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Document Thematic Address: Called to prophesy, reconcile and heal
Thematic Address presented at the 13th Assembly of the Christian Conference of Asia (CCA) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit on 15 April 2010.
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Document 30th International Old Catholic Congress
Greetings on behalf of the World Council of Churches to the 30th International Congress of Old Catholics, meeting in Zurich from 9 to 13 August under the theme "You shall go out in joy" (Is 55.12).
Located in Resources / / WCC general secretary / Messages and letters
Document Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation
Presentation: Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation by Werner Schwartz at the May 1997 international consultation on the theme: "Towards a Common Understanding of the Theological Concepts of Laity/Laos: The People of God."
Located in Resources / / Education and ecumenical formation / Ecumenical lay formation
Document Response by Joan Back
The Vocation of the Laity in Church and World: Towards an Inclusive Community on Different Levels" - a response by by Joan Patricia Back to the paper "Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation"
Located in Resources / / Ecumenical lay formation / Baptism, Ecclesiology and Vocation
Document The eucharistic liturgy of Lima
The Lima Liturgy is a Eucharistic (Holy Communion) service expressing, in one possible liturgical form, the ecclesiological convergence on the eucharist reached in the Faith and Order text Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM). It is so named because it was first used at the Faith and Order Plenary Commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982 - the meeting which approved BEM for transmission to the churches for official response.
Located in Resources / / Unity, mission, evangelism and spirituality / Spirituality and worship
Document Study guide on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry
The stories and questions in this study guide on Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (BEM) are intended for group discussion or individual study.
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Document Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry (Faith and Order Paper no. 111, the "Lima Text")
This famous text, adopted by Faith and Order at its plenary commission meeting in Lima, Peru in 1982, explores the growing agreement - and remaining differences - in fundamental areas of the churches' faith and life. The most widely-distributed and studied ecumenical document, BEM has been a basis for many "mutual recognition" agreements among churches and remains a reference today.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / I. Unity: The Church and its mission
Document One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition
One Baptism: Towards Mutual Recognition is an official study text of the Commission on Faith and Order. It is a further development and explication of the insights of Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry. It links questions of Christian initiation with ecclesiology, mutual recognition of baptism, and the basic bonds of Christian unity. The study text also deals with ongoing and more recent issues that prevent mutual recognition of baptism that impede the visible unity of the Church in one faith and in one eucharistic fellowship.
Located in Resources / / Faith and Order Commission / II. Worship and Baptism
Document Philip Potter
Philip Potter, 1921-2015, a tribute by the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, WCC general secretary.
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