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Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, claimed that top Vatican officials told him not to be discouraged by official statements from the Vatican, because they did not reflect Pope Benedict XVI's true feelings

SSPX head says Vatican sent mixed messages during reconciliation talks

 — January 4, 20134 janv. 2013

The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X said he has been receiving mixed messages from the Vatican for years over if and how the group might be brought back into full communion with the church. Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society, claimed that top Vatican officials told him not to be discouraged by official statements from the Vatican, because they did not reflect Pope Benedict XVI’s true feelings. The Vatican press office declined to comment Jan. 4 on the claims.
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Posted: Jan. 4, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2704
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Society of St. Pius X
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Society of St. Pius X

The first meeting of the international trilateral dialogue between Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans was held in Rome from 9-13 December 2012. Front row (from left): Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Second row: Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Third row: William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Fourth row: César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Fifth row: Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel
La première réunion du dialogue trilatéral international entre mennonites, catholiques et luthériens s'est tenue à Rome du 9 au 13 décembre 2012. Premier rang (à partir de la gauche) : Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Deuxième rang : Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Troisième rang : William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Quatrième rang : César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Cinquième rang : Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel

Baptism the focus of trilateral dialogue by Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans

 — January 7, 20137 janv. 2013

An international trilateral dialogue between Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans began in Rome, 9-13 December 2012.

According to a joint release issued after the Rome meeting, the overall theme of the five-year process is “Baptism and Incorporation into the Body of Christ, the Church.” The release further stated: “This innovative trilateral forum will allow the dialogue to take up questions surrounding the theology and practice of baptism in the respective communions.”

The three international communions came to the inaugural meeting with a history of bilateral dialogues with each other. They mutually agreed to hold three-way talks on baptism, a topic that had surfaced in earlier exchanges.
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Posted: Jan. 7, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2827
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : baptism, Catholic, Christian unity, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite, Mennonite World Conference

The first meeting of the international trilateral dialogue between Mennonites, Catholics and Lutherans was held in Rome from 9-13 December 2012. Front row (from left): Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Second row: Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Third row: William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Fourth row: César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Fifth row: Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel
La première réunion du dialogue trilatéral international entre mennonites, catholiques et luthériens s'est tenue à Rome du 9 au 13 décembre 2012. Premier rang (à partir de la gauche) : Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, Turid Karlsen Sein, Cardinal Koch, Alfred Neufeld. Deuxième rang : Musawenkosi Biyela, Rebecca Osiro, Kaisamari Hintikka, Gregory J Fairbanks. Troisième rang : William Henn, Larry Miller, Theodor Dieter. Quatrième rang : César Garcia, Marie-Hélène Robert, Kwong-Sang Peter Li. Cinquième rang : Luis M Melo, Fernando Enns, John Rempel

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

 — January 14, 201314 janv. 2013

Un dialogue international trilatéral entre mennonites, catholiques et luthériens a eu lieu pour la première fois à Rome, du 9 au 13 décembre 2012.

Un communiqué commun publié après la réunion de Rome annonce le thème général de ce processus de cinq ans : ‘Baptême et intégration dans le Corps du Christ, l’Église’. Le communiqué précise : « Ce forum trilatéral innovant permettra d’aborder des questions concernant la théologie et la pratique du baptême dans chaque communion ».

Les trois communions internationales ont déjà eut des dialogues bilatéraux les unes avec l’autre. Elles ont décidé ensemble d’avoir des conversations à trois sur le baptême, un sujet qui avait fait surface lors des échanges précédents.
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Posted: Jan. 14, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=10810
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Mennonite World Conference, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

La FLM commente l’idée d’un ordinariat luthérien au sein de l’Église catholique romaine

 — January 18, 201318 janv. 2013

À la suite des remarques formulées par l’archevêque Gerhard Ludwig Müller, préfet de la Congrégation pour la doctrine de la foi, à l’occasion du lancement d’un livre le 11 janvier 2013 à Rome, indiquant que le Vatican pourrait envisager de créer un ordinariat pour les luthériens au sein de l’Église catholique romaine, Lutheran World Information
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Posted: Jan. 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4730
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation

LWF on a Lutheran ordinariate within the Roman Catholic Church

 — January 18, 201318 janv. 2013

Following remarks by Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at an 11 January 2013 book launch in Rome that the Vatican might consider an ordinariate for Lutherans within the Roman Catholic Church, Lutheran World Information asked LWF General Secretary Rev. Martin Junge to reflect on the implications
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Posted: Jan. 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4727
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation

Bishop Gregory Cameron, the first De Margerie speaker gave a workshop as part of his visit to Saskatoon. Bishop Gregory comes from the Anglican Diocese of St. Asaph in the Church in Wales

Anglican Bishop Gregory Cameron reflects on blessings of ecumenical efforts

 — January 20, 201320 janv. 2013

The first event of a new ecumenical speaker series was held in Saskatoon Jan. 19, on the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, as Anglican Bishop Gregory Cameron of Wales presented a morning ecumenical workshop about “Lessons learned in ecumenism.” Cameron spoke in a joyful “affective” way about the work for Christian unity – telling stories of lessons he has learned through his ecumenical experiences – rather than addressing doctrine, shared mission or spiritual ecumenism. Through discussion questions, he also encouraged participants to share their experiences of ecumenism. “I think it is very important to list and to explore the benefits of ecumenism, to celebrate the riches of ecumenical experience,” Cameron said, stressing that such personal experience can be an important answer to those who question the need to work for Christian unity. “Unless we can recognize what gifts the Lord gives us through the ecumenical journey, we are never going to be able to talk with passion and commitment about why the Church needs to be One.” Cameron therefore explored seven blessings that he has experience on his own ecumenical journey – life lessons from numerous encounters – listing them in seven key words: faith, challenge, joy, nurture, friendship, Christ, and vision.
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Posted: Jan. 20, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2980
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, De Margerie Series, ecumenism, Gregory Cameron
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, De Margerie Series, ecumenism, Gregory Cameron

A lifelong ecumenist, Fr. Bernard de Margerie was honoured January 21st with the inauguration of the new De Margerie Series on Christian Unity and Reconciliation

De Margerie Series on Christian Unity and Reconciliation

 — January 21, 201321 janv. 2013

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and St. Thomas More College are pleased to inaugurate a new series of lectures and workshops that will bring to Saskatoon distinguished ecumenists from around the world. Our hope is that this will be an annual event, sometimes in conjunction with the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The series is named in honour of Fr. Bernard de Margerie. Those who know him, know that his greatest complement is to remind you to “stay humble.” His own humility is one of the many virtues he has brought to ecumenical ministry for over fifty years. Bernard is best known for his work in founding the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in 1984, and serving as its first director for the next decade, but his ecumenical interest was sparked long before by Pope John XXIII who opened the Catholic Church to the ecumenical movement. Bernard’s vision for the ecumenical movement has always placed prayer at the centre. Spiritual ecumenism, which is fostered in prayer together and for each other, promotes humility about the distinctive aspects of our own faith and life. Through the early years of Catholic ecumenism, in the euphoria of new relationships between our churches, Bernard patiently and prayerfully built firm relationships that have seen us through the so-called “ecumenical winter.”
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Posted: Jan. 21, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2879
Categories: NewsIn this article: Bernard de Margerie, Christian unity, ecumenism, Saskatoon, speaker
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Bernard de Margerie, Christian unity, ecumenism, Saskatoon, speaker

Bishop Gerard Bergie of St. Catherine's was the Catholic co-chair of the Roman Catholic-United Church of Canada dialogue until 2012

Catholics, United Church find common ground on marriage

 — January 25, 201325 janv. 2013

While the Catholic Church and the United Church aren’t about to agree about same-sex marriage (Catholic against, United in favour), the official Roman Catholic-United Church of Canada Dialogue has found significant common ground in their theologies, liturgies and pastoral approaches. “In the end it is good news that we were able to say something together on marriage,” said Michael Attridge, a University of St. Michael’s College theology professor who was one of the Catholic representatives on the dialogue. “A very important topic — something that’s very important to both our Churches.” The 23-page final report on marriage makes no change in either Church’s teaching on marriage and does not try to paper over significant differences on same-sex marriage, divorce and marriage as a sacrament. However, by analysing the Catholic and United Church marriage ceremonies and official Church documents, the dialogue found common ground. Both believe marriage must be the free choice of the spouses, is intended to be a lifelong commitment, is “a commitment to self-transcendence” which serves not just the couple but children and the whole community, is a vocation to holiness, and pastorally marriage preparation is important. The Churches decided to tackle marriage in their official dialogue after the United Church and Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops found themselves submitting opposing factums to the Supreme Court in 2004, before the court ruled on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.
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Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7606
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, marriage, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, marriage, United Church of Canada

Semper reformanda: Our website is moving

 — January 25, 201325 janv. 2013

The Ecumenism in Canada website is changing, moving, and growing. In its various forms since 1995, this site has continued to serve the global ecumenical community with a mission to “call the churches to visible unity in one faith, one baptism, and one eucharistic fellowship.” This mission is, of course, not ours alone. We find these words in the mission and vision of the World Council of Churches and they are echoed in the agreed statements of numerous dialogues.

The website has had a close relationship with the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism since the beginning. When I was executive director of the PCE, I began to play around with a website in my spare time sometime in the fall of 1995. Over the past 17 years, the site has grown into one of the most significant ecumenical websites, with over 10,000 visitors per month. The site has always given priority to collecting documents and other resources as a partial archive of the ecumenical movement in our time, and as a way of assisting the formation of an informed ecumenical leadership.
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Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2867
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, ecumenism, website
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, ecumenism, website

Ecumenism: Walking Beyond Barriers

 — January 25, 201325 janv. 2013

This afternoon at 5:30pm, for the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Benedict XVI presided over second Vespers in the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls. The celebration marked the closure of the 46th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which this year had the theme: “What does God require of us?” Many representatives from other Churches and ecclesial communities participated in the celebrations, including Metropolitan-Archbishop Gennadios (Limouris), representing the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and Rev. Richardson, representing the Archbishop of Canterbury. Communion in the same faith is the basis for ecumenism,” the Holy Father said, emphasizing that “God gives us unity as something inseparable from the faith” and that “the profession of baptismal faith in God, the Father and Creator, who has revealed Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ, pouring out the Spirit who gives life and holiness already unites Christians. Without faith―which is first a gift from God, but also the response of human persons―the entire ecumenical movement would be reduced to a type of ‘contract’, to adhere to out of common interest. … The doctrinal questions that still divide us should not be overlooked or minimized. Rather, they should be faced with courage, in a spirit of fraternity and mutual respect. Dialogue, when it reflects the priority of faith, can be open to God’s action with the firm confidence that alone we cannot build unity, but that the Holy Spirit is the one who guides us toward full communion and who allows us to see the spiritual wealth present in the different Churches and ecclesial communities.”
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Posted: Jan. 25, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2996
Categories: NewsIn this article: Benedict XVI, Christian unity, ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Christian unity, ecumenism, WPCU

Churches to sign historic baptism agreement in Austin

 — January 28, 201328 janv. 2013

Leaders of U.S. Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches will sign a historic agreement Tuesday in Austin [Texas] by which the two traditions will formally recognize each other’s liturgical rites of baptism.

The product of seven years of talks among five denominations, the agreement will be signed at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at a prayer service and celebration at St. Mary Cathedral. The service will be open to the public and will be part of the opening day activities of the national meeting of Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A., which will continue through Friday in Austin.

Representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Christian Reformed Church in North America, Reformed Church in America and United Church of Christ will sign the document.
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Posted: Jan. 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6479
Categories: NewsIn this article: baptism, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, USA
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : baptism, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, USA

Evangelism: The Hallmark of Evangelical Faith

 — January 30, 201330 janv. 2013

Evangelism is the proclamation in word, deed and Christian character of the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross and through the resurrection. Evangelism lies at the core of the identity of being evangelical. We affirm that it is not possible to be truly evangelical without a radical commitment to world evangelisation; indeed, such a commitment is inherent to Christian identity itself. Evangelism is one of the three central characteristics of evangelicalism, based on the understanding that Jesus Christ is the unique Saviour of humanity and Lord of all creation and that the Scriptures are the ultimate authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

The WEA calls on all evangelicals and Christians worldwide to renew their commitment to holistic evangelism. By this we emphasize the connection between proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ in word and practicing it in our actions: both are necessary for the integrity of the gospel. Furthermore, personal conversion must result in the growth of Christian character and witness.

As with all Christian traditions, there have been times when mistakes have been made and evangelicals have struggled to link the proclamation of the gospel with acts of justice and peace. Yet in our history there have been many strong voices and lives that exemplify the holistic nature of evangelism. People such as Wesley, Wilberforce, Shaftesbury, Lester, Bediako, Kitamori, Adeyemo, Stott, Escobar and Padilla have all shown deep personal commitment to social action and individual transformation.
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Posted: Jan. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8163
Categories: DocumentsIn this article: evangelism/evangelization, World Evangelical Alliance
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Catégorie : DocumentsDans cet article : evangelism/evangelization, World Evangelical Alliance

Rev. Bernard de Margerie (left) greets the inaugural speaker of the new de Margerie lecture series, Bishop Gregory Cameron of the Anglican Church of Wales

Emphasis is on communion: Bishop Gregory Cameron

 — January 30, 201330 janv. 2013

Understanding the church as communion changes ecumenism, said the inaugural speaker of the new De Margerie Series on Christian Unity and Reconciliation. A paradigm of church as a communion or “Koinonia” shifts the understanding of church from a focus on our adherence to particular doctrines, to God’s action at work in us, said Bishop Gregory Cameron. “Communion clearly implies that the church is not merely an institution or organization, it is a fellowship of those who are called together by the Holy Spirit and who in baptism, confess Christ as Lord and Saviour. They are thus fully committed to him and to one another,” asserted Cameron. The understanding of church as communion — which is clearly expressed in the New Testament — has been rediscovered and deepened in recent decades, he described. “The shift has come about via a new emphasis of understanding the church less as a body of confessing believers, and more as a supernatural reality brought into being by God’s grace,” he said, after emphasizing the influence of paradigms in determining our ongoing understanding of any theological concept.
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Posted: Jan. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2973
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, De Margerie Series, ecclesiology, ecumenism, Gregory Cameron, koinonia
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, De Margerie Series, ecclesiology, ecumenism, Gregory Cameron, koinonia

Ministry and clergy workshop held at cathedral

 — February 6, 20136 févr. 2013

Ministry leaders, priests and pastors from different Christian denominations in Saskatoon gathered Jan. 23 for a workshop held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family as part of the new De Margerie Series on Christian Unity and Reconciliation.

Bishop Gregory Cameron of the Anglican Diocese of St. Asaph in Wales led the morning workshop held in the middle of the 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, offering leaders “pointers for the ecumenical quest” and encouraging discussion and practical goal-setting for the year ahead.

Looking for Christ in the other is vital, said Cameron. “There is a danger, I think, in the ecumenical context, that we start using our head quite a lot, and begin our critique of other traditions, without remembering to look for the Christ who is at work in one another.”
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Posted: Feb. 6, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2969
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, De Margerie Series, ecumenism, Gregory Cameron
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, De Margerie Series, ecumenism, Gregory Cameron

Allan Buckingham enjoying God's creation

Roman Catholic and United churches agree on marriage

 — February 8, 20138 févr. 2013

The meeting of the Roman Catholic-United Church of Canada dialogue group which I attended in October reaffirmed the report on marriage that was submitted to our sponsoring bodies last spring. I have had the pleasure to be a part of this dialogue for the last 5 years as we discussed the often personal topic of marriage and our churches’ policies regarding marriage. What could have been a very confrontational discussion ended up being a wonderful celebration of the ideals of the institution as well as the rites involved in a wedding. Indeed, our two churches have much in common around marriage.
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Posted: Feb. 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2902
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Canada, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, UCC, United Church of Canada
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Canada, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, UCC, United Church of Canada

Pope Benedict XVI has announced his resignation effective February 28

Breaking news: Pope Benedict to resign on February 28

 — February 11, 201311 févr. 2013

In a surprise announcement, this morning Pope Benedict XVI informed the cardinals gathered in Consistory that he has decided to resign effective February 28 for health reasons. The resignation apparently surprised even his closest of aides. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415 during the Council of Constance as a means of resolving the Western Schism. The Vatican expects a conclave will elect the next pope before the end of March. According to the BBC, Benedict XVI is not expected to take part in the conclave to elect his successor. The Vatican spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, announced that Benedict would retire to Castel Gandolfo after his resignation. More details are expected in the coming weeks.
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Posted: Feb. 11, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=2939
Categories: NewsIn this article: Benedict XVI, Catholic, pope
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Catholic, pope

Pilgrims have their cameras ready as Pope Benedict XVI makes his way through the crowd in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican before a general audience

To Benedict, the Church came first

 — February 13, 201313 févr. 2013

Clarity and charity, the Gospel proclaimed and Jesus at the heart of the Church will always be the legacy of the great teaching Pope who led off the 21st century.

Pope Benedict XVI may have surprised the world by announcing his withdrawal from the See of Peter, but his courageous decision to put the Church and the office of the Pope before any other consideration was absolutely consistent with his character.

“As a Pope he was humble, conscientious, diligent,” wrote theologian Gregory Baum in an e-mail to The Catholic Register. “(He) derived no pleasure from being seen and celebrated.”
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Posted: Feb. 13, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7022
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Benedict XVI, pope
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Benedict XVI, pope

Ecumenical reflections on a papal resignation

 — February 19, 201319 févr. 2013

I invite you to contribute your own reflections to the ‘Ecumenism in Canada” website. A little more than a week has passed since the surprising news that Pope Benedict XVI has decided to resign at the end of February. Now that the initial flurry of news reports have reported the details of his resignation and the expected process of the conclave in March, I invite you to join in a more reflective moment to consider the ecumenical significance of the papal resignation.

In 1995, Pope John Paul II issued his encyclical on commitment to ecumenism, Ut Unum Sint, in which he invited discussion and dialogue about ways in which the petrine ministry might be reformed to more effectively serve as a universal ministry of unity. The resignation of Pope Benedict is one of the most visible reforms of the papacy in recent memory. What is it’s ecumenical significance?

I invite you to write short reflections, 100-300 words, and send them to me at editor [at] ecumenism [dot] net. I will select appropriate reflections to publish on the “Ecumenism in Canada” website. I cannot promise to publish every response, but I will endeavour to publish responses that are focused on the question at hand: What is the ecumenical significance of the papal resignation? I reserve the right to edit responses. Please include your full name, address, and occupation.

Please send your responses by February 28.
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Posted: Feb. 19, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3042
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Benedict XVI, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, papacy, petrine ministry, Ut Unum Sint
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, papacy, petrine ministry, Ut Unum Sint

Reflections

 — February 28, 201328 févr. 2013

Last week I invited reflections from the readers of Ecumenism in Canada on the ecumenical significance of the papal resignation. Here are the first of the reflections received:

John H. Armstrong, ACT3 Network, Carol Stream, IL (USA) — While the media discusses what they think about a pope resigning office ecumenical Christians should ask deeper questions rooted in faith, hope and love. I believe Pope Benedict XVI made a courageous decision that demonstrates deep humility. In this decision he has opened the door to deeper conversations about the unity of the whole church. The fuller implications of his decision will not be understood for decades. Historians will likely see this as a significant step into a new world shaped by global realities. Will the papacy be the same in 2050? I doubt it. I have no idea what this means but I do believe history was made by the decision of this humble man, a decision that showed us what serving Christ looks like in a time when true peacemaking and humility could not be more important.
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Posted: Feb. 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3036
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Benedict XVI, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, papacy, petrine ministry, Ut Unum Sint
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Benedict XVI, Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism, papacy, petrine ministry, Ut Unum Sint

Theologian Douwe Visser of the World Communion of Reformed Churches is seen in an undated file photo

Theologians to discuss new model for ecumenical talks

 — March 4, 20134 mars 2013

Theologians will meet in Switzerland this week to discuss a possible model for bilateral dialogues between Reformed church theologians and Lutherans, Catholics and Pentecostals. The model involves emerging young ecumenists, according to the Geneva-based World Communion of Reformed Churches. The discussion is part of the agenda for a March 3-8 meeting in Rüdlingen, in the northeastern part of the country. Organizers expect 22 participants from 15 countries, with about 20 percent of them under the age of 35. The WCRC‘s Theologians’ Network meeting aims to reflect on the priority issues for theological study in the coming year.
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Posted: Mar. 4, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3469
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, dialogue, ecumenism

Metropolitan Dr Vasilios of Constantia-Ammochostos, moderator of the Commission on Faith and Order; right, Canon John Gibaut, of the WCC director of Faith and Order, presenting the published version of “The Church, Towards a Common Vision”

WCC issues new Faith and Order convergence text on Church

 — March 7, 20137 mars 2013

In a World Council of Churches (WCC) governance meeting, The Church: Towards a Common Vision, a convergence text of the Commission on Faith and Order, was officially presented by the WCC general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit. Tveit launched The Church at the WCC Executive Committee meeting on 6 March, which took place at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Switzerland. “The Commission on Faith and Order presents to us a gift, a statement about the Church,” stated Tveit in his foreword to The Church. “Work on ecclesiology relates to everything the Church is and what its mission implies in and for the world. It reflects the constitutional aims and self-identity of the WCC as a fellowship of churches who call each other to the goal of visible unity,” he added. The Church identifies what Christians can say together about the Church in order to grow in communion, to struggle together for justice and peace, and to overcome together their past and present divisions. After twenty years in the making, The Church was approved by the Standing Commission on Faith and Order at its 2012 meeting in Penang, Malaysia. It was later received by the WCC Central Committee and commended to the churches for study and formal response. It is the second convergence text to be approved in the long life of the commission, the first being the Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry which was celebrated at the WCC 6th Assembly in Vancouver (1982).
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Posted: Mar. 7, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3477
Categories: Dialogue, Documents, WCC NewsIn this article: Christian unity, church, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC
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Catégorie : Dialogue, Documents, WCC NewsDans cet article : Christian unity, church, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, WCC

Posters on a Roman street for a recent book by the recently-retired Pope Benedict XVI

A Pope for All Christians

 — March 13, 201313 mars 2013

When the new pope is consecrated, he will inherit a troubled global church. Internal scandal and unaddressed external problems pose great risks to the vitality of Catholicism. But the consequences of success or failure are huge for the church universal, the world’s 2.1 billion Christians of every denomination. This is more than a butterfly effect. Rome is not Las Vegas—what happens in Rome will not stay within the borders of Vatican City. One consequence of globalization is that the walls that have long divided Catholics from Orthodox, mainline Protestants, evangelicals, and Pentecostals are eroding.

Brian Stiller, a global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance, commenting about Catholic and evangelical relations, wrote on his blog recently, “Not in 500 years have the two sides been so close and friendly.”
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Posted: Mar. 13, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6552
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, OpinionIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism, Evangelicals, papacy
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Catégorie : Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, OpinionDans cet article : Catholic, ecumenism, Evangelicals, papacy

Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before the 2013 Conclave at which he was elected pope

Bergoglio’s Intervention: A diagnosis of the problems in the Church

 — March 27, 201327 mars 2013

The archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino, on Saturday read from a document given him by Pope Francis, outlining the speech he gave during the pre-conclave General Congregation meetings of the Cardinals. Cardinal Ortega had been so impressed with the speech he asked the then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio for a copy of the intervention. Following the conclave, Cardinal Ortega received permission from Pope Francis to share the information.
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Posted: Mar. 27, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3510
Categories: NewsIn this article: church, pope, Pope Francis, Vatican
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Pope Francis greet each other at the inaugural Mass for Pope Francis

My brother Andrew: Relations between the Churches of East and West

 — March 30, 201330 mars 2013

Pope Francis’ reference to himself as the ‘Bishop of Rome’ was music to the ears of Orthodox leaders for whom the question of papal primacy has long been a problem for reunion. Their attendance at the new Pope’s inaugural Mass was a sign of their hopes for closer communion. A statement from the patriarchate explained Bartholomew’s decision to attend Pope Francis’ inauguration personally: the need for “a profoundly bold step … that could have lasting significance”. It is the first time the Bishop of Constantinople has attended the inauguration of the Bishop of Rome ever, let alone since the great schism of 1054. According to the patriarchate ­website: “after such a long division … authentic reunion will require courage, leadership and humility. Given Pope Francis’ well-­documented work for social justice and his insistence that globalisation is detrimental to the poor … the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic traditions have a renewed opportunity to work collectively on issues of mutual concern … But such work requires a first step and it would appear as though Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is willing to take such a step.” In one of those seemingly informal but resonant gestures that we are beginning to expect from Francis, the response was immediate and commensurate. The successor of Peter greeted the successor of the other Galilean fisherman as “my brother Andrew”.
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Posted: Mar. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3515
Categories: Opinion, The TabletIn this article: Bartholomew I, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, Orthodox, patriarch
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Catégorie : Opinion, The TabletDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Christian unity, dialogue, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, ecumenism, Orthodox, patriarch

Arms Trade Treaty campaigners including representatives of ecumenical organizations at UN headquarters for the March 2013 conference that adopted the treaty

World’s first Arms Trade Treaty is a milestone

 — April 3, 20133 avril 2013

The world’s first Arms Trade Treaty is “a milestone in efforts to bring commerce in deadly weapons under much-needed controls,” according to the general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC). “This long-overdue act of international governance means that people in many parts of the world who live in fear for their lives will eventually be safer,” the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit commented on Arms Trade Treaty, adopted on 2 April, voted by 155 countries at the United Nations in New York, USA. “Churches in all regions share in the suffering caused by armed violence,” Tveit noted. “We can all now give thanks that national authorities responsible for public safety and well-being have finally adopted binding regulations for the global arms trade.”
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Posted: Apr. 3, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3569
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: arms trade, peace, United Nations, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : arms trade, peace, United Nations, WCC

Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment

Central Themes in Recent Catholic Teaching on the Environment

 — April 8, 20138 avril 2013

A new Canadian bishops’ document summarizing themes of recent church teaching on the environment is an urgent cry for action, says Bishop Donald Bolen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. “Recent church teaching and papal statements are clearly telling us that the way we are living is not sustainable,” said Bolen, one of the bishops on the Canadian bishops’ Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace, which released the new resource April 8 entitled “Building a New Culture: Central Themes in Recent Church Teaching on the Environment.” “Care of the environment is a growing area of concern for the Church and for all human beings, and in fact the Church has been speaking about this – and in particular, recent popes have been speaking about this – not only with regularity, but with passion,” said Bolen.
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Posted: Apr. 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3590
Categories: News, ResourcesIn this article: bishops, Canada, CCCB, creation, ecology, environment, theology
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Catégorie : News, ResourcesDans cet article : bishops, Canada, CCCB, creation, ecology, environment, theology

Rev. Dr. Emilio Castro

WCC pays tribute to Emilio Castro

 — April 8, 20138 avril 2013

Emilio Castro, 85, pastor, ecumenist, and missionary statesman, April 6, 2013, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Castro grew up in Montevideo and studied at the theological faculty in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before serving Methodist congregations in Uruguay and Bolivia. In the 1960s he participated in ecumenical activities that paved the way for the formation of the Latin American Council of Churches in 1979. During the severe political and social unrest of the 1970s, he was involved in fostering dialogue between political groupings. Castro joined the World Council of Churches (WCC) as director of the Commission on World Mission and Evangelism in 1973, and then from 1985 to 1992 he served as general secretary of the WCC and was editor of the Ecumenical Review. Castro received a doctorate from the University of Lausanne in 1984. His publications include Freedom in Mission: The Perspective of the Kingdom of God–an Ecumenical Inquiry (1985), When We Pray Together (1989), and, in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research, “Liberation, Development, and Evangelism: Must We Choose Mission?” (2, no. 3 [1978]: 87-90), and part I of “Mission in the 1990s” (14, no. 4 [1990]: 146-49).
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Posted: Apr. 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6648
Categories: Memorials, WCC NewsIn this article: ecumenism, WCC
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Catégorie : Memorials, WCC NewsDans cet article : ecumenism, WCC

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square

Pope appoints advisory group of eight to advise on church reform

 — April 13, 201313 avril 2013

Pope Francis has set up an advisory board of eight cardinals from around the world to help him govern the Catholic Church and to help him reform it. Briefing journalists Saturday the head of the Holy See press office, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the communiqué came exactly one month since Pope Francis’ election following the February 11 resignation of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI. He said it shows that Pope Francis “listens attentively” to the suggestions of the College of Cardinals – his closest collaborators. The formation of the group came after reading the mood of cardinals at the conclave that elected the pontiff on March 13. That meeting took place behind closed doors. The Vatican spokesman also noted that the group will have no legislative power and that its main function is to “help” and “advise” the Pope. Lombardi also noted the advisers would in no way interfere in the normal functions of the Roman Curia, the body responsible for daily governance of the Vatican and the Catholic Church.
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Posted: Apr. 13, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3673
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, pope, Pope Francis, Vatican
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Mary Nelson at Inaugural Council on a Parliament of the World’s Religions (CPWR) Women’s Task Force “Bearing the Light: Honoring our Spiritual Foremothers” event in Chicago

Parliament of the World’s Religions survives financial crunch

 — April 16, 201316 avril 2013

With the help of pagans, Jains and people of a range of other faiths, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions has raised more than $144,000 in two weeks using a crowdsourcing campaign in a desperate bid to survive a financial crisis. The Chicago-based interfaith network was recently ordered by a U.S. court to pay $276,000 in expenses related to its 2004 meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Deadly train bombings in Madrid months beforehand prompted a drop in expected attendance. The council took out a loan and was involved in a lengthy dispute about how to make up for lost revenue. Mary Nelson, the interim executive director of the council, said the group had raised about half of the funds needed, but individuals and groups who took part in its crowdsourcing campaign have apparently helped her organization survive.
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Posted: Apr. 16, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3667
Categories: RNSIn this article: Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, interfaith, multifaith
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Catégorie : RNSDans cet article : Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, interfaith, multifaith

Reformed-Catholic dialogue concludes latest talks on key doctrine

 — April 16, 201316 avril 2013

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

Le CCE est à la recherche d’un directeur général

 — May 2, 20132 mai 2013

Le Centre canadien d’œcuménisme est à la recherche d’un directeur général. Situé au centre-ville de Montréal, le Centre, à caractère national, a pour mission de promouvoir l’œcuménisme et les relations interreligieuses au Canada par l’éducation, le dialogue et la spiritualité.

The Canadian Centre for Ecumenism invites applications for the full-time position of Executive Director. The mission of this national centre, based in Montreal, is to promote ecumenism and interfaith relations through education, dialogue and spirituality.
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Posted: May 2, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3897
Categories: NewsIn this article: Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme
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Members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission met in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

ARCIC meeting in Brazil makes progress on joint statement

 — May 8, 20138 mai 2013

Catholic and Anglican ecumenical experts meeting in Rio de Janeiro have made progress towards their goal of a common statement on relations between the local and universal Church. This third meeting of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) has also been exploring the ways in which both communities make decisions regarding moral and ethical issues. During the week-long meeting which concluded on Monday, participants met with local Anglican and Catholic leaders to find out about local ecumenical initiatives. They spent a day in the ‘Cidade de Deus’ or City of God, one of the many slum areas around Rio de Janeiro, where the churches are working closely with police and other civic authorities to provide services and support community development.Members of the Commission described the meeting as a hope filled encounter and plan to hold the next ARCIC III session from May 12th to 20th, 2014.
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Posted: May 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3937
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, ethics
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, ARCIC, Catholic, Christian unity, dialogue, ecclesiology, ecumenism, ethics

Members of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity at their July 2011 meeting in Helsinki, Finland

Lutherans and Roman Catholics jointly tell the Reformation story

 — May 8, 20138 mai 2013

For the first time, Lutherans and Roman Catholics at the global level have worked together to tell the story of the Reformation as part of their commitment to deepen Christian unity.

The publication From Conflict to Communion will be published this month by the Lutheran – Roman Catholic Commission on Unity. The commission is mandated by The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) to facilitate the global ecumenical dialogue between the two Christian World Communions.

LWF Assistant General Secretary for Ecumenical Relations Rev. Dr Kaisamari Hintikka said the publication From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran–Roman Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation in 2017 contributes to strengthening the commitment to work for the visible unity of the Church. It will be presented to the LWF Council at its meeting this June.
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Posted: May 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4535
Categories: Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformation
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Catégorie : Dialogue, NewsDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Lutheran, Lutheran World Federation, Reformation

Pope Francis welcomes Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II

Pope Tawadros II and Pope Francis meet in Rome

 — May 10, 201310 mai 2013

The visit of Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark, “strengthens the bonds of friendship and brotherhood that already exist between the See of Peter and the See of Mark, heir to an inestimable heritage of martyrs, theologians, holy monks, and faithful disciples of Christ, who have borne witness to the Gospel from generation to generation, often in situations of great adversity,” said Pope Francis on receiving the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt this morning. The pontiff remarked on the memorable meeting that took place, 40 years ago, between the predecessors of both, Pope Paul VI and Pope Shenouda III, which united them “in an embrace of peace and fraternity, after centuries of mutual distance.”
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Posted: May 10, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=3944
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Christian unity, Coptic, ecumenism, Oriental Orthodox, patriarch, Pope Francis, Vatican
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Christian unity, Coptic, ecumenism, Oriental Orthodox, patriarch, Pope Francis, Vatican

Rock the Bible for 30 days in June

 — May 11, 201311 mai 2013

30 days + 30 amazing United Church leaders and over a dozen posts by special guests (Shane Claiborne, Lois Wilson, Dennis Gruending, Donna Sinclair, Fulata Lusungu Moyo, Gary Paterson (the UCC Moderator) and more…) = one of the coolest, free (yep-free) social media based Bible studies ever. For the whole month of June, join spiritual seekers coast to coast to rock the Bible from various perspectives and have a rockin’ time doing it. Get ready! Join the Facebook Group “Rock The Bible” today.
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Posted: May 11, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4165
Categories: ResourcesIn this article: Bible, Scripture, study
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Catégorie : ResourcesDans cet article : Bible, Scripture, study

Rabbi Dow Marmur on the limits of interfaith dialogue

 — May 13, 201313 mai 2013

Interfaith is going global. For a long time it had been primarily about Christian-Jewish relations in western countries with occasional attempts to include Muslims and local representatives of other religions.

Eighty per cent of all Christians once lived in Europe and North America. Today, two-thirds live in Latin America, Africa and Asia where they only rarely encounter Jews but interact with many other faiths. And some 600 million Muslims live nowadays in non-Muslim countries.

This demographic transformation — complicated by pockets of Muslim militancy on the one hand and, especially after Sept. 11, western Islamophobia on the other — has shifted the focus of interreligious dialogue. The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has also become a factor.
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Posted: May 13, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6496
Categories: OpinionIn this article: Christian, Christianity, dialogue, interfaith, Islam, Judaism
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : Christian, Christianity, dialogue, interfaith, Islam, Judaism

WCC general secretary Olav Fykse Tveit addressing synod of the United Protestant Church of France in Lyon

Churches from Lutheran and Reformed traditions unite

 — May 14, 201314 mai 2013

Two member churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) from Reformed and Lutheran traditions have united to become the United Protestant Church of France (L’Église Protestante Unie de France). The merger of the Reformed Church of France (L’Église Réformée de France) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of France (L’Église Évangélique Luthérienne de France) was celebrated at a joint national synod from 8 to 12 May in Lyon, France. The synod adopted revised texts for the constitution and rules of the new church. The revisions reflect inputs gathered from parishes in 2011. Public education and a communication campaign have been accompanying the merger process. WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, who attended the celebration in Lyon, praised the efforts of both churches in creating one transformative structure. He said that this undertaking “reminds us that the unity to which we are called in Christ can be hard work as well as joyful. For many of us in places far away from France your union gives hope that our own work may also bear fruit.”
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Posted: May 14, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4525
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: church union, ecumenism, Lutheran, Reformed churches
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : church union, ecumenism, Lutheran, Reformed churches

Buddhist-Christian encounter to explore new mode of dialogue

 — May 21, 201321 mai 2013

An upcoming World Council of Churches (WCC) consultation in Bangkok will attempt a distinctive mode of inter-religious dialogue.

In collaboration with the Christian Conference of Asia and organized by the WCC unit on Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation an “interface” of 25 Buddhists and Christians will take place 27 to 31 May in Bangkok, Thailand, and center on themes of life, justice and peace, central elements in the WCC 10th Assembly theme.

“Today’s multi-religious environment does not just provide Christians with the ‘context for’ engaging in the pursuit of life, justice and peace; rather it opens the possibility of ‘collaboration with’ people from other faiths who are already engaged in such pursuits,” said Peniel Rajkumar, programme executive in the WCC’s inter-religious dialogue unit.
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Posted: May 21, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4556
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Buddhist, Christian, Christianity, dialogue, WCC, WCC Assembly
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Buddhist, Christian, Christianity, dialogue, WCC, WCC Assembly

Christian Faith Requires Accepting Evolution

 — May 21, 201321 mai 2013

Recently, Jonathan Dudley has argued that Creationists have “abandoned a central commitment of orthodox Christianity.” Dudley’s argument is simple. Until the modern controversy among Fundamentalist Evangelicals over creation and evolution, Christianity has always held to a belief that the natural world is a revelation of God. Implicit in the doctrine of creation is the understanding that God is revealed by God’s works. Good science is that which seeks knowledge from the natural world encountered by humanity. As Dudley reminds us: “Augustine castigated those who made the Bible teach bad science, John Calvin argued that Genesis reflects a commoner’s view of the physical world, and the Belgic confession likened scripture and nature to two books written by the same author.”
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Posted: May 21, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4579
Categories: OpinionIn this article: creation, evolution, science
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Fr. Ronald Roberson, CSP

Recent Ecumenical Firsts

 — May 22, 201322 mai 2013

A couple of interesting ecumenical developments occurred of late regarding [Catholic] relations with the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion. First, His Holiness Tawadros II, the Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church, has been on an official visit to Rome (since the third century the Patriarchs of Alexandria have used the title “pope”). He arrived on May 9 and left May 13. The visit marked the first time that Pope Francis has received the head of another Christian church or ecclesial community since his installation in March, and it is also Pope Tawadros’ first trip outside Egypt since his election last November.
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Posted: May 22, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4531
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican, Catholic, Coptic, ecumenism, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Catholic, Coptic, ecumenism, Pope Francis

Archbishop David Moxon, new director of the Anglican Centre in Rome

New Director of Rome’s Anglican Centre

 — May 23, 201323 mai 2013

The new director of Rome’s Anglican Centre, former Archbishop of New Zealand David Moxon was officially welcomed to his new post on Thursday at an ecumenical prayer service in Rome’s Oratory of St Francis Xavier, run by the Caravita international Catholic community.

Archbishop Moxon has extensive ecumenical experience and is currently co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, or ARCIC, which recently held its third meeting in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro. He also serves as the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See and will be officially installed by Archbishop Justin Welby who is expected to visit the Vatican later this year.
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Posted: May 23, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6522
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Centre in Rome
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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 and Catholics finding one voice

 — May 23, 201323 mai 2013

Inspired by the apostle Peter’s exhortation to offer “an account of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15), members of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Dialogue of Canada (ARC Canada) are working on a project aimed at giving such an account with one voice.

Using as their starting point some of the fundamental questions that continue to be asked by people inside and outside the church, members of ARC Canada are composing short, accessible pieces of writing that offer responses rooted in the common Christian tradition shared by Catholics and Anglicans.

Among the questions being addressed by the Common Witness Project are: Why believe? Why is the world the way it is? What is my mission in life? Are science and faith compatible? What good is the church? Is suffering good for anything? Will it be okay?
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Posted: May 23, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4594
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican, Canada, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, witness
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Canada, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, witness

Muslim leaders pray at Auschwitz in interfaith move

 — May 23, 201323 mai 2013

Muslim leaders from across the globe knelt in prayer for the Holocaust dead at Auschwitz’s notorious Wall of Death on Wednesday, in an emotional visit to the Nazi German death camp in southern Poland.

Imams from Bosnia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States offered traditional Muslim “salat” prayers facing south toward their holy city of Makkah, shoes removed, during a Holocaust awareness visit to the site.

Thousands of Auschwitz prisoners perished at the wall, which is grey and still riddled with bullet holes. It is a stone’s throw from the infamous wrought iron “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) gate at the camp’s entrance.
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Posted: May 23, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6493
Categories: NewsIn this article: Islam, Judaism, Shoah
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Islam, Judaism, Shoah

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 et catholiques unissent leurs voix

 — May 26, 201326 mai 2013

Inspirés par l’exhortation de l’apôtre Pierre à défendre« l’espérance qui esten vous » (1 Pierre 3,15), les membres du Dialogue anglican et catholique romain du Canada (ARC du Canada) travaillent sur un projet visant à unir leurs voix pour rendre compte de cette foi.

En utilisant comme point de départ certaines des questions fondamentales qui préoccupent encore aujourd’hui pratiquants autant que non-pratiquants, les membres de l’ARC du Canada rédigeront divers articles, concis et intelligibles, offrant des réponses basées sur la tradition chrétienne commune partagée par les catholiques et les anglicans.

Parmi les questions qui seront abordées par le projet de Témoignage Commun on peut retrouver: Pourquoi croire? Pourquoi le monde est-il comme il est? Quelle est ma mission dans la vie? La science et la foi sont-elles compatibles? À quoi sert l’église? Est-ce souffrir sert à quelque chose? Est-ce tout ira bien?
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Posted: May 26, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4611
Categories: Communiqué, NewsIn this article: Anglican, Canada, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, witness
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Catégorie : Communiqué, NewsDans cet article : Anglican, Canada, Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, witness

Keith Clements presents his new book <i>Ecumenical Dynamic: Living in More than One Place at Once</i> at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva

Ecumenical Dynamic: Living in More than One Place at Once

 — May 29, 201329 mai 2013

Asserting that “We are in danger of losing what the ecumenical spirit is all about,” historical theologian and longtime ecumenical activist Keith Clements argued on 28 May at a presentation in the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva that people and churches need to rediscover the essential “ecumenical dynamic” at the heart of the movement.

“There is a need… to restore the word ecumenical to proper and positive use… The story, past and to the present, needs to be told,” he has written.

At once critical and encouraging, Clements complained that often “an obsession with identity today,” evident in resurgent confessionalism, ethnocentrism and nationalism, leaves people less willing “to step outside their home, their tradition and inhabit another’s tradition,” meet each other’s needs and serve the larger good.
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Posted: May 29, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=4621
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: books, Christian unity, ecumenism
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : books, Christian unity, ecumenism

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit at the United Nations in Geneva after his speech

Tveit calls for critical understanding of religion in international arena

 — June 9, 20139 juin 2013

The general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, on 3 June spoke to a United Nations conference in Geneva, where he addressed “the role of religion in the search for justice and peace.”

The conference at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, was called by UN Geneva director general Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in search of “a comprehensive framework” or new paradigm for UN work with its partners in the areas of global economy, ecology, education, health, security, and governance.

Calling for “an open, proper, critical and constructive reflection on the role of religion in our work for justice and peace and in our local and global life together,” Tveit urged the international community to grapple more deeply with religion. “It must go beyond discussions about ‘misuse’ of religion,” he said.

“It must also include a self-critical reflection on what our religions are teaching and representing today.”
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Posted: June 9, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=5924
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: justice, Olav Fykse Tveit, peace, United Nations, WCC
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : justice, Olav Fykse Tveit, peace, United Nations, WCC

Jewish and Orthodox church leaders meet in Greece

 — June 12, 201312 juin 2013

Leading Orthodox Christian and Jewish interfaith officials, scholars and clerics discussed the crucial importance of protecting the environment and religious values and condemned growing incidents of anti-Semitism and religious prejudice around the world during a three day conference to help improve relations between these two ancient faith communities. Co-sponsored by the Liaison Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Office of Interreligious and Intercultural Affairs, and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), a Jewish umbrella group, the meeting was the latest in an on-going effort to improve relations and dialogue between Orthodoxy and Judaism.

Noting that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has declared 2013 the Year of Global Solidarity, Metropolitan Emmanuel said: “It is well documented that Greeks living in Thessaloniki at the time of the Shoah stood with their Jewish neighbors and friends. Today, more than ever, we must stand together to battle the evils of anti-Semitism, religious prejudice and all forms of discrimination.”

Schiffman said: “These meetings are extremely important for both the Jewish people and Orthodox Christianity because we share a long history and common roots. We are committed to building mutual respect and better understanding between our two faiths.”
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Posted: June 12, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6490
Categories: NewsIn this article: IJCIC, interfaith, Judaism, Orthodox
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Un incontro promosso dal Prairie Centre for Ecumenism in Canada

 — June 12, 201312 juin 2013

«Noi dobbiamo lavorare ogni giorno, pregando e testimoniando Cristo, per la piena e visibile unità della Chiesa che significa un corpo con molte membra»: questa è la finalità del Prairie Centre for Ecumenism (Cpe) che promuove, anche quest’anno, un incontro di riflessione teologico-pastorale dal titolo «Reconciling Churches/Reconciling Peoples». L’incontro, in corso in questi giorni, vuole essere un’occasione per approfondire e per rafforzare il cammino ecumenico dei cristiani in Canada al quale il Cpe contribuisce con incontri e progetti pensati per le comunità locali.
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Posted: June 12, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6010
Categories: Conferences, NewsIn this article: Summer Ecumenical Institute
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Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, England, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, is seen at a press conference at the Venerable English College in Rome. Speaking to reporters after his first encounter with Pope Francis, Archbishop Welby said he was struck by the pope's 'extraordinary humanity on fire with the spirit of Christ'

Pope, Anglican archbishop pledge to work for unity

 — June 14, 201314 juin 2013

Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, pledged to support each other with their prayers and to continue the search for full unity between their communities.

Meeting at the Vatican June 14, praying together in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel in the Apostolic Palace and eating lunch together in the papal residence, both remarked on the fact that Pope Francis’ inaugural Mass was celebrated March 19 and Archbishop Welby’s installation was March 21.

“Since we began our respective ministries within days of each other, I think we will always have a particular reason to support one another in prayer,” Pope Francis said. He also thanked the new Anglican leader for praying for him during his installation at Canterbury Cathedral.

Archbishop Welby told him, “I pray that the nearness of our two inaugurations may serve the reconciliation of the world and the church.”
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Posted: June 14, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6272
Categories: CNSIn this article: Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Catholic, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : Anglican, Archbishop of Canterbury, Catholic, pope, Pope Francis

Bishop Mark Macdonald, the National Indigenous Bishop for the Anglican Church of Canada

Reconciling churches, reconciling peoples – Summer Ecumenical Institute

 — June 17, 201317 juin 2013

The Anglican Church of Canada’s first National Indigenous Bishop explored the challenge and the promise of reconciliation at a Summer Ecumenical Institute organized by the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism June 10-13 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon. Reconciliation is critical to understanding what new life in Christ is meant to be, he said, citing a New Testament understanding of reconciliation as central to what Jesus came to do. “Reconciliation is critical to Christian identity, it is fundamental to the primary response to the Good News of Jesus Christ. I think it is impossible to overstate this. This is why we say ‘forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’ – because reconciliation is key to the acceptance and experience of Jesus and the message of Jesus,” he said.
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Posted: June 17, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6792
Categories: NewsIn this article: Indigenous peoples, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, Summer Ecumenical Institute
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The Reformation Monument in Geneva

Catholics, Lutherans launch historic joint document on Reformation

 — June 18, 201318 juin 2013

Events in Christianity that led to the Reformation nearly half a millennium ago split the Roman Catholic Church, ushering the advent of Protestant churches.

When the 500th anniversary is commemorated in 2017, Lutherans and Catholics hope to be drawn closer in the quest for church unity.

Catholic and Lutherans announced a special joint publication Monday entitled From Conflict to Communion for this that helps bury many past differences and brings Catholics and Lutherans closer together.

“The awareness is dawning on Lutherans and Catholics that the struggle of the 16th century is over,” the report said. “The reasons for mutually condemning each other’s faith have fallen by the wayside.”
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Posted: June 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6284
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Catholic, Lutheran World Federation, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Reformation

Anglican members on Lutheran and Old Catholic dialogues appointed

 — June 25, 201325 juin 2013

The Secretary General today announced the names of Anglican members who have agreed to serve on one of two international co-ordinating bodies.

Both the Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) and the Anglican-Old Catholic International Co-ordinating Council (AOCICC) reported to the Anglican Consultative Council meeting in Auckland, New Zealand in November 2012 and the ACC renewed their mandates.
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Posted: June 25, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6277
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Consultative Council, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation, Old Catholic
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Traditionalists indicate definitive break with Catholic Church

 — June 27, 201327 juin 2013

On the 25th anniversary of the illicit ordination of four bishops by traditionalist Bishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of Saint Pius X indicated a definitive break of talks with the Catholic Church. In a statement June 27, three of the four bishops originally ordained by Lefebvre expressed “their filial gratitude towards their venerable founder who, after so many years spent serving the Church and the Sovereign Pontiff, so as to safeguard the Faith and the Catholic priesthood, did not hesitate to suffer the unjust accusation of disobedience.” The document – titled “Declaration on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the episcopal consecrations (30th June 1988 – 27th June 2013)” – is signed by Bishops Bernard Fellay, Bernard Tissier de Mallerais and Alfonso de Galarreta.
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Posted: June 27, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6446
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, schism, Second Vatican Council, Society of St. Pius X
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Joint Assembly: Together for the Love of the World, July 3-7, 2013

Anglicans and Lutherans in first Joint Assembly

 — June 28, 201328 juin 2013

Close to 1,000 Anglicans and Lutherans from across Canada will be gathering in Ottawa in July for what the Anglican Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, says is an “historic and exciting moment” in church history.

For the first time since 2001, when they signed a declaration of full communion, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) will be holding a joint assembly from July 3-7 at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

With the theme of “Together for the love of the world,” it will be a meeting quite unlike any other meeting,” say Archbishop Hiltz and Lutheran National Bishop Susan Johnson.

Each church will still hold separate sessions to deal with elections and specific church matters but will join together for worship and issues of common interest.
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Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6294
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, events, full communion, Lutheran
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, events, full communion, Lutheran

Pope open to Orthodox synod structure

 — June 28, 201328 juin 2013

Pope Francis, who recently spoke of a need to increase the common responsibility all bishops hold for the universal church, told a delegation of Orthodox leaders that the Catholic Church can learn from the synod structure of the Eastern Christian churches.

Dialogue for Christian unity is not a theoretical exercise for theologians, but an essential, practical tool for growing in faith and for evangelization, Pope Francis told a delegation from the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.

“This is not merely a theoretical exercise, but one of getting to know each other’s traditions in order to understand and even learn from them,” the pope said during the meeting June 28.

Pope Francis said he was referring particularly “to the reflection of the Catholic Church on the meaning of episcopal collegiality and the tradition of synodality, so typical of the Orthodox churches,” in which the synods function as a symbol of the unity of the local churches and as a governing body united to the patriarch or spiritual leader of the church.
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Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6448
Categories: CNSIn this article: Catholic, church reform, collegiality, dialogue, Orthodox, Pope Francis, synodality
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Dialogue doesn’t distance us from truth but leads us to whole truth

 — June 28, 201328 juin 2013

“Your presence is the sign of the profound bond that unites the Church of Constantinople with the Church of Rome in faith, in hope, and in charity,” Pope Francis said this morning on receiving the delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarch, which had arrived in Rome to celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul. The tradition of exchanging visits for the occasions of the respective patronal feasts dates back to 1969. The Pope emphasized that “fraternal gathering is an essential part of the journey towards unity.”

“The search for unity among Christians is an urgent task—you have said that ‘it is not a luxury, but an imperative’—from which, today more than ever, we cannot prescind. In our world that hungers and thirsts for truth, love, hope, peace, and unity, our witness demands that we should at last be able to proclaim, with one voice, the good news of the Gospel and celebrate together the Divine Mysteries of our new life in Christ. We are well aware that unity is primarily a gift from Gift that we must pray for unceasingly, but we all have the task of preparing the conditions, of cultivating the soil of the heart so that this extraordinary grace may be received.”
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Posted: June 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6298
Categories: Vatican NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, Pope Francis, Vatican
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Catégorie : Vatican NewsDans cet article : Bartholomew I, Catholic, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox, Pope Francis, Vatican

Bishop Susan Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada with Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

Anglican & Lutheran leaders offer “A Word to the Churches”

 — June 29, 201329 juin 2013

June 29, 2013 – Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul

On this day when we commemorate the two “pillars of the church”—the apostles Peter and Paul—the heads of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are issuing “A Word to the Churches.”

This joint declaration comes just a few days before the four North American church leaders will gather with hundreds of other Anglicans and Lutherans at the first Joint Assembly of the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, an example of how our churches are drawing closer together in full communion.
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Posted: June 29, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6281
Categories: NewsIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, church union, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, church union, Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the WCC Central Committee meeting in Geneva, Switzerland

Ecumenical Patriarch reaffirms power of faith for social justice

 — July 1, 20131 juil. 2013

Faith can be a powerful ally in addressing issues of social justice, said Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. He called faith a bearer of unique perspectives on eradicating poverty, balancing amidst globalization, combating fundamentalism, racism, and developing religious tolerance during conflicts.

Bartholomew I was interviewed for Independent Balkan News Agency on 1 July, speaking on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a founding member of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

“It is precisely the role of religion to respond to the needs of the world’s poor as well as to vulnerable and marginalized people. In fact, it is a rare instance where a faith institution is not a defining marker of the space and character of a community,” he said.
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Posted: July 1, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6637
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Orthodox
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Group photo of International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations members and Pope Francis

Three rabbis and a Pope

 — July 5, 20135 juil. 2013

Three rabbis and a Pope: High praise for Francis after visit to Vatican

“This man is a mensch.” Standing alone, this is an unremarkable sentence. But from a rabbi about a pope?
This was what Rabbi Shmuel Goldin of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, the president of the Orthodox Rabbinical Council of America, said about Pope Francis.

Here’s another thought, from Rabbi Noam Marans of Teaneck, the Conservative rabbi who is director of interreligious and intergroup relations at the American Jewish Committee (AJC).

“Pope Francis is the quintessential religious symbol par excellence; unassuming, unscripted, warm. It is a religious experience to be in his presence.”

And a third, from Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn of New Milford, the Orthodox rabbi who is the American director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation in Israel.

“He is very warm.”

The three of them were among the 25 or so Jews who met with the pope last week. Each represents his organization in the umbrella group called the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (which is abbreviated as IJCIC, uneuphoniously pronounced Idge-kick). IJCIC is the official liaison between the Jewish world and the Vatican.
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Posted: July 5, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6452
Categories: NewsIn this article: IJCIC, interfaith, Judaism, Pope Francis
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The Church of England's General Synod has reaffirmed its commitment to women bishops and called, less than a year after the previous proposals were rejected, for new draft legislation to be introduced. It will be considered by the Synod in November 2013, with the aim of reaching the stage of Final Approval in July or November 2015

C of E Synod restarts process for women to become bishops

 — July 8, 20138 juil. 2013

The Church of England’s General Synod has reaffirmed its commitment to women bishops and called, less than a year after the previous proposals were rejected, for new draft legislation to be introduced. It will be considered by the Synod in November 2013, with the aim of reaching the stage of Final Approval in July or November 2015.

This was the first time Synod members had met since November 2012, when the previous draft legislation narrowly failed to secure the requisite majority in the House of Laity, despite enjoying the support of 73% of the Synod’s members overall.

The Synod reached its decision at the end of this today’s debate, after its members had devoted much of Saturday to facilitated discussions on the options available. Introducing the debate, the Rt Revd Nigel Stock, Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, who chaired the Working Group set up by the House of Bishops to advise on new legislative proposals, said, “I believe that option one, together with a mandatory mediation process and including as it does a declaration or, possibly, Act of Synod deserves to be taken very seriously as a means to provide the basis for securing the necessary majorities in the lifetime of this Synod.”
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Posted: July 8, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6485
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican, bishops, Church of England, women
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Catégorie : ACNSDans cet article : Anglican, bishops, Church of England, women

Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation, addresses United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees dialogue with faith-based organizations in December 2012

WCC and LWF laud full communion between Canada’s Anglicans and Lutherans

 — July 9, 20139 juil. 2013

The Lutheran World Federation has lauded the full communion of Canada’s Lutheran and Anglican churches, marked in an unprecedented Joint Assembly as a key development that can help global church unity.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) and the Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) held their first fully integrated national gathering in Ottawa, from July 3 to 7 Lutheran World Information has reported.

The churches entered into a relationship of full communion, called the Waterloo Declaration in 2001, which means they work closely together in all respects, exchanging clergy and establishing joint congregations, while remaining separate church bodies.

At the meeting the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit expressed deep admiration for the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada for holding their first-ever joint assembly in Ottawa, Canada.

“You have refused to say ‘I have no need of you’ [1 Corinthians 12:21] but rather have said that with the other you can better live out your calling as churches here in Canada and the world,” said Tveit, a Norwegian theologian.

“You do this in the context of belonging to a much bigger Christian family, therefore the efforts you make have the potential to transform beyond yourselves.”
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Posted: July 9, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6882
Categories: Lutheran World InformationIn this article: Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran World Federation, WCC
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Catégorie : Lutheran World InformationDans cet article : Anglican Church of Canada, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, full communion, Lutheran World Federation, WCC

The emblem of the United Church of Christ

United churches seek full communion across the border

 — July 11, 201311 juil. 2013

The General Secretary of the United Church of Canada, Nora Sanders, has issued a message to the church’s General Council to announce that the General Synod of the United Church of Christ (USA) has accepted the United Church of Canada as an ecumenical partner. The announcement, issued 11 July, follows.
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Posted: July 11, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6487
Categories: NewsIn this article: Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism, full communion, united & uniting churches, United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, USA
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Canada, Christian unity, ecumenism, full communion, united & uniting churches, United Church of Canada, United Church of Christ, USA

Statues of angels adorn St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

Comprehending the nature of the theology in number thirty-six

 — July 13, 201313 juil. 2013

The new encyclical, issued by Pope Francis, Lumen fidei, is a splendid document that deserves to be pondered prayerfully. Its clarity and depth will repay multiple readings by all in the Church – indeed, by all who are seeking the meaning and truth of human existence.

However, one section will prove of particular interest to theologians. Number thirty-six of the encyclical sets forth briefly, but in a remarkably rich way, an understanding of the task of theology. From one perspective, of course, it is a traditional view (as the footnote reference to Bonaventure and Aquinas shows). But it places that traditional understanding into an intersubjective context that brings out, in a new and deeper way, its significance and implications.

The Pope writes: “God is a subject who makes himself known and perceived in an interpersonal relationship.” Thus the theologian cannot approach the theological task in a distant, neutral manner, as would a scientist or a mere observer. Theology flourishes through participatory knowledge in which reason, will, and affections are all engaged. The encyclical appeals to the biblical notion of the “heart” and insists that, as Blessed John Henry Newman expresses it: cor ad cor loquitur — heart speaks to heart. Theology reflects upon the Word of God, fully revealed, in the death and resurrection of Jesus, as abiding Love. The heart of God speaks to our heart his Word of Love in interpersonal encounter.
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Posted: July 13, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6602
Categories: OpinionIn this article: encyclicals, Pope Francis, theology
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : encyclicals, Pope Francis, theology

ADL Commends ICCJ for “Thoughtful, Balanced” Statement on Israel-Palestinian Conflict

 — July 15, 201315 juil. 2013

The Anti-Defamation League commends the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) for its comprehensive statement about the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which calls on religious institutions and groups to refrain from issuing one-sided declarations in attempting to promote a resolution to the dispute.

The statement by ICCJ, one of the world’s oldest and most respected international Christian-Jewish organizations, urges religious bodies and leaders to recommit themselves to promote understanding and reconciliation, and pursue the hard work of authentic interfaith dialogue.
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Posted: July 15, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6499
Categories: OpinionIn this article: anti-semitism, Christian, Christianity, ICCJ, Israel, Judaism, Palestine
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Catégorie : OpinionDans cet article : anti-semitism, Christian, Christianity, ICCJ, Israel, Judaism, Palestine

Christian leaders set to complete 13-month educational program on Judaism

 — July 17, 201317 juil. 2013

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Shalom Hartman Institute have partnered together on a soon-to-be-completed educational program on Judaism for 16 Christian leaders.

The partnership, known as the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), has allowed Christian leaders of diverse denominations to engage in long-distance study of classical Jewish texts with leading Israel scholars over a 13-month period. The program began in Jerusalem in July 2012 and will finish there this year in the program’s final stage from July 17-25.
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Posted: July 17, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6514
Categories: NewsIn this article: Christian, Christianity, interfaith, Judaism
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : Christian, Christianity, interfaith, Judaism

Cardinal Walter Kasper

Pope who can’t be pigeonholed bound to disappoint some, says cardinal

 — July 17, 201317 juil. 2013

Many Catholics who identify themselves as either conservatives or progressives will be disappointed in Pope Francis, whose program of spiritual renewal, doctrinal continuity and emphasis on the poor fits none of the traditional moulds, a top German cardinal said.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, a theologian and retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said Pope Francis will also face resistance within the curia, which needs both organizational revamping and a change of mentality.

Attempts at reform will bring resistance and difficulties “just like with every big institution,” he said in a July 16 interview with the Italian newspaper Il Foglio.

“However, this pope is very determined: He knows what he wants,” he said.
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Categories: CNSIn this article: church reform, Pope Francis, Walter Kasper
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Communiqué: Catholic-Pentecostal International Dialogue

 — July 19, 201319 juil. 2013

The Third Session of the Sixth Phase of the Catholic-Pentecostal International Dialogue took place in Baltimore, MD, USA, July 13 through 19, 2013. The Dialogue is between the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and some Classical Pentecostal churches and leaders. The general theme for the present phase of Dialogue is “Charisms in the Church: Their Spiritual Significance, Discernment, and Pastoral Implications”. The topics discussed at the past two sessions were Charisms – Our Common Ground (2011) and Discernment (2012). The topic for this year’s session (2013) is Healing.

Begun in 1972, the Dialogue does not seek to establish structural unity. Its goal, rather, is to promote mutual respect and understanding in matters of faith and practice. Genuine exchange and frank dialogue concerning the positions and practices of the two traditions have been guiding principles of the conversations, which include daily prayer services that are led alternatively by Catholics and Pentecostals.

The Pentecostal Co-Chair of the Dialogue is Rev. Cecil M. Robeck, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, USA (Assemblies of God). The Catholic Co-Chair of the Dialogue is the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, NC, USA.
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Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, Pentecostal, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, Pentecostal, Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Participants at the E21 Global Scholars Consultation in Sydney

Ecumenical observers at Pentecostal-Charismatic consultation

 — July 23, 201323 juil. 2013

Pentecostals and Charismatics are among the fastest growing Christian groups in the world. The question is to what extent the Pentecostals understand themselves as a church or a movement. This existential and ecclesiological issue remains ambiguous.

These views were shared by Dr Tamara Grdzelidze at the second Empowered21 (E21) Global Scholars Consultation, held from 8 to 10 July in Sydney, Australia.

Grdzelidze, programme executive for the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, participated in the consultation as an observer, along with Prof. Neil Ormerod of the Roman Catholic Church.

The consultation gathered Pentecostal scholars, mostly from Asia, to reflect on ecclesial, sociological, theological and academic challenges that “Spirit-empowered” Christianity faces in the 21st century.

The group of Pentecostal and Charismatic scholars are preparing for the Empowered21 Global Congress, set to take place at Jerusalem in 2015.
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Posted: July 23, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6634
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Pentecostal, theology
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Canadian prayers for unity

 — July 28, 201328 juil. 2013

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.
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Posted: July 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6800
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, WPCU
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Catégorie : Catholic RegisterDans cet article : Canada, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, WPCU

Dr. Darren Dahl

United Not Absorbed

 — August 13, 201313 aoüt 2013

“We have come a long way since the 1920s! There was no World Council of Churches back then and the important ecumenical energy of the Second Vatican Council was still forty years to come. And yet the ground breaking initiatives of the Malines Conversations continue to give us much to reflect upon. As I have moved about in ecumenical circles over the past year, talking to lay people and church leaders from all denominations, I have heard not a few of them worry that ecumenism really means absorption. There is an anxiety that traditions will be lost and identities erased in a ‘melting pot’ style of Christianity. This fear and the assumptions which fuel it is likely behind a noticeable movement away from the ecumenical project in favour of focusing on denominational identities. After all, it is said, in this Christian world of shrinking churches and diminishing returns it is necessary to focus on one’s own tradition and save what one can!
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Categories: OpinionIn this article: Darren Dahl, ecumenism
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New director at CCE: Adriana Bara

 — August 13, 201313 aoüt 2013

The President and Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism is pleased to announce that Dr. Adriana Bara has been appointed Executive Director of the CCE as of August 1st, 2013.

Originally from Romania, Adriana Bara with her husband and two children moved to Canada several years ago. With a degree in civil engineering, she worked for a few years in this field and then pursued studies in theology first in Romania and then in Montreal (M.A. Concordia and Ph.D. Université de Montréal). She has been teaching at Concordia University since 2009. Dr. Bara worked at the Centre for Research and Documentation of Saint Joseph’s Oratory and since 2008 as volunteer with the Canadian Society of Patristic Studies where she is Communications Officer and Editor of the e-Bulletin.

An active member of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Dr. Bara is fluent in three languages. From her youth, she has recognized the importance of respecting human rights and is convinced of the key role played by ecumenism and interreligious dialogue in our modern pluralistic society. This is one of the reasons she chose to settle in Canada. She attaches great importance to dialogue, openness and acceptance of others. These are also the values of the Canadian Centre for Ecumenism. The President and Board of Directors are confident that Dr. Bara will lead the Centre with intelligence and discernment in an environment increasingly multicultural and multireligious.
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Categories: CCEIn this article: Adriana Bara, Centre Canadien d’œcuménisme, ecumenism
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Brother Jeffrey Gros, csc

Brother Jeff Gros: 1938-2013

 — August 16, 201316 aoüt 2013

Brother Jeffrey Gros, 75, former director of Faith & Order for the National Council of Churches, died in Chicago August 12.

“Jeff Gros was passionately devoted to his church and to the quest for church unity,” said Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC associate general secretary, Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations, who served as a Faith & Order intern from 1989 to 1990 during Gros’ tenure at the Council.

“He was a model for the Council’s commitment to ecumenical cooperation and a mentor both to his contemporaries and to future generations of ecumenists, including me,” Kireopoulos said Tuesday.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has expressed condolences following the death of Brother Jeffrey Gros, recalling his significant contributions to Christian unity and ecumenical dialogue as a Catholic theologian.

“It is with deep sadness that we have received the news of Brother Jeffrey Gros’s passing away. We remember his profound contributions to Christian unity and his support of the WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order,” said the WCC general secretary.

“We thank God for the life and work of Brother Jeffrey Gros,” Tveit added.
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Posted: Aug. 16, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6772
Categories: Memorials, NewsIn this article: Catholic, ecumenism
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An ecumenical celebration at the cathedral of Lausanne organized by the Council of Christian Churches in Switzerland, the Community of Christian Churches in the canton of Vaud and the World Council of Churches
Une célébration œcuménique à la cathédrale de Lausanne organisée par la Communauté de travail des Églises chrétiennes en Suisse, la Communauté des Églises chrétiennes dans le canton de Vaud et le Conseil œcuménique des Églises

Célébration œcuménique à Lausanne sous les auspices des Églises de Suisse

 — September 3, 20133 sept. 2013

À l’occasion d’une célébration œcuménique à la cathédrale de Lausanne (Suisse), le pasteur Olav Fykse Tveit, secrétaire général du Conseil œcuménique des Églises (COE), a dit une prédication sur le thème de la prochaine assemblée du COE à Busan. Il a encouragé les Églises à poursuivre leur cheminement vers la justice et la paix.

Tenue le 1er septembre, la célébration était organisée par la Communauté de travail des Églises chrétiennes en Suisse, la Communauté des Églises chrétiennes dans le canton de Vaud (CECCV) et le COE. Parmi les intervenants figuraient aussi des représentants officiels des communions anglicane, orthodoxe et catholique romaine.

L’événement célébrait le 10e anniversaire de la Communauté d’Églises chrétiennes dans le canton de Vaud, ainsi que les nombreuses années d’action œcuménique des Églises de Suisse.

La célébration a réuni plus d’une centaine de représentants d’Églises suisses de confessions diverses, notamment catholique, orthodoxe, protestante, évangélique et pentecôtiste, ainsi que des membres d’organisations œcuméniques internationales installées à Genève.
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Posted: Sept. 3, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6839
Categories: WCC News
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An ecumenical celebration at the cathedral of Lausanne organized by the Council of Christian Churches in Switzerland, the Community of Christian Churches in the canton of Vaud and the World Council of Churches
Une célébration œcuménique à la cathédrale de Lausanne organisée par la Communauté de travail des Églises chrétiennes en Suisse, la Communauté des Églises chrétiennes dans le canton de Vaud et le Conseil œcuménique des Églises

Swiss churches host ecumenical celebration in Lausanne

 — September 3, 20133 sept. 2013

In an ecumenical celebration at the cathedral of Lausanne, Switzerland, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary preached on the theme of the WCC’s upcoming Busan assembly. He encouraged churches to continue their journeys towards justice and peace.

Held on 1 September, the celebration was organized by the Council of Christian Churches in Switzerland, the Community of Christian Churches in the canton of Vaud (CECCV) and the WCC. Speakers also included officials of the Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholic communions.

The event celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Community of Christian Churches in the canton of Vaud as well as ecumenical work of the Swiss churches spanning many years.

The celebration gathered more than a hundred representatives of Swiss churches of diverse denominations, including Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, Evangelical and Pentecostal, as well as members of international ecumenical organizations based in Geneva.

Special prayers were offered for the Swiss delegates to the WCC assembly.

The 10th Assembly of the WCC will take place from 30 October to 8 November in Busan, Republic of Korea. The assembly will address the theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, called the Busan assembly “a pilgrimage of justice and peace”.
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Posted: Sept. 3, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6844
Categories: WCC News
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Pope Paul VI makes a special appeal for world peace in 1965 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

For the Pope, making peace is now part of the job

 — September 7, 20137 sept. 2013

Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church on an extraordinary campaign to prevent President Barack Obama’s proposed military strike on Syria.

On Sept. 4, the pope appealed to leaders of the G-20 nations to “lay aside the futile pursuit of a military solution” to the Syrian civil war and promote instead a “peaceful solution through dialogue and negotiation.” The next day, his foreign minister sent the same message in a special meeting with the Vatican diplomatic corps. And on Sept. 7, the pope was scheduled to lead a prayer vigil for Syria in St. Peter’s Square — an event that the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said would be unprecedented, in both scale and importance of setting, as a papal gesture for peace.

Exceptional as they are, however, Pope Francis’ actions have followed in close continuity with the spirit and record of his predecessors.

On the first visit by a pope to the United Nations, in 1965, Pope Paul VI memorably called for “No more war, war never again.” Blessed John Paul II was a constant campaigner for peace, calling the interfaith meetings in Assisi, praying for an end to violence in the Balkans, and doing everything he could, publicly and privately, to prevent the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
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Categories: CNSIn this article: peace, pope, Pope Francis
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Christian football fans debate violence of the sport

 — September 8, 20138 sept. 2013

Ahead of a new season, U.S. Christians are debating the wisdom of being fans of the country’s most popular sport because of the violence inherent in American football. On one side of the debate are believers like Rev. Rick McDaniel, who in an op-ed for Fox News Saturday said that football is biblical. “There is much in the Bible that supports the qualities needed for playing football,” he said. McDaniel cited godly character traits such as hard work and self-sacrifice as coming from playing football. In addition, he noted that players learn how to win or lose gracefully. On the other hand, there are those who disagree with the pastor. These Christians say that the game is far too brutal and should not be endorsed by a follower of Jesus.
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Categories: NewsIn this article: violence
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International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue meeting in Novi Sad, Serbia, September 4-11

Communiqué from the Anglican-Orthodox Theological dialogue

 — September 10, 201310 sept. 2013

In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met in Novi Sad, Serbia during 4-11 September 2013 at the invitation of Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The Commission is grateful for the generous hospitality extended by Bishop Irinej and the Diocese of Backa of which Novi Sad is the see city.

Continuing its focus on Christian anthropology, specifically what it means to be a human person created in the image and likeness of God, the Commission devoted significant efforts to the review of the draft of its joint theological work on the subject. Reflection on the theology of the glory of creation and the uniqueness of humanity in the created order drew the Commission into deep discussion. Further, the Commission worked at length on the specific expression of image and likeness, considering the thematic components of the subject, with particular attention to its scriptural basis. As part of the discussion of human relationships, the Commission observed that it is the teaching of all the Orthodox and Anglican churches that marriage is between a man and a woman. The draft text, which was developed through the studies of previous meetings, was enhanced at this meeting by contributions on the subjects of the human being in society; the human being as a social being; attaining personhood through community from a traditional African perspective; and repentance, transformation and holiness. The Commission agreed that a newly appointed drafting group would work with the existing draft for the next meeting, taking into account the many pertinent comments and theological considerations presented at this meeting.
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Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, dialogue, Orthodox, theological anthropology
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, dialogue, Orthodox, theological anthropology

Montreal archbishop warns against enshrining Quebec values in a charter

 — September 11, 201311 sept. 2013

Montreal Archbishop Christian Lépine has warned against the Parti Quebecois’ plans to enshrine Quebec values in a charter.

Once Quebec “values” are enshrined in such a charter, they are “frozen in time” and the charter “puts pressure on everyone, on institutions and individuals,” Lépine said in an interview from Montreal.

On Sept. 10, the Quebec government released details of the proposed Charter of Quebec Values that would prohibit public servants from wearing visible signs of religious belief such as Jewish skullcaps, Muslim hijabs, Sikh turbans, large crucifixes or Star of David jewellery. The government released a chart showing that small symbols such as a tiny crucifix around the neck or on earrings or a small Star of David ring would be allowed. These rules would apply to everyone employed in the public sector. The charter would also bar people whose faces are covered from providing or receiving public services.
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Categories: NewsIn this article: pluralism, Québec
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : pluralism, Québec

In a 2,600-word letter published in the Sept. 11 edition of the Rome daily <i>La Repubblica</i>, Pope Francis called for a 'sincere and rigourous dialogue' between the Church and non-believers as an 'intimate and indispensable expression' of Christian love

Pope, writing in secular newspaper, urges dialogue with non-believers

 — September 12, 201312 sept. 2013

Writing in one of Italy’s major secular newspapers, Pope Francis called for a “sincere and rigourous dialogue” between the Church and non-believers as an “intimate and indispensable expression” of Christian love.

The Pope’s words appeared in a 2,600-word letter published in the Sept. 11 edition of the Rome daily La Repubblica, in reply to recent articles by Eugenio Scalfari, a co-founder and former editor-in-chief of the newspaper.

An “open and unprejudiced dialogue” between Christians and those of no religious faith is “rightful and precious” today for at least two reasons, Pope Francis wrote. Such a dialogue could “open doors for a serious and fertile encounter” between secular culture and Christian culture, which have lost the ability to communicate due largely to modern views of faith as the “darkness of superstition opposed to the light of reason.”
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Categories: CNSIn this article: atheists, pope, Pope Francis
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Catégorie : CNSDans cet article : atheists, pope, Pope Francis

Co-Chairs of the Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee, Bishop Michael Pryse (Canada) and The Most Revd Maurício Andrade (Brazil)

Communiqué: Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee

 — September 27, 201327 sept. 2013

The Anglican-Lutheran International Co-ordinating Committee (ALICC) held its first meeting in the Cultural Centre Sofia, Helsinki, Finland from 19 to 25 September 2013, under the leadership of the Most Reverend Maurício Andrade, Primate of Brazil, and of Bishop Michael Pryse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. The meeting was hosted by the Lutheran World Federation with the generous assistance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.

The Co-ordinating Committee studied the mandate given by the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Anglican Communion. The focus of this work is to monitor and encourage existing Anglican-Lutheran relations, as well as to advance co-operation between the two Churches in areas where there are not yet any formal agreements. To enable the Committee to function as an encourager as well as a catalyst, the Committee has begun a process of mapping agreements, initiatives and projects in different regions. This mapping project is an ongoing task for the Committee and we urge Churches, in both communions, to provide information to further this task.
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Categories: ACNS, CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican Communion, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation
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Catégorie : ACNS, CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican Communion, dialogue, Lutheran World Federation

Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham is the Roman Catholic co-chair of ARCIC III

Vatican’s rules on eucharistic sharing could be further relaxed

 — October 7, 20137 oct. 2013

The Roman Catholic co-chair of the Third Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC III) has expressed his personal view that, seeing how in 1993 certain relaxations were made in the Vatican’s rules on eucharistic sharing, further relaxation is possible.

Speaking last week to the Gazette editor following a joint session of the National Advisers’ Committee on Ecumenism of the Irish (Roman Catholic) Episcopal Conference and representatives of the Church of Ireland’s Commission for Christian Unity and Dialogue, at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, the Most Rev. Bernard Longley — Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham and ARCIC III co-chair — referred to the changes in “specified circumstances” set out in the 1993 Ecumenism Directory.

He commented, “Given that that represents a change, and a very significant shift away from the impossibility to the limited possibility, then I could imagine and foresee one of the fruits of our ecumenical engagement as moving towards a deeper understanding of communion and a deeper sharing, a deeper communion between our churches which perhaps would lead to reconsideration of some of the circumstances.”
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Categories: NewsIn this article: ARCIC, Catholic, eucharist, sacramental sharing
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Catégorie : NewsDans cet article : ARCIC, Catholic, eucharist, sacramental sharing

WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

WCC 10th Assembly: hopes and aspirations

 — October 10, 201310 oct. 2013

The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) begins at the end of October and promises to be one of the most diverse gathering of Christians in the world.

The assembly will be an opportunity for renewing the worldwide ecumenical movement – infusing it with honesty, humility and hope, according to the WCC general secretary.

As to why this is the case, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary, and a Lutheran pastor from the Church of Norway says, it is “through humility, honesty and hope that we can live together as humanity and a Church in a world, where justice and peace are fundamental initiatives and not merely words.”

The theme of the WCC assembly is a prayer “God of life, lead us to justice and peace”.

The assembly will take place from 30 October to 8 November in Busan, Republic of Korea.

It will bring around 3,000 participants from Asia, Pacific, Africa, Europe, Middle East, North America and Latin America, including a large number of young people and several thousand Korean Christians.
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Posted: Oct. 10, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6821
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC, WCC Assembly
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Catégorie : WCC NewsDans cet article : Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC, WCC Assembly

Vatican gets greenlight for .catholic domain

 — October 15, 201315 oct. 2013

As top-level domain names are being rolled out and up for grabs, the Vatican has scored control of .catholic.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, has been allowing entities to apply for ownership of hundreds, and soon thousands, of new domain names such as .london, .insurance and .xbox, among others.

The Pontifical Council for Social Communications completed the application process last summer and just received approval that it will now control the new Internet address extension .catholic and decide who is allowed to use it.

The Vatican will control .catholic and its equivalent in other languages using Latin letters, as well as the equivalent of the word “Catholic” in the Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese alphabets. Its request for .catholic in Chinese is number one on the ICANN list of priority domain names, right above .Amazon in Japanese.
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Categories: CNSIn this article: internet, Vatican
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Bp David Hamid (à gauche) sur un panneau menant une discussion sur le Conseil international de coordination anglican–vieux-catholique (AOCICC) document intitulé « Appartenance commune à l'Europe »

Les Eglises anglicanes et vieilles-catholiques: la même famille

 — October 15, 201315 oct. 2013

Une décision significative pour nos Eglises membres anglicanes et vieilles-catholiques a été prise à l’occasion de l’Assemblée générale de la Conférence des Églises européennes (CEE), qui s’est tenue à Budapest entre le 3 et le 8 juillet 2013. En effet, le principe que les Eglises anglicanes et vieilles-catholiques peuvent être désormais considérées comme faisant partie d’une seule et même famille au sein du mouvement œcuménique que la CEE représente a été formellement reconnu. Bien qu’aucune publicité notable n’ait accompagné cette décision, ce développement est important pour notre propre identité dans le paysage chrétien européen.
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Posted: Oct. 15, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6831
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Anglican, dialogue, Old Catholic
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Anglican, dialogue, Old Catholic

Challenges for Religion in Contemporary Society

 — October 18, 201318 oct. 2013

The International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC), the official forum for ongoing dialogue between the Holy See´s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), held its 22nd meeting in Madrid, Spain, from 13-16 October, 2013. The meeting was co-chaired by Betty Ehrenberg, chair of IJCIC and Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. The theme of the meeting was “Challenges for Religion in Contemporary Society”, and at the end the participants published a joint declaration that touched upon several important points.
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Posted: Oct. 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6828
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Judaism
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Catégorie : CommuniquéDans cet article : Catholic, dialogue, Judaism

Renseignements concernant la Bible liturgique et la traduction en français du « Notre Père »

 — October 18, 201318 oct. 2013

Il y a 17 ans, les conférences épiscopales de langue française à travers le monde, y compris la Conférence des évêques catholiques du Canada (CECC), avaient convenu d’entreprendre la traduction intégrale de la Bible pour usage liturgique. Depuis le Concile Vatican II, certains textes bibliques pour célébrer la Messe et les sacrements ont été traduits; mais il a été convenu que ceux-ci méritaient une révision. Il en est résulté une traduction intégrale et révisée de la Bible liturgique, qui sera publiée en français le 22 novembre prochain. Une édition populaire à reliure souple sera disponible aux Éditions de la CECC au début de la nouvelle année.
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Posted: Oct. 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6879
Categories: NewsIn this article: Catholic, French, liturgy
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Papal primacy key to Eastern, Western Church unity

 — October 18, 201318 oct. 2013

The only route to reuniting Eastern and Western Christianity is to strengthen the primacy of the pope, according to Orthodox theologians.

And in Pope Francis they detect signs that a window to unity may be opening.

For Catholics used to Orthodox objections to the pomp and presumptions of the Catholic papacy, talk of beefing up Roman primacy — the doctrine that gives the Successor of St. Peter authority over the entire Church — may come as a surprise. But that’s exactly what Orthodox theologians will be discussing with their Catholic counterparts when the North American Catholic-Orthodox Theological Consultation meets Oct. 24 to 26 in Mississauga, Ont.

“Both the North American and the international dialogues have been dealing with issues of primacy and synodality. They are two sides of the same coin,” said Paul Meyendorff, Orthodox delegate to the North American dialogue. “From the Orthodox perspective, synodality is absolutely essential for a proper primacy to function.”
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Posted: Oct. 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7040
Categories: Catholic RegisterIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox
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The Pope received a refugee’s teapot as an invitation to work together for the suffering neighbour

Lutheran delegation meets Pope Francis

 — October 21, 201321 oct. 2013

During an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican earlier today, leaders from The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Roman Catholic Church that makes it possible for churches to strengthen their commitment to the poor and vulnerable.

“As people who have been encountered by Christ, we are called to accompany the poor and vulnerable. The message of reconciliation entrusted to us turns into the hope for our fragmented world and its yearning for peace with justice,” LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan said in LWF’s greeting to the pope.

Younan expressed gratitude for the ecumenical milestones of the partnership with Catholics, including the recent publication of the report “From Conflict to Communion: Lutheran-Catholic Common Commemoration in 2017.”

By jointly approaching a shared history which includes elements of pain “the promise of healing appears on the horizon,” Younan said of the publication that outlines the mutual responsibility by Lutherans and Catholics for a common approach to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

The June 2013 report by the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Commission on Unity marked the first time that both partners have worked together at the global level to tell the history of the Reformation as part of their commitment to deepen Christian unity. Baptism is the focus of ongoing dialogue by the commission, which will mark its 50th anniversary in 2017.
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Posted: Oct. 21, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6849
Categories: Lutheran World Information, Vatican NewsIn this article: Lutheran World Federation, pope, Pope Francis, spiritual ecumenism
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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, sent a video greeting to the Second Global Anglican Future (GAFCON) Conference in Nairobi

Archbishop Welby to GAFCON: “Church should seek holiness, unity”

 — October 23, 201323 oct. 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has called for the Church to be ‘holy’ and ‘in unity’ as it proclaims the gospel in challenging circumstances around the world.

Archbishop Justin sent a video greeting to the Second Global Anglican Future (GAFCON) Conference, which is taking place in Nairobi this week. He told them that it was his prayer that they would ‘meet Jesus afresh with elation and joy’.

The Archbishop was unable to attend the GAFCON meeting because of previous commitments, including the baptism of Prince George today.

In his message, Archbishop Justin affirms the recent call by the Archbishop of Kenya, Dr Eliud Wabukala, who chairs the GAFCON Primates Council, for the Church to proclaim the gospel confidently.

To do this, Archbishop Justin says, ‘we need to be a Church that is holy’. That is a ‘massive challenge’ to churches in different contexts around the world, but is ‘absolutely critical to our proclamation of the gospel’.

To proclaim the gospel effectively, the Church must also be ‘in unity’, the Archbishop says. ‘It doesn’t mean being unanimous, all saying exactly the same thing in exactly the same way. It means that, as Jesus prays in John 17, that we demonstrate by our love for one another that Jesus is the Son of God and therefore people are drawn to believe in him. We’ve got to find ways of doing that and I don’t underestimate the challenge that is to all of us.’
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Posted: Oct. 23, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6858
Categories: ACNSIn this article: Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
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WCC 2013: On the Road to Busan

 — October 24, 201324 oct. 2013

In just under 22 hours I fly to Vancouver for the first leg of my long journey to Busan, South Korea for the 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches. Actually, I began this journey over a year ago when I was selected as one of the United Church’s delegates to the Assembly. So far my journey has included mostly reading and reflection. In April, I met several of the other Canadians who will be at the Assembly in South Korea. We gathered in Toronto for a time of orientation and community building. It was exciting to meet so many people who share my passion for ecumenism and who are all committed to growing the ecumenical movement here in Canada and globally. We will be a diverse group representing the Canadian churches at the Assembly… but I know we won’t even begin to reflect the vast diversity of people who will gather in Busan in just a few days. I can hardly wait to experience it!
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Posted: Oct. 24, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6872
Categories: On the Road to Busan
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The Plight of Christians in the Middle East – Revisited

 — October 26, 201326 oct. 2013

In 2011 we, the members of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation deplored the devastating losses in the Christian communities of the Middle East in the aftermath of the “Arab Spring.” Today the situation of many of the Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine has become catastrophic.

Together with the 2013 Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, we repudiate all violence and demand action by responsible authorities to end the kidnapping, torture, and killing of Christians and all civilians. We also appeal for the release of Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, both of Aleppo, Syria.
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Posted: Oct. 26, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7030
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox
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A warm Korean welcome

WCC 2013: at the women’s pre-assembly in Busan

 — October 28, 201328 oct. 2013

As I begin my second day at the women’s pre-assembly in Busan, my heart is filled with the stories of courage and hope that others shared yesterday. One idea that particularly stands out for me from yesterday is that for change to happen, sacrifices must be made. Those with power must relinquish power, so that those without power can take their rightful place. We heard about a male priest in Mexico who accepted excommunication as a consequence of his solidarity with women who resisted their church’s decision to revoke the right of women to be ordained.

Can I have this kind of courage? Is my determination to work for justice strong enough that I would be willing to sacrifice my own power and privilege in order to stand with those to whom power is denied? I cling to the hope that with God, all things are possible!

The conversations we are having are challenging, inspiring, difficult, and filled with hope.
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Posted: Oct. 28, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6884
Categories: On the Road to Busan
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Statement by the men at the Women & Men's Pre-Assembly

WCC 2013: second and final day of the women’s pre-assembly

 — October 29, 201329 oct. 2013

Today, the second and final day of the women’s pre-assembly, was powerful, painful, and compelling.

We heard stories of human trafficking and sexual violence. Many tears were shed; but powerful stories of hope and resistance were shared as well. The group of men who have been part of this pre-assembly, and who met together on their own for part of the day yesterday, read a statement they composed confessing their participation in patriarchy, acknowledging the need for transformation in the relationships between women and men, and committing themselves to continued dialogue with the church and society on issues of gender justice. It was a moving example of what true humility, repentance, and commitment to personal and collective transformation looks like. Of course, it is in the living out of this statement that true healing and change will happen. I was struck by the similarity to the churches’ apologies to Aboriginal Canadians. And I was reminded again how it is not enough to say sorry; we must dismantle the attitudes and structures which have created injustice and commit ourselves to living in right relationship with all our neighbours.

Tomorrow the full assembly begins. I am excited and a little nervous. Tonight I hope for a good sleep!
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Posted: Oct. 29, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6886
Categories: On the Road to Busan
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Communiqué: North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

 — October 30, 201330 oct. 2013

The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, October 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians. The full statement is available here.

The group meets every five years in Canada. Hosted by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, this year’s meeting was at the Mary Queen of the Apostles Renewal Centre in Mississauga.

In its statement on the Middle East, the group wrote, “We urge the leadership of our Churches to continue to intervene vigorously in behalf of the Christians of the Middle East, who live in fear for their lives, their communities, and the very future of Christianity in the region.”
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Posted: Oct. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7034
Categories: CommuniquéIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Orthodox
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Participants of the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea

WCC assembly opens with prayers, reflections and great hopes

 — October 30, 201330 oct. 2013

The 10th Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC) opened on Wednesday, 30 October in Busan, Republic of Korea under the theme “God of life, lead us to justice and peace.”

The opening service of common prayer on the first day of the assembly honoured diverse faith traditions from around the world. The gathering prayer included deeply moving litanies of lamentations, cries and hopes from the churches in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, North America and the Pacific.

The first plenary session of the assembly welcomed delegates and participants to Busan. The mayor of Busan, Hur Nam Sik, moderator of the Korean Host Committee of the WCC assembly the Rev. Dr Kim Sam Whan and the WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit welcomed all the assembly participants.

Tveit expressed thanks to the Korean churches, the city of Busan and the government for their gracious hospitality and welcome. Tveit addressed participants of the assembly which includes some 3000 participants representing 345 member churches of the WCC, including youth, WCC staff members, stewards, co-opted staff, interpreters and more than 1,000 Korean church members and day visitors. All these participants represent more than 100 countries.
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Posted: Oct. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6908
Categories: WCC NewsIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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Pastor Harry Strauss and Nicholas Jesson

Evangelical, Catholic group working on common statement of faith

 — October 30, 201330 oct. 2013

For more than two years, a group of Evangelical and Catholic Christians in Saskatoon have been meeting to talk about their common faith in Jesus Christ, discussing what is shared, as well as examining where their understandings and convictions differ.

Formally appointed by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers Fellowship, the local dialogue group is now in the process of writing a joint statement, just as a second Catholic-Evangelical worship service is being planned for Saskatoon Nov. 14.

It was after the first shared worship service in March 2011 at St. Paul’s Catholic Cathedral that a small group of church and ecumenical leaders met to try and find ways for the two traditions to further engage in common prayer, common witness, common mission and common study. A dialogue group was subsequently launched, with the first meeting held in December 2011.

Rev. Harry Strauss, associate pastor at Forest Grove Community Church (left) and a member of the Saskatoon Evangelical Ministers Fellowship, and Nicholas Jesson, ecumenical officer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, are part of the 20-member dialogue group, which includes 10 representatives from each tradition.

Both Strauss and Jesson are also serving on a four-member committee that is now drafting a joint statement emerging from two years of conversation, study and relationship building.

Strauss describes the joint statement: “We confess our common faith, we acknowledge our differences and we affirm our common mission.”

Although the joint statement is not finished, there are plans to introduce portions at the 7 p.m. Nov. 14 Evangelical-Catholic worship service being hosted by Circle Drive Alliance Church, led by Pastor Eldon Bolt.
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Posted: Oct. 30, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6911
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic Dialogue, NewsIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, ecumenism, Evangelicals, Saskatoon, witness
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Worship space at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Korea

Cantwell: Listening to the voices of those on the margins

 — October 31, 201331 oct. 2013

Today the message that came through most strongly for me is the importance of listening to the voices of those on the margins. Jesus lived his life and exercised his ministry among those on the margins of society. It is those who are excluded, oppressed, ignored and persecuted in society who are best able to see and name injustices and the structures that sustain them. So our theology must have at its centre the experiences and perspective of those who are marginalized. This is a real challenge for those of us who come from a place of privilege… who are used to having our voice and our perspective listened to. We must relinquish our place at the centre and make room for those who have been silenced to be heard and given priority. This both excites and frightens me… I’m not always very good at shutting up and letting others have the spotlight. But as Christians we must be willing to go where Jesus went, love whom he loved, and risk what he risked. May God grant us the courage and the humility to do so.
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Posted: Oct. 31, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6904
Categories: On the Road to BusanIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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The Climate Justice sub-group of the Public Issues Committee at WCC 10th Assembly

WCC 2013: the Public Issues Committee

 — November 3, 20133 nov. 2013

The past few days I have been in almost non-stop committee meetings. The Public Issues Committee drafts statements for the assembly to discuss and adopt. These statements then direct the programmatic priorities of the WCC for the next 7-8 years.

Negotiating linguistic, cultural, and theological differences in order to say something in common about the many urgent issues which confront our churches at this time has been both challenging and fascinating. The committees are a microcosm of the whole assembly. It is inspiring to witness (and participate in) the deep listening to one another that allows for fruitful dialogue and collective action.

Tomorrow we take the draft statements to the whole assembly, where nearly 800 delegates will prayerfully try to reach consensus on pressing (and sometimes controversial) issues. We will need the prayers of all our sisters and brothers in Christ to accompany us through this important and difficult work.

May the God of life truly lead us to justice and peace.
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Posted: Nov. 3, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=6920
Categories: On the Road to BusanIn this article: WCC, WCC Assembly
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Fr. Bernard de Margerie

“Fellowship of the Burning Heart” – second Catholic-Evangelical Shared Worship Service held, as local dialogue continues

 — November 15, 201315 nov. 2013

What one speaker described as a “fellowship of the burning heart” was evident Nov. 14 in the spirit of joy characterizing the second Catholic-Evangelical worship service to be held in Saskatoon, this time hosted by Circle Drive Alliance Church. The reference to the gospel story from Luke about the disciples on the road to Emmaus – who felt their hearts burning within them at the words of the resurrected Jesus Christ – resonated during the celebration of joy and thanksgiving for shared Christian faith and love of God’s word. The celebration began with Evangelical leaders entering down one aisle, and Catholic leaders down another. Rev. Eldon Boldt of Circle Drive Alliance and Saskatoon Catholic Bishop Donald Bolen then each lit a candle from a central candle, symbolizing Christ. When the celebration ended, the two leaders carried out the lit candles in the unity of a procession of both Catholic and Evangelical Christians down a single aisle.
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Posted: Nov. 15, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=8886
Categories: Evangelical-Roman Catholic DialogueIn this article: Catholic, dialogue, Evangelicals, prayer, Saskatoon, spiritual ecumenism
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James E. Winkler, new General Secretary/President of the US National Council of the Churches

James E. Winkler, United Methodist, elected NCC General Secretary/President

 — November 18, 201318 nov. 2013

James E. Winkler, general secretary of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society, has been elected General Secretary/President of the National Council of Churches by the NCC Governing Board meeting here.

Winkler will succeed Peg Birk, who has served as Transitional General Secretary of the Council since July 2012. Birk was named to lead the Council through a transitional period of reorganization following the resignation of General Secretary Michael Kinnamon in 2011 for health reasons.

The office of General Secretary/President, formerly General Secretary, is the leading staff position in the NCC.
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Posted: Nov. 18, 2013 • Permanent link: ecumenism.net/?p=7261
Categories: NewsIn this article: ecumenism, National Council of Churches of Christ (USA)
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