holiness Pope Francis I.

“Such reconciliation [is] very dear to my heart and is one of my key priorities. It is the call of Christ that all may be one so that the world may see. I will therefore be taking back with me the warmth of your hospitality and also, after our discussions today and tomorrow, a renewed and refreshed focus for greater unity and closer fellowship. We want to carry the cross of our divisions, but be filled with the hope and joy that comes from the grace and the love of Jesus.”
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Posted: January 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7181
Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Justin Welby, Orthodox
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Bartholomew I, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Justin Welby, Orthodox

Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Pope Francis

Long divisions that plague the Church

 — January 16, 201416 janvier 2014

There are many reasons to be hopeful about the direction of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue but it is threatened by tensions emerging within the Orthodox Church. As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity gets under way today, a leading ecumenist gives his assessment.

In 1923, a schoolteacher priest of Lyons started devoting his spare time to helping the 10,000 refugees from Bolshevism camped and lodged around the city and its suburbs. It was his first encounter with a Christianity that was not Roman Catholic. Thus he learned the friendship of receiving as well as giving, finding great respect for the Orthodox clergy and people in their moment of destitution, as his heart opened to their faith and the beauty of their worship. He was astonished to find Catholics from the old Russian Empire who were not Latins, but Eastern Christians who maintained their unity with the Bishop of Rome with roots to before the Great Schism. Over the next decade, Paul Couturier became convinced of the need for Christian unity, and in 1935 he took hold of the Catholic Church Unity Octave, founded in 1908, and developed it into a “Universal Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians in the charity and truth of Christ”. Inspired by the holiness of the Orthodox, beyond this world he imagined an “invisible monastery”, in which all could unite in prayer to God in Heaven, in the hope of seeing the same union realised in the Church here. He took for his motto the saying of Metropolitan Platon Gorodetsky of Kiev: “The walls of separation do not rise as far as Heaven.”
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Posted: January 16, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7184
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, ecumenism, Moscow Patriarchate, Orthodox

WPCU day 1: Together… we are called to be saints

 — January 18, 201418 janvier 2014

Together, we who call upon the name of the Lord are called to be saints “sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Cor 1:2). In Exodus, this gathering together of God’s people is described as a treasured possession, a priestly kingdom and a holy nation.

In 1 Peter, our membership in this communion of saints is understood to come as a result of God calling us together as a chosen race, a royal priesthood, God’s own people. With this calling comes a shared mandate to proclaim the mighty acts of God that drew us out of darkness and into God’s light.

Furthermore, we discover in Matthew that as a communion of saints, our oneness in Jesus is to extend beyond our family, clan, or class as together we pray for unity and seek to do the will of God.
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Posted: January 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7075
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

WPCU day 2: Together… we give thanks for God’s grace in one another

 — January 19, 201419 janvier 2014

Gratitude, in Deuteronomy, is a way of living life with a deep awareness of God’s presence within us and around us. It is the ability to recognize God’s grace active and alive in one another and in all people everywhere and to give God thanks. The joy that flows from this grace is so great that it embraces even “the aliens who reside among you”.

Gratitude, in the ecumenical context, means being able to rejoice in the gifts of God’s grace present in other Christian communities, an attitude that opens the door to ecumenical sharing of gifts and to learning from one another.

All of life is a gift from God: from the moment of creation to the moment God became flesh in the life and work of Jesus, to this moment in which we are living. Let us thank God for the gifts of grace and truth given in Jesus Christ, and manifest in one another and our churches.
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Posted: January 19, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7080
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

WPCU day 3: Together… we are not lacking in any spiritual gifts

 — January 20, 201420 janvier 2014

Job realizes that even though all has been taken away from him, the fear of the Lord remains – that is wisdom. As brothers and sisters in Christ, even though we are impoverished by our divisions, we have all been graced with an abundance of diverse gifts, both spiritual and material to build up his body.

Yet, despite God’s promises and Jesus’ generous life and love, we, like the disciples in Mark, sometimes forget our true wealth: we divide, we hoard; we speak and act as if we have “no bread”.

Christ has not been divided: together we have gifts enough to share with one another and “with every living thing”.
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Posted: January 20, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7084
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

The Rev. Canon John Gibault, director of the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, helped produce the WCC's <i>The Church: Towards a Common Vision</i> document. The Rev. Canon Dr. Alyson Barnett-Cowan, director of Unity, Faith and Order for the Anglican Communion, oversaw the production of the study guide. Both are priests in the Anglican Church of Canada

Guide to WCC Common Vision document published

 — January 20, 201420 janvier 2014

Aptly released for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the Anglican Communion Office has produced a study guide to the World Council of Churches (WCC) document The Church: Towards a Common Vision, the result of 20 years of study and dialogue among the council’s member churches, who represent most of the world’s churches.

The WCC published Towards a Common Vision in March 2013 and asked its members to study it and comment on it. According to the WCC’s introduction, the document asks and offers answers to the questions “What can we say together about the Church of the Triune God in order to grow in communion, to struggle together for justice and peace in the world, and to overcome together our past and present divisions?” It begins by addressing “the Church’s mission, unity, and its being in the Trinitarian life of God” and then looks at ecumenical “growth in communion – in apostolic faith, sacramental life, and ministry – as churches called to live in and for the world.”
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Posted: January 20, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7195
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: church, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : church, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order

WPCU day 4: Together… we affirm that God is faithful

 — January 21, 201421 janvier 2014

The eternal unity of Father, Son and Spirit draws us closer into the love of God, and calls us to participate in God’s work in the world which is love, mercy and justice. Mercy and justice are not divided in God, but rather are joined together in the steadfast love manifested in God’s covenant with us and with all of creation.

The new father Zechariah testifies to God’s manifestation of mercy in keeping his promises to Abraham and his descendents. God is faithful to his holy covenant.

As we continue to pray for the unity of the church, we must not neglect to meet together and encourage one another, spurring each other on towards love and good deeds, saying: “God is faithful.”
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Posted: January 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7087
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

Taizé prayer

Praying together once a year is not enough for young Christians

 — January 21, 201421 janvier 2014

Recently 30,000 young adults from all over Europe came together in Strasbourg, France. This gathering was the 36th European Meeting, an annual event prepared by our Taizé Community and held each time in a different European city.

By giving young people the opportunity to make personal contacts across borders, we want to help them acquire a true European awareness. The work of international institutions is essential, but unless there is a meeting of persons, Europe cannot be built.

If there is no longer a wall between East and West, there are still walls between our perceptions. The young people who came to Strasbourg want an open and inclusive Europe. They want solidarity between all European countries and solidarity with the poorest peoples of other continents.

They ask that a globalised economy be closely linked to a globalisation of solidarity. They expect rich nations to show greater generosity, both through investments in developing nations that truly offer justice and by a worthy and responsible welcome given to immigrants from these countries.
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Posted: January 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7200
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Taizé, WPCU, youth
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Taizé, WPCU, youth

Prince Guneratnam, chair of the Pentecostal World Fellowship, addressed the Tenth Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Busan, South Korea

Which global church? The Pentecostal World Fellowship and the WCC

 — January 21, 201421 janvier 2014

The new Calvary Convention Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was filled nearly to capacity as 3,710 Pentecostals gathered from 73 countries around the world. They came to this mostly Muslim country for the 23rd Pentecostal World Conference, a global gathering which takes place every three years. The host was Calvary Church, a Pentecostal megachurch in Kuala Lumpur whose lead pastor, Prince Guneratnam, is currently chair of the Pentecostal World Fellowship.

Many participants at the August meeting were young and reflected the enthusiasm of the fastest-growing segment of the Christian world. In 1970 Pentecostals accounted for only 5 percent of all Christians, but today Pentecostals and charismatics—including those in other denominations who exercise Pentecostal or charismatic gifts—constitute 25 percent of all the world’s Christians. In Asia, 80 percent of all Christian conversions are to Pentecostal forms of Christianity. Or think of it this way: one out of 12 people alive today is Pentecostal.
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Posted: January 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7197
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, Pentecostal World Fellowship, WCC
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, Pentecostal World Fellowship, WCC

Bishop Donald Bolen of the Diocese of Saskatoon preaching at Circle Drive Alliance Church

An historic visit: Bishop Donald Bolen preaches at Circle Drive Alliance Church

 — January 21, 201421 janvier 2014

In what might very well be a historic first, on Sunday January 19 Roman Catholic Bishop Donald Bolen was the guest preacher at one of Saskatoon’s flagship Evangelical churches, Circle Drive Alliance Church. Pastor Eldon Boldt invited Bishop Bolen to preach some months ago and suggested January as a possible time. Boldt has been offering the congregation a series of sermons through January on the theme of Reconciliation so the bishop’s sermon on Christian unity was a natural fit. Nevertheless, the significance of the occasion was not lost on anyone, including the congregation of Holy Family Cathedral to whom Bolen had preached earlier in the morning. Before he left for Circle Drive Church, the Catholic congregation gave Bolen a rousing cheer amid their prayers for Christian unity and thanksgiving for their bishop’s ecumenical passion.

The invitation to Circle Drive Church did not come out of the blue. Pastor Boldt and Bishop Bolen have been friends for a number of years and have happily shared together in prayer and witness. They are both members of a joint consultation committee between the Catholic diocese and the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers’ Fellowship (SEMF).
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Posted: January 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7204
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Donald Bolen, Evangelicals
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WPCU day 5: Together… we are called into fellowship

 — January 22, 201422 janvier 2014

We are called into fellowship with God the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. As we draw closer to the Triune God, we are drawn closer to one another in Christian unity.

Christ has initiated a change in our relationship, calling us friends instead of servants. In response to this relationship of love, we are called out of relationships of power and domination into friendship and love of one another.

Called by Jesus, we witness to the gospel both to those who have not yet heard it and to those who have. This proclamation contains a call into fellowship with God, and establishes fellowship among those who respond.
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Posted: January 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7089
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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The papal general audience with a sea of umbrellas

The divisions must stop! Pope Francis’ catechesis on Christian Unity

 — January 22, 201422 janvier 2014

Pope Francis dedicated the catechesis of this Wednesday’s general audience to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which ends next Saturday, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. It is a spiritual initiative in which Christian communities have participated for over one hundred years, and is a time dedicated to prayer for the unity of all baptised persons, in accordance with Christ’s will “that they may all be one”. Every year an ecumenical group from one region in the world, under the guidance of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, suggests the theme and prepares the activities for the Prayer Week. This year the initiatives were prepared by the Churches and Ecclesiastical Communities of Canada, who have proposed the question posed by St. Paul to the Christians of Corinth: “Has Christ been divided?”
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Posted: January 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7214
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Pope Francis, WPCU

WPCU day 6: Together… we seek to be in agreement

 — January 23, 201423 janvier 2014

The disunity described in 1 Corinthians 1:12-13 reflects a distortion of the gospel, undermining the integrity of the message of Christ. To acknowledge conflict and division, as Chloe’s people did, is the first step to establishing unity.

Women like Deborah and Chloe raise a prophetic voice among God’s people in times of conflict and division, confronting us with the need to be reconciled. Such prophetic voices may enable people to gather in renewed unity for action.

As we strive to be united in the same mind and the same purpose, we are called to seek the Lord and his peace as the psalmist wrote.
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Posted: January 23, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7091
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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WPCU day 7: Together… we belong to Christ

 — January 24, 201424 janvier 2014

Isaiah envisioned a day when Egyptians and Assyrians would worship together with Israel as God’s people. Christian unity belongs to the design of God for the unity of all humanity, and indeed of the cosmos itself. We pray for the day when we will worship together in one faith and one Eucharistic fellowship.

We are blessed by the gifts of various church traditions. Recognising those gifts in each other impels us towards visible unity.

Our baptism unites us as one body in Christ. While we value our particular churches, Paul reminds us that all who call on the name of the Lord are with us in Christ for we all belong to the one body. There is no other to whom we can say, “I have no need of you” (1 Cor 12:21).
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Posted: January 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7093
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon

One bishop’s guide to ecumenism

 — January 24, 201424 janvier 2014

Bishop Don Bolen of Saskatoon is Canada’s most ecumenically minded bishop.

He worked seven years for the Pontifical Commission for Promoting Christian Unity in Rome where he co-ordinated Vatican participation in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and watched and encouraged official dialogues between the Catholic Church and Anglicans and Methodists. Though now leading one of Western Canada’s most important dioceses, he remains a member of the Vatican’s ecumenical commission, co-chairs the Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission, is a member of the Methodist-Roman Catholic International Commission, sits on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada and is a member of the Evangelical-Roman Catholic International Consultation.
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Posted: January 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7223
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: bishops, Catholic, Christian unity, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : bishops, Catholic, Christian unity, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Saskatoon

Bishop Donald Bolen of the Diocese of Saskatoon preaching at Circle Drive Alliance Church

Saskatoon’s Bolen makes history preaching to Evangelicals

 — January 24, 201424 janvier 2014

Preaching to Evangelicals at the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity didn’t phase Saskatoon Bishop Don Bolen — much.

“I’m always a bit nervous. I’m very mindful of my own shortcomings and inadequacies whenever I preach anywhere,” Bolen told The Catholic Register a few days after his Jan. 19 appearance at Saskatoon’s Circle Drive Alliance Church. “I did prepare more because they told me I had 30 minutes. Sweet, but it did require more preparation.”

Bolen preached on the story of the woman caught in adultery and Jesus’ ruling under the law that the one who has no sin should cast the first stone.

“He chose a beautiful text,” said Circle Drive Pastor Eldon Boldt. “Jesus showed grace and it was mercy upon mercy upon mercy. One girl wrote me (after the service) and said, ‘I don’t know why, but I found myself choking back tears as the bishop spoke.’ Well, that’s just the Holy Spirit.”

A Catholic bishop preaching in an Evangelical church is a rarity. As a member of the Evangelical-Roman Catholic International Consultation, Bolen hasn’t heard of other bishops preaching to Evangelicals. He plans to bring it up when the official international dialogue meets in March.
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Posted: January 24, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7221
Categories: Catholic Register, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Evangelicals, WPCU
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Catégorie : Catholic Register, Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Donald Bolen, ecumenism, Evangelicals, WPCU

WPCU day 8: Together… we proclaim the gospel

 — January 25, 201425 janvier 2014

Together we proclaim anew the good news prophesied in Isaiah, fulfilled in our Lord Jesus, preached by the Apostle Paul, and received by the Church. Facing honestly the differences we have and the labels of denomination we embrace, we must never lose sight of the common mandate we have in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul is sent “to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power” (1 Cor 1:17). The path to unity is to be found in the power of the cross.

The Gospel we proclaim is made tangible and relevant to us as we bear witness to the work of Jesus Christ in our own lives and the life of the Christian community.
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Posted: January 25, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7095
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Pope Francis at the Concluding Vespers of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in the Roman Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls, during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Pope Francis concludes the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 — January 25, 201425 janvier 2014

On Saturday, Pope Francis presided over evening Vespers at Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls Basilica where he was joined by members of the many different Christian Churches present here in Rome.

The celebration, which lands on the Feast of Saint Paul, marks the closing of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which has been exploring the theme, taken from St Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, “Has Christ been divided?”

Saturday’s celebrations coincide with the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
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Posted: January 25, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7227
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism, WPCU

Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Cardinal Eijk and the “ecumenical case” concerning the Council of Trent

 — January 27, 201427 janvier 2014

An interview with the Archbishop of Utrecht, Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, sparked controversy in the Netherlands during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The interview was published in Reformatorisch Dagblad and reprinted by Trouw, on Monday 20 January.

The title of the interview is: “Eijk: the doctrine and condemnations of the Council of Trent still apply fully” The subheading read: “Cardinal Eijk has confirmed that the teachings of the Council of Trent still apply and so do the condemnations the Council made against those who reject said teachings. Protestants for example.”

The cardinal did not check the interview title and introductory summary, only the interview itself, which he approved. His statements were also quoted on the Dutch Bishops’ Conference website.

According to Eijk, the Council of Trent is a sign of the “Roman Catholic Church’s ability to purify itself,” with the “guidance of the Holy Spirit.” Eijk said Trent ended much of the malpractice in the Church during the Middle Ages, such as the ecclesiastical “job” trade, non biblical interpretations of the priesthood and the lack of discipline in monasteries: “When all the decrees (of the Council) were implemented, order was restored to the Church.”

The Council of Trent also contributed to defining some “truths of faith” regarding Protestants. The cardinal stated that these are still fully applicable. For example the essence of the sacrament of the Eucharist and transubstantiation.
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Posted: January 27, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7238
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Protestant, Reformation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Protestant, Reformation

Unbearable Pain, Startling Hope: 40 years of Bold Witness to Ecumenical Social Justice

 — January 27, 201427 janvier 2014

KAIROS, the Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiative, is celebrating a 40th anniversary. KAIROS itself isn’t that old, but its predecessor groups, the Canadian ecumenical coalitions are. Those of us engaged in ecumenical work, whether in theological dialogues, ecumenical education, or collaborating in advocacy for social justice are rooted in the same call to witness to Christ and to engage in common mission. We give thanks for the work of the Canadian social justice coalitions and for KAIROS that continues to give witness to this legacy. Congratulations KAIROS on 40 years of witness!

The executive director of KAIROS, Jennifer Henry, gave a long sermon January 19th at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in Etobicoke. She reflects on ‘40 Years of Bold Witness’ framing her thoughts with four characteristics of the “natural habitat’ of prophetic voices” outlined by Walter Brueggemann in “The Prophetic Imagination.” It is well worth a read for Jennifer’s strong knowledge of history and inspirational passion for justice.
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Posted: January 27, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7344
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Canada, KAIROS
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Canada, KAIROS

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople

Pope Francis’ ecumenism

 — January 28, 201428 janvier 2014

Almost a year after Francis’ election and with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at an end, it is now possible to give a first overview of the Pope’s initiatives to promote ecumenism. “For me ecumenism is a priority” Francis told Vatican Insider and Italian newspaper La Stampa in last December’s interview.

Some of the choices he made even at the very start of his pontificate had a very positive impact of ecumenism.
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Posted: January 28, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7231
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, papacy, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, papacy, pope, Pope Francis

Most Rev. Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB)

Canada’s Catholic bishops join global call to stop Israel from placing wall on farmland, convent

 — January 28, 201428 janvier 2014

In a letter to the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has expressed the concerns of the CCCB about the security wall in the Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem. Archbishop Durocher is also a signatory of a statement issued today by the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land on a proposed extension of the Israeli security wall. This situation will affect the lives of many Christian families and the pastoral work of the religious communities in this area of the Holy Land.

In his letter to Mr. Baird, Archbishop Durocher conveys the concerns of the Catholic Bishops of Canada: “we ask your government to raise our objections about the extension of the security wall in the Cremisan Valley, with the hope that a change to the present Israeli plan could become one step forward toward making it possible for Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and justice.”
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Posted: January 28, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7243
Categories: NewsIn this article: CCCB, Israel, Palestine
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : CCCB, Israel, Palestine

Members of the the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), political leaders, church leaders and Aboriginal organizations celebrate the opening of the sixth national TRC event in Vancouver, September

TRC to hold final public event this March

 — January 31, 201431 janvier 2014

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), formed in 2008 to help begin healing over Canada’s residential school system for Indigenous peoples, will be holding its final public event at the end of March in Edmonton.

Similar to past events, this one will feature traditional ceremonies, survivor gatherings and statements, an education day, and more.

Although the mandate of the TRC has been extended through 2015, this final public event signals the end of a journey and the beginning of a new one for those who have been involved.

National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald is already looking to the future.

“It has become more and more clear as we’ve gone on that this is a beginning, and not an end. This is the beginning of reconciliation. I don’t think that after we finish this, anybody will say ‘Well, we did that!'”

“I think the next steps on the path are the building of the positive relationships between non-Indigenous people and institutions, and Indigenous people. It’s all about building on the bedrock of reconciliation.”
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Posted: January 31, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7259
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Canada, Indigenous peoples, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Canada, Indigenous peoples, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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

Trilateral Dialogue discusses significance of baptism

 — January 31, 201431 janvier 2014

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

Bottoms Up: Future of ecumenism is local, not ‘macro,’ Cuban professor says

 — February 3, 20143 février 2014

The Rev. Daniel Montoya, longtime professor at Seminario Evangelico Teologia (Evangelical Theological Seminary, or SET) here, calls his core class “Practical Theological Ecumenism.”

“In Cuba, Christians are a tiny minority, so they try to get together to know each other,” Montoya explains. “They are not so keen on institutional or ‘macro’ ecumenism, but on local or “base” ecumenism.”

In Cuba, as most everyplace else in the world, ecumenism at the national or interdenominational level is in crisis. “These institutional groups forget location,” Montoya says. “They forget the base.”

For example, he says, “people are neighbours, their children attend the same schools, they ride the same buses, they walk in the same streets ― they are friends. On the ground they don’t see any differences, just on Sundays when they go to different churches.”

Practical ecumenism for Montoya, then, means teaching seminary students how to involve people locally “so they have better understanding and don’t have prejudice.” His classes focus on ecumenical cooperation in local communities, not on the dogmatic or doctrinal differences between churches.

Practical ecumenism must also be theological “because all of our hope ― what it means to be the church ― is based on faith and confidence in God.”
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Posted: February 3, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7290
Categories: PCUSA NewsIn this article: ecumenism, Presbyterian
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Catégorie : PCUSA NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, Presbyterian

Coptic icon of St. Mark

Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic dialogue held in India

 — February 7, 20147 février 2014

Pope Francis’ attitude of hospitality and humility towards Oriental Orthodox leaders has had a positive impact on the dialogue between Catholics and these ancient Orthodox Churches.

That‘s according to Fr Gabriel Quicke, who’s in charge of relations with the Oriental Orthodox Churches at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. He came back this week from Kerala in India where he took part in the 11th meeting of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

The two delegations at the meeting continued their ongoing discussions on the ways in which full communion was expressed in the first five centuries, before the divisions between the different Churches. Since the 5th century, these ancient communities of Christians have not been in communion with either the Roman Catholic Church or the Eastern Orthodox world, with the result that very little is known about their rich heritage and traditions outside the countries where they are based – Egypt, Armenia, Syria, India and Ethiopia.
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Posted: February 7, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7256
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Oriental Orthodox
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Oriental Orthodox

Montréal Presbyterians respond to Québec Charter of Values

 — February 7, 20147 février 2014

The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s Presbytery of Montreal has adopted a response to Bill 60 – the Québec Charter of Values.

“We acknowledge and celebrate the unique identity of Quebec as a Francophone nation and province within Canada, and acknowledge the particular religious and cultural history that has shaped its values, laws, and social fabric. We also acknowledge and celebrate the presence of other linguistic and cultural communities within Quebec – including a large Anglophone minority – and celebrate the contributions such communities have made to the history, identity, and success of Quebec as a liberal democratic polity. We believe that Quebec has been enriched by this diversity.”
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Posted: February 7, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7253
Categories: NewsIn this article: Presbyterian Church in Canada, Québec, religious freedom
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Presbyterian Church in Canada, Québec, religious freedom

Sister Lucy Thorson snd, speaking at Scarboro Missions for World Interfaith Harmony Week

Still work to do in Jewish relations

 — February 11, 201411 février 2014

Continuing to strengthen relationships with the Jewish community is essential for Catholics, Sr. Lucy Thorson believes.

“For us as Catholics it is really not a luxury, it is a necessity for us to be familiar with Judaism,” said the Sister of Sion. “It is the roots of our Christian faith. So many of our Christian practices are rooted in the Jewish tradition.”

Despite this connection which is grounded in “the Jewishness of Jesus,” a significant degree of tension has existed between the two faiths in the past.

“Our history has been very painful with our relationship with the Jewish people.”

Thorson blamed misunderstandings during the interpretation process of the New Testament resulting in negative portrayals of the Jews as one of the leading causes of this tension.

But things have been improving since Vatican II, she noted. During an evening lecture at Scarboro Missions on Feb. 5, Thorson reinforced this by highlighting some of the major milestones in Catholic-Jewish relations starting with the council.

The event, which was part of World Interfaith Harmony Week, drew about 35 people despite a winter storm blanketing much of the city earlier that day.
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Posted: February 11, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7347
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Catholic, Jewish-Christian relations
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Catholic, Jewish-Christian relations

Members of the Anglican-United Church of Canada dialogue gathered at the Vancouver School of Theology in January. Front row (l to r): Gail Allan, Paula Sampson, Sandra Beardsall, Stephen Silverthorne. Back row (l to r): Andrew O'Neill, Gordon Jensen, Donald Koots, Bruce Myers, Elisabeth Jones, Lynne McNaughton, William Harrison

Anglican and United churches discuss differences

 — February 14, 201414 février 2014

“Both friendly and intense”—that’s how the Rev. William Harrison describes the latest phase of the dialogue between representatives of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada after the last of three annual meetings wrapped up at the Vancouver School of Theology on Jan. 16.

Harrison, the group’s Anglican co-chair, said the participants from both churches have prepared an interim report, which has to be submitted the Anglican Church of Canada’s Council of General Synod (CoGS) for its next meeting in May before it can be discussed in detail. In the meanwhile, he answered a few questions from the Journal by email about the latest meetings and their progress.

In keeping with a resolution from the 2010 General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, and with the agreement of the United Church’s Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee, these most recent talks have focused on “the doctrinal identities of the two churches and the implications of this for the lives of the churches—including understandings of sacraments and orders of ministry.”

“Both sides have been willing to engage and ask tough questions,” Harrison wrote. “Where the previous phase focused on what we have in common, this phase has been more inclined to recognize differences. The result is that we have challenged one another and ourselves.” The previous dialogue took place over six years and ended in 2009. Those conversations were described in Drawing from the Same Well: The St. Brigid Report.

In spite of those differences, Harrison wrote, “We found that on core theological commitments (as expressed in the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds, for example) we are really in much the same place, facing common challenges. Our differences on these matters tend to be more in the realm of how we do theology than in the things that we affirm.”
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Posted: February 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7352
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Christian unity, dialogue, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Christian unity, dialogue, United Church of Canada

The Global Christian Forum logo: The colours of the design are reflective of the ancient eras of the church. The chipped, or broken and slightly different shaped tiles remind us that we come as 'chipped' and 'broken' communities. But together - through the cross of Christ - we have our place. We belong together. The cross, put over an image of the globe, tells our story. The GCF has its roots in the cross of Christ known in history, but is present and alive in the contemporary world. Like any mosaic, there is a unity and diversity in that each tile is individual, but belongs to the whole. In this design of the mosaic cross, we have our own hues and shapes, but together, we show that we belong to the other as we continue the search for unity in Christ

Our Unfolding Journey with Jesus Christ: new document reflects on the Global Christian Forum

 — February 18, 201418 février 2014

An important document, which is a theological reflection on the experience and life of the Global Christian Forum, has been approved by the GCF committee.

Titled, Our Unfolding Journey with Jesus Christ: Reflections on the Global Christian Forum Experience, the document is the work of a group of theologians drawn from across the church traditions and families that make up the GCF.

Rev Dr Wonsuk Ma, executive director of the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, headed a panel of nine theologians, known as the Theological Working Group (TWG), who produced the document. [Full membership of TWG is listed below.]

The work, initiated by the GCF committee when in met in Rome in 2012, was received and approved by the committee at its recent meeting in Geneva in September.

The decision to undertake the task came after the second GCF global gathering at Manado, Indonesia, where it was felt that it was important to put down some theological markers so the wider Christian community could understand the story, practice and on-going life of the GCF.
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Posted: February 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7372
Categories: NewsIn this article: ecclesiology, Global Christian Forum, theology
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : ecclesiology, Global Christian Forum, theology

Screen grab of Pope Francis' video greeting to a Kenneth Copeland Ministries leadership conference

Pope records iPhone video greeting to Pentecostal leadership conference

 — February 20, 201420 février 2014

This is a story that is classic Pope Francis: in late December he picked up the phone and called a Pentecostal bishop, Tony Palmer, to invite him to visit. By all accounts, they had been friends for a number of years already and this was just a social visit, so it wasn’t planned and facilitated by Vatican staff. When the Vatican’s daily news briefing on January 14 listed Bishop Palmer’s visit, the only detail given was that he is the ecumenical officer for the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a Pentecostal group that identifies as Anglican, but is not affiliated with the Anglican Communion.

That generated considerable curiosity, particularly in ecumenical circles. Until now, the Vatican has not had any formal contacts with non-Communion Anglicans. No further details were available until this week when a video was posted on YouTube. During their visit in January, Pope Francis and Bishop Palmer recorded a video message on the bishop’s iPhone. The message was for a conference of leaders from Kenneth Copeland Ministries, a Pentecostal mega-church ministry. Palmer was scheduled to address the conference a few days later, so Francis offered to send greetings. They recorded the video on the spot, and there is no indication that the Vatican staff were aware of its existence until it appeared on YouTube two days ago.
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Posted: February 20, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7381
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Pentecostal, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Pentecostal, Pope Francis

Fr Pierre Bisson, SJ, provincial superior of the Jesuits of English Canada

Bishops to release refugee statement

 — February 21, 201421 février 2014

The fate of refugees and the struggles of immigrants in general is on the agenda for Canada’s Catholic bishops, but the bishops are steering clear of a national campaign supported by several church and lay groups which has been critical of the government’s record on refugee rights. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently working on a statement concerning refugees, migrants and immigrants to be released at an unspecified date. “In general, the conference does not release preliminary information about the development and eventual timelines of its various projects,” said CCCB spokesman René Laprise in an e-mail. “This is in order to ensure that the bishops and their advisors, both internal and external, have full freedom in drafting, developing and approving any eventual texts. This also avoids raising expectations and risking disappointments about the topics, nature and publication schedules of possible future texts.” In December, the bishops declined to sign a Human Rights Day statement calling on Ottawa to change course on refugee rights. Co-ordinated by the Canadian Council for Refugees, the statement called for fairness, respect and compassion in the treatment of refugees. “Canada can and must do better,” said the Dec. 10 statement. Signatories to the open letter ranged from former solicitor general Warren Allmand to Blue Rodeo guitarist Jim Cuddy. They also included the provincial superiors of both the English and French Canadian provinces of the Jesuits, the primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, the moderator of the United Church of Canada and the moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.
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Posted: February 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8533
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canadian Council of Churches, migration, refugees
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canadian Council of Churches, migration, refugees

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols

Anglicans & Catholics in England launch joint Lenten prayer week

 — February 26, 201426 février 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster have launched a joint initiative this Lent to encourage people to pray for the work churches do to support people in need in their parishes and beyond.

From Passion Sunday on 6 April to Palm Sunday on 13 April, Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols will give thanks to God daily for this essential act of service, and pray for his blessing on the work of the churches.

They will also visit church projects to hear from participants and to see how communities are being transformed.

Their hope is that by joining together in prayer and encouraging others to join them they will foster the work of the church in strengthening communities and helping those in need across the country.
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Posted: February 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7415
Categories: NewsIn this article: Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, poverty, prayer, Vincent Nichols
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, poverty, prayer, Vincent Nichols

Representatives of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met January 30-February 5 at the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama

Communiqué from the Bilateral Dialogue between the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council

 — March 4, 20144 mars 2014

Representatives of the Baptist World Alliance and the World Methodist Council met January 30-February 5 at the Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. The meeting was the opening round of conversations in the first international dialogue between Methodists and Baptists. The overall theme of the dialogue is faith working through love. The delegations were welcomed by the Provost and Executive Vice President of the University, Dr. J. Bradley Creed, as well as Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and Rev. Dr. Mike McLemore, Director of Missions for the Birmingham Baptist Association.

Participants discussed presentations on the history, theology, and contemporary global situation of Methodists and Baptists. The dialogue is co-chaired by Rev. Dr. Tim Macquiban, Superintendent Minister of the Cambridge Methodist Circuit and minister of Wesley Methodist Church in Cambridge, England, and Rev. Dr. Curtis Freeman, Research Professor and Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina. Rev. Dr. Paul Chilcote, Dean of Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, and Rev. Dr. Fausto Vasconcelos, BWA director of Mission, Evangelism, and Theological Reflection, serve as co-secretaries.
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Posted: March 4, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7439
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Baptist, dialogue, ecumenism, Methodist
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Baptist, dialogue, ecumenism, Methodist

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew convened the Synaxis of the Primates of Orthodoxy, March 6-9 at the Phanar

Orthodox to hold Holy & Great Synod in 2016

 — March 9, 20149 mars 2014

By the grace of God, the proceedings of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches concluded today, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy. The Synaxis took place at the Phanar from 6-9 March, 2014, at the invitation and under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, and was attended by all the most venerable Primates in person, with the exception of His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch, who, due to illness, was represented by Hierarchs of his Church.

The proceedings of the Synaxis were carried out in a very fraternal spirit; the Hierarchs discussed maters concerning the life of the Orthodox Church in the contemporary world, and particularly in regions where Orthodoxy and Christianity in general face serious problems and difficulties; the Hierarchs also expressed their support and profound interest of the Orthodox Church in its entirety concerning their fellow human beings suffering in those regions. Above all, the Synaxis considered the prevailing situation in the Middle East and recent developments in Ukraine, as well as the ongoing uncertainty about the fate of the bishops, Metropolitan John of Aleppo, and Yuhanna Ibrahim of the Syriac Church, who were kidnapped by unknown persons a very long time ago.
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Posted: March 9, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7540
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Orthodox, synods
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Orthodox, synods

NCC’s First ‘Christian Unity Gathering’ slated May 18-20 in Washington, DC area

 — March 10, 201410 mars 2014

The National Council of Churches first “Christian Unity Gathering” of leaders from member communions and other partners will be held May 18-20, 2014, in the Hilton Washington, Dulles, Herndon, Va.

“We are getting together to celebrate ecumenism and energize our journey toward the visible unity of all the Christian churches,” said Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the NCC.

The Rev. Ann Tiemeyer, NCC Interim Associate General Secretary for Joint Action and Advocacy, said the program “will include ample opportunity for all attendees to engage with one another through group discussion, input from expert resource people to help inform our discussion, and celebratory service with words from interfaith guests and an address from Jim Winkler.”
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Posted: March 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7504
Categories: NewsIn this article: ecumenism, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA), USA
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA), USA

The first meeting of Imam-Priest Exchange for 2014. ‘Together for a New Egypt: the Imam-Priest Exchange,’ is an interfaith initiative which brought together 30 priests (from different denominations) and 30 imams (selected by Al-Azhar) for four weekends in 2013. As a result of these meetings, the participating imams and priests built friendships and engaged together

Together for a New Egypt: First Meeting of Imam-Priest Exchange for 2014

 — March 13, 201413 mars 2014

“The biggest benefit of the project was my friendship with Sheikh Afifi. If I don’t see him for a few days, I always call him. I never dreamed that I would ever speak in a mosque, but through this friendship I’ve now shared at mosques in Alexandria and Cairo. “ Father Boutros Boutros, Coptic Priest in Alexandria.

The Imam-Priest exchange initiative for 2014 opened at Al Azhar al Shereef, at the invitation of the Grand Imam. The 30 imams and 30 priests who participated in the initiative in 2013 shared what they learnt and were presented with certificates.
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Posted: March 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7442
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Al-Azhar, Christian, Egypt, interfaith, Islam
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Al-Azhar, Christian, Egypt, interfaith, Islam

Ut Unum Sint - Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land, May 24-26, 2014

So that Christians may be one

 — March 15, 201415 mars 2014

The motto and logo of Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land

Ut unum sint is the motto chosen for Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land. The website theholylandreview.net announced this following the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land which was held in Tiberias on 11-12 March. There the heads of the Catholic communities in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Cyprus presented the logo and motto for the Pope’s pilgrimage scheduled for 24-26 May.

The motto of the pilgrimage, according to the website, “is at the very core of his trip to the Holy Land”. Francis and Bartolomaios are scheduled to meet in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre to commemorate and renew the desire and longing for unity among Christians, expressed by Pope Paul VI and Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras 50 years ago in Jerusalem. In addition, the logo depicts the embrace between the two brothers, Apostles Peter and Andrew: the first two disciples called by Jesus in Galilee, patrons respectively of the Church of Rome and the Church of Constantinople.
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Posted: March 15, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7452
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, pope, Pope Francis

The inauguration of the Global Freedom Network at the Vatican Press Office

Vatican, Anglicans, Muslims sign accord against human trafficking

 — March 17, 201417 mars 2014

The Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim institution signed a historic agreement to work together to end human trafficking worldwide by 2020.

The new accord, signed during a Vatican news conference March 17, launched the beginning of the Global Freedom Network, which hopes to expand to include all the world’s major faiths.

The global initiative aims to prevent modern forms of slavery; to protect, rescue and rehabilitate victims; and to promote concrete measures that condemn or criminalize human trafficking.

In a joint statement, the accord’s signatories called human trafficking and modern forms of slavery “crimes against humanity” and called for urgent action by all faith communities to join the effort to “set free the most oppressed of our brothers and sisters.”

“Only by activating, all over the world, the ideals of faith and of shared human values can we marshal the spiritual power, the joint effort and the liberating vision to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking from our world and for all time,” the joint statement said.

“This evil is man-made and can be overcome by faith-inspired human will and human effort,” it said.
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Posted: March 17, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7448
Categories: CNSIn this article: Al-Azhar, Anglican, Catholic, human trafficking, Islam, justice
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Al-Azhar, Anglican, Catholic, human trafficking, Islam, justice

Lament for a Divided Church: Why the ecumenical movement keeps working to overcome fraying in the body of Christ

Lament for a Divided Church

 — March 17, 201417 mars 2014

Ecumenism is the word that de­­scribes the historical movement for global church unity. I used to think of it as either a boring academic exercise in doctrinal compromise, or a winner-takes-all struggle to forge one monolithic superchurch.

After five years in the field (I work for a Lutheran ecumenical organization), I’m no longer dismissive. The quest for church unity is a wild, wondrous, and strange act of penitence for Christians’ often callous disregard of that little word one in John 17 and the Nicene Creed. We confess that the Holy Spirit has called one church into being. But almost all the evidence points in the opposite direction. What does this mean? And how should we respond to it?
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Posted: March 17, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7450
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian unity, schism
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian unity, schism

Gregory Baum, <i>Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution</i>. McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-7735-4326-3

Truth and Relevance: Catholic Theology in French Quebec since the Quiet Revolution

 — March 26, 201426 mars 2014

After the Quiet Revolution, the Catholic Church lost its stronghold in Quebec. Despite this decline, or perhaps because of it, contemporary Catholic thought in Quebec exhibits a bold creativity. In Truth and Relevance, Gregory Baum introduces, contextualizes, and interprets Catholic theological writing in Quebec since the 1960s, and presents this body of work for an anglophone readership.

Baum shows how Catholic theologians, inspired by the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), uncovered the social meaning in the Christian message, allowing them to address many problems and concerns of contemporary society. With reliance on the Gospel, they supported Quebec’s new self-understanding, embraced its nationalism under certain conditions, fostered social solidarity, criticized the unregulated market system, demanded gender equality, and called for respect of new religious and cultural pluralism. Leaving behind the Catholicism of Quebec’s past, these theologians embraced the humanistic values of modern society, recognizing their affinity with the Gospel, while at the same time revealing the destructive potential of modernity, its individualism, utilitarianism, relativism, and its link to empire and capitalism.
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Posted: March 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7456
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: books, Catholic, Québec, theology
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : books, Catholic, Québec, theology

Communiqué from the Malines Conversations Group

 — April 4, 20144 avril 2014

An international group of eight Anglican and eight Catholic theologians representing nine countries and four Anglican provinces, met from March 30 to April 3 in Canterbury. Called “The Malines Conversations Group,” participants continued their deliberations on various aspects of Anglican-Catholic liturgical and sacramental theology which they had begun last year at the Benedictine Monastery of Chevetogne in Belgium. Like the original Malines Conversations of the 1920s hosted by the then Archbishop of Malines-Bruxelles Cardinal Mercier, this is an informal dialogue and not officially sponsored by the Anglican and Catholic Churches, though it has been organized in consultation with and has received the blessing of both the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Lambeth Palace.
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Posted: April 4, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7473
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Malines
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Malines

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Toronto, Cardinal Thomas Collins, at an ecumenical reception in St. James Cathedral Centre. Welby visited the Anglican Church of Canada, April 7 to 8

Ecumenism must involve dialogue and social action, says Welby

 — April 11, 201411 avril 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has underscored the value of continuing ecumenical dialogue at a “passionate theological level” while at the same time having “a closer relationship of action” that addresses the needs of the world in such areas as poverty and social justice. Ecumenism must be “something that is our burning desire,” Welby told a gathering of ecumenical guests at a reception at Toronto’s St. James’ Cathedral Centre, during his “personal, pastoral visit” to the Anglican Church of Canada April 8 to 9. “In the last seven verses of John: 17, Jesus prays with extraordinary passion and extraordinary directness about the absolute necessity of the visible unity of the church… Love one another…” In a divided and diverse world, Welby said the church could demonstrate “how humanity can overcome its cultural divisions and truly be… a holy nation of God’s people.” In different parts of the world, there has been “a new movement of the spirit,” said Welby. He cited a decision by Chemin Neuf, a Jesuit-founded French Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation, to accept his invitation to take up residence in Lambeth Palace. Last January, four members set up “a fraternity” in Lambeth Palace. “We hope that is something that will grow and develop,” said Welby, adding that he and his wife, Caroline, got to know the community over the last seven years. (The archbishop’s spiritual director is a Swiss Roman Catholic priest, Fr. Nicholas Buttet.) The Guardian newspaper has noted that the move breaks five centuries of Anglican tradition and ushers “a further rapprochement between the churches of England and Rome.”
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Posted: April 11, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7508
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, ecumenism, justice, Justin Welby, social policy
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, ecumenism, justice, Justin Welby, social policy

Reformed-Catholic Dialogue focuses on justice

 — April 16, 201416 avril 2014

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: ecumenism.net/?p=7520
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: dialogue, ecumenism, justice, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : dialogue, ecumenism, justice, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, World Communion of Reformed Churches

Baptisms mutually recognized in European and American churches

 — April 17, 201417 avril 2014

In an ecumenical harvest, a spate of European and North American church bodies are entering agreements recognizing each other’s baptisms. On the day after Easter, a day on which many Christian traditions receive catechumens through the rite of baptism, the Swiss churches (Roman Catholic, Reformed, Methodist, Old Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran) will sign an agreement on the mutual recognition of baptism. The signing ceremony, the culmination of an intense ecumenical interchange sponsored by the Council of Christian Churches in Switzerland, will take place in Riva San Vitale, Ticino, site of the oldest Christian building in Switzerland. Among the many divisive historical issues about baptism have been the essential elements of the rite and its sacramental character, the baptismal formula, the validity of infant baptisms, and the question of rebaptism.
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Posted: April 17, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7569
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Anglican, baptism, Europe, Orthodox, Protestant
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Anglican, baptism, Europe, Orthodox, Protestant

A mural painted by a group of artists led by Anne Stickel at the Mainz ecumenical assembly in Germany

German ecumenical groups respond to a call for “pilgrimage of justice and peace”

 — May 5, 20145 mai 2014

More than 400 representatives of German ecumenical groups attending an assembly in Mainz, Germany have affirmed their commitment to move forward in a “pilgrimage of justice and peace” – a call from the World Council of Churches’ (WCC) Busan assembly. The ecumenical assembly in Mainz, held from 30 April to 4 May, addressed the theme “The future we desire – Life not destruction”. The event was organized by a network of ecumenical groups in Germany, encouraging actions from the churches inspired by the call for a “pilgrimage of justice and peace”. Featuring vibrant discussions on political, social, economic and ecological issues, as well as theological reflections, the Mainz assembly focused on themes such as “earth as our home”, ecumenical spirituality, economy of life, climate justice and “just peace”. The sessions at the assembly were attended by local visitors along with the registered participants. Some 151 workshops were organized at the assembly addressing a number of themes, including seminars on transformative spirituality.
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Posted: May 5, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7543
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: ecumenism, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, WCC

In Ukraine a former Mennonite church building is being restored and transformed - with the help of Canadian Mennonites - into a Greek Catholic church

Greek Catholics in Ukraine restore former Mennonite church building

 — May 5, 20145 mai 2014

In Ukraine, a former Mennonite church building is being restored and transformed – with the help of Canadian Mennonites – into a Greek Catholic church. This development, according to observers, is an example of Mennonite-Catholic collaboration in the spirit of other exchanges over the past decade or so. The Mennonite church in the former village of Schoensee (now Snegurovka) was originally built in 1909. During the post-October 1917 revolution Soviet era, when Mennonites were forced to leave, the church building was used for storage and then fell into disrepair. Recently the Greek Catholic Church in Ukraine secured ownership of the building and a retired Catholic priest from the Czech Republic, Father Peter Trenzky, is giving leadership to the restoration as well as to the congregation, which has started to worship in the building. In learning about the restoration project, individuals associated with the Mennonite Centre in nearby Molochansk (formerly Halbstad) offered to help. The Centre was established in 2001 in the former Mennonite Girls’ School (Maedchenschule) to provide a range of community services.
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Posted: May 5, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7581
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bridgefolk, Mennonite, Ukrainian Catholic
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bridgefolk, Mennonite, Ukrainian Catholic

Charles Colson, together with Father Richard John Neuhaus, established Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 1994

Evangelicals and Catholics Together marks 20 years

 — May 7, 20147 mai 2014

When evangelicals and Catholics set aside centuries of mutual suspicion 20 years ago, the idea was fairly simple: Even if we can’t always work together, at least let’s not work against each other. Now, two decades after the launch of the group Evangelicals and Catholics Together, relations between the two groups appear stronger than ever, forged by shared battles over abortion, same-sex marriage, religious freedom and immigration. A new pope is finding crossover appeal among evangelicals who share Pope Francis’ emphasis on evangelism and his distaste for the fancier trappings and authoritarianism of the papacy. “The first affirmation of Evangelicals and Catholics Together is that Jesus Christ is Lord, and there’s the source of our hope,” Catholic theologian Matthew Levering of Mundelein Seminary outside Chicago told the recent Q conference of evangelical movers and shakers in Nashville, Tenn. “This was an anchor for when they began to discover that we share the same gospel.”
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Posted: May 7, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7547
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, RNSIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, Evangelicals and Catholics Together
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, RNSDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, Evangelicals and Catholics Together

Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix (left), Roman Catholic archbishop of Quebec and Bishop Dennis Drainville (right) of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec embrace before the cross

A recipe for Christian unity: flesh, blood, tea and whisky

 — May 8, 20148 mai 2014

My grandmother and my great-grandmother, both Quebecers, both died on Good Friday. They were Protestant anglophones in a majority Catholic francophone world. In my grandmother’s day, Catholics would cross the street to avoid passing in front of a Protestant church for fear of damnation. As for my great-grandmother, who lived in La Baie on the Saguenay, her Catholic maid was famously heard to say what a kind person my great-grandmother was, and what a pity she was going to hell.

I hope all of them, including the maid, can see what their descendants were doing this Good Friday in Quebec. Four different Christian denominations in Quebec City got together to walk with a huge cross through the streets. In total silence we walked from church to church, United Church, Anglican, Presbyterian, and Catholic, stopping in each one to pray and sing and read some more of the Passion story.

It was a warm evening, and people stopped on the street to stare. Teenagers giggled together with embarrassment, militant atheists muttered with contempt, old women smiled happily. Some quietly joined us, mostly immigrants from countries where people still go to church. Would-be anthropologists took pictures of us, with our Catholic cardinal in red and our white-robed Anglican bishop, to put on their Facebook pages, the way they might post pictures of Amazonian tribes: “Didn’t know there were any left! Didn’t even have to take malaria pills to see this!”
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Posted: May 8, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7549
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Québec, spiritual ecumenism
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Québec, spiritual ecumenism

Msgr. Gregory J. Fairbanks, an official at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, is pictured at the council's office at the Vatican. Photo: CNS/Paul Haring

Hope and hard work: U.S. priest trusts Christian unity is possible

 — May 8, 20148 mai 2014

The issues dividing Christian communities have changed over the past 50 years, but a Philadelphia archdiocesan priest working in ecumenical dialogue at the Vatican is confident that Christian unity is possible.

“We are people of hope. We trust we have the same Scriptures, the same belief in Christ,” said Msgr. Gregory J. Fairbanks, an official at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

In the early 1990s, when he was a newly ordained priest, one of his pastoral responsibilities was dialogue with other Christian churches and with non-Christian communities in the northern section of Philadelphia.

After joining a group of local clergy and pastors who met monthly to share neighbourhood concerns and find ways to better work together, he says he “realized that if the ministers cannot work together, then our people are not going to be able to.”

Two decades later, Msgr. Fairbanks is working at the pontifical council to improve dialogue on an international level.
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Posted: May 8, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7553
Categories: CNS
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Moderator-designate Rev John Chalmers said that in the coming months there was a danger the referendum would set communities and families against each other. He told BBC Scotland:

Scottish independence: Kirk offers post-vote ‘healing’ service

 — May 11, 201411 mai 2014

Leaders from all sides of the referendum campaign have been invited to a Church of Scotland reconciliation service three days after the vote. The service, at Edinburgh’s St Giles’ Cathedral on 21 September, will focus on healing divisions and building the future together, the church said. Moderator Designate Rev John Chalmers said there was a danger the referendum would set people against each other. The Church said it hoped similar services would be held across Scotland. It said its service would highlight the need to put differences aside and begin working with each other, whatever the outcome of the vote on 18 September.
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Categories: NewsIn this article: prayer, Scotland
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The Right Rev. Gary Paterson, moderator of The United Church of Canada

United Church moderator sends open letter to LGBTQ community

 — May 12, 201412 mai 2014

I am writing today as the spiritual leader of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination, The United Church of Canada. I am also writing as an openly gay man, married to another United Church minister. This introduction may come as a surprise, seeing that so often it is religious leaders who condemn homosexuality, quoting scripture to justify their prejudice.

And so, as we approach this year’s International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, I want to deliver a different sort of message from a religious leader to all members of the LGBTQ community, whether they are people of faith or not.

It is a message that states unequivocally that not all Christians think the same way; that the hatred, condemnation, and judgment inflicted upon LGBTQ people by some within the Christian church is wrong and does not reflect the sum total of all Christian understanding of gender identity and sexual orientation.

For too long LGBTQ persons have been ostracized because of who they are, and the cost has been tremendous suffering, oppression, and diminishment of their humanity. For this I grieve.

I believe that we are all made in the image of God, wholly good and wholly loved by the Creator. This is why I feel such sadness when I see religious leaders and organizations failing to recognize that reality in every member of the LGBTQ community.
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Categories: OpinionIn this article: human sexuality, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : human sexuality, United Church of Canada

Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew meet at the inauguration of Pope Francis' pontificate

Catholics & Orthodox looking towards Jerusalem meeting of Francis & Bartholomew

 — May 15, 201415 mai 2014

The historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem in January 1964 was a joyful occasion that swept aside centuries of division and has born good fruit, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, in a joint statement, May 15.

The statement anticipated the May 25 meeting of Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.

Archbishop Kurtz and Archbishop Demetrios said the growing closeness between Catholic and Orthodox Christians over the last 50 years has allowed them “to speak with one voice” on issues facing society.

“We commit ourselves to increased cooperation in these areas, including social, economic, and ethical dilemmas, and we call our people to pray for the success of the upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem for the glory of God and the promotion of Christianity in our wounded world,” the statement said.
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Posted: May 15, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7567
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Bartholomew I, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Pope Francis

New initiatives explore relationships between ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue

 — May 16, 201416 mai 2014

Addressing the urgency of witnessing to the gospel in current ecumenical and multi-religious situations, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will develop materials to assist churches engaged in both ecumenical dialogue and inter-religious dialogue.

Ecumenical dialogue is about conversations between different Christian churches while inter-religious dialogue is concerned with the conversations between different world religions.

The agreement to produce these materials were an outcome of vigorous conversations in a recent meeting, organized by the WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order and the WCC’s programme for inter-religious dialogue and cooperation, from 12 to14 May at the Ecumenical Institute, Bossey, Switzerland.

Questions related to the relationship between ecumenical and inter-religious dialogues, their commonalities and distinctive features, were in focus at the meeting.
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Posted: May 16, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7565
Categories: Communiqué, WCC NewsIn this article: dialogue, ecumenism, interfaith, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : Communiqué, WCC NewsDans cet article : dialogue, ecumenism, interfaith, WCC, WCC Commission on Faith & Order

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

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

 — May 18, 201418 mai 2014

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: ecumenism.net/?p=7571
Categories: NewsIn this article: World Communion of Reformed Churches
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Members of ARCIC III meeting in Durban, South Africa

Anglican-Catholic talks make progress in South Africa

 — May 20, 201420 mai 2014

Catholic and Anglican ecumenical experts have concluded a 10 day meeting in Durban, South Africa, making “a great deal of progress” towards an agreed statement on authority in the Church and the ethical decision-making process. The 18 members of the group, known as ARCIC III, also agreed to hold next year’s meeting at a Catholic seminary close to Rome.

For the fourth session of their talks, which concluded on May 20th, the group focused on the Church as Communion at local, regional and universal levels, reflecting on the impact of culture and the role of lay people in decision making. The group, hosted by the Anglican bishop of Natal, also visited local ecumenical initiatives, including an AIDS centre and a project working for justice and development amongst the poorest and most vulnerable.
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Categories: NewsIn this article: ARCIC, dialogue
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : ARCIC, dialogue

Anglican-United dialogue to work towards interchangeability of ministries

 — May 21, 201421 mai 2014

The Anglican and United Church of Canada dialogue has issued an interim report that proposes “to explore what steps can be taken to make a mutual exchange of ministries between our two churches normative”. As a first step, the dialogue members propose to explore the interchangeability between the order of priests in the Anglican Church and ordained ministers in the United Church. The interim report, prepared in January, has been received by the respective churches and was published May 20. Approving the proposal, the two churches have asked the dialogue to report on its progress in time for the Anglican General Synod in 2016.

The latest “iteration” of the dialogue between the Anglican and United churches began in January 2012. The dialogue was established in 2003 and issued a report in 2009 entitled “Drawing from the Same Well: The St. Brigid Report”. A Plan of Union between the two churches was unsuccessful forty years ago. Central to the concerns in the old Plan of Union was a proposal to reconcile ministries between the two churches with the union church having episcopal orders.
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Posted: May 21, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7601
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, ministry, ordination, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, dialogue, ministry, ordination, United Church of Canada

The kiss of peace: Sts Peter and Andrew. An icon written to commemorate the meeting in 1964 of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras in Jerusalem

Joint Declaration of Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

 — May 26, 201426 mai 2014

Like our venerable predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who met here in Jerusalem fifty years ago, we too, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were determined to meet in the Holy Land “where our common Redeemer, Christ our Lord, lived, taught, died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, whence he sent the Holy Spirit on the infant Church” (Common communiqué of Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, published after their meeting of 6 January 1964). Our meeting, another encounter of the Bishops of the Churches of Rome and Constantinople founded respectively by the two Brothers the Apostles Peter and Andrew, is a source of profound spiritual joy for us. It presents a providential occasion to reflect on the depth and the authenticity of our existing bonds, themselves the fruit of a grace-filled journey on which the Lord has guided us since that blessed day of fifty years ago.
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Posted: May 26, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7666
Categories: Communiqué, Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : Communiqué, Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople held a private meeting at Little Galilee, the summer residence of the Greek Patriarch of Jerusalem

Bartholomew and Francis call a joint synod at Nicaea in 2025

 — May 29, 201429 mai 2014

On his return from Jerusalem, where he met with Pope Francis at the Holy Sepulchre, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has revealed an important appointment for unity between Catholics and Orthodox: a gathering at Nicaea in 2025, where the first real ecumenical council of the undivided Church was celebrated.

Speaking exclusively with AsiaNews, Bartholomew says that together with Pope Francis “we agreed to leave as a legacy to ourselves and our successors a gathering in Nicaea in 2025, to celebrate together, after 17 centuries, the first truly ecumenical synod, where the Creed was first promulgated”. The Council of Nicaea (now Iznik, 130 km south-east of Istanbul), brought together more than 300 bishops from East and West in 325 and is considered the first true ecumenical council. It was there that the formula of the Creed was decided, similar to the one recited during the liturgy today, saying that Jesus “is consubstantial to the Father,” to counter the Arian ideology.
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Posted: May 29, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7670
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Orthodox, Pope Francis, synods
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Bishop David Irving of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon and Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon before the convocation of the College of Emmanuel & St. Chad and the Saskatoon Theological Union

Roman Catholic bishop receives Anglican honour

 — May 30, 201430 mai 2014

The Anglican-run University College of Emmanuel and St. Chad has awarded an honorary fellowship to the seventh bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Donald Bolen. Bolen, 53, a well-respected ecumenist in Canada and internationally, received the honour May 9 in recognition of his work in building Anglican-Roman Catholic relations, according to a press statement. Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon Bishop David Irving, who is also the university’s chancellor, presented the award during the 13th Joint Convocation of the Saskatoon Theological Union, where Bolen was the convocation speaker. In a telephone interview, Bolen said it was “a great privilege and a great delight,” to have been bestowed the award. “It’s been a great joy to work with Anglicans to foster reconciliation,” said Bolen. There is a “deep bond of friendship and deep relations between Anglicans and Roman Catholics. We hold so much in common that it’s a lovely field of ecumenism to work in.”
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Posted: May 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7673
Categories: Anglican JournalIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Donald Bolen, Saskatoon
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Catégorie : Anglican JournalDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Donald Bolen, Saskatoon

Archbishop Sir David Moxon, director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury's representative to the Holy See

Receptive Ecumenism conference opens at Jesuit-run Fairfield University

 — June 6, 20146 juin 2014

An international conference on Receptive Ecumenism is taking place this week at the Jesuit-run Fairfield University in Connecticut in the United States. Running from June 9th to 12th the meeting brings together experts in ecumenical theories and practise from across the different Christian denominations, including past and present officials from the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

Philippa Hitchen is following the conference and before her departure she spoke with one of the participants, Archbishop David Moxon who is the director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See. He explains what the term Receptive Ecumenism really means and how he was able to put it into practise with his Catholic counterpart in his native New Zealand…
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Posted: June 6, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7681
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism

Examen, a sculpture depicting St. Ignatius of Loyola's central spiritual practice of examination of conscience. The sculpture stands in front of the chapel at the Jesuit's Fairfield University, Connecticut

Healing gifts for wounded hands: Receptive Ecumenism Conference

 — June 10, 201410 juin 2014

During the conference’s opening liturgy on Monday, the former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US, Frank Griswold, spoke about the challenging task facing each one of our churches to open our minds and examine our hearts, as we try to fathom God’s will and rediscover the unity of the broken Body of Christ. Our job, he said, is not to create something new, but to clear away the obstacles that block our vision of unity, rather like clearing away dead leaves and debris that can block up a freely flowing stream.
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Posted: June 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7678
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism
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Couples from different churches say they are models for Christian unity

 — June 12, 201412 juin 2014

A husband and wife each active in their own Christian community can be models of an important step in the movement toward Christian unity: not just recognizing their diversity, but loving it despite the pain it sometimes can bring, said couples at a conference on ecumenism.

“The churches need to work at their unity the way married couples have to work at theirs,” said Ray Temmerman, an active and involved Canadian Catholic married to an active and involved Anglican, Fenella.

“It is important that our churches begin to recognize that it is not only what they have to offer each other that is important; their capacity to receive and love the other … will also be the key element in calling both churches to become what God calls them to become,” Temmerman told the International Receptive Ecumenism conference June 10 at Fairfield University.
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Posted: June 12, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7742
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, interchurch families
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Stained glass window depicting ordination

New liturgical books for the Anglican Ordinariates

 — June 12, 201412 juin 2014

The Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, providing a structure for groups of Anglicans entering full communion with the Catholic Church, says in Article III:

Without excluding liturgical celebrations according to the Roman Rite, the Ordinariate has the faculty to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and the other Sacraments, the Liturgy of the Hours and other liturgical celebrations according to the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition, which have been approved by the Holy See, so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church, as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.
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Posted: June 12, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7744
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Catholic, liturgy, ordinariate
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Catholic, liturgy, ordinariate

Examen, a sculpture depicting St. Ignatius of Loyola's central spiritual practice of examination of conscience. The sculpture stands in front of the chapel at the Jesuit's Fairfield University, Connecticut

Receptive Ecumenism Conference ends with signing of covenant

 — June 13, 201413 juin 2014

An international conference of ecumenists concluded at Fairfield University in the U.S. on Thursday with the signing of a covenant committing participants to the continued search for unity and reconciliation between all the Christian churches. Philippa Hitchen was at the conference and sent this report.
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Posted: June 13, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7676
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, visited Rome for a fraternal visit to Pope Francis, June 13-17

Anglican leader comes to Vatican, launches IARCCUM website

 — June 14, 201414 juin 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrives in Rome on Saturday for a two day visit that will culminate on Monday in a meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace. On Sunday the Anglican leader will preach at Vespers at the church of St Gregory on the Caelian Hill, visit the two Anglican churches here in Rome and take part in a prayer service with the St Egidio community at St Bartholomew’s on the Tiber Island. During his packed programme, the Archbishop will also launch a new website for the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity and Mission (IARCCUM), showcasing ways in which members of the two communions are increasingly worshipping, working and witnessing side by side.
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Posted: June 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7736
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, ARCIC, Catholic, IARCCUM, Justin Welby
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, ARCIC, Catholic, IARCCUM, Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Pope Francis and Archbishop Welby discuss ways of working for unity

 — June 16, 201416 juin 2014

Pope Francis met on Monday with the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, saying he hoped their meeting would serve to “strengthen further our bonds of friendship and our commitment to the great cause of reconciliation and communion between Christian believers.”

The audience came on the second day of the Anglican leader’s visit to Rome which also included a meeting with a meeting with the St Egidio community, Vespers at St Gregorio on the Caelian Hill, a visit to Rome’s Joel Nafuma Refugee Centre and an encounter with the ecumenical Global Freedom Network for the eradication of human trafficking.
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Posted: June 16, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7756
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Justin Welby, Pope Francis
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The addresses of Archbishop Welby & Pope Francis

 — June 16, 201416 juin 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, made a fraternal visit to Pope Francis in Rome on June 16, 2014. The following addresses contain the full text of their published remarks. Addition news stories and photos are available on this website.
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Posted: June 16, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7738
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Catholic, Justin Welby, pope, Pope Francis
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Archbishop Justin’s gifts for Pope Francis

 — June 16, 201416 juin 2014

Archbishop Justin gave Pope Francis the following gifts during their meeting in Rome on 16 June.

Lambeth Palace Fig Tree Cutting

The Ficus carica ‘White Marseilles’ fig tree was brought to Lambeth Palace by the last Roman Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Reginald Pole in 1556. It probably came from southern Italy where Pole spent a lot of time. The fruits are white fleshed and very rich and sweet, they are ripe when the skins turn a chartreuse colour and start to split.
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Posted: June 16, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7740
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Catholic, Justin Welby, pope, Pope Francis
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Vatican publishes reflection on discerning essentials of faith

 — June 20, 201420 juin 2014

When a significant portion of the Catholic faithful ignore or reject a church teaching, it is often — but not always — a sign that social and cultural pressures are weakening their faith or that church leaders simply have not found a way to explain the teaching, said members of the International Theological Commission.

The commission published the document “‘Sensus Fidei’ in the Life of the Church” on the Vatican website in late June with the approval of Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The theologians, who were appointed to the commission by Pope Benedict XVI, had been asked to explain the meaning, purpose and limits of “sensus fidei” and “sensus fidelium” — the capacity of individual believers and of the church as a whole to discern the truth of faith.

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Categories: CNS, DocumentsIn this article: Catholic, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, theology
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Catégorie : CNS, DocumentsDans cet article : Catholic, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, theology

Archbishop Justin Welby meets the Vatican First XI during his recent visit to Rome, 15 June

Anglicans to play Roman Catholics in charity cricket match

 — June 23, 201423 juin 2014

Anglican and Roman Catholic First XIs will face each other in Canterbury on 19 September in a historic match to raise awareness of slavery and human trafficking.

Details of a historic cricket match between Anglicans and Roman Catholics to raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking have been announced today.

The Twenty20 match, which will be played at Kent County Cricket Club in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral on 19 September at 4pm, will raise funds for the Global Freedom Network, the joint Anglican-Roman Catholic anti-trafficking initiative launched in March.

Entrance will be free but there will be a bucket collection during the match, which will be followed by a gala dinner to raise further funds.
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Posted: June 23, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7750
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Justin Welby
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Justin Welby

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

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

 — July 4, 20144 juillet 2014

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

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

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

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

 — July 4, 20144 juillet 2014

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

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

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

Bishop Tony Palmer, ecumenical officer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches

Pope Francis reaches out to evangelical, charismatic leaders

 — July 10, 201410 juillet 2014

Pope Francis has taken the first steps towards forging unprecedented bonds with evangelical and charismatic Protestant groups, CCN has learned. The Pope met for three hours June 24 with several evangelical and charismatic leaders over lunch at his residence inside the Vatican. Occurring outside of the Pope’s official schedule, the meeting had no formal agenda or secretaries present. Bishop Tony Palmer, ecumenical officer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC), said the meeting could lead towards concrete steps for a visible unity after 500 years of division. Following a discussion about religious persecution and religious liberty, the Pope and his guests discussed the creation of a global initiative specifically for the persecuted Church, according to Brian Stiller, global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). In a report for Revival Magazine, Bruno Ierullo, co-chairman of United in Christ North America, who did not attend the meeting, said it marked “the beginning of a Joint Declaration between this large faction of the Evangelical world and the Roman Catholic Church.” United in Christ promotes ongoing dialogue between emerging charismatic churches and the Roman Catholic Church.
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Posted: July 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7703
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Evangelicals, Pope Francis, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Evangelicals, Pope Francis, World Evangelical Alliance

WCC urges Christian responsibility in economic measures related to Israel-Palestine conflict

 — July 14, 201414 juillet 2014

Continuing with a long-time commitment of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a recent statement issued by Council’s chief governing body reaffirms churches’ “solidarity with those working for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel”. The statement encourages churches to make responsible decisions regarding their investments which have an impact on the current situation in the region.

The statement titled Economic Measures and Christian Responsibility towards Israel and Palestine was adopted at the WCC Central Committee meeting on 8 July in Geneva, Switzerland.

The document calls “targeted economic measures” an important “non-violent strategy for promoting peace and abating violence”. Efforts from the WCC member churches in implementing responsible economic measures with related impact on Israel and Palestine situation were acknowledged in the statement.
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Posted: July 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7719
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Israel, Palestine, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Israel, Palestine, WCC

Church of England to have women bishops

 — July 14, 201414 juillet 2014

The General Synod of the Church of England has today given its final approval for women to become bishops in the Church of England.

The vote in the General Synod on the measure was carried by the required two-thirds majority in the three constituent parts of the Synod: the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity.
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Posted: July 14, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7701
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, bishops, Church of England, women
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, bishops, Church of England, women

The Church of England's General Synod

Catholic Church reaffirms goal of unity with Anglican world

 — July 15, 201415 juillet 2014

The Catholic Church remains fully committed to its dialogue with the Anglican world, despite the Church of England’s decision to ordain women bishops. In a statement issued as the Church of England’s General Synod on Monday voted to admit women to the episcopate, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales said the goal of ecumenical dialogue continues to be full visible ecclesial communion.

That goal, the statement says, embraces full communion in the episcopal office and therefore the decision “sadly places a further obstacle on the path to this unity between us.” Nevertheless, the bishops say, “we are committed to continuing our ecumenical dialogue, seeking deeper mutual understanding and practical cooperation wherever possible.”

The statement, signed by Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, head of the bishops’ Department for Dialogue and Unity and co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), also notes with appreciation the provision made by the Church of England for those who “continue to hold to the historic understanding of the episcopate shared by the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.”
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Posted: July 15, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7753
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, bishops, Catholic, Church of England, women
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, bishops, Catholic, Church of England, women

Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop Welby writes to ecumenical partners about women bishops

 — July 17, 201417 juillet 2014

This is an occasion of deep rejoicing for many, especially for many of the women clergy in the Church of England. They feel that this decision affirms their place and ministry in the life of the Church. For others in the Church of England, the decision may be a source of disappointment and concern.

As the Synod moved towards the decision many were struck by the spirit of the debate: frankness, passion and, I am glad to say, a good deal of Christian charity. It all indicated an intention and sincere assurance to hold all of us together in one Church. There appeared a determination that the genuinely held differences on the issue of the ordination of women to the episcopate should not become a dividing factor in the Church of England, and there was care and expressions of love for those troubled by the outcome.
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Posted: July 17, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7728
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, bishops, Church of England, Justin Welby, women
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, bishops, Church of England, Justin Welby, women

Bishop Tony Palmer, ecumenical officer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches

Pope’s friend Bishop Tony Palmer dies in motorcycle crash

 — July 22, 201422 juillet 2014

Pope Francis’ friend Bishop Tony Palmer of the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches (CEEC) died in England July 20 after his motorcycle collided with another vehicle.

According to e-mail reports obtained from The Ark Community he founded, three teams of surgeons tried to save Bishop Palmer’s life but he passed away in the evening, leaving behind his wife Emiliana and two teenaged children. Bishop Palmer was in his early 50s, and grew up in South Africa, though recently he had been living in England.

The bishop recently facilitated an historic private meeting of evangelical and charismatic leaders June 24 with Pope Francis at the Holy Father’s residence inside the Vatican. The two had become friends when Palmer was doing ecumenical work with charismatic Catholics in Buenos Aires.

World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) global ambassador Brian Stiller was among the leaders present at the June meeting with Pope Francis.

“Tony was a most remarkable young man,” he said in an e-mail. “I so well remember his gracious and active leadership in bringing members of the World Evangelical Alliance together in conversation with Pope Francis late June.

“However, with his life and witness still fresh in our memory, I believe it is important that we carry on, as he would have desired, finding ways for our major Christian bodies to have friendship and to understand our respective communions,” said Stiller, who headed the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada for 16 years.
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Posted: July 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7746
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelicals
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Evangelicals

Evangelicals apologize to Catholics for past persecution and discrimination

Evangelicals apologize to Catholics for past persecution and discrimination

 — July 30, 201430 juillet 2014

During his visit with an evangelical pastor and his congregation in the Italian city of Caserta, Pope Francis apologized for the persecution of Pentecostal Christians by Italian Catholics. His remarks were greatly welcomed by evangelical leaders, who responded in a similar way. They also apologized to Catholics. The president of the World Evangelical Alliance, Rev. Geoff Tunnicliffe, said he was sorry about the discrimination that Protestants, including Evangelical Christians, also imposed on Catholics. “While we can disagree theologically, this should never lead to discrimination or persecution of the other,” he said. The Rev also added that the Pope’s step in apologizing is a great example, and should be a message to the entire world, especially for those countries where tensions between Catholics and Protestants remain. Geoff Tunnicliffe attended the Pope’s Inauguration Mass. He also visited the Vatican for the Pope’s meeting with evangelical leaders at Casa Santa Marta. The World Evangelical Alliance represents about 600 million Protestants in nearly 130 countries.
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Posted: July 30, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8535
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Evangelicals, Pope Francis, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Evangelicals, Pope Francis, World Evangelical Alliance

US bishops reassert commitment to dialogue with Muslims

 — August 19, 201419 aoüt 2014

The Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reasserted their commitment to dialogue with other religions and Muslims in particular in a statement developed between October 2013 and its release August 19. The committee, which is chaired by Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden of Baltimore, listed tensions between Christians in Muslims in different parts of the world as a primary reason for reaffirming the need for dialogue.

“We understand the confusion and deep emotions stirred by real and apparent acts of aggression and discrimination by certain Muslims against non-Muslims, often against Christians abroad,” the bishops wrote. “Along with many of our fellow Catholics and the many Muslims who themselves are targeted by radicals, we wish to voice our sadness, indeed our outrage, over the random and sometimes systematic acts of violence and harassment—acts that for both Christians and Muslims threaten to disrupt the harmony that binds us together in mutual support, recognition, and friendship.”
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Posted: August 19, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7768
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Islam, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Islam, US Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cardinal Ravasi of the Pontifical Council for Culture presented the priests and seminarians of the St Peter's Cricket Club to Pope Francis on 9 September ahead of their Light of Faith Tour to England (12-20 September 2014), which culminates in a match against an Anglican, Church of England XI. Together with the cultural encounter experience of visiting London and Canterbury, they shall be praying at various holy shrines together with our ecumenical partners and raising funds for the Global Freedom Network, which fights against modern slavery and human trafficking

Francis blesses Vatican cricket team

 — September 10, 201410 septembre 2014

Pope Francis has given his blessing to the Vatican’s international cricket team as it prepares to take on the Church of England. The side of Catholic priests are preparing for their first tour to England, which will include a match with the Church of England XI in Canterbury. Pope Francis, who is a supporter of Buenos Aires football side San Lorenzo, put on a cricket cap and signed a bat that the team will take with them during their tour of England, which begins on Friday. After the tour the bat will be auctioned in order to raise money for a joint Catholic and Anglican campaign against modern-day slavery and indentured labour, the Global Freedom Network, the Vatican said. The papal XI will play matches against chaplains of the British armed forces at Aldershot and the Royal Household Cricket Club at Windsor Castle, as well as two other games. Then in Canterbury on September 19 the team will take on the Anglican XI.
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Posted: September 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7778
Categories: The TabletIn this article: Anglican, Church of England, ecumenism, Pope Francis, Vatican
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Catégorie : The TabletDans cet article : Anglican, Church of England, ecumenism, Pope Francis, Vatican

<a href='http://www.globalchristianforum.org' target='_blank'>Global Christian Forum</a>

Global Church groups agree to confront Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom together

 — September 10, 201410 septembre 2014

Discrimination, persecution and violence against Christians and churches around the world is set for further exposure after a group representing high profile Christian churches and organizations agreed to pursue together an international response on the issue.

A meeting convened by the Global Christian Forum in Strasbourg, France, including representatives from the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, the World Evangelical Alliance and the Pentecostal World Fellowship, agreed on 9 September to press ahead with a global gathering on the issue of ‘Christian discrimination, persecution and martyrdom’ for late 2015.
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Posted: September 10, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7775
Categories: NewsIn this article: Global Christian Forum, martyrdom, Pentecostal World Fellowship, persecution, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, religious freedom, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Global Christian Forum, martyrdom, Pentecostal World Fellowship, persecution, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, religious freedom, WCC, World Evangelical Alliance

E-RC dialogue plans three public meetings

 — September 18, 201418 septembre 2014

The Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Saskatoon has recently issued a draft “Common Statement of Faith” after three years of study. The text is offered to our sponsoring churches for study and discernment, with the prayer that this text might be adopted as a sufficient statement for further dialogue and common mission.

Three community-wide meetings have been planned to present and discuss the draft statement.

  • October 16 – “We Confess our Shared Faith” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at Church of Christ, 134 Cardinal Crescent, Saskatoon (beside Leon’s Furniture Store).
  • December 4 – “We Acknowledge our Central Differences” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4 at St. Paul’s Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon (Spadina and 22nd St).
  • February 5 – “We Affirm our Common Mission” 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1636 Acadia Drive, Saskatoon.

The text of the joint statement is available online at: ecumenism.net/archive/docu/2014_erc-saskatoon_common-statement-of-faith.pdf

For further information contact Nick Jesson, Roman Catholic diocesan ecumenical officer at jesson [at] ecumenism [dot] net or (306) 659-5814; or Pastor Harry Strauss, Forest Grove Community Church at harry [at] forestgrovecc [dot] com or (306) 933-2266.
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Posted: September 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7814
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Evangelicals, statements of faith
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, Evangelicals, statements of faith

Joint Statement of Faith for Evangelicals and Catholics in Saskatoon

 — September 18, 201418 septembre 2014

The Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue in Saskatoon has recently issued a draft “Common Statement of Faith” after three years of study. The text is offered to our sponsoring churches for study and discernment, with the prayer that this text might be adopted as a sufficient statement for further dialogue and common mission.

The dialogue is sponsored by the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers’ Fellowship (SEMF) and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. The group was established in 2011 to build upon earlier efforts to draw our churches together. The twenty members of the dialogue are drawn from across the Evangelical and Catholic communities with both clergy and lay people well represented. The dialogue spent two years exploring issues that have historically divided Catholics and Evangelicals before concluding that a statement of the faith we share in common would assist in promoting the growing relationship between our churches. Over a year in drafting and revision, the statement offered to our church at this time is not intended to be a final or complete exposition of these doctrinal matters or of all of the matters essential to Christian faith. We intend to give an account of the hope that we share for the visible witness of Jesus Christ by his followers in Saskatoon.
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Posted: September 18, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7786
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Evangelicals, Saskatoon, statements of faith
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, Evangelicals, Saskatoon, statements of faith

Anglican, Lutheran Leaders offer a Pastoral Message on Climate Change

 — September 19, 201419 septembre 2014

We are united as Christian leaders in our concern for the well-being of our neighbours and of God’s good creation that provides life and livelihood for all God’s creatures. Daily we see and hear the evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Glaciers are disappearing, the polar ice cap is melting, and sea levels are rising. Incidents of pollution- created dead zones in seas and the ocean and toxic algae growth in water supplies are occurring with greater frequency. Most disturbingly, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at an unprecedented rate. At the same time we also witness in too many instances how the earth’s natural beauty, a sign of God’s wonderful creativity, has been defiled by pollutants and waste.

Many have reacted to these changes with grief and anger. In their outrage some have understandably focused on the neglect and carelessness, both in private industry and in government regulation, that have contributed to these changes. However, an honest accounting requires a recognition that we all participate both as consumers and investors in economies that make intensive and insistent demands for energy. In addition, as citizens we have chosen to support or acquiesce in policies that shift the burdens of climate change to communities that are most vulnerable to its effects. People who are already challenged by poverty and by dislocation resulting from civil war or famine have limited resources for adapting to climate change’s effects.
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Posted: September 19, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7818
Categories: Anglican Journal, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, climate change, Lutheran, statements
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Catégorie : Anglican Journal, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, climate change, Lutheran, statements

Participants in Interfaith Summit on Climate Change in New York

Interfaith declaration on climate change

 — September 22, 201422 septembre 2014

As hundreds of thousands of people flooded through the streets of New York City on 21 September in a march for action on climate change, 30 faith leaders representing nine religions signed their names to a statement calling for concrete actions to curb carbon emissions. The document was the centrepiece of an interfaith conference jointly hosted by the World Council of Churches (WCC), a body that includes 345 churches representing about 560 million Christians worldwide, and Religions for Peace, an interfaith coalition with members in more than 70 countries. Signatories hailed from 21 countries on six continents. “When in January I listened to the general secretary of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, calling the world’s heads of state for a summit on climate change, I thought we also have to get together as leaders of faith communities to offer our contributions,” said Rev. Dr Olav Fkyse Tveit, the WCC general secretary. Large changes require “deep and strong conviction” which, he said, can be found in the “beliefs, rituals, symbols, sacred texts and prayers of faith [that] give meaning and direction for a large portion of the world’s population.”
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Posted: September 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7824
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: climate change, interfaith, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : climate change, interfaith, WCC

The Archbishop of Canterbury with the triumphant Anglican XI at Kent County Cricket Ground, 19 September 2014

Anglican XI beat Vatican in historic cricket match

 — September 22, 201422 septembre 2014

Church of England cricketers beat a Vatican team on Friday in a historic match in support of a joint initiative to wipe out modern slavery and human trafficking. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, congratulated both sides and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray after the match, played in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral at Kent County Cricket Ground. The match was organized to raise awareness and funds for the Global Freedom Network, a joint initiative between religious leaders including Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury which is committed to eliminating modern slavery and human trafficking across the world.
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Posted: September 22, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7820
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Vatican
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Vatican

The Montreal School of Theology celebrates 100 years of ecumenism

 — September 23, 201423 septembre 2014

The centenary celebration Sept. 24 of what is now known as the Montreal School of Theology will probably pass almost unnoticed, at a time when religion is often a topic of strife. But in its quiet way, the anniversary is also a reminder that religious strife and debate in Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada have been around for a while. The three theological seminaries on the McGill University campus — Presbyterian, United Church and Anglican — will be celebrating 100 years of what is now known as ecumenism, a word hardly anyone used in that sense a century ago. The celebration will be a modest affair. Presbyterian College, the (United Church) United Theological College and the (Anglican) Montreal Diocesan Theological College will have open house at their respective quarters on University St. between 3:15 and 4:15 p.m. And there will be worship at 4:30 down the street in the Heritage Chapel of what was known until 1972 as Divinity Hall, but is now McGill’s Birks Building. On Friday, a select group will ponder the future of theological education in Montreal.
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Posted: September 23, 2014 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7850
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, ecumenism, Montréal, theological education
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