Archive for 2021

Archive pour 2021

'Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity', a reflection on the theme of the WCC's 11th Assembly planned for Karlsruhe, Germany from August 31 to September 8, 2022

WCC assembly theme urges an “ecumenism of the heart”

 — January 28, 202128 janvier 2021

In a world crying out for justice and peace, the theme of the 2022 assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC), “Christ’s love moves the world to reconciliation and unity,” speaks of hope for a future in which resources are shared, inequalities are addressed and all can enjoy dignity, according to a new publication reflecting on the assembly theme.

The result of the work of an international group drawn from different regions and confessional traditions, the text is intended as a resource for churches and Christians worldwide in advance of the WCC’s 11th Assembly, to take place in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 31 August to 8 September 2022.

The assembly, according to the text, is an opportunity to find inspiration in the love of God, the Holy Trinity; a love that has been revealed in Christ; and that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, is moving in and through all humankind and all creation.
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Posted: January 28, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10893
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: WCC Assembly
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : WCC Assembly

Photo: Marcelo Schneider/WCC

WCC webinar will explore “Common witness on environmental justice and religious pluralism”

 — February 11, 202111 février 2021

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will host a webinar on 18 February from 14:00-15:30 (GMT+1) entitled “Common witness on environmental justice and religious pluralism” that will explore two recent papers released by the WCC Commission on Faith and Order.

The two publications are “Cultivate and Care: An Ecumenical Theology of Justice for and within Creation” and “Love and Witness: Proclaiming the Peace of the Lord Jesus Christ in a Religiously Plural World.”
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Posted: February 11, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10895
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: justice, peace, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : justice, peace, WCC Commission on Faith & Order

Churches Respond to “The Church: Towards a Common Vision”

 — February 23, 202123 février 2021

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Commission on Faith and Order published two new volumes that collect responses received to The Church: Towards a Common Vision between 2013 and 2020.

The responses address the church’s mission, unity, and its being in the trinitarian life of God in order to encourage and advance the churches’ growth in communion with each other in apostolic faith, sacramental life, mission, and ministry for the sake of God’s world.
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Posted: February 23, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10905
Categories: Documents, WCC NewsIn this article: ecclesiology, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : Documents, WCC NewsDans cet article : ecclesiology, WCC Commission on Faith & Order

Anglican and Orthodox delegations at the First World Conference on Faith and Order in Lausanne

Anglican-Orthodox dialogue will be focus of third WCC webinar on bilateral dialogues

 — March 3, 20213 mars 2021

A 9 March webinar – the third in a series of seven on bilateral dialogues – will focus on “Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue: History, Results, Reception” as well as the Canterbury Statement “Stewards of Creation: A Hope-Filled Ecology,” a statement on ecology jointly published by the Anglican Communion and the Orthodox Churches in October 2020.

Presentations will be offered by the two co-chairman of the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue.
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Posted: March 3, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10897
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Anglican Communion, Orthodox
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Orthodox

World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order, online commission meeting

WCC Faith and Order meeting harvests fruits of study groups

 — March 4, 20214 mars 2021

At the end of its biannual meeting, the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order, in February, reported from its three study groups, which continue to look to future activities and dialogue with a sense of hope.

The first study group is working on a plan for a World Conference on Faith and Order in 2025. The last such conference organized by Faith and Order was in Compostela, Spain in 1993. In the proposal, the study group reflected on purpose, theme, format, partners, promotion and finances of a conference.

The study group on ecclesiology announced the publication of 78 responses to The Church: Towards a Common Vision. To address the divisive topics coming from the responses, a volume of 16 key theme papers written by the commissioners will be published ahead of the WCC 11th Assembly in 2022.

The Faith and Order Commission also mapped a path toward enlarging its work in order to better reflect the challenges raised by independent, evangelical and pentecostal traditions to the search for visible unity.
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Posted: March 4, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10899
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : WCC Commission on Faith & Order

Church divisions over moral issues can be bridged with fruitful dialogue, webinar shows

 — May 6, 20216 mai 2021

A webinar on how churches make moral decisions—and what causes divisions—brought a lively discussion attended online by more than 100 people on 29 April.

Basing their remarks on a World Council of Churches Faith and Order Commission publication, “Churches and Moral Discernment. Volume 1: Learning from Traditions,” the speakers shared insights from very different church perspectives.

As the foreword of the publication says, “The hope is that necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, allowing for constructive conversations within traditions. This will prevent divisions over moral issues and provide solid ground to engage in fruitful ecumenical dialogues that appreciate and attribute appropriate relevance to moral issues.”
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Posted: May 6, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10901
Categories: Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: moral discernment, WCC Commission on Faith & Order
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Catégorie : Resources, WCC NewsDans cet article : moral discernment, WCC Commission on Faith & Order

A new Anglican Communion Science Commission (ACSC) is being formed to 'resource the whole Anglican Communion for courageous and confident spiritual leadership in issues involving science'

Scientists and theologians join forces for new Anglican Communion Science Commission

 — May 21, 202121 mai 2021

ACSC will “resource the whole Anglican Communion for courageous and confident spiritual leadership in issues involving science.” A new Anglican Communion Science Commission (ACSC) is being formed to “resource the whole Anglican Communion for courageous and confident spiritual leadership in issues involving science.” The ACSC will be co-chaired by the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba; and the Bishop of Oxford, Stephen Croft. The ACSC will formally launch at the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England, in July and August next year; and will hold its first conference shortly afterwards.

Scientists, theologians, and bishops from around the globe are being invited by the Anglican Communion’s Secretary General, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, to serve as Commissioners. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has asked Anglican Communion Primates to nominate a Bishop from their Church to serve as provincial representatives at conferences of the Commission. Science will be a significant feature at the 2022 Lambeth Conference. Today, organisers have posted a series of videos, exploring the relationship between science and faith, on the Lambeth Conference website.
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Posted: May 21, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10870
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, Lambeth Conference, science
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Communion, Lambeth Conference, science

Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

WCC digital archive now included in Globethics.net library

 — June 1, 20211 juin 2021

A collection of documents and publications from the World Council of Churches (WCC) is now available through its longstanding partner organization Globethics.net. The WCC collection, updated weekly, reflects a growing and longstanding electronic bridge between the organizations’ websites.

For many years, the Globethics.net Library has hosted a variety of collections on behalf of the WCC, an active member of the Globethics.net Consortium on Ethics in Higher Education, as well as co-founder of the former Global Digital Library on Theology and Ecumenism (GlobeTheoLib).

The institutional “World Council of Churches collection” has recently been updated with new content collected from its website, including documents and publications published at www.oikoumene.org/resources. Thanks to an electronic bridge between the two sites, new resources are automatically added to the collection on a weekly basis.
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Posted: June 1, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10903
Categories: Documents, Resources, WCC NewsIn this article: WCC
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Catégorie : Documents, Resources, WCC NewsDans cet article : WCC

WEA representatives: Bp. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General & CEO; Dr. Christine Schirrmacher, Executive Director International Institute of Islamic Studies, Bonn; Michael Mutzner, Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva; Samuel van der Maas, WEA Permanent Representative to the WCC; Wissam al-Saliby, Advocacy Officer, Geneva.WCC representatives: Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus, deputy general secretary and director of Faith and Order; Doug Chial, the Director of the Office of the General Secretariat; Marianne Ejdersten, WCC director of communication

WCC, World Evangelical Alliance strengthen collaboration

 — August 30, 202130 aoüt 2021

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) met on 25 August in Geneva to explore and discuss possible areas of future cooperation.

The two organizations shared current plans and discussed possibilities for closer collaboration on thematic areas such as advocacy and peace building, the climate emergency, and membership matters.

The WEA is a network of churches in 143 nations that have joined to give a worldwide identity, voice and platform to more than 600 million evangelical Christians.

The WEA has six programmatic departments: Global Advocacy, Global Theology, Global Witness, Alliance Engagement, Church Engagement, and Public Engagement.
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Posted: August 30, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10889
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : WCC, World Evangelical Alliance

Global religious leaders and leading scientists gathered at the Vatican to issue a joint statement calling on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26

Global religious leaders, scientists join to release “Faith and Science: An Appeal for COP26”

 — October 4, 20214 octobre 2021

Global religious leaders and leading scientists issued a joint statement on 4 October calling on the international community to raise their ambition and step up their climate action ahead of COP26.

Almost 40 faith leaders signed the joint appeal, which was presented by Pope Francis.

Signatories included World Council of Churches acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca, along with representatives from across the Christian denominations, Sunni and Shi’a Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Zoroastrianism and Jainism.

The appeal calls for the world to achieve net-zero carbon emissions as soon as possible, and to limit the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
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Posted: October 4, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10908
Categories: Documents, Vatican News, WCC NewsIn this article: climate change, COP26, environment, interfaith statements, Pope Francis, WCC
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Catégorie : Documents, Vatican News, WCC NewsDans cet article : climate change, COP26, environment, interfaith statements, Pope Francis, WCC

Mosaic of Christ's baptism in the Jordan, a copy of an 11th century original from Daphne, Greece, offered by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, placed at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva

Study on mutual recognition of baptism in Europe ties theological reflection to real-life experience

 — October 12, 202112 octobre 2021

A church wants to receive a Christian who was baptised in a different church. A woman wants to marry someone from another faith tradition. A child is growing up in an inter-church family.

These real-life situations are evidence that thinking about mutual recognition of baptism shouldn’t be relegated solely to lecture halls in theological institutions. Recognising that mutual recognition of baptism — and the obstacles toward it — is an issue that affects the daily lives of countless Christians across Europe and beyond. The Conference of European Churches (CEC), through its Thematic Group on Ecclesiology and Mission, has initiated a study process to explore this topic.

The study seeks to identify agreements concerning baptism within CEC Member Churches, and explore official guidelines with regard to the reception of Christians moving from one church to another, recognition of and pastoral care for inter-church families, and Christian initiation, religious education, and pastoral care of children raised in inter-church families.
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Posted: October 12, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10910
Categories: NewsIn this article: baptism, Conference of European Churches
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : baptism, Conference of European Churches

Lettre conjointe des Cardinaux Koch et Grech aux évêques responsables de l’œcuménisme

 — November 7, 20217 novembre 2021

Dans une lettre conjointe datée du 28 octobre 2021, le Cardinal Kurt Koch, Président du Conseil pontifical pour la promotion de l’unité des chrétiens, et le Cardinal Mario Grech, Secrétaire général du Synode des évêques, se sont adressés aux évêques responsables de l’œcuménisme des Conférences épiscopales et des Synodes des Églises orientales catholiques.

Par cette lettre, les deux cardinaux entendent offrir quelques suggestions pratiques pour assurer la dimension œcuménique du processus synodal dans les diocèses et les Conférences épiscopales et les Synodes des Églises orientales catholiques.
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Posted: November 7, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10914
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: dialogue, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, synodality
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : dialogue, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, synodality

Joint letter of Cardinals Koch and Grech to Bishops responsible for ecumenism

 — November 7, 20217 novembre 2021

In a joint letter of 28 October 2021, Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Cardinal Mario Grech, General Secretary of the Synod of Bishops, addressed the Bishops responsible for ecumenism in their Episcopal Conferences and Synods of the Oriental Catholic Churches.

In the letter, the two Cardinals offer practical suggestions aimed at implementing the ecumenical dimension of the synodal process in Dioceses, Episcopal Conferences, and Synods.
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Posted: November 7, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10916
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: dialogue, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, synodality
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : dialogue, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, synodality

Snow covers the railings outside Westminster Abbey in London

Dialogue group calls for Catholic recognition of Anglican ordinations

 — December 15, 202115 décembre 2021

A group of Catholic and Anglican theologians has publicly called on the Vatican to review and overturn a papal document from 1896 that declared Anglican ordinations “absolutely null and utterly void.” “Where we once walked apart, we now walk together in friendship and love,” wrote members of the Malines Conversations Group after tracing the history of ecumenical agreements between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion and, especially, reviewing examples of collaboration and gestures of recognition.

The judgment made by Pope Leo XIII in his apostolic letter “Apostolicae Curae” in 1896 “does not accord with the reality into which the Spirit has led us now,” said members of the group, which is an informal Catholic-Anglican dialogue that began in 2013. Members of the group, who are not appointed to represent their churches but keep their respective ecumenical offices informed of their studies and discussions, presented their document Dec. 15 at Rome’s Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. The 27-page document is titled, “Sorores in Spe — Sisters in Hope of the Resurrection: A Fresh Response to the Condemnation of Anglican Orders.”
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Posted: December 15, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10919
Categories: CNS, DialogueIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Malines, ordination
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Catégorie : CNS, DialogueDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Malines, ordination

A woman who told police that she and her family were from Sudan is taken into custody by a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer after arriving Feb.12 by taxi and walking across the U.S.-Canada border into Quebec

Safe third country appeal heading to Supreme Court

 — December 17, 202117 décembre 2021

The Canadian Council of Churches, Amnesty International and the Canadian Council for Refugees are headed to the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of refugee families who want a legal way to apply for asylum at Canada’s land borders. After twice winning in Federal Court only to see those decisions reversed in the Federal Court of Appeal, this is the first time the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about the constitutional validity of Canada’s Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) with the United States. Under the agreement, persons seeking refugee status must make their claim in the first country in which they arrive. It has been in place since 2004. A definitive ruling is necessary to clarify a system that forces would-be refugees to cross into Canada illegally at unofficial border crossings like Roxham Road south of Montreal at the Quebec-New York border, said Detroit Mercy University law professor Alex Vernon.

“Most refugees’ first experience of Canada is either to be summarily denied protection and excluded if they go to a (legal) port of entry without an exception to the STCA or to be forced to be ‘law breakers’ and arrested and processed upon entry at Roxham Road,” said Vernon, who runs Detroit Mercy’s immigration law clinic and regularly takes students to Roxham Road for real life experience of practising law on the border. “This is not in keeping with Canada’s international obligations, with constitutional rights of people on Canadian soil, nor with the dignity due to human beings — particularly human beings in distress.” The latest court loss for the refugee advocates at the CCC, AI and CCR came in April. The appeal court’s decision was based “not on substantive grounds, but on the basis of how the arguments were framed,” said a press release from the Canadian Council for Refugees.
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Posted: December 17, 2021 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10927
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, refugees
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, refugees